Thursday, May 20, 2010

Busy Hands Keep Me Happy!

I have been knitting & crocheting slippers most nights while I sit with the family watching tv. I enjoy making them and it keeps  my hands and mind busy. I'm not much of a tv person except lately I've enjoyed American Idol. :-)

Slippers ~

I've been using up all the various scrap yarn I have accumlated. So multicolored slippers are the result.

Also the cats enjoy the many knit and crocheted cat toys I like to make and stuff with the catnip we grow.
A small sampling of the toys I've made for the cats.

Last night I recieved a new pattern book in the mail that I ordered from a friend's shop on etsy.
It's a critter book.
I started my first crochet project last night after it arrived.


And for the JEWELRY I've been working on...

There is always something new in the works.

Summer is almost here and it's time for anklet's and toe rings.
Oh I love the warm weather!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Warm Weather is Here!

I've been waiting for the critters to show up to confirm that the season is really here to enjoy the warm weather.

First back were the robins.

And the robins came in full force. I've never seen so many.

Next I spotted a ground hog and that told me that the ground was unthawing and that was super to know.

It was still very cold at times and skiffs of sn*w still happening from time to time.

The oriole came back early this year. 

April 20th was much too early I'd think, but I wasn't the only one to see them. Sarah and John saw them too as we were putting up the gazebo netting.

I set out orange slices and filled the humming bird feeder as the orioles love that nectar as much as the humming birds do.

I'm sure all my neighbours thought I was crazy, as it was so cold they'd figure that any bird that enjoys nectar wouldn't be here yet. Besides we had a bit more of the white stuff after they arrived.

The killdeer showed up on May 3rd.

I heard it's arrival before I saw it. It's such a lovely shreaking noise when I haven't heard it for so long over w*nter.

Next came my most favorite little critter.

The hummingbird arrived back on the 12th of May. Since the oriole came earlier ,their food was already ready in the feeders for them.
But of course they started fighting over the one feeder so I got out another one for the other end of the porch and they seem to be happy now.

The cardinals and Jays have been with us all w*nter, and we enjoy them still with the warmer weather.

Each morning one of us puts out a few sunflower seeds onto the porch railing and the cardinals and bluejays come and have breakfast. Sometimes they even share in with us having our toast crusts and apple pieces.

It's so great to have the critters around. What characters they can be.!