Monthly Archives: March 2013

Seek and Find, Bird Edition


Over the past two months I’ve been taking photos as I see more and more birds out our back window.  My husband and I laugh at each other about how excited we get when we spot a new bird. When did we become birders?  It has been interesting to see new types show up as it gets warmer.   Well, theoretically it’s supposed to be warmer but here in Ohio it’s still freezing and we’re even supposed to get 5 more inches of snow tonight!  With the cold weather and the snow, the birds flock to the feeders since they need so much food to stay alive.

I’ll do a future post identifying the various types we’ve seen but I wanted to share some photos from when we get huge gatherings at the feeders. That’s my favorite – when you look out and see 10-15 birds just hangin’ out. All-you-can- eat buffets draw a crowd in the bird world too!

The photos aren’t always the best quality since I’m taking them with a long lens and through my living room window (which only gets washed outside when it rains). Even so, it’s great to have a record of the little visitors.

Let’s see how many birds you can spot….

Answers at the bottom.

We’ll start out easy.IMG_1935_edited-1web

All kinds are welcome here.IMG_1510_edited-1web

A little harder.  Two pairs of cardinals on a double date at the buffet.IMG_2105_edited-1web

So colorful, aren’t they?IMG_1941_edited-1web

The male cardinals are easy.  Look beyond those.IMG_2122_edited-1web

12 and 2 squirrels!!IMG_2115_edited-1web

Can you find 22? The picture doesn’t do it justice – birds were everywhere!IMG_1927_edited-1web

Have a great week, everyone!

Bird counts: 7,8,4,6,6,12(and 2 squirrels),22


Sadie Saturday–My Plot

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My mom is such a slacker.  She hasn’t posted anything for over a month.  She’s been reading a ton, sits in her office all day working on that computer and every once in awhile she puts a bunch of clothes in a box on wheels and goes away for a couple days. She says it’s for work to buy my kibble but I don’t like it at all.

But to the real issue at hand here.  I know I look a little ashamed above but I’m not!  I’m glad that my plot to destroy the vacuum is working! I was proud enough to come lie down next to my handiwork.

I’ve heard that some of my dog friends bark at the vacuum and try to attack it.  That’s way too much effort and mostly ineffective.  I act like I’m not afraid but I always move out of the way (though not far enough that I can’t keep my eye on it.) I don’t trust that loud machine.

See, I’m very hairy and while they have to sweep a lot, I purposely scratch and scratch on the rugs (my allergies are still bad) so all my fur falls there. You can see Ollie contributes his white fur to the effort as well.  He hates the vacuum more than me.  Every time Mom vacuums, she has to stop and untangle the beater brush.  I’m able to get so much hair wrapped around the roller it stops working.  Success!  The next step in my plan is to hide the scissors so the vacuum can’t be fixed and stays broken!

We don’t talk about the dustbuster.  That machine is evil.