This morning I looked out the kitchen windows and saw five Northern Flickers feeding on the ground. After the good rain we had yesterday and last night there must have been some ants or beetles that they were eating.
I found this new hole in the dead tree in the upper woods. I wonder if it was a Flicker trying it out for a nesting spot? I've been listening but I haven't heard it's "wacka-wacka" call.
The Chipping Sparrows have arrived and were gathered at the last remaining feeder. They like to make their nests in low shrubs and when Sam was alive I would often put his dog fur, that I combed out of him, out on a bush for the Chippies to use in their nests. Murphy doesn't have fur he has hair and no undercoat so I can't really put anything out for them this year. I wonder if they would use cat hair. Now, THAT I have plenty of still.
You can see, from the picture of the farm across the street that there is a hue on the trees. That's all those new little buds just waiting to pop open.
My Lilacs are just about ready to leaf open.
I find that this year I am watching everything far more closely than I have in the past. I'm not sure if it is a result of my new Twenty Summers philosophy or the recent exercises of looking at things through a child's eyes.
Whatever it is, I am enjoying really looking at what is around me. REALLY enjoying it. :)
There's a picture of the last puzzle for the winter season. This one, I have to say gave me fits. WAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to many look alike Plum trees. It does become very meditative just fitting in pieces until one actually slips into the spot.
I still like the finished puzzles. The art work is done by Charles Wysocki and I thoroughly enjoy the scenes and the colors.
We have to stop now because with May just around the corner and the summer activities and guests dropping by we need to keep our puzzle table free for other things.
John has been working on the counter top for the little mini kitchen downstairs. He found some beautiful natural stone small tiles that look great. I'll post a picture later. He's deciding on what color grout he wants to use. I love the sink and faucet that he picked out. It's going to be a wonderful little space for company to fix themselves something to eat and for the summer grilling outside.