Thursday, January 31, 2019

New Stitching Charts

I've been pretty good about not buying anything for the past several months, so I broke down and got six charts that called to me. Now I need to see if I have the necessary fabric.

The fog disappeared and lots of Lesser Goldfinches were on hand to greet the blue sky day.

Unlike American Goldfinches, the Lesser retain their bright colors all year long.

This year I have an unusually large number of the birds.

They literally brighten my day as do the many kind comments you readers leave on my blog. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Up High

On Sunday my sister and a friend climb up out of the fog to the summit of Spencer's Butte (2058').

While the Willamette Valley was socked in, several of the Cascade mountains shown white and bright.  

This is Mount Jefferson.

It's 10,463' tall and about 77 miles NE of Eugene, Oregon.

Here are the Three Sisters - The North Sister (10,090'), Middle Sister (10,052), and South Sister (10,363').  They're about 65 miles to the east.  The Sisters' Wilderness Areas has become so crowded that beginning in 2020, they'll restrict the number of hikers per day.   

Closer to home Mt Pisgah (1060') poked up out of the fog... did the television towers atop Blanton Heights (1360').

Off toward the west the Coast Range was fog-free.

The Willamette Valley thought remained foggy all day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Better Late Than...

Design - "Flip-it January"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Country French Cafe Mocha linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 8 January 2012
Completed - 11 January 2012

What a fun little piece.  I'm especially pleased with it as it has my three favorite Winter motifs: a cardinal, a mitten, and a snowman.

One of the reasons, I'm later posting this month is that I don't have anything "special" to share. 
In past years I've had a Yellow-rumped Warbler active in January.

Bits of yellow on the throat and under the wings...

And on the tail, hence the nickname of "butter butt!" 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Reporting In

This snowman's assembly is taking forever! 
I'm in a stitching funk, but I got a boost on Sunday when a Follower stopped by WBU and introduced herself.  She told me she's been following my blog for years and reads it every morning. Wow!  Out of the blue and so uplifting!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and 'recharge' my batteries.

Hope these photos bring a smile to your face.

With mild winter weather, the chippies are out and about. 

Hoovering up sunflower seeds.

The result is Chipmunk Cheeks!

Such tiny, delicate paws.

They certainly make me smile.  

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday is Here

All my photos this week are of... adult male Anna's.

He holds sway at the feeder...

...or watches nearby to make sure no one else partakes.

There's a hummingbird nest in southern California that is live now.
The female laid two eggs and they hatched about 8 day ago.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Basic Brown Bunny

Now most mornings...

...there's a bunny waiting for breakfast.

It sticks very close to the under brush. 

But is not scared of me.

One morning I had two bunnies.

The quail crowd around...

...but the bunny stand firm.

There is food for all.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Cross Stitch Archive

Design - "TaDa Snow Guy"
Designer - Amy Bruecken Designs
Fabric - 28 count WDW Peoria Purple
Fibers - WDW, GAST, Crescent Colors
Started - 24 January 2011
Completed - 31 January 2011

There is snow in Maine and New York and Ontario, Canada. But in western Oregon we are mild and I think we are not going to see any snow on the valley floor this winter.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Gray Dayy

Design - "Snowman Two" - Be Jolly
Chart - Snowman Trilogy
Designer - Val's Stitchin Stuff
Fabric - 28 count Flax linen
Fibers - Crescent Colors and Wildflowers
Started - 17 January 2011
Completed - 22 January 2011

Gray days and low light...

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Flicker

Golden-crowned Sparrow


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday's Wandering

We're wandering by a flock of Cackling Geese today. 

There was a pretty good sized group in this field.

They are smaller than Canada Geese with shorter necks.

They also sound different than Canada Geese.

Most of the birds were contentedly eating.

A few were watching...

When I got too close, they turned and walked away.