Friday’s Hunt

Friday’s Hunt v1.17

This week we’re looking for Begins with Q, Week’s Favorite, and At Rest

This double-wedding ring Quilt was made by hubby’s maternal grandmother. She said it was to be given to her first grandchild that got married. Being the oldest sibling sometimes has its perks! My secret is out, I married him for the quilt.

My Week’s Favorite isn’t the best photo, but I  enjoyed watching a pair of American Robins gather mud and grass in tag-team fashion to build a nest. 

The Blue Jay appears to be At Rest in the Vitex, probably waiting for someone to fill the peanut feeder. I’ll link up to Eden Hills blog before the cut-off, but we have a birthday girl to celebrate until then!


Monday Madness/Randomness

Monday Madness Randomness

1. Found these pretties in my wildflower garden today.

Golden Poppy










2. I had a couple visitors while I was out there, too.

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird










3. Hubby moved the birdbaths to mow the lawn. I snapped a shot of Lady Mallard standing where the birdbath was supposed to be. 

4. Sunday afternoon we took a short drive. It looks like the fishing is good here. 

Two Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron. There were two more egrets out of the frame.

5. Hubby’s coworkers gave him a gift card to a nice little bistro. We used it Sunday evening. 

Linking to:

Wild Bird Wednesday
Today’s Flowers
Fun Friday Favorites






Good Friday, 2016

Good Friday, 2016

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 76
Friday’s Hunt v1.13 brought to you by the letter M, Week’s Favorite, and Bird or Wings
Today’s Flowers #401

1. Mr. & Mrs. Mallard having a little conversation over dinner. 

Starts with M

I was in the backyard taking pictures when our neighbor’s son came home from school. He walks through our yard to get to and from the bus stop on the next street over. He turned to see what subject had my attention and exclaimed, “A duck!” He whipped his phone out of his pocket and said, “I have to get a picture of this!” 

2. The starling darlings monopolized the pedestal birdbath after I cleaned it.

Bird, and Wings, too – European Starlings

3. The American Robin (male) gave up on them and and settled for the birdbath on the ground.

Week’s Favorite

4. The Loropetalum is in bloom.

Today’s Flowers – Loropetalum – Fringe Flower

5. Mr. Mallard is one devoted dude. He stood like a soldier for the longest time while the Mrs. grazed for food, stood in the birdbath doing her yoga leg stretches, and then she finally settled down for a nap.

Linking to:



Wild Bird Wednesday 99–American Robin

Robins (of the Thrush family) are common birds in North America. This one posed nicely for the photo shoot, so it gets to be featured this week. 

American Robin

The males and females are similar, the male having darker feathers on his head. The female’s head feathers blend with the gray feathers on the back. Robins typically measure 8-11″ in length (20-28 cm).  They can raise as many as three broods a year, though only 40% of the nests successfully produce. Only 25% of those survive through November.

Robins are truly the early bird, I’ve awakened many mornings at 3:00 a.m. and heard them singing. For more information about them, click here.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday 

Thanks, Stewart!


Random 5 Friday

It’s Random 5 Friday! Sharing five random thoughts about us, our lives, whatever. Join us, won’t you? Find out how, here.

1. Is it just me, or are there fewer days between Fridays now? I seem to have lost days somewhere. It must be spring fever!

2. I’m attending another Hampton Roads Writers Traveling Pen writing workshop Saturday morning. The title is “Eliminate the Excuses: You Can Learn to Be a Creative and Productive Writer!”

3. It was warm today, 60s, just a bit of chill in the air. Hubby got home in time for us to walk two miles before the sun set. I carried my camera along, but didn’t take any photos. Tulip trees are in bloom, the Bradford Pears will be soon. Saw a few Daffodils and Jonquils, Crocus, Hyacinth and Pansies.

4. I haven’t gotten to this week’s Strathmore workshop. I’m glad they are available online anytime. I’m curious what this week’s lesson is.

5. There weren’t as many black birds at the feeders today. The only sparrows were House Sparrows, four of them. I wonder if the White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos are headed for their summer cottages. Our first American Robin arrived this week and serenades us in the early morning. And I have this news:

It’s a Girl! We now have a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Thank you, Nancy, at A Rural Journal for inviting us over every Friday for Random 5 Friday.

Once I hit ‘Publish,’ I learned this is my 800th post! Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Weekly Photo Challenge–Good Morning!

The Weekly Photo Challenge is to share a photo that says, “Good morning!” 

I didn’t think you’d want to see my toothbrush, or the sorted laundry to be washed. My next stop would be the kitchen window, to see who stopped by for breakfast.

Sorry, Robin. You have to get your own worms.
Sorry, Robin. You have to get your own worms.

Linking to Weekly Photo Challenge.