Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thyme To Think Birds, The Garden, & Losing February

Northern Cardinal - Female

Northern Cardinal - Male

When it's cold outside and one is safely tucked in the warmth of 
home, hopefully you have bird feeders hanging close enough to 
watch the the many different birds and their escapades. I've been
watching my cardinal friends. I like to think they are a two-some,
a couple, love-birds if you will. For when I see one of them, I see
the other somewhere close. Papa Red as I now call him generally
hangs out on the ground, or in this boxwood bush, while Mama
Red will be at the feeder or high up in the trees. Interesting, note
she is fully aware of where he is (see top Pic). Sweet.

Easter Gray Squirrel

Now the squirrel, the bane of gardeners everywhere. On this 
wintery day about 5 of them were romping about the trees. Up 
and down the trees they went, and finally this little fellow
decided to sit and rest a spell. Up came the large tail, lying
along his back. See the fringe of his tail above his face? They
love shelled peanuts and dried corn.

Oh the garden, how we can almost taste it, the joy comes back
to us so easily. Can you feel the dirt, smell the mulch, and
visualize all the beautiful blooms that await us? I'm now ready
to peruse the garden catalogues, look at my collection of seed
packets and think GARDEN!!! How about you? We'll have
so much to discuss in March. See PLANTING SEEDS on
your right to visit garden sites, (just click on the name).      

I just had to bring the topiaries back in after their afternoon in 
the sun; and fix myself a cup of Mandarin Orange Spice Herbal
Tea. MMM, hits the spot. Do you need a break friends, i'll wait.
Ok I will digress for a moment and share this story…..
When my son Ben was in grade school, he had a Nun for one
of his teachers. She was short, big voice, and mighty…and she 
knew of wince her power be. Anyway, all she had to do to get
attention from her students was stand in front of them, arms 
crossed, eyes glaring, and simply say…" I'LL WAIT". And 
according to Ben, it worked!! 
Isn't it funny how things come back to you?
Ok back to plants. I hope you all have some houseplants.  
They through a process of photosynthesis add oxygen to our 
environment. Add more O2 and suddenly you have a lot of
healthy benefits, I won't expound on that here, you can Google
for some great info. Here are some suggestions for plants:
Snake Plant, Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, and 
Philodendron. All tolerate low light, low moisture in winter.
So clean out the toxins in your home, reduce your stress and
make your rooms warm and inviting. 

Yes, indeed we all want to lose this month, bye-bye, the big 
sayonara, and welcome the new month with hope of some 
warmer weather. March will bring daylight saving time,
and the first day of Spring (20th). Hang in there.

The Moon and the planet Venus

This month has been spectacular for visualizing 5 planets with
the naked eye. Venus and Mars could be seen early evening,
Jupiter could be seen brightly shining from dusk until dawn,
and Saturn was visual before dawn, and Mercury right before
sunrise. Ron and I saw Mars by driving around to find just 
the right spot. Fun, interesting. I used my iPhone camera but
it just wouldn't show clear enough via picture to share. But 
a few days later, on a very clear night, the picture above was   
taken in our driveway. Can you see Venus. Maybe this will 
help. If you think of a clock with the Moon as center, think 
25 after the hour and you should see it. Very tiny white dot. 
Zoom out with your computer, phone, or Ipad. Wish we 
had a telescope. 

excerpt from poem THE MOON IS UP by Alfred Noyes

The moon is up, 
the stars are bright
the wind is fresh and free!
We're out to seek the gold tonight
across the silver sea!…

next up: March and more garden talk

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ramblings And Pictures To Share

What else can we do. Weather madness continues. The jet-stream 
is playing havoc with our lives. We count ourselves lucky that 
snowfall has kept to a minimum. The winter blues have arrived 
folks and while we are a sturdy lot here in Ohio, a body can only 
take so much. Soooo

Things to do to beat the blues:

* Movie marathons with the one you love
* Cozy up in front of the fireplace with a good book 
* Hot tea, hot chocolate, hot coffee, hot toddy, glass of wine
* Go to the bookstore, the movies, the Mall
* Have dinner at your favorite restaurant
* Make cookies, a pizza, a big pot of soup
* When the sun is shining, get outside and feel the rays
* Enjoy those outdoor winter activities
* Electric blankets, thick socks, heavy sweaters and turtlenecks
* Plan your vacation, plan a weekend, plan an evening
* Bundle up, snuggle up, whatever it takes

The chill of winter is warmed by family, pets, and friends

Sam and his new sweater

Sam catching the sun's rays
Sam loves holding hands

Grandkitty Smeagols enjoys computer thyme

Shakira & Mark enjoying outdoor run


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day..2/14/15

Oh the blissful day of love with candy, flowers, and cards. When
thoughts from the heart leap forth piercing your true love's soul.

Are you listening to the whispers of your heart? Are sonnets 
racing through your mind?

Love may be simple, love may be blind, but most certainly,
love is always a joy to find.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Odds And Ends Plus Thinking HEARTS?

Yes next Saturday, Valentines Day, so I hope you've got those
special cards purchased. And just in case you want to add a
little extra treat, I'm repeating this Jello Cookie Recipe. Very
easy and oh so cute. See EARTHLY DELIGHTS for this

Moving on. I've finally got a handle on sharing a video within
a post. Trying to connect the video with the computer, iPhone 
and the iPad was such an ordeal for this very non tech person.
So here's the latest. Videos will stream through You Tube.
And as you see the video on your computer, you can also view
it on your iPhone and iPad. Just hit the arrow within the video
to start.When said video has finished, just hit your refresh 
button to return the video. Otherwise you'll have other videos
there to play. For those of you who don't know where the
refresh key is…it's located up where the browser is. Looks
like an arrow shaped as a circle. Go ahead, find it now. OK?
So remember after viewing video hit the refresh key, and it
will be ready for another replay. Feel free to go back to
previous post and test it out. WHEW!! Thanks for hanging
in there.

I was feeling the urge to purchase something green. Yes, I do
have houseplants, but I just wanted something different. My
friend Marian and I were at a favorite spot in Tipp City, The
Hotel Gallery. A wonderful emporium of handcrafted pottery,
jewelry, and lot of other "artful living" accessories. Owner
Sally Watson and her husband have created a wonderful
environment to shop and browse. Sally also has a small plant
shop located behind the Hotel Gallery which I especially
delight in visiting. A must visit garden shop. She showed me
a Calamondin Orange Tree, a popular potted citrus, also
know as miniature orange. I wasn't familiar with this tree
but had to have one. The tree in her window is already
producing. I purchased a smaller one but already has
tiny fruit appearing. Keeping it in a south-facing window,
this variety is usually grown indoors. I'll keep you posted
folks with details and pictures.                                           

next up: valentines day