Common Flicker

Look who came to see us today:

 

I have been seeing this Common Flicker for several days, but today was the first time I got to photograph him.

Our American Smoke is particularly beautiful this year.

 

Yesterday, Steve’s brother came to help him move some farm implements and other crap.  While he had help, I convinced Steve to get my 25 yr old couch out of this house.

 

Steve wondered if a bear might want to sleep on the burn pile!  He will light it when it isn’t so windy.

I don’t have a replacement yet.  Just empty space in my living room.  I went to a local furniture store that is having a “going out of business sale”.  The couch I saw 2 mos ago for 600.00 was marked at 1200.00 today.  Half off means it is now 600.  Great sale, huh?  I didn’t buy anything.  Have 2 more stores to check out in the coming days/week.

 

 

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Sexy tree

Steve:  “I wish that Blue Spruce would get some pinecones on it so I could get some seeds.”
Me:  “Is it a sexy tree?”
Steve:  “You mean does it need another tree to pollinate it?  I think you are asking how it propagates.”
yeah.  I was.  I love him.  He knows what I mean when I don’t know how to say it.  The blue spruce, I used to call the tree of life because of the wildlife living it it.  It is now the sexy tree.

This is typical of how I talk when I am sick.  Can’t find the word or string of words.  Steve has become a great translator.

 

Amaryllis watch

We bought a couple of amaryllis bulbs last week on sale, and I finally got them planted on January 1, 2011.  We love to watch how fast they grow.  It is a cheap, easy way to entertain ourselves on gloomy, snowy days.

Jan 1:

 

That one is looking sideways!  These were already starting to sprout in the box, before planting.  Don’t worry, it will straighten up!

Jan. 4:

 

See?  It’s like magic!

 

I had the stomach flu for a few days, and was flat.  But today I got a good jump on my little trapunto project.  It has LOTS of problems, but I still like it.

 

I haven’t decided what kind of background fill to use.  Any suggestions?

Another finish

Another quilt I finally finished.  This was my big winter project last year.  It took much longer than my typical winter hibernation period to put it together.  I worked on it at my sewing group for many Tuesday mornings as well as at the October Retreat.  I finally finished the top a few weeks ago.  The binding got done yesterday.  Whew!  Doubt I ever make one of these again.  I shipped it off to the recipient today.

I am counting it as a UFO finished this year too.

 

Steve brought home a new feeder and scrounged up an old feeder too.  Last spring a bear destroyed all of our bird feeders and we hadn’t hung any up yet this year.

I find it very hard to get much done when the feeders are up in the winter.  All I want to do is watch the silly birds fighting and feeding and flitting around.  They are a joy to watch.  I am “bird identity challenged” though, and have trouble deciding what I think each kind is.

Today brought a new variety to the feeder.  I have never gotten a photo of this kind before.  Anyone know what it is?

Some kind of sparrow?  (too big)

A juvenile bluebird?  (not a big enough belly…wait a few days!)

Maybe it’s a female purple finch?

Sure wish I was more knowledgeable about birds.

 

 

 

 

 

Look who came home

Look who came home.

red winged blackbirds

killdeer

and most exciting….. the robins.  a whole flock of them!

and the snowdrops are blooming!

And a gratuitous shot of Chrissy… just because she was feeling pretty and was posing for the camera as she slogged through the mud and snow.

Sunshine!

We had a sunny day today.

And for the first time since mid-December, we saw a patch of blacktop on our road!

gratuitous shot of the “ballpecker”.

Farm Funny

2 weeks ago, the neighbor kids were banging on the door.

Katie (3 yrs old)  Uncle Seeve, there’s a baby in the fence!  A baby!  I saw it!

Kevin (9 yrs old) Yeah, and we know who it’s Mom is cuz it’s after-carriage is hangin’ out its butt!

Steve and I slid our shoes on and I grabbed the camera to go out to  see the new baby.  We did all we could not to laugh out loud at the way they put it, as they were SO excited.

Sure enough, the calf had been born within the previous hour.   None of us witnessed the event, but got to see the new baby getting it’s first bath.  And the after carriage!

If you are squeamish?  Don’t look!

prissy1

prissy2

And a few days later……

prissy3

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