Friday, December 31, 2010

1-1-11 Happy New Year!

Welcome to 1-1-11...What do you have in store?....
What roads will we take in 1-1-11?....its all up to us....just like a present to unwrap and be enjoyed...or not!  Life is all about the choices we make....some things  are chosen for us and then we have to decide how we will accept or react to those changes and some of those unchangeable situations in life......there are many turns in the road of life.....all a part of life's lessons. 
These lessons make us the persons we are today...have an open mind and look at your choices or sometimes act on a whim....follow your gut and think with your heart! 
Wishing you a healthy Happy New Year!  May your travels on the road of life be rewarding!

Benjamin Franklin once said “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”  NOTE: in the spirit of the times  and politically correct "a better person" :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Strange Christmas Weather

I awoke this morning to SILENCE! I jumped out of bed and went to take care of the bird feeders.  Boy they must be hungry... The wind had finally stopped howling and the rain had ceased pelting!  All I can say is I'm glad I didn't have to shovel it!  The rain and winds have been here for a week....all I could think about was the poor birds.  I saw one wind battered  Blue Jay beat his way to the feeder and grab one peanut and the poor little Juncos would brave the wind and rain to feed on the seed that I had put on the ground.  But this morning no wind and the blue sky is starting to break through and lo and behold the six Mourning Doves showed up for breakfast along with four Blue Jays, a few Juncos and of course the Crows......

Have been doing mostly crochet since the holidays began doll blankets, throws and Christmas I get back to the hooking....I have one unfinished project that is on my radar....and a few designs in my head.

Here is my latest completed piece...  Sleigh Bells Ring--

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the new year!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Backyard Birds

This summer I started setting up Bird intent to keep the Blue Jays happy...this past week I have notice lots of activity at both my feeders. 

I was so excited this morning to find todays visitors included Juncos,

lots of Evening Grosbeaks,
three pairs of Mourning Doves,
lots of European Starlings,
my flock of Blue Jays
and of course a couple of crows! 
My trees were full and lots of bird song and chatter.

The feeder as been a learning experience for me.  Every sighting sends me to Google.  For example Mourning Doves mate for life, like bird baths and are ground feeders.  They are farily large birds and it the first time I ever saw one was this past Sunday morning. Apparently the Blue Jays must of attracted them cause they keep pushing lots of seeds to the ground.

The Grosbeaks can shuck the sunflower seeds faster than I can put them out and compete with the Blue Jays.  The Grosbeaks are beautiful in color and have brilliant yellow, white and black coloring. (A hooking project I am thinking :-) ) First time I ever saw one of those was last week.  I wondering have I been blind to birds until now? 

The Junos also spend there time close to the ground when feeding and the Starlings have such beautiful colors in their feathers when the sun is shining on them.  The Juncos seem like such a fragile bird...just little puffs.

Now to share some research on Birdfeeding Myths:
Birds won't migrate when you are supplying food--not so apparently migration is not tied to food supplies and a few pounds of sun flower seed is not going to derail thousands of years of the birds evolution. :-)
Once you start feeding you cannot stop-- Although bird feeders are helpful to the birds in times of stress, breeding and hard winters they are not going to starve if you have to stop for some reason.  They only get a small part of their caloric and nutritional intake from birdseed.  They may move on but they won't starve.  Birds are not overly dependant on humans. 

So added to my list of things to do is jump out of bed and get the seed and peanuts particular large Blue Jay sits on the veranda rail and stares in the window at me and lets me know if I am behind schedule.

For those interested here is the Newfoundland Winter Bird List

Note I robbed all my pictures off the internet :-)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Comfort and Joy

Like everyone I have had a busy, busy fall! 
Tho probably not so busy as my friend Anne :-) Get a cup of tea or coffee and check out her Blog

Lots of traveling, busy at work, busy with family and of course busy with hooking. 
This year because I had so much free time :-) I decided to hook three pieces to submit for jurying for the  2010 Comfort and Joy Show at Devon house hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council.  Comfort & Joy is an exhibition and sale of special creations celebrating the comfort and joy of the holiday season.
Pretty ambitious as from the time I made my decision to the deadline I also had a two week vacation and a conference in "Hubby" made me a frame that I can take apart for travel and when I packed in went the frame the "Joy" piece I was working on and all the wonderful colors of wool...

I did get two pieces completed

and "Christmas Blue Jay". 

The good news is they were accepted for the Show!
For any of you in the big city in the next couple of weeks the Comfort and Joy Show runs from December 4 - 19 at the Devon House Craft Centre,
59 Duckworth Street
Here is the info on the opening of Comfort & Joy    
 Join us for an
Open House &
Opening Reception
Saturday, December 4, 1 - 4pm
find great gifts, enjoy tasty refreshments and discover your holiday spirit

Devon House Craft Centre,  59 Duckworth St.