Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Celebration


"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."  ~Erma Bombeck

We are ready for the 4th of July.
I have "Free Birds" on display.

My Mom has many red, white and blue decorations. 


Stitching on chairs.

Stars and Stripes.

Red, white and blue.

We are ready.

After temperatures of 101F and 98F, we are thrilled that it is to 'only' be 93F today.  The pulled pork is finishing up in the slow cooker, the burgers and dogs are on the grill.  There is fruit, pasta salad, potato salad, cookies, brownies, and cobbler. Bring it on!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Flashback

Design - "She's a Grand Old Flag"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric -  Aida
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands
Stitched - 2010

Today I am showcasing a stitch of my Mother's.  She loves all things red, white and blue!

I've managed to see most of my woodpeckers in the last couple of days.

Here's a little Downy Woodpecker.

The Flickers seem to be in family units lately; a parent and a child most often.

While the Sapsuckers do not come to the feeders, they are active in the trees close by.

And what with their rhythmic tapping and bright red head, they are pretty east to spot.

I was pleased to have a male Hairy Woodpecker at the front feeder.

Hairy Woodpeckers look just like Downy Woodpeckers but are larger with a bigger beak.

The female Hairy Woodpecker prefers the backyard.

So it's wonderful that I decided to set out a peanut feeder there as well.

She works away content with her own company.

Probably after raising a family, a quiet meal is much appreciated!

I love how woodpeckers perch with their body weight down low below their legs and feet.

The feet are precision grasping tools.

The Acorn Woodpeckers are the least visible.  I only see one bird at a time and it is usually a male.  I expect they are in the throws of nesting. 

I expect this feather must belong to one of my woodpeckers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Stitch and New Birds

It's July and I've chosen my first patriotic stitch of the month.
I had the chart, the linen, and the floss in my stash.  It must be a sign! 

I was pleased to be outside when...
Mr. Bluebird came back by for a short visit.

He is such a pretty bird.

I wish I had the right habitat to have a Bluebird Trail with nestboxes. 

I do apparently have the right habitat for a neat looking Warbler - a Common Yellowthroat.  I heard this bird in the thicket at the edge of the Big Creek.  

They prefer the brush in wetlands and marshy areas.  The edges of our Big Creek are perfect of them.  I think this male is helping to feed his family.  Notice he has a bill full of goodies. Yellowthroats breed in most of the US and Canada, then return to Mexico and Central America for the rest of the year.

Also down at the Big Creek - my 'Reliable Regular' the Willow Flycatcher.

I only ever hear and see one bird.  I hope there are others.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Blog Header Revealed

Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles July Blog Header

Row #1: Lizzie Kate, "Liberty for All" (freebie); Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin, "Seasonal Mementos III""Uncle Sam"; Heart in Hand, "America"; Heart in Hand, "4th of July Bird"; Val's Little Stuff, "Long May She Wave".

Row #2: Heart in Hand, "America"; Heart in Hand, "Liberty Angel""Liberty".

Row #3: Shepherd's Bush, "July"; Bent Creek, "Wave"; Bent Creek, "Land That I Love" - "USA"; Lizzie Kate, "Pop!" (freebie).

We are in for lots of hot days.  As much as I'd like to sleep, in the best time to walk is early in the morning. 

So, "Y A W N!

Off we go!

The flax is still blooming...

...and so is the Ocean Spray.

They've been joined by Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).  My sister found a large patch of this flower in one of our meadows.  Originally I thought it was Pearly Everlasting though that blooms later in the summer.

But after researching it, the bloom and the delicate ferny leaves mean that it is Yarrow.  It is interesting to me how after six years here, we are still finding 'new' wildflowers.    

We have two kinds of wild Honeysuckle, this is Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula).

And here is Elegant Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans). It is pretty and papery looking from the side view.

And truly elegant when the inner blossom is examined.

The last of the Oregon Sunshine.

I heard someone singing away - a Robin.

And down below at the edge of a meadow, a bunny.

Douglas' Spiraea blooms for weeks on end.

I found the first Dogwood fruit.

Our poor Madrone are still recovering from our extremely cold weather in December 2013 and February 2014.  This is the best the tree has looked since then.  I love the rust colored bark.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frogging and Gardening

I did not stitch the beehive in the correct alignment with border. But after careful study I found that I can frog the top of the border and lower it and all will be good - whew!

So let's move on to gardening where I've not seen any signs of frogs.  It's time for the Tuesday Garden Party and Maple Hill Blog Hop.  Are you ready?

This week I am sharing my Front Porch garden efforts.
The east side of the porch is the long side.  

I have several begonias on each side of the steps.

The chairs and the stool are Ikea kids' products.
I bought four plastic end tables in different colors this year. 

One is dark sage, another a bright pink. I had some white wooden tables, but what with watering plants the wood warped and the paint chipped and bubbled.  With plastic no worries!

I have a Passion vine, I'll be interested to see if it blooms.

Lots and lots and lots of fuchsias.

The west side of the porch is the short side.

It is home to most of my ferns and hostas - I think I counted 31 hostas and 16 ferns.

With all our uber-hot days of late, I find a vignette of green to be cool and refreshing.

White plastic table with blue pots.

Blue table and pots.

As June turns into July I am enjoying fragrant sweetpeas, and lots of begonia and fuchsia blossoms. I hope you are enjoying summer in all its glory.