Willy Nilly Friday 5 #92

Willy Nilly Friday 5 #92 (on Tuesday-if I type fast)

Unable to link to Tanya’s blog, I’ve been remiss on randomness. 

1. I haven’t been roaming the countryside (or city) much this summer, it seems it’s either too hot or stormy. However, I feel like I’m getting some (long-neglected) things done around the house. Hopefully, one day it will be evident!

2. The last two mornings I’ve seen this when I came downstairs and looked out the kitchen window. Gosh, I’m a sucker for my furry friends. Peanut delivery coming right up! The mama bunny visited over the weekend, and Little Bun (from a previous post) has a sibling! 

3. Pigeons were out in force when I put cracked corn and millet on their platform feeder. There’s usually a little something on there for my squirrel buddies, too. This youngster seems intimidated by the pigeons, opting to watch from afar. It’s hanging on the feeder pole, ready to duck into the shelter of the squirrel baffle that keeps them away from the feeders. 

4. I may be the last person on the planet to own one of these, but I stumbled onto this one in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby, and, well, as they say, the rest is history. A good bit of time was spent procuring accessories for it. It die-cuts, embosses (even with metal stencils!), and texturizes card stock. Some of the rubber stamp companies are branching out into dies that complement their stamps. Now I need to win the lottery. $$

5. Looking forward to a hair cut in the morning and lunch with a friend. 

Have a lovely day, and check out 



Willy-nilly Friday 5 #57

Willy-nilly Friday 5 #57

1. I tried to get a picture of this Cardinal on the birdbath. Looks like the water disappeared–and I think the Cardinal copped an attitude with me.

2. Getting no respect, I went for a hike. 

Same story here! What is this bird world coming to!

3. Forget the birds! I turned my attention to the scenery.

There. That’s better.

4. I did catch someone’s attention.

5. Then I spied what appears to be a tattered Pearly Eye (E. portlandia) Satyr. While many butterflies prefer bright sun, these make their home in the dappled shadows of the forest. 

That’s it for this week’s randomness. Enjoy your weekend! 

Linking to 



It’s a busy week, we have a granddaughter’s birthday to celebrate! I know many of you are also preparing for Christmas; planning parties and fellowship with friends; cantatas; gifting and all that goes with it; travel…the list seems endless sometimes…so I just wanted to share a smile with you today. 

In all the busyness, don’t forget where you hid your peanuts.



Monday Morning Hero

When I looked out the kitchen window this morning, a hawk sat right here:

And to its left, sat our contender.

This brave little squirrel charged at the hawk over and over. The hawk would spread its wings and lean toward the squirrel, but finally gave up and took its hunting elsewhere.

That was a good morning’s work–now where are those peanuts?

We found evidence a hawk visited over the weekend, and got one of our feathered friends. Thanks, Squirrel Hero, for sending it on its way–with an empty tummy.


Random 5 Friday

Welcome to Random 5 Friday where we share five random things about us, our family, whatever comes to mind, basically. Then we link to Nancy’s blog, A Rural Journal, and see what randomness others have shared. Join in the fun! There are a lot of great folks over there.

1. The rain from this nor’easter effectively rid our yard of snow–and the wind took care of everything else that wasn’t nailed down.

2. I enjoy feeding and watching birds in my backyard.

Birds? What birds?

3. I found a way to enjoy those snowy house-bound days–I fixed lunch and invited a few friends over.

Ring-billed Gulls

4. Wishing my daughter a Happy Birthday! She’ll be celebrating at home this year, after she placed her family under quarantine. They’ve been sharing colds, stomach virus,  and strep for nearly a month. In a family of nine, that’s a lot of cleaning.  She says she’s giving up carpet for Lent.

5. Not sure if I’ve shared this mermaid. She didn’t show up in a photo search.

Norfolk Mermaid on Parade

I hope you have a great weekend!


Around the Backyard

We’ve been seeing a lot of this lately:

And they always come hungry!

Here you can see the red flashes of the Red-winged Blackbirds:

There are a lot of Brown-headed Cowbirds in this flock.

European Starlings join in the fray:

Hopefully, they’ll remember where we are when the mosquitoes return.

Starlings have a way of cleaning out the feeder to make sure everyone gets something to eat:

And the squirrel is happy to clean up after them.

The bunny still visits daily, usually early in the morning (hubby says so), or late evening–sometimes middle of the night.

Thanks for stopping by! Would you like a cup of White Chocolate Peppermint tea? That’s my new favorite. Hubby tried it, now I have to SHARE!
Yikes! It’s almost the weekend!




Cooper’s Hawk Meets Its Match, Or–

It Pays to Keep a Pesky Squirrel Around.


I thought I had shared these photos, but couldn’t find them in my WordPress Media folder. Maybe they just disappeared–along with the socks.

A young Cooper’s Hawk stopped by for lunch one day, but this squirrel let it be known the hawk was not welcome here. It kept antagonizing the hawk, until it flew off in search of a yard without a security squirrel on duty.


I apologize for not getting by to read your posts lately. Tuesday is the deadline for submissions for our writers group book, which I didn’t realize was coming up so soon.

Susan “” Okaty and I spent the day Wednesday traipsing about the countryside. You should stop by and visit her blog, she’s a hoot. Can you believe, neither of us took a single photo all day? 

Our oldest granddaughter had a birthday this week, and we plan to celebrate with her this weekend.

I’ve been experimenting with WordPress Reader on iPad, but not all the blogs I subscribe to show up. Does anyone else have this problem? I still get the email links, so I know some are missing. Maybe they left with the socks, too? Hopefully, things will return to “normal” next week.