One Determined Squirrel

For lack of anything better to do outside because of all our wind and rain, I've brought the outdoors in with yet, another, bird cam. (Thank you to my mother for this one!) Not only do I love watching the birds and various other critters that have stopped by this feeder site, but it also gives me a glimpse of the weather in other parts of the U.S. 

This particular feeder is based in Edmond, Oklahoma. Ironically, all the wind we've been having, they've been having, too. Well, at least that makes me feel better, because we're not alone in that regard! But they have been partaking in much more sunshine than we've had here in the Northeast, so I've really been enjoying seeing a view that practically feels like it's right outside my window, and, thankfully, it's sunny!

Today, I was quite entertained by one determined little squirrel! He so captured my attention with his tenacity to get every last little bit of peanut butter/suet filling out of the hole in a feeder log, that I took screen shots of the event as it unfolded. If ever you need to learn anything about "stick-to-itiveness", watch a squirrel at a bird feeder! Lol.

Here is where the picture story begins.....

Yes, there is a tiny morsel of peanut butter suet!

Mmmm, I can almost taste it!

Ah, well, I can try to dig it out with my paw...

This certainly appears harder to get at than it looks! 
Maybe standing up will help....

(Voice echoing from inside the hole) Ah, yes, there it is indeed!

Hmmm, I'll have to attack it from another angle....

Um, yep - it's still in there!!

 On second thought, this angle might be better....

 Phew... Hmm....this is quite a work out!

Speaking of work outs, perhaps a bit of acrobatics is needed, 
and I shall try the other hole again....Oooo, ugh....almost there.....

~ BIG GRIN ~

And here it was at this point in time, that the squirrel decided to take a break from trying to retrieve a snack from the feeder log. Almost as quickly as it had come, it hopped onto the feeder platform and scampered away.

But boy, I sure did get a bit of amusement today from this one determined squirrel!

Two Cuties = Too Cute

I guess there are some "ruff" (no pun intended!) days in a dog's life....

And I guess Romeo just really needs to hit the "massage parlor",
a.k.a grooming session, once in a while
for a little R & R....

Which I find absolutely hysterical.
And so does Dean. 

I mean, come on, how hard can a dog's life really be??!!

But, alas, this is what I came upon while puttering around upstairs, finally ending up in our room to put some clothes away.

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And....the session continued....
While Romeo just laid there, relishing in all the attention.

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Whenever Ziva isn't monopolizing Romeo's time, Missie is waiting there for session #2!!

The dog just does not know how good he has it!!

And one day, Ziva's tongue is going to fall out from all that grooming.

Resurrection Of Christ

This year, as with every Easter, I am so very grateful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for the sacrifice He made on my behalf. On your behalf. On behalf of every single person in this entire world! He, who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we might be made righteous....(2 Corinthians 5:21)

Never has so great a sacrifice been given.....

Never has anyone loved so much......

Never will anyone ever give such a sacrifice of life, that in turn gives another eternal life!

It is offered to each one of us, free of charge....with no strings attached.

We cannot earn it, we do not deserve it, but, praise God, His grace and mercy is greater than all our sin!

He is a good God, such a good God, to love each of us, unconditionally. No matter who we are. No matter what have, or haven't done.

His unconditional love gives me boldness to come before Him and lay all that I have and all that I am at His feet. And He will make it beautiful. He will make it worthy. He will make it however it needs to be, and work all things together for good! 

All because He loves me.....and you....and gave His life for us. But that isn't the end of the story! He rose again, He conquered death, and put all things under His feet. He rose victorious, hallelujah! 
 
 Happy, Happy Easter to all my family and friends!

We Believe - Newsboys

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the vail!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe 
In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/newsboys/we-believe-lyrics/#LUAFKRdlR9sKLGoB.99
In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/newsboys/we-believe-lyrics/#LUAFKRdlR9sKLGoB.99

Simple Pull-Through Scarf

Just a fun little sewing project I came across for a cute outfit accessory!

