I scared a mother Robin out of a tree next to our house and knew she must have been protecting a nest by the way she reacted. Sure enough, this is what I discovered before she returned. She has four eggs she's been keeping warm. I hope I'll be able to see them hatch then grow and fly away. I'll try to remember to post more photos as they progress.
Our first Purple Martin returned this morning only to have to fight off those gosh darn Tree Swallows again! He was successful in sending them away but not for long. He took off then one of the Tree Swallows returned and spent most of the day sitting on top of the house like he owned it. Although I really do enjoy the Tree Swallows, we don't want them in our martin housing. If they would just set up housekeeping in one of the empty bluebird boxes, we'd be so happy! I wonder what tomorrow will bring?!
Yea, we got our first Purple Martin today! I don't know if he's going to stick around or bring more Martins here but he sure was a nice surprise this morning while drinking my coffee out on the deck. Happy Memorial Day!
Totally forgot to post yesterday! Oh well, nobody's perfect! I guess I had a little too much food and drink during our cookout yesterday that I never gave this little ol' blog a thought.
Anyway, here's a somewhat blurry photo (I was taking it quickly out an upstairs window) of a deer hanging out in the field across the road from our house. Now you wouldn't think that a deer is that exciting, right? Well, normally they aren't but it's been quite some time since I've seen a deer over there - they used to be there daily for many years and all of a sudden this past year they seemed to disappear - so it was surprising to see one standing there. I was also surprised to see he was alone because usually there would be a whole big group of them. I think I've actually missed seeing them running around and playing over there.
A yummy cake brought by my daughter for our Mother's Day cookout. I know Mother's Day is now past us but I wanted to share this yumminess with you anyway as it would actually be a great cake to make for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend if you're planning a get-together.
Here's a rare photo of a female bluebird. The male and female were actually taking a bath together when I first spotted them but by the time I was able to get ahold of my camera, the male had flown away. That was just fine with me though since I'd never gotten a photo of a female bluebird before. I'm glad she stayed for the photo shoot.
Did you know that chives produce a very pretty lavender flower? If you didn't, you do now! Every year my chives plant has tons of beautiful flowers on it and they never cease to amaze me! But the flowers really aren't the best part of the plant - it's the long thin leaves with their onion-y aroma and flavor. They go great in lots of recipes that call for onions and can even compliment onions in recipes. They add just the right touch to ANY recipe!
My azalea bushes are looking pretty rough thanks to the mild winter and warm early spring we had. There aren't many leaves on them but there's quite a few pretty blossoms. I guess the crazy weather threw them out of whack! I'm still enjoying them just the same.
Last night was homemade pizza night as most Saturday nights tend to be. This was one of the best tasting ones we've made.
Start with a thawed pizza dough from Acme, spread it out on a cookie sheet - not a pizza pan - add half a can of Dom Pepino pizza sauce, throw some sausage, black olives and red peppers on it then sprinkle a whole bag of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese all over the top and bake for 12-15 minutes at 450 degrees. Let it cool for about 5 minutes, if you can wait that long, cut into serving size pieces and enjoy! It is so yummy that we haven't done a take-out pizza in forever!
.....and still no martins! We're not really expecting any Purple Martins to land here this year as we've done everything right to get them here and they are still ignoring us! ;-( I know we shouldn't get discouraged because it could still happen but we're almost resigned to the fact that we'll have to just wait till next year to try to get them here.
The Tree Swallows sure seem to like the house but the Martins don't. Maybe we should just let THEM take over the housing for this year. Nah! We gotta give it a good try and we're not quite ready to give up yet!
Hubby doesn't often take photos but he grabbed my camera the other day to take a picture of his newest home improvement project - newly painted shutters on the shed and a new flower box full of impatiens. I'm not sure why but I really love this photo! Great job!
I happened to look out a window today just as a bluebird landed on the birdbath but by the time I grabbed my camera to take a photo, he was just getting ready to fly away. I guess I got a pretty good shot of him after all!
I can't believe that one of these gorgeous irises finally came up this year. I planted them last Spring but they didn't do more than just break through the surface of the ground. I am pleasantly surprised to see them this year! They are gorgeous!
The first lettuce and spinach leaves from our garden. Yippee! There's nothing like your own homegrown veggies. They are so yummy! Can't wait for all the other yummy veggies but unfortunately it will be awhile!
Still waiting for the Martins! As much as these Tree Swallows are enjoyable to watch and have around, they need to stay out of the Purple Martin house or we won't get Purple Martins! How can we let them know to stay away??? Yeesh!!!
Just wanted to share a Studio J online scrapbooking layout with you. These photos were taken back on the very last day of December 2011 on a trip out to Lancaster County. It's such a pretty area and we truly enjoy visiting there.
This layout is one of 5 that I received FREE for attending a Close to My Heart event called Leadershare in New Brunswick, NJ last Saturday. What an awesome thing for this fantastic company to give us FREE! I hadn't done any Studio J layouts in awhile and this got me playing again. I love how they all turned out!
This was my art donation for the Operation Smile Auction held at the Close to My Heart Leadershare event in New Jersey last Saturday. It didn't fetch as high of a price as I'd hoped but the gal who had the highest bid really loves it and that makes me happy!