Seems this has been another week of not getting a lot accomplished, but still busy all week. Last weekend and into Monday was the Backyard Bird Count. I did have some fun taking some photos and reporting my counts every day for the four day time frame. My Sweet Babboo kept the feeder full so we could see the most species. If you are interested in participating in the next bird count, there is another one coming on May 8th with counts on eBird again. There is also a Backyard Feeder count that goes until April, and you can get in on that too at Cornell’s FeederWatch page. This Red Bellied Woodpecker showed up every day.
I have a few Carolina Wrens, one little couple in particular. This little guy is fond of building nests for his sweetheart in my flower pots and other things on the veranda in the spring.
A nuthatch and a goldfinch share the bounty nicely. Cardinals came by too.
Later, a goldfinch expresses his displeasure when another male tries to land nearby. The bluebird on the right takes in the show. And speaking of shows, if you haven’t seen the youtube channel Dry Bar, it is worth checking out. It is all clean comedy, no foul language or coarse references, just good clean fun. We watched one recently on naming cars that was hilarious, along with a bit on women’s shoes that was pretty good as well. We access it with our Roku box, and watch it on the TV.
It was fun this week to receive some happy mail!! Two lovely cards arrived from blogging friends. Thank you to Kathy and Mary for lifting my spirits this week.
My dear mother-in-law’s birthday is next week, so of course that meant going to the stamping bench for a bit of cardmaking fun. I actually made several cards to mail out for various reasons, but I only photographed this one. The others should be arriving soon and I don’t want to spoil a surprise.
On the frame, I finished up the smaller of the two quilts that I did for a customer. I showed the larger one last Sunday. Both quilts were the same basic design and fabrics. But this one needed extra care, as the batting was almost too short. I couldn’t get the clamps to reach it over the backing, so I used pins to hold it in place while the edges were stitched.
She chose the same golden taupe Glide thread for the top, and the same pantograph with a flower.
In other news, we spent about a half hour Friday morning at the high school getting our first Covid vaccinations. It was so very well organized, with appointments for everyone, there was virtually no waiting. I got my “jab” (as the British say) from a hunky firefighter, so an added bonus there, LOL!! We have appointments for our second shot next month, and I am beginning to see light at the end of the long isolation tunnel. I am reasonably certain this time it is not an oncoming train. I believe that by early April, I’ll feel safe enough to have a meal outside with friends as the weather warms, and be released back into the wild to go more places. I hope that by summer our guilds can begin meeting again, sewing events can happen again, and car clubs will start running again. We celebrated with a take out meal. It was nice to not cook for one day. But that of course got me all charged up to try a new recipe. I have a beautiful butternut squash, and have wanted to try this Roasted Butternut Squash with Hoisin and Chives recipe from my Milk Street Cookish cookbook. I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the garden, my daffodils have put up some lovely leaves, but they are not getting enough sun on the back screen porch to flower. So, I asked My Sweet Babboo to move it to the front veranda so it can be in sunlight for more hours in a day.
From today to Tuesday are the prime planting days according to the Farmers Almanac, and I plan to start seeds again tomorrow. I have my peat pots ready, and seeds both new from the store and some saved from last year’s vegetables. My daylight light bar is positioned and ready, and I just need to reset the timer for it when I get the seeds planted.
So that’s what is happening here this past week, and plans for next week. I really enjoyed all the conversations last Sunday! I think I sent more than 50 emails that day, chatting with readers and friends for several hours. I’m finishing up a very long novel, over 500 pages, and I’ll have some book reviews for you soon. What are you working on this week?