Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring is Here

Here's a blast from the past (2011). "Bouquet for March" was a delight from start to finish.
I did change the DMC color for the violets, and am pleased with my choice.  I also discovered an error in the chart - one of the cyclamen stems is not charted, but is clearly shown on the chart photo, so I added it in.

I even found a cyclamen (plant) that matched the colors of the stitched piece.  I decided that I'd use this piece to honor my maternal Grandfather.  It's a wonderful match as he had a March birthday and a special affection for cyclamen which ran rampant in his yard.  I added his initials on the left - "JWW" and the years of his birth and death - 1912-2009.  Then I stitched my initials and the year the piece was finished on the bottom right.

Design - "March Bouquet"
Designer - Cedar Hills
Fabric - 28 count R & R Irish Creme linen
Fibers - DMC
Started - 17 March 2011
Completed - 4 May 2011

Here it is framed.  I usually display it this month.  

Besides violets and cyclamens, there are other signs of spring...

We had a couple of Tom Turkeys come by on Friday.

They were in their full courting regalia.

Bright red wattle and glossy bronze breast feathers.

They were strutting their stuff.


All because of this young female.  She hurried off as fast as she could.

Three more Toms quickly followed. It's all about procreation this time of year.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

And Now There Are Eight

You'll have to take my word for it. 

I now have seen eight different hummingbirds.

Two male Rufous Hummingbirds - like this guy.

I lucked out with the way the light played off his feathers

...then green...

...then bronze.
There are also two female Rufous Hummingbirds.

In addition there are two male Anna's Hummingbirds.

They rock fuchsia and purple.

My two female Anna's Hummingbirds are quieter...

...and they will sometimes share a feeder.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday's Critters

Today was taken watching University of Oregon basketball games.
In the morning the Oregon women beat Maryland to advance to the Elite 8.
This evening the Oregon men beat Kansas to advance to the Final 4.
What a day!

So now on to this week's critter report.

I've seen as many as three chipmunks on the woodpile.

More problematically, one persists in hanging out on the back patio. 

With two cats claiming the patio, this is not a good thing.

I've discussed this with Chip...

...but all I get is a sassy swish of his tail. 

Here's someone else who should stay off the patio.

The gray squirrels are coming up to check out my bird feeders.

And now there's a brown squirrel too.

Doing his prairie dog imitation. 

Off the patio guys!

Bunnies now, are more cautious - they practically have eyes in the back of their heads! 


The deer are looking rather mangy this time of year.

I'm seeing five or six at a time.

I thought this doe looking particularly fit and strong.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday's Gift

Design - "V is for Violet"
Designer - Sam Sarah Designs
Fabric - 28 count Newport Red/Natural Zweigart linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW -2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 11 March 2013
Completed - 14 March 2013

Seeing wild violets is always a gift. On Wednesday a couple of gifts flew in!

Two Pileated Woodpeckers dropped by for an extended visit.

I'd heard the birds, and then watched them fly overhead to this tree.

This is the male. Red atop his head from the back all the way forward to his bill. He also has a bright red mustache.

This is the female.  Her red head stops before reaching her eyes, and no red mustache.

The two birds chatted (loudly) to each other.
And then flew off to a tree in the front of the house.

I followed to watch...They share this tree for a while before the female flew off to another tree close by.

They male stayed put.

Here he is with this red crown looking tidy.

A moment later the crown feathers are ruffled and standing on end.

Hard to believe that it is the same bird as above.

My male Acorn Woodpecker flew in to see what was going on.  This is a great photo to compare the size of the two woodpeckers.  

I'd not seen or heard a Pileated Woodpecker for several weeks, so it was a special treat to have a pair fly in.  Spring is in the air - we can hope that there will be baby Pileated Woodpeckers this summer. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Arrivals

Design - "First Day of Spring"
Designer - Sam Sarah Designs
Fabric - 32 count Natural Light linen
Fibers - Crescent Colours & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 23 March 2014
Completed - 23 March 2014

We're just past the first day of spring - so I am featuring a spring stitch and a new arrival or two.

over the weekend I saw a pair of American Goldfinches, but was not able to get a photo.

So I was thrilled when a pair of Lesser Goldfinches showed up that I had my camera at hand. This is the female.
And here is the male.

They are not melodic birds. 

Rather they make a grating mechanical sound that is instantly recognizable.   

I'd forgotten just how small they are.
Much smaller than my House Finches or American Goldfinches.

Finally the pair flew to the feeders.


Welcome back you two!