Category Archives: The little things

Good To Be Back!

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Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  It’s not because nothing’s going on – in fact just the opposite.  I got back last night after three weeks away from home.  I have never loved my sofa so much.

On the sewing front I haven’t finished anything but have made muslins for a couple dresses.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any dresses actually completed.  And here I had grand plans to make tons of casual sundresses this summer.  How many did I get done? None! I did learn through the process though. I know I am high waisted but I also learned I’m short between the shoulder and bust point.   Both of the dresses I tried had a mock wrap v-neck.  The only way to make the top fit was to pinch out excess fabric between the shoulder and bust point.  Makes sense – straps are always too long on RTW garments I buy.  The dresses were sleeveless so I was able to ‘scoop out’ the armsyce at the bottom to add back the fullness I removed.  Anyone know how to adjust when there are sleeves? I can’t find anything in any of my fitting books or online.

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July is always the start to a busy few months in my job – lots of work and travel.  I had trips for work to Portland, OR and Burlington, VT.  Then my husband and I went on a two week vacation.  Two weeks!  I haven’t taken two weeks off since high school!  It was wonderful.

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We went to Captiva Island where I’ve been vacationing for over 30 years and Matt has been coming the last 10 years.  Thankfully, he loves it as much as I do. The empty beaches, refreshing pools and gorgeous wildlife make for a wonderful change of pace. We got to see old friends, visit favorite spots, and eat out every night. The scale will not be my friend; I’m kinda scared to even check.

Sea Turtle nests are scattered along the beach.  They are protected and monitored.turtle patrol

An osprey that hung out in the tree outside the condo. He (She?) chirped all day long.SONY DSC

The view  from the condo screened porch in the sun and the rain.  I could sit out there for hours.SONY DSC

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While I didn’t want to leave, I was happy to come home to see Sadie and the cats.  No travel for a couple weeks and I am going to be a complete homebody!

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Seek and Find, Bird Edition

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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

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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

It’s a Bird Party in Our Yard!

IMG_1240_edited-1I’ve never really given a thought to birds.  Sure, some are pretty but I thought they were, well, boring.  I assumed that folks that were bird watchers were an odd lot.  Have you seen The Big Year?IMG_1246_edited-1

Then my step-mother asked for a bird feeder for Christmas.  I decided to stop in a store called Wild Birds Unlimited.  I was amazed that a store that dealt with nothing but birds could even stay in business.  How wrong I was!  It was busy the whole time I was there.  I walked out of there not only with a bird feeder gift, I had a feeder, bird book and bag of food for myself! I’ve since gone back to buy a bigger feeder and suet cakes to bring the woodpeckers.IMG_1229_edited-1

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Within a couple hours of hanging the feeder, we had birds.  We’ve seen Junkos, Chickadees, Cardinals (lots of those), House Finches, Blue Jays, and more.

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What amazes me is just how many birds gather.  There have been times I look out and see at least ten on the trees next to the feeders.IMG_1130_edited-1IMG_1247_edited-1

I’m sure part of the reason the feeders have been so busy is the snow covering.  That snow is what makes it so pretty to look out and see little pops of red where the cardinals are staying close by.IMG_1260_edited-1

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I love looking out the back window to see which birds are stopping by each day.

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I look forward to seeing what birds we get this spring.IMG_1237_edited-1

Thankful, All Weekend

We are so fortunate to have our all of both our immediate families in town. It makes our holidays so much easier to see everyone.  We spent Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family and then hosted a dinner Friday for my family.  It was such a treat to have cousins, aunts and uncles in from out of state for the weekend or willing to drive up from out of town for the evening.  We didn’t get enough time (do we ever?) but I am truly thankful for any time with these wonderful people that hold such a special place in my heart.

Thanksgiving:

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(sorry, Kristen – I didn’t get any photos of you or C.)

Friday and Sunday:

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Thankful – Day 11

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I’m thankful for my animals’ funny little quirks.

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Ollie loooooves snuggling next to my head.  It’s very sweet.  Well, until I wake up in the middle of the night to a face full of fur because he’s decided to sleep on my pillow.

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Thankful – Day 10

As I run around like a crazy person the next couple days making lists, shopping, cleaning and cooking, I am thankful I have family to come visit and a home where they can stay.

Thankful – Day 10

Wow, I’m a slacker. It has been four days!  I have two ‘subjects’ to post about that, frankly, I’m too tired to put up the pictures and write out.  But there is an easy one that relates to my weekend.  On Saturday, we went to dinner and a movie with friends.  I’m so thankful for the creative and talented artists in the entertainment business.  We saw Lincoln and I was blown away!  It was good as everyone said. Not just Daniel Day Lewis but Sally Field (wow!), T0mmy Lee Jones and James Spader.  The actors were great but this was one of those amazing movies where the sets and costumes really pulled you in too.  The fact that I was enthralled for 2 1/2 hours is pretty amazing because when we watch movies at  home I fall asleep about 20 minutes in regardless of the movie!  Anyway, I’m just glad there are people out there with the creativity and vision I couldn’t even imagine having.