Saturday, March 31, 2018
Saturday morning looks good but the wind is strong. It will be blowing colder temperatures for the afternoon. The Easter Egg hunts didn’t get rained out but the winter coats were needed to make things be better for the kids. Our church prepared 15,000 eggs to hand out today.
Last evening we had similar cloud formations. This is the sun starting to set in the east. I have to stand on my front door step and look to my right to be able to take this shot.
While filling the feeders on Saturday I had a cup or more of seed left over in the container. I just dumped it on the table. Later the house finch made me smile as it stood in the middle of it and helped himself.
We had a good morning at the bookstore today. We have missed off and on with our battle with upper respiratory conditions. We both are so much over it with just a slight chance of it coming back in the evening or when we get tired. The bookstore was not crowded today until the noon time an then people were flooding inside. I hope all of you are well today and I do hope you have a great Easter Day.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, March 30, 2018
They are a pleasant surprise for me. I didn’t plant them but I do get to enjoy them. I went out this morning to get newer shots and they are not opened yet. I am struggling to get a good shot of some white crocus but the camera just doesn’t like white objects. I will try when the light has changes and to when they have become open today.
The poinsettia was a gift back in November and it is still hanging on. The green leaves really are looking better now that the reddish ones. Lots of times I loose these plants in the coldest of winters as the soil dries out on them suddenly and everything shrivels up. There is no bringing them back. If I keep it going, I could get it into a planter for outside putting it in the shade of the deck. I set it in the big window for now so the plant is going to be really happy with all the strong light.
One of the things that I like about living here is the traffic of birds going overhead. It is not unusual to see seagulls flying high in the sky or other larger birds. The Canada Geese have settled down now but it isn’t unusual for a couple or three to fly over honking along the way. The migrating smaller birds have been going over the past few days. We are just close enough to timber lands surrounding our building development and close to the Des Moines River that also is connected to Lake Saylorville. I have only seen one chickadee so far and I may not see any more. They do like dense timber areas and the houses cause there to be too many open areas.
The investment people in our lives gave us this birdhouse last fall. I think it is intended to be a wren house. I placed it out with the suet feeder to see if I could draw in some small bird. The suet feeder has not drawn in any woodpeckers. We have a sunny day today with a possibility of it warming up. It is suppose to rain tomorrow on all the Easter egg hunts. I hope they get some break in the weather for that.
Thank you for checking in today.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The evening sky to the east shows an opening in the sky. The clouds that were coming here are still here to stay today.
You can see her that the tail really is the normal length. I cought it preening the back feathers.
The male house finch is becoming a deeper red now with the female continuing to stay their camouflage brown. The newest visitor of the feeders was the female cardinal but I have not seen her since her one visit.
We have a cold day ahead of us today with some strong winds. I guess the weather fronts just have to keep mixing back and forth until we reach our true spring weather. We don’t have plans for today but I am still going out to see what is coming up in spite of the weather. I hope everyone will have a good day today. Thanks for checking in at the blog.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The evening moon seems to be visible with our cloudless sky. We have had clouds for so long that I wondered where it was. I discovered a few days a go that it was a day moon.
Yesterday’s sunset shows how we have clouds and here there is some clearing taking place. I think this is my favorite tree in the neighborhood and the other is the one I see when I take the sunrise shots.
I just now remembered that I haven’t posted my newest female bird on my post. I should have started with it but the moon did kind of make a good draw in for the post.
I had watched a couple of female cardinals chasing back and forth with a male but the one of them came to the feeders yesterday. I had taken the photos, downloaded them, but then did not get them to my photo file. I did get that error corrected. I was disappointed that I had taken many shots of the bird but only two of them were successful. A couple that I took through the screen door were very worthless. I have been taken photos lately with the subject’s head being cut off in the visual.
My last fall harvest of sunflowers are now being place out for the birds and two squirrels. It took them a while to find the seed head. I keep thinking that I would see the male cardinal out there but he seems to stay away from the deck floor. I will have some shells to clean up in the future as the plow through the seed heads.
I did have a great meal at The Olive Garden for my birthday and the birthday cake is going to last for quite a few days. I am adjusting to my new age number of”68" and my older brothers keep telling me I am so young. My oldest brother is 9 years older than me and the second oldest is 7 years older. When we all get more balding and gray it really doesn’t seem to be much of a benefit to be younger. The other brother that was three years old passed away at the age of 61 years so I guess my older brothers think there is a big gap between us age wise.