 

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Materials Needed:

Instructions:

  1. Straighten out cut edge if necessary. Measure and mark a line 7" from the cut edge, running along the width of the fabric. Cut along this line and trim off selvages.
  2. With RIGHT sides of fabric facing each other, fold fabric in half widthwise, with cut long edges even and forming a long tube. Pin along long edges.
  3. Stitch long edge in a 1/2" seam. Trim corners.
  4. Pin one short end closed and stitch in a 1/2" seam. Trim off remaining corner.
  5. Turn the tube RIGHT side out through remaining opening in scarf, poking corners out gently as far as they will go.
  6. Fold the ends of the opening to the INSIDE 1/2" and pin in place. Slip stitch opening closed with hand sewing needle and matching thread.
  7. Press scarf flat. To wear, pull both ends of scarf through slide buckle (as shown in photo above).
Copyright for the pattern above belongs exclusively to Simplicity/Simplicity Creative Group.

Bird Song

Without many large, mature trees around my current home, I don't have the variety or number of birds that I'd like, but every year as the smaller trees grow, the bird counts are slowly increasing as they've come to rely on more shelter, along with my feeders and bird baths being available to them. 

At my previous residence, the house was literally in the middle of a farmer's field that had once been home to a grazing herd of cattle. Thus, only 1 large Hickory tree was on the property at the time of its purchase. I had immediately set to work planting quick growing trees and shrubs, and within a few years, the birds were finally starting to feel safe enough to venture into my yard. I was thrilled, to say the least!

Since our weather has gotten a bit warmer, the Robins have been very busy around the neighborhood. I've spotted them here and there, even perched atop my patio fence a time or two. By now, a "home site" has been chosen, their nests have been built and eggs have been laid. And I'm happy to report that I'm sure a nesting site has been chosen somewhere fairly close, because this morning what did I awaken to?

The glorious song of a Robin who was perched somewhere nearby my slightly opened window! Oh, how I love to slowly come awake from a deep sleep to the beautiful melody of a Robin's song! As it registered in my mind, the corners of my mouth turned up into a smile, and my heart felt happy for the experience of this very simple pleasure.

I've come to realize that sometimes what we cherish most in life is simply being able to enjoy quite ordinary things, in a most extraordinary way!


To The First Robin
by Louisa May Alcott, age 8
(1840)
Welcome, welcome, little stranger,
Fear no harm, and fear no danger;
We are glad to see you here,
For you sing "Sweet Spring is near."

Now the white snow melts away;
Now the flowers blossom gay:
Come dear bird and build your nest,
For we love our robin best.





A Birthday Weekend

This past Saturday, my son, Charlie, turned 15. When we speak with one another, I find myself having to look up. And when we hug, I am on tip toe. Wasn't it only just yesterday that I knelt down when speaking to him and he stood on tip toe to hug me?

I remember when he turned 5, still so much his mommy's little boy, with those adorable, kissable lips, and deep chocolate brown eyes. He'd romp through the fields in farmer boots while the sunlight glistened in his hair and put a rosy color on his cheeks. Every night we'd read a bedtime story, we'd say our prayers and turn out the light ~ "But leave the night light on, Mommy" he'd say. Yet, even then, he was growing much too fast.

The years advanced, and soon he was 10. He'd outgrown much of his little boy ways, but, to me, he was still my little boy. So I found myself having to adjust to his attempts at independence, and the need to flutter his wings like a butterfly as it emerges from its cocoon. He was less apt to lean in tight for a hug or a kiss, but at the end of the day, we still said our prayers, and I turned out the light ~ "But I don't need the night light anymore, Mom" he'd say. In the blink of an eye, he had grown, yet again, much too fast.

Now at 15, his voice has grown deep, he can't wait to drive, and he flexes his muscles every now and then, just to show me how strong he's become. He works in the field gathering hay bales, chops and stacks firewood, and practices driving while plowing his father's driveway to clear it of snow. Sometimes I look at him, amazed that my little 7 1/2 pound bundle of joy has now just about grown into the size of a man.....

Some nights at bedtime I follow him to his room, just to stick around in case he wants to be tucked in, in case he wants me to say our prayers once again, or is waiting for me to turn out the light. He obliges by giving me a quick hug while I lay a kiss on his cheek, and I turn out the light, but there isn't even mention of a night light anymore. My little boy has all too soon grown into a young man......

