Friday, November 17, 2017

A Field of Corn

Do you craft in public?  I usually take a cross stitch project to University of Oregon men's basketball games.  I have about 20-30 minutes to stitch before the game, several 2 minute time outs during the game, and 15 minutes during halftime.  I often have people come over and ask me what I'm doing - I enjoy the interaction and opportunity to talk about cross stitch.  I worked on the corn field during a couple of games and then finished it up at home.  I think the corn field required about 1200 stitches to complete. 

Besides my small song birds, I do have a few larger winter birds.  

52 California Quail yesterday...

...but the star of the show was this grumpy Steller's Jay.

He was waiting his turn at the feeders...

...and got rather impatient.

Love this look!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017


"Hey There Pumpkin" is stitching up much more quickly than I thought it might.  I anticipate having a finish or two to share next week.   

What's a cat to do on a cold, rainy day?  Seek shelter in a protected nook atop the drier vent!  Cats = Comfort!

The number of kinds of birds diminishes in winter weather.  

I think you will suffer through enjoy seeing lots of Pine Siskin photos for the next few months.

They are my Outdoor Christmas Decorations.

Here's a close up.

The Black-capped Chickadees have been reliable too.

And so have the Red-breasted Nuthatches.  
Yesterday I got a very good look at a Golden-crowned Kinglet.  My first confirmed observation for this fall / winter. They flit about and thus are difficult to photograph. I am hoping for more opportunities.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday's Walk

November's weather has been unsettled - some days are gray and rainy...

...others are cool, but sunny.  Let's take a chance and go outside.

Look up - look up high! A great branch for perching.  A couple nights a week, I think a young Great Horned Owl hangs out on this branch.  Why you ask?  Well I hear him screech all night long and...

...he makes is presence known in other ways too!

Little tiny mushrooms...

Still some color in November...


The last good color from a Big Leaf Maple.



Most of the leaves are gone now.

I found this bird skull when I was cleaning up my potting area.  
Maybe a Jay?

My little greenhouse is on its last legs.  The right side has been repaired with plywood.  Sunlight and harsh weather are hard on plastic - it is brittle and the UV protection is gone.  I'll need to replace it come spring.  

But for one last winter it is snug with tender plants.

Right side

Left side.
On cold nights a couple of 100 watt light bulbs keep it heated well above freezing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

And Another One!

Design - "A Year in Chalk" - "November"
Designer - Hands on Design
FAbric - 30 count WDW Gunmetal linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 November 2016
Completed - 10 November 2017

A year later I finished up this WIP. I am thankful and grateful as most of us should be.

We've had lots of rainy days.

This Cooper's Hawk was perched between showers, attempting to dry off a bit.

He can turn his head almost as far as an owl - a raptor's trait.

I had over 70 Pine Siskins on Friday. I counted 23 in this photo.

Monday, November 13, 2017

First November Finish

Design - "Mr. Owl's Wintergreen Gala"
Designer - Artful Offerings
Fabric - 28 count Patina linen
Fibers -GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 October 2017
Completed - 9 November 2017

Here's my owl!  I had lots of encouragement to keep plugging along on this owl.  I think with all bow-tie, the greenery and the red berries he looks rather festive.

If I counted correctly, I had over 50 Pine Siskins at the feeder the other day.
They gather in large groups to feed, and then fly away in a cloud of feathers like Starlings do. 

Here's a close up of one.

I call this photo "Grumpy Bird".  Doesn't the little Golden-crowned Sparrow look all bent out of shape?  The quail must be crowding him.

Over 40 quail the other day. 

A nice mix of females...

...and males.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday's Surprise - November 3rd

Parvati and I were sitting on the back patio a week ago Friday (11/3).  She was dozing and I was reading when around 4:30pm I looked up to see...  

...a bobcat pop out from behind the shop into the backyard. 

I stayed seated, but quickly grabbed my camera and popped off a few shots.

The animal was very intent and focused...I don't think it saw me as it never looked in my direction.

It moved at a brisk pace, not running, but moving with purpose.

About five minutes after it left, there was a ruckus from the quail in the brush.  I expect that the bobcat was the cause.