My life has been kind of humdrum...in a holding pattern waiting for the dreary gray skies to move out and make way for some sunshine. I haven't done anything new or interesting. I've been playing with the cats....
and doing lots of crocheting.
Since Jimmy won't model my scarves, here is one that I finished this week. Sharon says that I look sheek, hehehe. This particular scarf I made for her so I'm glad that she thinks I look sheek...or maybe she said, "sheesh!"
The daffodils are still blooming away. They've lasted longer than usual and are still looking beautiful today even after being pounded down by heavy rain for the last two days. They've bounced right back up at attention.
I'm still trying to get some bird pictures, but the weather hasn't been too cooperative, but I did manage to get this picture of two doves sitting up in a tree.
Here's another bird. Their blue heads look so pretty, but when they come they come in droves and eat all the birdseed in one sitting out of all the bird feeders. I noticed yesterday, through the rain, that the little yellow finches are turning a brighter yellow. I went out between showers but as soon as I would position myself the rain would start again so I was forced to come back inside. I'll just have to wait for some dry days to get pictures
The Forsythia Bushes are also blooming right now and we have them planted near the creek. While I was back there taking pictures of the Forsythias I noticed that I scared off two little gray squirrels. I saw them running along the ground and then quickly up into the trees. I was a little disappointed that I didn't see them sooner and get a picture of them when suddenly I saw it! another little squirrel that didn't run off with the others.
This little gray squirrel stayed put eating the last few grains of corn. I slowly walked closer until I was straight in front of him...he kept on eating.
He watched me and I watched him. Maybe he thought I had another ear of corn for him. He didn't seen afraid, but he only let me get so close to him and then he darted up the tree and stopped and scolded me for a while.
The tree the feeder is on is about 10-15 feet from the creek bank surrounded by hickory nut and black walnut trees. To the front of his little feeder are two cherry trees and to the right of them raspberry bushes and grape vines. The garden is also located nearby for his feasting pleasure.
Did you know that these little fellas also like dry cat food? Beside raiding the bird feeders, we also find them eating from the cat feeders.
These next two pictures were not taken this week. The cardinals are from our last snow. I see cardinals everyday...they tease me and sit right outside my window ( 3-4 feet away), behind my computer monitor screen and by the time I run for the camera they're gone.
This is also an old picture from last summer of the woodpecker. He also visits daily along with other smaller peckerwoods, as Jimmy refers to them. While living out in the woods we had a red headed woodpecker that was as large as a wild mallard duck. It was the most amazing bird to watch. Since moving from Shady Oaks I haven't seen a woodpecker that large.
Although I see the woodpecker everyday, he doesn't let me get close to him yet. He jumps up into the tree when I approach and stays on the opposite side of the trunk. I've seen two woodpeckers at the same time at the bird feeders and they both looked exactly alike. They are also pecking and chipping away at our wooden feeders and pretty soon the feeders will fall apart. At least they aren't pecking on our house as they are on my youngest daughter's roof constantly that she has to go out with a broom and scare them away.
And here is Suzanne (aka youngest daughter). She's also very elusive as she doesn't like her picture taken and will do anything to avoid it. Here she's trying to get out the door because I pulled my camera out. She's a very fast thinker and quickly uses her Mt.Dew can. I put away my camera and she comes back.