Monday, February 8, 2016

Red Bird........

Blizzard conditions for us means a very light snow with very strong winds.  I was able to clear the gray of the snow that was keeping this picture from being focused well but the bird gets a little distorted from the treatment.

I needed photos to share and it isn't so great to go out into a blizzard to take shots.  Everything that I can take has to be through the windows.  I had been seeing a female cardinal at the feeder the past few days but no male cardinal.  I was skeptical to think I would find anything too great out at the feeder.  I never saw the cardinal at the feeder but he was feeding off of something from the spirea bush.  I  zoomed in the best that I could with my wife's camera and the snow storm gave me some gray photos.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wooden Finial Post Caps.......

The next storm in predicted and the last snow is still around in many places. The photo points out that I need to straighten the finial and base decoration so it is square with the rest of the works.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Surprixe Bloom.....

The first bloom on this amaryllis was disappointing.  It never did put out a full bloom.  The stem stayed short because it has already sprouted in the box before I bought it.  I didn't do much with it after it was planted and the first bloom that partially bloomed is still dead on the stem.  I noticed this morning that a second bud was hiding on the stem and here it is as a partial bloom. My half off deal gave me two half bloomed flowers.  I think the roots didn't have enough time to get established in the dirt before it bloomed. I should see leaves starting to sprout but nothing like that is happen yet.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Button Box......

It is a wooden box.  I assume it came from an old house that my dad had torn down.  It is a lot older yet stronger that the King Edwards cardboard cigar boxes that my dad bought when I was young. The buttons have a lot of history.  I don't think my mom ever retrieved a button from the box to fix anything. They were too old.  One just doesn't throw buttons away in the trash and you keep them in boxes.  I see an old button from a very old couch that we had in our farm house.  That would have been back in 1953 through 1958. I hadn't thought of this for a long time but people who had old clothes probably clipped the buttons off the garment so there wasn't any waste and made quilts or rags out of the garments.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feeding the Flock.......

Starlings and a dove share a space for a while for some ground corn.  A few diehards were out on the feeder digging down in the snow to finding the loot from the day before hiding under there. The snow falling from the sky was so heavy you could only see specs out there among the drifts on the feeder.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Fluffy Coating.....

Around ten o'clock last night the wind stopped.  Also at the same time snow just started falling out of the sky in heavy batches.  It must have snowed off and on all night as we were facing a new 6 inches or more of snow this morning.

I had to immediately shovel for the little dog so he could go out.  He was impatient so he went on the top landing outside while I was shoveling him a path on the ground. I don't blame him as he really needed to go.  He doesn't hate snow as long as he doesn't have to trudge through it.  I have been out twice now and he has two paths to help him along.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winter is Back........

The east side of everything is plastered with snow.  The wind is strong and as it roars it also splashes the snow up to the side of the house and trees. In the bird room I have one opening in the snow in which to view out.

Looking out west I see the snow coated on the trees.  The mound in the foreground is the car covered with a few inches of snow.