Thursday, September 24, 2020

Squash and Acorns

 

Design - "Butternut Squash"
Chart - "Farmers' Market" #39
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 28 count Pearl linen
Floss - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 12 September 2012
Completed - 17 September 2012

A blast from the past. I do not like to eat summer squash, but I've enjoyed every kind of winter squash that I've ever tried.


The Acorn Woodpeckers have been busy, busy, busy. 

As best I can tell they've now got a 2nd granary tree and are storing peanuts as fast as they can.  I've wondered how many flights back and forth from my feeders to the tree they make in a day.

Here's a photo of one of the females (top) and the male below her.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday's Walk

It is SO nice to be able to be outside once again.

 

I'd say fall has definitely arrived.

Rabbit's Foot Clover

Blackberry

Big Leaf Maple

Hawthorn

Blackberry

Blackberry

Douglas Fir

???

Hazel

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fruit and Birds

 

Design - "Fruit Sampler"
Designer- unknown
Chart - "Prizewinning Mini Samplers" 034819
Better Homes and Gardens
Fabric - 28 count Khaki Jobelin
Floss - DMC
Started - 5 March 1997
Completed - 8 March 1997

My cross stitch selection is an older stitch - 23 years old now, wow!  Have you been stitching long enough to remember buying cross stitch magazine and the charts featured in them?


I am most thankful for blue skies and clean air.

The Steller's Jays and California Scrub Jays are too.

Lots of California Quail out and about.  Most are sticking close to the brush as there is an active Cooper's Hawk in the area.

Monday I was pleased to see the FOS (first of the season) Golden-crowned Sparrow. 

The bird had flown down from the north (Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia)to spend the winter here.

Monday, September 21, 2020

August Finish in September

 

Design - "Square Dance - September"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 cou8nt Vintage Country Mocha
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 7 September 2020
Completed - 15 September 2020

Here it is - my latest finish.  I like the colors used for this and bee skeps /beehives are among my favorite stitching motifs.

Between work and the poor air quality (which has improved the past couple of days), I do not have any new bird or nature photos to share.  We will see what today brings - I hope to be outside for a bit before heading off to work. 


 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday's Hummers

As best I can tell the Rufous Hummingbirds departed around Wednesday or Thursday.

So here are a few photos of an Anna's male. 



And an Anna's female.



The hummers seem to have handled all the smoke and ash just fine.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday's Critters

I did not think I'd have anything to post today.
 
But then a couple of deer came by.

We've not seen much of them since the evening of the 7th.

Barry Buck usually travels with...

...this doe.

I'm sure they were glad to have some rain.

And off they go!

We were blessed to get rain beginning Thursday night and through Friday and again on Friday evening.  Lots of rain (for us) over 2"! And much improved air quality. It did not / will not put out these monster wildfires, but will help with the further spread as well as containment, and certainly help prevent other fires from starting.  The Holiday Farm Fire as of yesterday is 173,025 acres and 12% contained.