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Colors of Love

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Colors of Love
Love can be red, like the intense heat of a passionate kiss
.....the color of sweetness
.....the color of strawberries
Love can be blue, like the comfort we take in a pair of denim jeans
.....the color of strength
.....the color of perfect skies
Love can be yellow, bright and warm like the morning sun
.....like the sounds of laughters of children on the merry-go-round
.....like the sounds of fun from the boys flying kites in the open
Love can be green, peaceful and serene I can hear your heart beats
.....it is the feeling of a loving hand that touch a grieving heart
.....it is the whispering of trusting words to a distressing soul
Love can be orange, the loudness of it can drive you up a wall
.....it can drive you to sing like nobody is listening
.....it can drive you to dance like nobody is watching
Love can be purple, the courage we need to love bravely and unselfishly
.....the moment I first kiss you i know that i am not afraid to risk involvement .....the day the declaration of your love for me was made known to the world
by Arun Kumar


Feeding Birds

Friday, January 30, 2009

I thought this was a cedar waxwing but looked it up and looks more like a bohemian waxwing. They are cute birds and love sunflower seeds mainly. They look like tiny female redbirds. We have a new bird on our feeder now and I can't get a picture of it. I think it is some kind of finch. I know last year we had purple finches. They have red and orange tones to them so don't know why they are called purple.

Now is the time to really feed the birds. Most of the wild seed and forage are gone this time of year. They won't have much to eat until the bugs come out later in spring. I usually go through 100 pounds of seed a year. I love my birds.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 2/1/2009 9:27PM

    Ahh, he's beautiful! I've had Cedar Waxwings up at my feeder this winter. I've never seen the Bohemian one, though. I go through a whole lot of seed up here as their forage food is long gone from up here and everything else is buried by the snow. My background page only shows a little of the snow that has fallen since the pic was taken almost 2 months ago. I realized as I was filling my feeder yesterday that something was very different. Ah yes, I almost didn't have to reach up to fill the feeder! The ever increasing blanket of snow was raising me up to the level of the feeder. No more stretching needed!

I love the birds, too. I had 3 months to sit and watch them from my family room window while I recovered from surgery. It sure relaxed me and helped to pass the time. I fill the feeder everyday and don't even mind when the squirrels take their share. It's an equal opportunity feeder.
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BGGARDEN 1/31/2009 10:28AM

    Love the little Birdy! Thanks for sharing . YOu always have wonderful garden photos.

ENJOY the weekend in the winter garden.
((HUGS)) Bren

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BETRME100 1/30/2009 9:52PM

    I had to shovel a path to my feeder, then clear out around it, but it's paid off with a lot of different birds the past few days...blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, mourning doves, tufted titmouse, woodpeckers, grackles (not my favorite bird, but i guess they need to eat too), a couple of crows, wrens, and on and on. My crazy cat sits on top of the refrigerator watching the birds, just twitching because she wants at them so bad (she doesn't go outside, so they're safe from her). It's really relaxing to watch the birds and notice how each of them likes different feed.

Here's hoping you see some unusual birds at your feeders this winter.


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old washer planters

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I got these old washers at a junk shop a few years ago and decided to use them as planters last year. I planted mainly herbs in them. I think this year I may plant them just with flowers as I want to have a proper herb garden elsewhere. I still have a few herbs living even after all the cold freezing weather we have had. My Italian parsley seems to be thriving.

I can remember my grandmother having an old wringer washer like these. And also an aunt. They thought it was the most modern appliance ever. Who would ever think that they now have washers that clean with steam only now. But these old washers seemed to outlast the new fangled ones we have now. I know Sonny and I have been through at least a half dozen since we have been married. And they aren't cheap either.

I'm so ready for spring so I can start planting.

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BABSDOTTER 1/30/2009 2:21PM

    Love it...love it...love it.....I love the washers as planters...and I love the idea of a 'proper' herb garden. It is so cold and snowy and icy...just thinking about fresh herbs growing make me smile. Thanks. Janet emoticon

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-GRETCHEN 1/29/2009 8:30PM

    That's a really cute idea - using the washers as planters!!

I know -- I can't wait for spring either! I miss my herb garden too!!

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Kieran and Killian

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'm introducing Kieran and Killian, 2 leprechauns from Ireland. They have just popped in from a slide across the rainbow bringing their little wool hats and lucky shamrock pins made of golden and pearl beads from their never-ending pot of gold. They like playing tricks on everyone they meet and like hiding and popping out to scare you when you least expect it.

I love making soft dolls. I draw up my own patterns and sew and stuff and while I'm stuffing and embellishing them, I make up stories about my "little people." This was a fun pattern to do. The dolls are made from tea/coffee dyed muslin. Stuffed with polly batting. The faces are hand drawn with a sharpie pen. The beards are eye-lash yarn in a varigated gray, black, white thread. I wrap it around a small match box and tie off and then stitch 3 hanks of these to each chin. The clothes are cotton fat quarters. The legs are hand painted green and the shoes are handpainted black. The hats are made from green wool. They are hand stitched and turned inside out and the brim is handstitched to the top. The shamrock pins are made from 2 pieces of wool cut in shape of shamrock. I hand stitch these with a blanket stitch stuffing lightly as I go. I then hand bead them and attach a pin back. I love giving my creations names so looked up traditional Irish names. Kieran means "dark one" and Killian means "strife". I thought since most leprechauns were mischief-makers that they needed names that somewhat showed that. I hope you enjoy them.


Winter woes

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We have been in the midst of an ice storm. This is a picture of our muscadines and blueberries this morning. It mostly melted off but still raining and is now below freezing again so imagine the ice will be back on by morning.

Christmas day 1999 we had a major ice storm which knocked out electricity for 14 days. There were trees down all over. It took until this past year for the forest service to finally clear alot of their log roads and fire trails. For eight years we lived with the possiblity of forest fires caused by the downed trees. We are hoping this is not a repeat of that year. So far with it melting today and if we don't have much freezing rain tonight, we may miss this one.

I'm not too worried about us except for maybe a tree or 2 falling on the house. We have lots of food canned and frozen and a couple of generators to keep the freezers running. We have gas and wood heat and gas cook stove so we manage the blackouts pretty well. We were without power this past summer for 5 days due to the hurricanes blowing this far north. Trees were down then but not like in an ice storm. We do take advantage when trees do go down to have them sawn into lumber. Sonny is a good woodworker so he has put most to use in our dining room add on and kitchen cabinets and lately he made me a moveable kitchen work station and cutting boards. Now he is making me new counter tops that will look like cutting boards.

We need to take advantage of opportunities whether good or bad. We need to look for the good in the bad that happens. When the power is out, it seems to bring out the best in neighbors and they all seem to want to help one another.

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BGGARDEN 1/27/2009 9:30PM

    We are getting some winter storms tonight.... only ours is in the form of SNOW! Expecting any where from 5-7 inches. I am trying to get excited about SHOVELING AGAIN!!!!

STAY SAFE Dear friend!

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