Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bird is the word...

Today was birdwatching bliss.  I had several visitors beyond the normal chickadees and nuthatches.  

A spotted towhee scratching his way through the understory.

The blue jay seems to know when I fill the feeders. 
This crow has been hanging out for a month. I call him Berserker, as he is very gruff.
I am intrigued with the eye color of the towhee.
This black headed grosbeak comes back every year with his mate.
Juncos are here year around, but it was a pretty picture and I wanted to share it.
The turkeys enjoy cleaning up dropped seeds.  Unfortunately, they also enjoy snapping the heads off of my tulips.
One of my favorite birds is the chipping sparrow.  They are always so chipper.
This isn't the best photo of a house finch, but I had to fit him in as he wandered by.
Everyone working to clean up the seeds under the feeder.  
A cowbird couple always swing by in the spring.  Here is the female.  I have yet to see the male. 

 That was my evening of birdwatching.  It is always interesting in the sprig to see who swings by.  

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Gardening finally...

 What a beautiful day today.  I was able to clean out the rose bed and plant the greenhouse.


My lettuce grew by leaps and bounds now that the weather is warmer.
My basil and tomatoes are in.  I didn't have great luck starting peppers, but my melons, pumpkins, and squash are anxious to go outside.  It is still too cold for that.

I finally have a few flowers.

How are your vegetable gardens?  What do you have blooming?

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Let's talk turkey...

 It is that time of the year.  I just sit on the porch and watch the show.





Coppers, blues, and greens iridescent against the morning sun.  The gobbling was in stereo.  I am blessed to live where I can look out my window and watch nature in action.

What can you see out your window?


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Tired...

 I have one word for this weekend...

Tired.



We lost power several times this weekend.  The wind was strong and incessant.  It blew a tree down on our power lines also making the road impassible. I'm not sure how much we ended up with.  We had grass showing in some area and many 3-4 foot drifts.  We probably got about 1 1/2 feet.  It was 60 degrees the day before.

On the bright side, I was able to made an elk pot pie and a cream pie before we lost power.

Grandma's Cream Pie

3/4 c. Sugar

3 1/2 T. Cornstarch

1/2 t. Salt

2 1/2 c. Milk 

2 eggs 

1 t. Vanilla

Dash of Nutmeg (that addition came from my great grandma, Mammie.)

Combine all ingredients, except the vanilla and nutmeg, in a sauce pan.  Stir over low heat until thick, remove from heat, add vanilla and nutmeg.  Pour into a graham cracker or baked pie crust.  Refrigerate until cool and enjoy.  Also excellent with cut up bananas on top.


Even with the power out, we have a gas stove and I was able to make some lotion bars.  I finally figured out how to make my gigantic chunk of beeswax more manageable.  I grated it.  Since there was no power, my husband even got in on the fun.



I am trying rice water for my hair.  I read that it is supposed to help with growth and shine.  Just let 1/2 c. white rice sit in 2 c. water overnight.  Strain and spray in hair.  I don't have the recipe for the lotion bars.  The sugar scrub is 1 c. sugar, 2 T. olive oil, 2 T. lemon juice, 4 drops of lemon grass oil, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil.  Sprinkle in some lemon rind.  This is great rubbed on in the shower.  Be careful as it can make the shower floor slippery.  It does moisturize dry winter skin.

After a long weekend of snow, wind, shoveling, cutting up downed trees, cleaning, baking, I needed a spa day.  Thankfully the electricity came back on and I could do just that.

I did take a photo of my crocuses before they were crushed by the snow.


As I always say, "hope springs eternal.". Maybe next weekend will be nicer.  How was your weekend?  Any snow?  How about the wind?  Hope you were able to enjoy.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

I spy...

 Since it is prom season, I thought I would share what my husband calls the Grand March at our cabin.


I haven't seen many elk this winter, but was lucky enough to see this herd several times last week.  I tried to just take photos as I slowly drove by.  I didn't want to disrupt them.


There were about 40 in the herd.  They are certainly majestic.

That is all I have.  It has been cold and super windy.  I haven't been very inspired.  I hope you enjoyed the wildlife.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

A genuine anteater...

 A genuine anteater the pet store man told my dad.  Turned out it was an aunt eater and now my uncle is mad.  My cousin told me that joke when we were kids.  For some reason I never forgot it.  

Why am I rambling about ants?  Because that is the only thing of interest I have this week.

During our weekly walk, I caught something shiny and black out of the corner of my eye.



I guess they were as tired of winter as I am and taking advantage of the sun.  They must not be able to feel the incessant winds.

Ella and I almost blew off the mountain top. 

I hope you are having nicer weather.  

Sunday, April 3, 2022

We have green...

 My lettuce in the greenhouse is up.  I don't have a picture as the sprouts were so little.  The weather hasn't been nice, but the Tomato Taj Mahal is a regular Valhalla!


I gave my seedling starts a little vacation to the Taj Mahal and they loved it.  Before you judge my fur lined mad bomber hat, just know it is ten times warmer than a coat.  


Before some real sun, the were weak and reaching for sunshine.  Now look at how healthy they are.


They are a darker green and standing up straight.  It just goes to show sunshine does a body good.  It does my soul good.  My husband had a hard time getting me out of the greenhouse.  It was a nice respite from the incessant winds we have been enduring.

Not much else is happening here.  I gathered a bucket of ash from our winter burn piles.  It is drying in the greenhouse.  I find a cupful in the spring makes my delphiniums happy.


How does your garden grow?  Do you still have snow?  Are you as impatient as I am for summer?  



Sunday, March 27, 2022

One man's trash...

 Earlier this winter, I stumbled across some buried metal at the back of our property.  I marked the area and we went back this weekend with the metal detector.  After quite a bit of digging, it turned out to be an old cook stove. A Rattler No. 9 made sometime between 1879 and 1884 by Dutcher Vose & Adams from Milwaukee Wis.  




I so wish I could put it all together.  I think I could do it.   It was sure a fun way to spend the day.  It makes a person wonder what the past life of this property was.  

What is the coolest thing you've ever found on your property?

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Let's get this party started..

I couldn't wait any longer.  I had to do some outdoor projects.   The weather was halfway decent and we took advantage.  First we stained and set up the wood duck boxes.



We even did a little fishing, but for once we got skunked.  My husband had a nibble and that was it.  Still, it was a beautiful day to sit and enjoy the sun.

I did get a chance to work on this year's graduation quilt.  It is starting to come together.  I need to stop making things up as I go.  It gets complicated.
The greenhouse went from disaster to spectacular in a few hours.  I mixed in some compost and fertilizer.


I planted carrots, lettuce, and pak choi under the bench.  Everything is ready for seedlings.  I think I will start those next week.


It felt good to do some things outside.  It is supposed to snow tonight, but we are coming down the homestretch.  May is a month and a half away.

Have you started gardening yet?