In trying to gauge a good pattern for posting, I've looked at several options . . . pick set days and post (whether I've got something to share or not) . . . set a number of times per week . . . or, perhaps, I could just post every time our weather changes! That would have me posting consistently about every forty-eight hours, at least. Sheesh! When I last posted we had 70's and daffodils ... this morning we had frigid temps and snow flurries. In between we had tornado watches ... and we've had flash food warnings *every*day* for the past two weeks. Gracious. Anyway, I posted seven times in January, which wasn't bad for an overall number (maybe a little on the low side) ... it's just that they were clumped up and not distributed nicely. I'll try and avoid that in February. No promises!
Right now we have a wide variety of birds hitting the feeders ... cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, tufted titmouse, nuthatches, and green finches. And before you go running for your bird books trying to figure out what the heck a green finch is, it's how Todd and I lovingly refer to our wintering gold finches.
They turn rather olive colored. Even the cardinal did a double-take.
(That's a very 'fluffy' cardinal, by the way).
It's hard to believe that our brilliantly yellow-colored summer birds are this drab in the winter! Of course, the cardinals look much better in January than they do in May. I guess it all evens out!
I spent the day with Joc and Ellie yesterday. It was Ellie's second library visit. We spent an hour or so in the pre-school section.
We didn't do a whole lot of reading . . . why read books when there are so many other things to occupy oneself?!? Besides, the books come home to be read. That's what I did. I figured I might as well check out the embroidery and quilting books since I was already there and all.
I got a nice stack to peruse (at home)! Just to flip through and get ideas. :)
Back at Joc's, Leia was waiting for us.
That's okay, Leia. Don't get up.
Ellie's hair is getting long enough that she can sport the "Pebble's" look:
I know, I know ... the plant behind her makes it really hard to see, but I promise that there are at least 20 or so strands of hair standing straight up! She's such a dear little dolly!
And I thought I'd share my Lesson Four finishes from the redwork course. . .
I loved, loved working the bonsai tree ... the stacked French knots are such fun! At first I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but as I built the rows, I could see it taking shape and it was very cool.
Super Bowl Sunday is in sight! Go Baltimore Ravens! (Or, as the natives say it, Go Bal'mer Ravens!) Sawyer is spending the night with me that night -- we're going to have our own super bowl party. Anyone else have special plans?!
And don't forget -- book review -- Declutter Now! -- posted tomorrow with a giveaway!