Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Here's a Finish

Design - "In All Things Give Thanks"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count natural brown linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 19 November 2016
Completed -5 December 2016

I changed the color of the pumpkin from copper to pumpkin!  And through an error I reversed the two greens in the checkerboard.  Nonetheless I'm very please with this stitch.  I found the sentiment to be a therapeutic reminder post-election of all that I still have to be thankful for - including all the loyal readers of this blog!

I'm also thanks for my large covey of quail.  I sure enjoy watching this group of birds.

Each morning they fly in and gather in the backyard.

Some mornings a small group perches atop the deer fence. 

A trio of 'percherons'! 

They get pretty puffy in cold weather.

Tuesday night / Wednesday morning our low is to be around 20-25. I'll share some frosty photos if the weather event happens.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Plans

It's the 5th of the month and I haven't yet begun a December themed stitch.  I did pull out a few charts - Santas and reindeer - possibilities.

We've had colder and wetter weather the past couple of days. The woodpeckers have responding by coming to the feeders more frequently.

My best customers are the female Hairy Woodpecker...

...and the male Hairy Woodpecker.

Sunday afternoon I was really pleased to see my Acorn Woodpecker pair out and about.

I only see the female about once a week or so.

Both birds were working away on this Douglas fir tree.

The male also comes and eats from the feeder.  I think he takes most of the food to cache in their granary tree.

Here's a female Flicker.

And a young male Flicker.

I do not know why they are called red-shafted - it should be orange-shafted don't you think?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

November's Trail Camera #2 Photos

Here are November's best photos from our second trail camera located at the edge of our backyard.

A doe taking a short morning nap.


...and getting up.

A young buck.

I think the light on the grass must be from the moon.

Here is another young buck in the late afternoon.

He has a very small set of antlers.

We got some funny deer action shots this month.

Scratching an itch.

On the move...

And here is the largest of the bucks. 

He spent most of the first half of the month in rut...

Pretty magnificent.

Licking his chops.

Standing his ground.

Quail in flight as a deer watches.

On the move - fast!

A trio of visitors.

A nocturnal walk through - raccoon.

Just as it gets dark a bob-cat strolls by.

And yes, that is a bear in the backyard. 
When I went outside the morning of the 7th my backyard bird feeders were knocked down and scattered about. 

I started picking them up each day around 4:30pm and it is a good thing I did as Boo-boo bear came back just after dark to have another go at my feeders.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November's Trail Camera #1 Photos

Are you excited to see last month's trail camera photos?

Padma certainly was.

He jumped up on the desk and spent several minutes sniffing the camera.
What might he have smelled?

We did have some deer action...

...including this handsome buck.

Several deer strolled by during the month.

This in many ways is the BIGGEST surprise.

A black bear still out and about at 8:30pm on November 28th.
I guess I'll continue picking up my bird feeders before the sunsets.

This is the best series of the month. 

The bob-cat came by on November 19th at 12:00pm.

Perhaps it was a bit late for a luncheon date.

Places to go, people to see, things to eat!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Flash Back Friday

Design - "December Stamp"
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Mocha Cashel linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 December 2010
Completed - 28 December 2010

This finish from 2016 is timely once again as sometime next week we are due for our first truly cold weather.  My mittens are ready! 

And yet there are signs of spring...

The first of the daffodils have already popped up. They might get burned if the weather gets cold enough.

Clematis cirrhosa "Wisley Cream" is a winter blooming clematis. I think the plant must have several hundred buds / blossoms. It certainly is enjoyable to have something blooming profusely this time of year.

All the birds are Winter Birds! Here's a sparrow comparison for you.

Song Sparrow. 
Note the gray stripes on the head and back and a dark beak.

Fox Sparrow.
Yellow beak, dark head and a bit larger bird.

Every morning the California Quail fly in for a breakfast gathering.

I count anywhere from 40 to over 60 birds most mornings.

Here's a trio puffed up against the morning chill.

These two young ladies were eating blackberry leaves.  Who knew?