Wow, first let me say thank you for the tremendous response to yesterday’s post. I really am grateful for your feedback and support. For those who are new to the blog, I mentioned the Safelight Project, click on that link to see last year’s project start, and use the category on the sidebar to see more posts on our progress and delivery last summer. I had today’s post in mind from Saturday and was working on it as I chatted via emails with so many readers. After we came inside from playing in the snow, that is! More on that in a minute. Let’s start with our feathered visitors. We have such a variety of birds spending the winter with us this year. They love my homemade suet cakes made with bacon fat, grits, oatmeal, and shelled sunflower seeds. This house finch comes by regularly with his mate. I often get these mixed up with purple finches, but the purple ones don’t have the spots on the underside.
Last week, a huge flock of robins stopped by. There must have been three dozen of them! There were so many I couldn’t get them all in a shot. Some were up near the house, and more were in the meadow.
They pecked around the yard for quite a while, then left all at once together in a flurry.
I mentioned yesterday that Oliver was back with his buddies, and showed you his cute face. Jack sat in a tree to eat his treat the same day. They only came that one day, I haven’t seen them since. I think they are keeping themselved fed from their acorn stashes, they seem fat and happy.
The cardinal pair have been frequent visitors since the cold weather began.
Inside, the bulbs I put in a pot are getting a bit bigger. No buds yet, but I’ll keep an eye on them.
I’m getting excited about the amaryllis, the bud stalk is now as tall as the leaves. Soon it will slowly begin to open. I can’t wait to see how many blooms it makes this year.
Saturday night into Sunday’s wee hours, a light snowfall came.
The ice in the trees made lovely patterns in the early morning light.
Just a couple of inches, it was a wet snow. I noticed the iris bed had put up some leaves way too early. It has been really too warm this winter. We haven’t had any real snow events this year.
The bluebirds are hanging close by this year. Two pairs come regularly to the feeder. This female likes the sunflower seeds, especially on this cold day with ice still clinging to the perches.
I caught the male bluebird in the tree waiting his turn on the snowy morning, his colors brilliant against the grey skies.
The snow was almost perfect for making a snowman. My Sweet Babboo really wanted to do this, as we haven’t made one in years. There wasn’t a lot of snow to work with, but he managed two snowmen, one small and one bigger. The larger one he put next to the railing for support.
Meet Sherlock Snomes! He used the deerstalker hat and fake pipe from his last Halloween costume for decoration along with buttons for eyes, and a small carrot nose. It took three trips into the woods for just the right sticks for arms.
The little one needed a hat, so My Sweet Babboo found a little flower pot in my garden stash to fit. A strip of fabric made a fine scarf. Cute, isn’t it?
I did get the next Pachanga clue done, and it will publish Feb 12. Clues are the second and fourth Fridays of each month. If you missed the first ones, click on the category 2021 Scrap Dance Pachanga Mystery on my sidebar to see all the posts for the quilt along. It is cold today and we have provisions from last week’s excursions to pick up online orders. Unfortunately, I have a dental procedure tomorrow, and another one next week, so I may be doing more reading than sewing for several days. I just don’t do well with having my mouth numbed up, and I am dreading this greatly. Catch you later in the week.
What are your plans for this week?