Friday, May 1, 2009

Pink *Bloomers* and Feathering My Nest

Greetings and Holykisses,

Happy May day!
Oh for the memories of filling baskets with candy or flowers and leaving them on doorsteps.
I may have to have a little *fun* today... for old times sake! ;)

Another soggy day here. O to be a cheerful puddle-duck! They are gleefully happy! I can honestly say, I now know the sounds of happy quacking! Tis true!

The pink peonies are in full bloom! I'm hoping they dry out a little so I can bring a big bouquet inside and stick them in an antique blue fruit jar.

The blooms are so big and healthy this year!
Our irises are still blooming, the Sweet William is in full bloom as well as the snowball bush from Merry Bema!

Seeds are popping up now that I'd planted and I'm noticing many from last years flowers have self seeded. Lots of Angel Trumpets are sprouting everywhere, zinnias, and even the pumpkin I "laid to rest" in the garden after Autumn, is self seeding. ~It's always so exciting to witness new growth!
If you get a chance, look for this book in your public library, or maybe Ebay would have it. I found it a few years ago at the thrift shop and it is positively charming! I've been seeing alot of snakes this week. I think I have snake on the brain. And in this story.....
Mrs. Crow has a problem with this big, snake eating all her eggs she'd lay in her nest. She becomes completely disheartened. She wanted her husband Mr. Crow to go after the snake but of course he didn't think that was a good idea at all. (abit of a coward) He's a cantankerous olde crow and my heart toadily goes out to Mrs. Crow. ;) He does finally go to Mr. Owl who "thinks" up a good solution to their problem. They "make" a couple eggs that are hard as rocks, and paint them to look like Mrs. Crows eggs. They put them in her nest, and the snake comes to get his daily breakfast and is delighted to find two eggs. After eating them he gets a horrible belly ache and begins to writhe in pain. He accidentally ties himself in a knot in the tree branches and dies. (yay*.. forgive me but I toadily love dead snake stories) Then Mrs. Crow "uses" him for a clothesline to hang diapers for her baby crows. The pictures are adorable. If you're a Mum or Grand Mum... or a goofball like me and happen to just love a cute story... check it out!

Guess this is why I'm thinking of Mrs. Crows nest. I finally made one. Can you tell which one is human made and which one is real? Pretty sure you can! Mine's the one on the right with the PUDDLE-duck feather sticking out of it. Had to share a picture of it so Barb could see I really got one done! (Barb makes incredible nests and sells them! Check it out!)

My nest is probably a little too big; I figured out my materials were alot bigger than most. On the other hand, I've been searching and I've found 7 nest in our yard! The Red Tip Photinia bushes have several, as well as the red honeysuckle! The ones in the honeysuckle are actually pretty close in size to the one I made! I'm wondering if they aren't mocking bird nests? Whatever they are, I can't "see" into their nests? I could not find their entrance? Not wanting to disturb them tho, I didn't get too close.

I used goldenrod (forsythia) branches, and honeysuckle to make "my" nest. But the next one, I'll search for lighter grasses. The real nest on the left I found last year, hanging out of our goldenrod bush with eggs on the ground. I put them back but whatever messed it all up must have scared off the Momma bird. Other eggs were broken. The 1 egg in the nest I made is one I found near our martin house on the ground. The backside is all broken out but you can't tell it inside the nest. ~Anyways it was alot of fun! I'm appreciating and on the lookout for more nests now.

You know the indigo bunting visitor we had? Well, we now have more!!! They're so blue I cannot believe it. I've set out two more feeders. The birds are so thick at the garden; I'm appreciating them more than ever. I hope they start getting more used to me because they fly away when I'm anywhere near and then talk and sing up a storm in the trees and power line above.

We put a green tin roof on our porch last year, and never put the end pieces on it. Birds have stopped up both corners now and are nesting in there as well. ~Home Sweet Home!~

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life; what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of thee air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" Matthew 6: 25-30


From the Heart said...

I love your stories and how you relate them to what the Bible says.
Blessings my dear friend,
From my heart to yours,

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I love the peony bed!!! What a fun idea!

