Outdoor Space ~ May 21, 2017

I can't say as we've had an early start to our warm summer weather like we have in years past. But we've finally been able to have some mild days in which to enjoy our screen room!

When I began clearing it out of all the yard and garden things we store in it throughout the winter, it was still quite chilly outside. Despite the calendar saying spring, I was still in my autumn getup which is long johns under my jeans, fuzzy boots and a jacket other than a windbreaker to keep me warm!

Last year I had really wanted to jazz up the screen room. Some of my favorite outdoor furniture is wicker. But, after talking with Dean, we decided that it just didn't seem practical to buy new things, when what we had was still perfectly good and useful. And there was no sense either in changing what is already for all intents and purposes a very suitable and useful as it is outdoor space. However, I did need a few extra sitting chairs for the space, and I was able to find some really nice looking, comfortable tan lawn chairs that fit the bill nicely. So I went about setting up the screen room being creative with what we already have in the space that's already there.

Well, except for the latest new addition of a comfy green rocker chair that my father found at our local Goodwill, and, after seeing it myself, I felt it was just too comfortable of a chair for just the right price to pass up! In fact, as I type this post, it's exactly where I'm sitting! I've always loved a cushioned chair that swivels and rocks, too.

The morning started off mild and sunny, but it has since cooled some, and rain has passed through. Listening to the raindrops on the roof was actually quite nice, and the fresh smelling air is helping to clear out my head. Add to that listening to a yard full of bird song, and watching their busy flights from nests to feeders and back again, it makes for one of the most enjoyable things I can think of doing now that some warmer weather has come our way....

In fact, enjoying time in our screen room is one of the best ways to start my day! If we were closer, I'd love to have you join me! How do you enjoy starting off your day?

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I guess you could say it's "A Room With a View"!

Birds Upon Birds ~ May 8, 2017

Life is going well! Looking forward to getting my flowers planted in the flowerbeds and pots, but the weather has just been too unpredictable and chilly! Soon, I shall....soon!
In the meantime, I truly enjoy the many birds that visit my feeders each and every day.

Saw my first sighting of both a Hummingbird and an Oriole back on May 2nd! Today is only the second time I've spotted a hummer, but I know sightings will continue to get more frequent as the days go by. The Oriole has only been back once more, but soon they, too, will be eating me out of house and home. They devour grape jelly by the jar fulls when they're here in full swing! ☺
Here's wishing all is well in your corner of the world, dear friends! What has your weather been like, and what is your favorite pastime? Here are a few of my favorite bird pictures of late.
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House Finch
Baltimore Oriole
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Tip-Toeing Into Spring ~ April 29, 2017

Up and down, around and around, through a variety of weather patterns, we are slowly getting there!
The sun is finally waking early, the days continue to grow longer, and countless birds fill the air with their songs of cheer. 

The Goldfinches are once again golden, the Cardinals are scarlet, and the Grosbeaks have returned. It won't be long before I see my first Oriole. I hung out a dish of grape jam to lure them in sooner! :) Then shortly, it'll be time for the Hummingbirds to arrive. I look forward to their return all winter long!

The bushes and trees are pushing out buds and blooms, Hyacinths sweetly scent the air, the daffodils and tulips bob their heads in the breeze. Lilac blossoms are gently and cautiously taking a curious peek at the world.

Yes, Spring is surely unfolding each and every day. Little by little, my yard and flowerbeds are getting back into shape. I mowed for the first time a couple of days ago. The smell of the freshly cut grass is just as I've always remembered it. Funny how some things never change.....

This evening several deer were roaming through our back yard, as have foxes, ducks and this year, surprisingly, rabbits. You'd think with all the opportunities for foraging in and around our yard, rabbits would be in abundance. But until just last week days we've never seen even one!

As night falls and I settle in for a rest from my endeavors, I feel a happy contentment to be back outdoors, experiencing all the lovely things that nature has to offer. Me, myself and I - and my trusty camera in tow! 

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Taking It All In - April 22, 2017

Hello Friends!

Have you opened your eyes to a beautiful sunrise lately, or blinked at the incredible beauty of a sunset, or watched a magnificent moon in the night sky?

 Have you gone outdoors and heard the sweet chorus of birds, or perhaps a gurgling brook?

 Have you been tempted to buy flowers and just can't wait to plant them? (Or, maybe in your part of the world you already have!)

Did you have a joyous Easter, and did you happen to see crosses out of the blue? 

Have you been well, and happy and enjoying the coming of Spring, my friends? Has it's message of hope, and rebirth filled your heart with promise of good days to come - despite hardships and battles that sometimes come our way?

Oh, I truly hope that you have, and just wanted to share the beauty of all these special things that I've seen and cherished throughout the past many days as my life has unfolded. 

Wishing you happiness and all good things, and the strength to move through when the going gets tough!

 ~ ♥ ~

Beautiful Skies ~ March 24, 2017

Lately we've had some sunsets to rival any I've seen since last summer....

Often I'd be at the kitchen sink, washing dinner dishes, when I'd look up and see the most beautiful sight as the sun sank lower in the sky.

Gorgeous masterpieces unfolded one right after the other. I couldn't help but to quickly dry my hands and grab my camera to capture the beauty before me!

