Saturday, December 31, 2022

Sleepy Saturday

Still tired after Christmas with New Years still to come?
I'm tired.  

Lots of Brush Rabbits this week.

Comingled with birds...

and chipmunks.

As I've said before, everyone likes sunflower seeds.

Fifteen quail - that makes me happy too.

Enjoy your breakfast.

Friday, December 30, 2022

It's Friday


Design - "Merry Winter"
Designer - Homespun Elegance
Fabric - 28 count Amber linen
Fibers - Belle Soie Silks - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 December 2016
Completed - 19 December 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2022

I Forgot

Design - "Joy"
Chart - "Flora McSample 2011 Christmas Ornaments"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 32 count Wichelt Milk Chocolate Linen
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 30 December 2012
Completed - 30 December 2012

I forgot to feature a couple of Christmas decorations in the back hallway and mudroom.
Here they are:

The back hallway

An Angela Harding advent calendar

Christmas cross stitch pieces

Another Angela Harding advent calendar

The mudroom - a faux fir tree
I wonder how many trees I decorated...

A Williraye ornament display.
Truly I think that is everything!

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Wednesday's Walk - A Look Outside

Thursday night (12/22) into Friday morning (12/23) we had freezing rain.

And so we woke up to an outdoor skating rink.

I'd topped off all the feeders the night before in anticipation of the weather event.

The hummers, as usual, were the first up and about in the gray early morning.

The Hawthorn branches and berries were ice-covered.

As was this Hazel. 

Douglas fir tree

The fountain grew icicles.

The acer looked especially pretty.

The birds came early looking for easy calories.

The weight of the rain / ice flattened a large Daphne.

Valley pine

Do you think her feet are cold sitting on the ice?

Another icy perch.

Fortunately the icing was not extreme, and we sustained no damage.
No one had to drive into work, and we did not lose power.
It could have been much worse.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Christmas Eve Bobcat

Design - "Reindeer"
Chart - "A Prairie Christmas"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 1 strand over 2 threads
Started - 20 December 2011
Completed - 22 December 2011 

We had a nice surprise around 9;00am Christmas Eve.
A bobcat walked across the back patio.

I ran to the garage with the camera and caught it leaving.
I was worried this blurry phot would be it.

But it stopped.

And I managed a few more clicks.

This is the best one.

Then off it went.

So well camouflaged.
Can you see the dark tips of its ears?

Monday, December 26, 2022

Santa Looks Tired

Design - "Wee Santa 1999"
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Clay Belfast linen 
Fibers - DMC & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 23 October 1999
Completed - 7 November 1999

Are you tired?  I think Santa looks tired.

Framed - October 2016

As is often the case, once I see a Red-breasted Sapsucker, I see it several times for a week or so - always hard at work on the same tree.

This is the third day that the bird has been hard at work.  

He's easy to see - I look out the window while eating my breakfast and there he is.

It's a BIG Douglas fir, so he has lots to work with.

The Acorn Woodpeckers have been frequent visitors too.

Here's two guys on a blue sky day.

Another day there were three birds - can you see all of them?
The bird bird is on a fence post above the bird hanging from the bell on the left.

The trio included a female.

And two males.
Male #1

Male #2

Sunday, December 25, 2022


Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. 

Another photo-heavy post. This time of the family room!

Look!  There's Norman Gnome in his Santa hat!

Two cardinal trees

Cardinal tree #1

A bottle brush tree forest

Three more nature trees

Closer look - more mushrooms

pine coones

A nature mix

The fireplace and mantel 

My mom's Big Bird Tree

A felted Acorn Woodpecker and Steller's Jay

Female Kingfisher
This is a Cobane ornament - she now has over 30 different Cobane glass birds.

A Penguin

The Media Center

Emma Bridgewater 1/2 pint mugs, advent calendar, and metal box.

Emma Bridgewater 1/2 pint mugs

Wooden Santa, mine are on the left, my sister's are on the right.

Emma Bridgewater 1/2 pint mugs

Emma Bridgewater 1/2 pint mugs
The three center mugs are the first three days of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Emma Bridgewater released two last year, and one this year.

Bird house ornament trees

Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers

Williraye figurines

And lastly more Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers.

Once again: 
Merry Christmas!