Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nesting

It's that time of year.  Nesting time.  It never ceases to amaze me the intricacies and glory of God when I simply observe nature.  I discovered, by accident, a red-headed woodpecker nest in our pine tree.  I was hanging out clothes and heard a ruckus of baby birds.  I was sure there was a snake nearby.  As it was, they were just hungry...and boy were they letting it be known.  I haven't been able to capture a feeding yet, but here is their home.


This nest, belonging to an Orchard Oriole, is appropriately hanging in an apple tree behind our shop.  I am a bit too short to peek in for fear of dumping the eggs on my head.  My husband has seen one egg so far.  I'm having him keep watch.




I love my bluebirds.  This is their second nesting in the box mounted to the top of my clothesline post.  (That, in hindsight, wasn't a wise place to hang it, but I try to give them room and they don't poop on my clothes, so it's working out for us.)  I was able to zoom in on Mom headed into the box.  They are prepping the nest for a new batch of eggs



The martins are so fun to watch.  My neighbor built me this great 12 room condo for them.  If you'll look close, 5 of the holes have fledglings peeking out.  The babysitter on the roof immediately let out a you're-too-close squawk that had them ducking back inside.  But, my trigger finger caught them just in time.  We can sit outside mosquito free as long as they are in residence.


And last, but not least, I caught this great picture of a hummer on my clothesline.  I know they nest in the area, but haven't been fortunate enough to find one of the tiny gems.  I have anywhere from 2 - 12 on my feeder late in the day.  I'm in the Deep Woods and the only feeder for probably 2 miles.  I have to fill it every other day.  They are a pleasure to watch and I think the aeronautical engineers could learn a thing or two from their maneuvers. 


I LOVE my big-girl camera.  Without it, I wouldn't have been able to share such great shots.  It's so nice to be able to capture exactly what I see.  It's also nice to have the time to just watch the birds!



Saturday, June 25, 2011

It Really Worked!

Months ago I had an idea for the kitchen.  I HATE putting up fruits and vegetables for the freezer in zip bags.  It's impossible to hold the bag and funnel while filling them with sometimes dripping goodies.  I get stuff all over me, the bag, the counter, ugh!  So, I thought about designing a bag holder.  I thoughts, designed, measured, and enlisted the help of my better half (he doesn't trust me with power tools.)  With my direction, he drilled the holes, cut the dowels to fit, notched the tops to inset the clothespins, glued it all together and clamped the dickens out of it until it dried.  A couple of coats of paint later and I had a bag holder.  Of course, by then, I didn't need it, so I tossed it onto the top shelf of my utility room.  Until today!  I was gifted with a dish pan full of purple-hull peas.  (I say gifted, as I didn't have to grow, pick or shell - between my neighbor and husband, they did all the hard stuff.)  After blanching and cooling, I decided to see if it worked...and it did!  Now, I'm not wishing for more peas, but it's nice to see the fruits of my imagination can amount to something more than just pipe dreams!  Check out my pix!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Watch Out Vera Bradley!

The past two days have truly felt like summer vacation.  Except for a flying trip to WM for more thread, I have been able to stay home!  On one of my previous excursions, I picked up materials for several projects.  I have a new piece of furniture that looked naked without a pillow or throw.  Needless to say, I couldn't find a throw anywhere, so settled for making my own.  Here's a close-up of the fabric and the finished piece.  It looks much homier and confortable now! 



Now, for the piece of pride, my ipad cover.  I quilted the fabric myself (something I'm not sure I want to do again, but it is do-able.)  The pattern is all my own too.  I have a smart cover (not pictured) that will protect it a bit, but I wanted to be able to throw it in my bag and not have it get scratched with keys and other purse stuff.  So, I decided to dress it in style.  I'm including a close-up of the quilting (don't judge.), and over all look, then a pix with pocket open and the full monty.  The ipad measures 7 wide by about 9.5 long, so my envelope is a bit bigger than it looks. 





Not bad for a two days work.  Keep checking - I'm going to try to be more faithful about posting!