We are going to be 61 degrees F. today. That is so wonderful. I bet I will be able to watch the bulb plants shoot up and out. Thank you all for stopping by today.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Spring in a vase works good for me until the weather does actually warms up some. I live in a large city but I refuse to act like it. I bought a bundle of the flowers and the check out lady commented on the flowers. She and I preceded to have a great discussion about our spring bulbs and what was coming up right now. She had bulbs on the east side of her house and the daffodils were almost in bloom. I had to by a large pizza because that is the only size that they had in supreme. We discussed cutting it in half and freezing the one half. Two people were never going to be able to eat that large of pizza. I figure that the checker really is kind of bored and needs to expand their thoughts beyond placing the next item on the scanner.
The junco was peaceably siting on the rail enjoying seeds while we ate breakfast this morning. The birds eat one last time in the evening before the sun sets. They act like they are really hungry even though they could have been at the feeder any time of the day. I am going to have to refill my thistle seed sock soon and it is getting to be low.
I failed to get this shot posted a few days back. The snow was being blown around with strong winds and I just happened to capture his messed up top feathers.
Thanks for checking in today. I hope everyone is well and that spring is coming to your neighborhood soon.
Monday, March 26, 2018
It is funny how this is the same moon now as we had back in 1950. Some things do not change. I was born in a hospital in Clarke County, Iowa. That building was torn down years ago. My parents lived on a rented farm in a house that was down a dirt lane off a gravel road. Little did I know that I would travel by bus later to that same house too deliver kids from school all my school years. We moved away from the rental in 1953. The land sat about two miles from a then small town of Hopeville. All that is left there now is a church and a rambling school house that has fallen to the ground. The cemetery is a large one of all the residents buried there of the town. The extended families also chose to be buried there on that rolling hilly land with wild cedar trees. People are still being buried today. A lot of the people in the area where we lived had family ties back to that town of Hopeville.
I snapped shots of these kinds of clouds last night when the moon was out and about. The jets of Omaha were doing their thing in the sky with about four of them laying skylines everywhere. They tended to cross each other making various X shapes in the sky.
Our local air force base had all of the jets eliminated by the previous administration. The turned it into a droid base, testing and developing them. Training for them was also a positive before the soldiers would be shipped overseas. Recently the helicopters were brought back and we see many of the flying in formation as they are overhead night or day. It is strange at first to see four helicopters flying in a block formation.
The yellowish spot is probably a daffodil bud. I did plant some but was not sure where they were. My birthday’s of the past would land on a snowstorm days or a rainy days. I guess I do remember some birthdays with sunshine days. My first cousin Carolyn was born the day before me, so the families on my mom’s side would use that as an excuse to have family dinner on the Sunday near to the days. My mom would make a cake with candy Easter eggs on them and my cousin’s mom Lois, would always make a cake with that cooked sticky frosting. Lois is the only living relative left of that whole family on my mom’s side. She was a sister-in-law stop my mom.
I have watched a show that shared how one of the companies made this specialized pop-up cards. I have seen them in bookstores. I am assuming other card companies are trying to make them as this one is really fancy. Its detail is so great and it is amazing that it can again be folded closed.
My graduation class is getting all excited about the 50th year reunion his summer. I really don’t get so thrilled. I don’t want to go back to those days. Only a few of them have remained good friends even though we don’t live close to each other. I really enjoy those as they have aged with me. Of course a couple of them I am related to as it was a small town and our class averaged 23 students most of them time.
It is a rainy day and we still have snow on the deck. We are going to eat out tonight and not really party much. I can smell the cake in the oven and the dog is sound asleep in the middle of the living room. I and the dog will get wet when we go out over the noon hour.
Thanks to you all for stopping by today. I wish you well
Sunday, March 25, 2018
The mourning dove normally could not eat at this feeder. I had set it on the railing so the sock feeder would be more easily reached. So yesterday during the snow storm, the bird just landed there to get out of the wind and to eat seed too.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
The flock of geese have snow on their backs again this morning. Areas north of us are to get eleven inches of snow. We will only get a couple of inches.
We will be held inside today because of the weather. It will be interesting to see if it does warm up in late afternoon. Thanks for checking in today.
Friday, March 23, 2018
They are a passive bird that does sit and meditate for a long time. They had left my deck and landed on the fence as shown. They did not leave for fifteen minutes or more as they just perched on the fence
It is a gloomy Friday and I doubt we get out again today. I did sneak out yesterday for a grocery run. I only bought a half of a load as it came to only fifty dollars. Normally it is always a hundred dollar run when we both go to the store.
Take care everyone and thanks for stopping by today.