If we have to have "snake stories" then, by all means, let's definitely have "dead snake stories"! *shudder* It is a very cute book, though!

Denise said...

Enjoy your weekend sweetie, love you.

Laura said...

You are absolutely the most creative person I know. I love the bed frame with the peonies! My peonies are not blooming yet, can't wait to see those babies!

Holy kisses, Lea!

BECKY said...

Oh!! Love the bed and flowers!! I have always wanted to do something like that...maybe one day!!

Also love your nests!! You did a great job!!

Have a fantastic weekend...hope you get some good weather!!


godsown said...

You surprised me ,with the signing in and now i an enjoy " family duk of lea"..LOL
Isn't spring beautiful with all the growing.......Enjoy your post

Blessings for the weekend

Yolanda said...

I'm thinking your yard and property must simply be amazing!

I wonder if I can add some "beauty" in our own now. ;0)

We had a snake this week as well! Hubs is quessing it was around 7' long, and I saw it from the kitchen window sneaking up on our little litter of cotton tails. I went running for the Man in case it was a rattle snake....but we neither one knew what it was.

Love ya!!

My ADHD Me said...

You did a terrific job on the nest. I couldn't tell which was real and which one wasn't.

And yes, I must agree....a good snake is a dead snake. lol

P.S. And yes, I'm sure someone could tell you why snakes are our friends.... but with friends like that...

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I followed you over from Patty at Attic Clutter and WOW!! What a fantastic blog you have going here.
I love the whole thing but the way you priase our Father is so awesome.
Please visit me at my blog if you have a moment.
Takke good care and........

Steady On (from Onward Christian Soldiers)
Reggie Girl

Barb said...

Your nest turned out great!!!
Sure glad i did not miss it, or maybe you were going to let me know??

I'm going to post it on my site.
Love how it turned out and that you really did one! Good job.
The materials you used were perfect.
How big was it when done?

Barbara Jean

Ps Love that top pic.
PS I am still making them and putting them in everything in site!!! =0))

Barb said...

I can't figure out how to get your pic to my site.

Barbara Jean

Jane said...

Trust you to have a BED of flowers.
I love it

irene said...

Lovely Lea....thank your a glimpse of spring, your peonies are beautiful!....and I LOVE crows! Lots of people think I'm crazy for lovin them but they are just so smart, sleek and sassy. I will get this book and have fun reading it to my little Cameron...God Bless you my friend XXOO

irene said... can come visit me and we'll take you to thee real rain forest here, it's stunning with HUGE trees

Kristi said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous! I was just dropping in to say hello and that I have totally missed having the time to read your amazing blog! I am looking forward to getting back on the blog bandwagon. Blessings to you!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis,
(((((Big Hugz))))))) I love that photo of the bedframe garden too cute!!! How have you been?? I have been blogless lately I guess we all go through seasons where we just need to reconnect, regroup and rest. I am listening to my body as well. I finished a poem and cleaned my computer. Hope all is well and needed to come by and give you a big Hugz.

Luv Ya Lorie

Tracy said...

Those are some sweet photos from the Potting Shed! that bed! Adorable.

I'm with you...the only good story about a snake is a story about a dead one. Don't like them, don't like them, don't like them!

Love your nest! Looks so good. I bet it was hard to make. Great verse of my favorites.

Have a great day, my friend!

Love & hugs,

Farm Chick Paula said...

I love seeing pictures of your "flower bed"... tis so pretty!
Love the story of the Snake and Mrs. Crow... I LOVE children's books! (Remember the "Fox and the Little Red Hen"? My ALL-TIME favorite...)
I'm a little jealous of your indigo buntings... don't see very many around here. (Rats.)
Oh well, I still love ya anyway! And a big hug for you from me on Sunday....

Carmen Gamble said...

A charming post! I felt like I was going on a little journey into a happy land. I just loved the peony bed!!! The nest is beautifully done...I want one. The book sounds just awesome. Thanks for brightening up my morning!