Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baby, Blizzards, and Bluebirds...

Massachusetts has seen more than its fair share of snow these past few weeks,
with yet another 12" or so due on Monday.

Even Baby doesn't know what to make of it.

In other news, the bluebirds are daily visitors...

... with the main draw being both the meal worms...

... and the heated birdbath.

(yes, the heated birdbath really is there, mid-blizzard, with enough of a warm water oasis 
that the birds were able to drink to their hearts' content).

I love these 'in-flight' photos.

It seems like someone is always coming or going.

And I've found the bluebirds to be very curious...

...  and not the least bit fearful when they see me in the window.

As a matter of fact, when I sprinkle the meal worm on the screen feeder
and do my little clucking sound for them,

... they start landing on the feeder before I've even completely shut the window.

 Their second favorite food source is suet. You can see a bluebird perched on the
 shepherd's hook that one of our suet baskets hang from.

The cardinals, not nearly as trusting as the bluebirds, are very wary of me in the window, so capturing this handsome fellow on the feeder with one of the bluebirds was quite a treat. Until last year, I'd never even seen a bluebird, and now we are graced with flocks of them visiting the feeders of the house we've lived in for over 33 years! 

They certainly add to the view outside our dining room window!

I'll be joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday this week.

Till next time, stay safe and warm, everyone!

Donna



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The storm before the calm...

The blizzard has arrived...

After Saturday's snowstorm, the whiskey barrel was still visible. Not anymore.

There truly is a table under that mountain of snow...

A brave little junco sits on the railing.

There will be much shoveling to be done, for sure.

The mailboxes are almost completely covered.

So happy I made a ton of roasted vegetables and potatoes last night.
They will taste very good tonight.

I hope you are all staying warm and safe.

Donna

NOTE: To Gina, and anyone else - here's a link to a past post on roasted vegetables. A have to say, though, that I do fiddle around with the temperature a bit, usually between 400 and 450 degrees!
http://anenchantedcottage.blogspot.com/2009/11/roasted-vegetables.html

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Gallery Wall...

So last May -yes, 8 months ago -I wrote about the vintage Catholic gallery wall I planned to hang in my studio/office. Well...(hanging head in shame)... this is as far as I've gotten. I'm still arranging pieces before committing to permanent placement on the wall. This is just a tiny selection of some of the smaller pieces that will be intermingled with larger pieces.


And, of course, I now hear that gallery walls may be on the way out. How sad.


I love the eclectic gallery wall in our small split entry foyer.
But if gallery walls are going out of style, should I dismantle it?

NOPE!


I've always loved gallery walls. Heck, I liked them long before they were a "thing."
These photos show my mom and I in front of my apartment gallery wall back in 1979. 


In fact, I hung groupings of the pastel chalk pet portraits
I created back then all over my apartment!
(Did anybody else have the "plumes" that were so popular back then?)


So, in any case, I'll continue with my painstakingly slow 'arrangement' process knowing that, in the end, I'll love it, even if gallery walls are "so yesterday" by the time I finish!

I hope you're all staying warm this winter. We've had some pretty cold temps, but VERY little snow here in Massachusetts, and for that I am very grateful!
Until next time, stay warm!

Joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday
and Brenda at Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday this week.

Donna


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas...

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas!
(Me and my little sister at Christmas,  around 1957 or 1958.)


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pahk the cah in Hahvuhd Yahd...

A quick trip into the city yesterday... 

... found me parked in Harvard Square outside one of Harvard's 
exquisite iron gates and gorgeous old buildings 
while Amanda ran a few quick errands.

I absolutely love this city.

Meanwhile, back at home, the bluebirds have returned.

It's hard to resist a plentiful supply of mealworms, suet, seed, and fresh water...

 once the weather turns cold.

This poor little guy is waiting patiently for Mr. Bluebird to finish with his suet.

I cannot believe the year is almost over. My mother used to say, 
the older you get, the quicker time flies. How true. 

Hoping you are all warm and cozy as this year comes to a close...

Donna

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Where's Waldo?

  Or in this case...

... where's Baby?

Just like her big sister, Tiger, way back in 1994...
 (btw, Tiger is now 21 years old and still going strong!)...

... Baby has discovered, and developed a fondness for ...

... the highest spot in the house.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised...
Norwegian Forest cats love to climb and be up high according to every article I've ever read, including this one,
 "One thing that is an absolute necessity if you own a Forest Cat is some kind of climbing device. They like to be up high to survey their kingdom."

And this one:
  "Norwegian Forest Cats love to be up high, and appreciate a cat tree or somewhere they can roost." 
I'm actually surprised it took this long for her to discover the beams. We're going to try to rearrange some of the furniture to hopefully discourage this habit. As much as she loves being sooooo high, it makes me a nervous wreck, worrying about her falling.

While taking photos of Baby, I decided to take a few photos of our  little backyard through the FR windows.

The the trees are almost completely bare of all their leaves...

... except for a few hardy survivors...

... who continue to hang on, probably until our next rain or wind storm.

At least there's not been any snow yet!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Donna

I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday this week.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saying goodbye...

The city of Boston, and the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts...

... is saying goodbye today to the people's Mayor, Tom Menino.


Mayor Menino was one of those rare politicians who brought everyone together.
More often than not, politics has a way of dividing people.
Not in Mayor Menino's Boston.

He rightly earned the admiration and respect of even those who may not have agreed with him all the time. 


There is no denying that for 20 years, Boston was blessed to have him as their leader. A devoted family man, kind and generous, who had an immense love for his city and its people.

Earlier this year, on his last day in office, he tweeted:
“Thank you Boston. It has been the honor and thrill of a lifetime to be your Mayor. Be as good to each other as you have been to me.”
I think that speaks volumes about who he was.

To say he will be greatly missed is an understatement.
But his legacy will live on.
Thank you, Mr. Mayor. May you rest in peace.