I was so blessed to see this cloud with a silver lining!!

  "Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful, too."

 ~ Beau Taplin

Wishing you beautiful sunsets wherever you are!
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Handsome Buck ~ March 17, 2017

Every so often we're fortunate enough to get a glimpse of something beautiful in our back yard, like this magnificent buck!

February 2017

While taking a gander out the back windows, Dean spotted this fellow grazing as he was wandering through our territory. 

My husband was quite surprised as this is the biggest rack we've seen on any buck in our yard! He really didn't stay overly long, as the bucks tend to stay in the background, but I'm so glad he stayed long enough to pose for such a lovely picture of himself!
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Winter and Wind ~ March 16, 2017

Hello, my friends! Thinking of you and wishing you well. :)

I got a good chuckle when I found this image on Google the other night:

With the way Winter has recently roared through the northeast (and given us all of winter in about one week's time), I definitely am so ready to hang out with Summer now! ☺

In the meantime, besides dealing with power outages from strong winds, and shoveling through mounds of drifted snow nearly 2' high, I've been sticking close to home, literally tending the home fire, and putting in overtime feeding my feathered friends. 

You'd think that when the weather is at its worst, the birds would stay hunkered down, but exactly the opposite happens. They flock to feeders in droves!

These are just a few of the several feeders I have out. When they're full, you can look up into the branches of the trees above, and see handfuls of birds waiting to dive down for their turn at a feeder!

We've enjoyed feeding cardinals, tufted titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, house finches, goldfinches, sparrows, woodpeckers, bluebirds and a host of new birds who recently migrated back ~ probably thinking differently about having done that now! 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the last few days:

The one nice thing about a late Winter storm, is that I know it cannot last for very long, for Spring is certainly right around the corner being just 5 days away. Even though I know the snow and wind may not up and disappear immediately, it helps to know that there's more of a chance for warmer weather ahead with each day that we get behind us!

And it wasn't more than 2 weeks ago when I took this picture of my beautiful bluebirds, on a mild, Spring-like day enjoying the treat of peanut butter on my homemade suet log. ☺

Yep, Spring is just around the corner, and while March may have come in like a lion, it's sure to go out like a lamb!

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Vintage Green Love ~ February 10, 2017

I recently came across this picture of a vintage green dining room hutch. 

Not anything I would normally consider before seeing the picture! 

But now, most definitely, YES


I did a fun little Google image search,

And just look at all the loveliness and charm I found in this beautiful vintage green.......

Apparently, it's quite popular. 

But I am just discovering it! 

I may have to see what I can turn into this lovely, vintage green in my home!

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Chickens ~ February 10, 2017

Chickens always bring to my mind beautiful country fields, farming, gardening and warm, sunny summer days. 

Sometimes memories of days gone by. 

When my children were younger they had chickens, and it was always like Easter time when they went on a hunt for the eggs! Their chickens were free range, and roamed throughout the rather large, sprawling country yard, laying eggs wherever they saw fit.

Charlie's dog, Joanna, loved to find an egg, and, surprisingly, she'd pick it up gingerly in her mouth to play with it, never crushing it! Now she does the same thing with small tomatoes....Lol!

So, here's a collection of chicken pictures...... just because they make me happy, and happiness is definitely something worth sharing! 😉

So glad you stopped by my friend! You know who you are!! 

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Upside Down Geraniums ~ January 21, 2017

Do I have you wondering, what's up with that?! 

Many years ago I was told that you can uproot a Geranium plant, bring it indoors, hang it just as I have, and then replant it the next growing season.

If I had never seen this done, I would be as skeptical as you may be right now. Though I must admit, despite having known about this method of "saving and reviving Geraniums" for as long as I have, I've never once done it before!

So why this year? Well, this summer I happened upon 2 large, beautiful plants of the most vivid pink Geraniums I've ever seen. As it always is, when Autumn comes and my annual flowering plants are still flowering, I so dislike digging them up and throwing them out. It was especially so with these absolutely lovely Geraniums!

At that time, it came flooding back to my memory about what I'd been told. Then, ironically, within that same week I had a conversation with my neighbor who actually has done this before! She did warn me that they will most likely look as dead as a door nail, but not to get dismayed. Simply plant them into new soil in a pot indoors, in a sunny location. Trim back the branches somewhat, and water them carefully as needed. She said little by little, green sprouts will start to appear, then they can be transferred outdoors and my lovely Geraniums will soon be budding beautifully once again!

As you can see from the picture, my plants actually still have some green on them and color to the flowers that have yet to wither and decay completely. This is after having been uprooted and hung upside down nearly 3 months! They make my heart happy and hopeful each time I go into the basement and see them. It's quite miraculous that they could even revive after such a harsh, water-less existence. 

Like these Geraniums, we, too, may have lain dormant a time or two in our lives, but that doesn't mean we cannot be revived to our "former glory". I imagine that if these Geraniums could actually think, they know just how beautiful they were, and how beautiful they can once again be, for all that they need is within them. While they may be in a state of dormancy, they know it's only temporary, thus they continue to see themselves for who they really are ~ a gorgeously amazing, lovely shade of pink Geranium......

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