Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Yes, those are the correct photos. I took them this morning. I think Mother Nature got a little confused as to which holiday it is. She must've been thinking Christmas... or April Fool's Day? ;-Þ

I did catch a shot of the Easter Bunny, too, after he finished making his rounds. He was very hungry after all that work, but he had to work some more to dig his breakfast out from under all the snow, poor thing.

The robins and all the rest of the birds have been having a hard time finding food, too.

"I think I hear a worm!"

"I know he's down there somewhere."

"Aw, shucks. I guess he was too cold to come up."

Enough already! At least it's melting, and it should go pretty fast in the next few days. The robins have had their tails snowed on three times now. Is this the end of it? Not according to the forecast. :(

Have a nice Easter, wherever you are! We have so much to be thankful for, including the reason for the holiday!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Something new

These were fun shots. We have killdeers around here every year, but I usually see them in the distance and moving too fast to get a photo of them. Yesterday there happened to be one right outside the house - and I was lucky enough to see it! It seemed to be out for a first-day-of-spring stroll and came nearly up to the garage. It hung around long enough for me to get some good pics through the glass in the door, and it was none the wiser. But I was very happy. 

There were a few juncos around, too.

My pattern test is complete, but I won't be blogging about it until the pattern is ready for purchase, which might be up to 2 weeks. Meanwhile, I'm working with this gorgeous fabric!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring is springing

We've had near 70° temps in the last week! The snow is all melted except for what were huge banks in groves and shaded areas, but they're shrinking fast. There are signs of spring appearing all over the place!

Remember the huge flocks of blackbirds I showed you last fall? They're back! Okay, I don't know if these are the same ones or not - probably not - but there sure were a lot of them on our lawn yesterday. And in the trees.

If you look closely below, you can see that most of them are redwing blackbirds.

In the full-size image, I could also see a few plain blackbirds and maybe a few starlings amongst them.

They made quite a black mass upon takeoff! A noisy one, also.

(No, that's not snow below them. It's milkweed seed puffs that have blown across the driveway.)

This shot below looks like some kind of weird painting, but with the wings spread, you can see lots of red throughout it.

I'm almost done with my sewing pattern test project. I'm not sure whether I'll be blogging it right away or if I'll wait until the pattern is ready to be released. But there will be pics on Instagram right away, if you're really anxious to see it. ;) Again, my ID is GRANDMA_G415. Now I'd better go finish it up.............

Sunday, March 6, 2016

First sightings

What a glorious day it was today! Well, after the 30-40 mph winds went down, that is. But it got up to 62°, and by the time I went out to feed the cats a little while ago, it was perfectly calm out, and so QUIET! Then I heard a robin chirping, and sure enough I could see it, so of course I had to go in for the camera. Then I saw a second robin. They were both way up in the highest branches of the trees, so not the best photos ever, but they're my first for 2016!

In case you've been wondering what I've been up to, I've been busy working on this:

These supplies came in the mail last week, and they're for the pattern test I'm doing. That's a lot of stuff, right? It's gonna be so fun to get it all put together! Can't wait to show you more.....