Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Just ducky

Easter Sunday was about as perfect a day as anyone could ask for, weather-wise. We don't get to say that very often around here! It continued nice into the evening, and I couldn't resist getting outside with the camera. Earlier I'd noticed a bunch of ducks on some water standing in one of our fields, so I walked down to see if I could get a good photo or two of them. This is the best I could do, with the camera zoomed in all the way:


They seemed quite wary, and I couldn't get very close at all before they heard or saw me and took off flying.


As I was editing the photos just now, I got curious about what kinds of ducks they were. The best I can figure out from the very white breasts on some of them is that those were Northern Shovelers.


After closely examining the photo above (click it to enlarge it) and judging by the wings, I'd say some of them are Blue-winged Teal.

Then Monday morning as I was waiting for Courtney to arrive, I looked out the window to see if they were coming up the road yet, and I was surprised to notice this duck sitting on a tree branch across the driveway:


It's a male Wood Duck.


Although he's pretty all over, I especially love his distinctive red eye!

Update:  I saw him again this morning. And look closely behind him and down a little bit:


His mate was there, too! I wonder if she was considering building a nest right there.

She soon flew off to another branch, and I was able to get a quick pic of her before they both took off.


Certainly not as attractive as her hubby, is she?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get Carded wallet #8

Yes, one more wallet. (You didn't think I'd been cured of my addiction, did you?) In case you didn't notice, I hadn't made one for Miss Courtney yet! Now that would never do. One for her was always in the plan, and I figured it would make a good Easter gift for her. Here it is, in the perfect fabrics for a fellow kitty-lover (thanks again, Cindy!):




There's even a kitty hiding inside the pleat!


Although it's hard to tell from this next photo, I made the strap a couple of inches shorter... for her smaller wrist.


She spent the day with me yesterday, since she had no school because of their Easter break. So here she is with HER wallet, which she was absolutely delighted with!


I gave it to her on Sunday, and she carried it with her for the entire afternoon. She brought it along yesterday, and she had really loaded it up!


It was stuffed... with cards, paper money and coins!


I thought a fun project for us to work on would be to make her an "official" driver's license to put in the ID pocket. She thought that was a wonderful idea, and here she is, flashing her brand new ID:


I copied the essential details from my own driver's license, so it's very authentic-looking. Well, except for the background image (which took quite awhile to choose the 'perfect' one). :) We took a new photo especially for her license, and we weighed and measured her, too. We even laminated it! Here's a closer look at her "official" new driver's license! (Forgive the sloppy editing out of too-personal information.) 


Have you ever looked that good in your driver's license photo?!

We had lots of fun working on the license, and I was extra-happy to see how delighted she was with it all!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Signs of spring!

My favorite sign of spring right now is open windows! It got just above 70° on Saturday, and 78° yesterday. It was a perfectly beautiful Easter Day! Annabelle and Josie are pretty thrilled with the open windows, too:


Lots of green things are making their appearance. Snow on the mountain:


Irises:


Sedum:


The rhubarb peeked out before it got so cold the last time, and it appears to have been nipped a little bit by frost. That doesn't hurt it at all, though, and it's growing quickly:


I had to look closely, but the tulip buds are coming:



And the lilac bushes are getting a tinge of green to them, thanks to the leaf buds that are popping out:

(Click to enlarge... it's prettier!)

Spring is here! Now let's just hope we don't get any more ugly surprises, like last year when we got 4" of snow on the first of May.

Friday, April 18, 2014

From the sewing room window....

24 hours later......


It only got to around 40° yesterday, but the sun's powerful rays melted that white stuff very quickly.

The birds were enjoying bathing in the puddles left on the driveway:


This guy was busy looking for something to eat:


It's a flicker. I kept waiting for him to turn his head the right way as I was snapping pics, but then Grandpa drove in and scared him away. You can see his bright red slash, though:


We're looking forward to mid-upper 60's by Saturday and even well into next week. It seems a miracle after Wednesday!

But rather than snow and its melting, let's think of the miracle that we celebrate on Sunday - the resurrection of Jesus! I hope you all have a happy and blessed Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

From the sewing room window....

Yesterday......






The good news is... I was sewing!