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Winter Bird Picture Round-up

The Juncos and Mourning Doves sharing spilled grain.  They prefer to eat on the ground rather than at the feeders.

The Juncos and Mourning Doves sharing spilled grain. They prefer to eat on the ground rather than at the feeders.

Well, life went crazy last spring and I never seemed to ‘catch-up’ as it were.  So I have all these photos in my ‘Blog Photo File’ that never made it into a post.  So I’m going to give you a line-up of the winter bird photos left with no home.  🙂

An early fall picture of a female Downy Woodpecker.  One of our year round residents.

An early fall picture of a female Downy Woodpecker. One of our year round residents. The males actually do most of the brooding on the nest.

The Tufted Titmouse is a bold little bird that has been known to pull hair from sleeping dogs, cats, and squirrels to line their nests with.

The Tufted Titmouse is a bold little bird that has been known to pull hair from sleeping dogs, cats, and squirrels to line their nests with.

I have not always been thrilled with Blue Jays.  I've seen them tear apart other birds' nests.  But they are very engaging and lovely birds.  I had one Blue Jay that had learned to imitate a dog's growl.  And when I would sit outside on the bank near the feeders, he would come down to a low branch on the tree and growl at me!

I have not always been thrilled with Blue Jays. I’ve seen them tear apart other birds’ nests. But they are very engaging and lovely birds. I had one Blue Jay that had learned to imitate a dog’s growl. And when I would sit outside on the bank near the feeders, he would come down to a low branch on the tree and growl at me!

Someone, probably a deer, had knocked the bird seed out of a feeder to the right out of frame.  So everyone was taking advantage of the extra.  It was so cold at this time that even hot water poured into the birdbaths froze right up in less than an hour.

Someone, probably a deer, had knocked the bird seed out of the feeder to the right. So everyone was taking advantage of the extra. It was so cold at this time that even hot water poured into the birdbaths froze right up in less than an hour.

The Northern Cardinal.  We usually have at least 5 mated pairs using our yard.  These are the birds that tell me, with a special type of chirp, that night is falling.

The Northern Cardinal. We usually have at least 5 mated pairs using our yard. These are the birds that tell me, with a special type of chirp, that night is falling.

A Black-capped Chickadee and a House Wren squabble over lunch.

A Black-capped Chickadee and a House Wren squabble over lunch.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has just put a sunflower seed into the hole at his feet.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has just put a sunflower seed into the hole at his feet.

Now he is pecking it apart in order to eat it.  Since he started doing this, and, no doubt, widened the hole; many other birds now use this hole for hulling sunflowers!

Now he is pecking it apart in order to eat it. Since he started doing this, and, no doubt, widened the hole; many other birds now use this hole for hulling sunflower seeds!

The Mourning Doves all huddled in the tree on cold winter morning.  Hopefully, I won't be able to take any more pictures like this for at least another six or seven months!

The Mourning Doves all huddled in the tree on a cold winter morning. Hopefully, I won’t be able to take any more pictures like this for at least another six or seven months!

 

 

Well, Darn, It Really Is Winter Now and My Kids Are Trying To Quit Me From Cussing

Random Thoughts and Life At Our House

Well, darn.  This is what I woke up to this morning:

The view out my bedroom window.  Why, yes, I turn my Christmas lights on on dreary days when I'm home.  The Dec/Jan electric bill always hurts.  The price of doing Christmas lights.

The view out my bedroom window. Why, yes, I turn my Christmas lights on on dreary days when I’m home. The Dec/Jan electric bill always hurts. The price of doing Christmas lights.

The middle bedroom.  Yeah, the rhododendron needs cut down.  It's at least 15 ft high.

The middle bedroom. Yeah, the rhododendron needs cut down. It’s at least 15 ft high.

Out the front window.  Tried the butterfly bush for the summer.  It's gonna go.  It grew clear over the sidewalk.

Out the front window. Tried the butterfly bush for the summer. It’s gonna go. It grew clear over the sidewalk.

Out the kitchen window.

Out the kitchen window.

Out the bathroom window.

Out the bathroom window.

Big pine tree at the back of our lot.

Big pine tree at the back of our lot.

Another sign of winter are the birdies:

This is a Junco.  They arrive in the fall and leave in the spring.  They showed up at the beginning of the month.  They are camera shy so you can't see just how beautiful they are, charcoal grey with snow white tummies.  They are cheerful little birds that spend most of their time scratching on the ground for food.

This is a Junco. They arrive in the fall and leave in the spring. They showed up at the beginning of the month. They are camera-shy so you can’t see just how beautiful they are, charcoal grey with snow-white tummies. They are cheerful little birds that spend most of their time scratching on the ground for food.

And the American Goldfinch in his winter clothes.  In the summer these birds are a bright yellow.  They luuve sunflower seeds.

And the American Goldfinch in his winter clothes. In the summer these birds are a bright yellow with black wing bars. They luuve sunflower seeds.  (And that’s a Mourning Dove supervising on top the feeder.)

Sigh.  Winter is here.

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My kids are on a mission, darn it.  To stop me from cussing, particularly in public.  My daughter says I shouldn’t be corrupting youth.  Not sure they’re going to eradicate a habit I’ve had for over 2/3rds of my life.  And I like cussing!  It’s emotionally satisfying.  If I hadn’t been there for the birth and if my kids weren’t so much like me, I’d have to wonder if they were actually mine! 🙂

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We still have one more Christmas to go.  We celebrate with my in-laws on New Year’s Day.  We got the shopping done yesterday.  And husband went out today and bought a pork loin to make into pork roast and some chops, and sauerkraut, and a handful of poppers for New Year’s Eve.

Saver and I also hit the calendar kiosk for our 50% off calendar shopping.  I had to splurge on an extra desk calendar when I saw the “Believing In Ourselves” Daily Meditations for Women desk calendar.  The “Spirit of Place” and the “What Horses Teach Us” are Saver’s calendars.

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While I was rummaging around through some papers before Christmas I found a Toys R Us gift card that had belonged to Spider Bait.  According to him he gave me the card for cash and I should go get some Triops.  Um, okay.  So I made a trip to Toys R Us but they didn’t have Triops.  They did have Sea Monkeys.  So I grabbed some of them and a couple of puzzles.  I had to use some of my Christmas cash cause getting 2 puzzles instead of just one put me over the gift card.  And I’m not even sure the Sea Monkeys are any good cause the packets feel funny.  Like maybe they got wet at some point.  Oh, well.  Time will tell.

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I also had a JoAnn Fabric’s gift card from my birthday and I had to hit JoAnn’s to check out the sales.  I needed this stuff like I needed a hole in my head and I went over my card limit (seeing a pattern here?) and spent some of my Christmas cash because they were clearing out the paper and there were only a couple left.  I have nooo will power.  And, NO, I will not tell you how many WIP’s I have lying around here.

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And a $2 reusable bag to carry it in.

And a $2 reusable bag to carry it in.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Before Christmas I finally got my Hermit Crab tanks cleaned back up.  I was a bad crab mommy.

Before.  Yuk.  Way toooo dry.

Before. Yuk. Way toooo dry.

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After

Happy Hermies!

Happy Hermies!

Out In The Yard

Attention plant lovers!  It’s time to start repotting plants house plants and starting your perennial seeds!  Once the Solstice has passed and the days begin to get longer you’re good to go.

And a heads up to you orchid lovers!  Ikea has Phalaenopsis orchids on sale for $4.99.  More Christmas cash gone.

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Mug of the Day

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Time for me to go.  Here’s me working on a post.  Usually, though, I’m in my PJ’s!

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