So, we celebrated Charlie's birthday, complete with Cherry pie (which was his request), vanilla ice cream, candles and gifts. It was a happy time, enjoying the moment and the place to where life has brought us thus far. I'm proud of my son for what he is learning, how he is changing and for the young man that he's growing to be. He's full of excitement and enthusiasm to experience life, to laugh and hang out with his friends, yet still there are moments reserved just for us. This makes my mother's heart glad. And anything further I might have to say, was put so beautifully into words by Amy R. Campbell in her poem
"To My Son"

Oh how the years go by,
Oh how time can certainly fly.
From once just a thought in far away dreams,
now into my arms and in my eyes gleam
the presence of you.
Your laughter and smiles
which go on for miles,
warms my heart and soul.
You're growing up so fast,
as I wish each moment with you to last forever.
My little boy will someday be a man
and right by your side I will forever stand.
I will pick up the pieces when you fall,
I will hold your hand and help you stand tall.
And when the day comes when you are on your own,
never feel that you are alone.
No matter how near or far apart
I am always right there in your heart.
Always remember whatever you go through
that no matter what, I will always love you.
                                    ( Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/to-my-son-2#ixzz2yRh0znYe )

Happy Birthday, Charlie! You are loved beyond measure!!


Garden Dreaming

Since Spring is taking it's own sweet time to really truly arrive (despite what the calendar says), I thought I'd post some beautiful garden pictures that share a bit of inspiration ~

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Won't you join me?
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Maybe we'll pot a few plants....
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Or take a lovely stroll....
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Or sit in the grass beside this beautiful little waterfall....
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Someone has their eye on us....How beautiful she is!
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Just look at all the beauty around us, too ~ 
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and a lovely tunnel of roses.....
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 Ahhh....now hasn't this been quite an enjoyable time to spend a moment in the garden with me?

I hope you'll come again!

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Spring 2014 Ruby-throated Hummingbird Migration

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I realize that this is the 2nd post in a row about hummingbirds, but hey ~ what can I say? I just love these glistening little jewel birds! And nothing makes me happier every Spring than to spot my very first hummer of the season. In fact, it's kind of become a tradition in my family to be the first to spot one!

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Anyways, while I was puttering out front on this mild morning, a neighbor friend stopped in while making rounds walking her dog. We shared how we're beginning to see different birds arriving at our feeders, in the trees, or on the roof tops. She's had a cardinal pair, I've had the male cardinal and a goldfinch pair, and she spotted 2 bluejays flying through the neighborhood. She also shared that she's actually tracking the hummingbird migration this year because she's so excited to see them stop in at a new feeder she'll be hanging out in front of her kitchen window.

It may seem silly to some of you, but to those of us who have had more than enough of this ridiculously long, cold winter (we had a storm that dropped 6" of snow only a couple of days ago!), just the thought of hummingbirds arriving is enough to spur many of us through another transitional week of our seemingly much delayed arrival of Spring!

So, when I got inside, I took a moment to see for myself just where these tiny little creatures are right now. I also compared their current status to where they were at this time last year. Thankfully, and even surprisingly, they really aren't that far behind in their migration this year compared to last year. Phew ~ I guess that means by the end of April, we should be seeing a hummingbird or two around these parts. Oooo, I can't wait!

Here's where they've been and are, as documented by various spotters around the states:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

I'd like to think that my feeder is one stop that's written down somewhere in the hummingbirds' handbook as one that's a definite on the feeding site checklist for places to land. According to Hummingbird Journey North, "Most of these birds DO return to the same feeders or gardens to breed year after year. What's more, they often stop at the same spots along the way and arrive on the same date! Not bad for birds with brains no bigger than a grain of rice."  

Although scientists still aren't sure exactly how each of these hummingbirds know where "home" is for them, the fact is that most do return to the same spots, and that just tickles my insides to know that somewhere out there, MY hummingbirds are returning home after a long vacation. And I'll be ready with pretty flowers and fresh nectar just a waitin'!

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