Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Still Unpacking ... Of Course!

 I feel the westies are a little bored what with the nasty
weather and us still unpacking boxes and getting organized.  
I'm trying not to think I'll be doing this all over again next year. 
I love the neighborhood and like the house we're in but the
quality of construction of this home is not good for various reasons.
 {It's not worth the asking price for homes in this development.}
  For example ... there must be little [to no] insulation behind the stove 
top and microwave. You can feel the cold air come up thru the cook
top as well as thru the micro.  Wilson put a stick of butter on the
counter near the stove and it's as hard as if it just came out of the frig. 
Wonder what this electric bill will be!
 With the small ice storm we just had I can't wait 
until spring.  Don't forget ... 
Daylight Savings Time begins
Sunday, March 8 
At least you would think they would take me for a car ride.

 Amazingly beautiful.

 I will have to defer to my friends JoAnn & Lloyd to
let me know what breed of dog this is.  This pup is
across the street and as you would suspect the westies can 
spot this from the porch.  Let the bark-fest begin.
There is still a ton of boxes in the storage unit and I started
to bring over my fabric yesterday.  We also started to hang
a few pictures to make it feel more like our home for the
next year.  Wilson and I have an appointment with a builder
on Wednesday morning to see if it's worth building or not.
We're both on the fence about this now but once the decision
is made to build ...  well, there is no turning back.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Westies

 Julep and Derby are adjusting nicely while I've
been working my butt off cleaning and unpacking.
 The downstairs is completely clean and all the boxes
are unpacked ... to the second level I shall 
go with my mop and bucket.
 Wilson has been working on setting up his office and
I'm [finally] ready to start cleaning my sewing room.
 The westies discovered they could jump up onto the
window seat & view the new 'hood.  I think they like it.
That's it for now.  I'm hopeful that my fabric will
make it into my sewing room this week as well
as more boxes from our storage facility and maybe
we'll even hang a few pictures on the walls.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Unpacking Boxes

 Boxes ... Boxes ... Boxes
Normally I would be making trips to the recycle center with
unpacked boxes but with another move scheduled in a year{or so}
 I've been breaking down the boxes and storing in closets.
 The westies are getting use to the new house.  There have
been a few 'accidents' but it's understandable.
 If you can believe it this area actually looks good.
 I have to say I like the layout of this house but the
cleaning after the last tenants wasn't the best.  Thus,
I've been doing a lot of cleaning then unpacking
and putting away.  The cleaning wasn't something
I expected but it is what it is and I'm dealing.
What a luxury {as silly as this sounds] to have the
street plowed without calling [or paying someone]
to do it.  Living in [what I call] civilation does have
its perks.  I still have a ton of work to do here and
haven't even started cleaning my sewing area.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bye Bye Bozman

 Well, today was an extremely busy day.  The movers arrived
promptly at 10:00am and packed up the garage as well as
Wilson's office and workshop.  This filled one truck.
Since we couldn't get into the rental until late this afternoon
all that stuff will be delivered Monday morning at 9:00am.
Then it's back to Bozman to pack up the house.
 But in the meantime I wanted to feed the neighborhood
birdies one last time.  We had lots of visitors but only had
time to take pictures of a few.

So ... technically this will be the last post from the Bozman
house ... next one will be from the rental in St. Michaels.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spotted: Cedar Waxwings Another of my Favorites

 Derby watching the cedar waxwings sitting on the holly
bushes by the bedroom window.  
A treat to find in your binocular view field, the Cedar Waxwing
 is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow,
 accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red 
wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the
 hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, 
whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting 
about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show
 off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.
Cedar Waxwings inhabit deciduous, coniferous, and mixed
 woodlands, particularly areas along streams. You may also find
 them in old fields, grasslands, sagebrush, and even along 
desert washes. With the spread of ornamental berry trees in landscaping,
 Cedar Waxwings are increasingly common in towns and suburbs. 
In winter, Cedar Waxwings are most abundant around fruiting plants
 in open woodlands, parks, gardens, forest edges, and second-growth forests.
Birds that winter in the tropics tend to inhabit highlands.
Cedar Waxwings feed mainly on fruits year-round. 
In summer, they feed on fruits such as serviceberry, strawberry, 
mulberry, dogwood, and raspberries. The birds’ name derives from 
their appetite for cedar berries in winter; they also eat mistletoe, 
madrone, juniper, mountain ash, honeysuckle, crabapple, hawthorn,
 and Russian olive fruits. In summer Cedar Waxwings supplement
 their fruit diet with protein-rich insects including mayflies, dragonflies,
 and stoneflies, often caught on the wing. They also pick items such
as scale insects, spruce budworm, and leaf beetles directly from vegetation.
Female waxwings do almost all the nest building; 
males may do some construction for the second nest of a season. 
The female weaves twigs, grasses, cattail down, blossoms, string, 
horsehair, and similar materials into a bulky cup about 5 inches across
 and 3 inches high. She lines this cup with fine roots, grasses, 
and pine needles and may decorate the outside with fruiting
 grasses or oak and hickory catkins. Construction takes 5 to 6 days
 and may require more than 2,500 individual trips to the nest.
Waxwings occasionally save time by taking nest materials from 
other birds’ nests, including Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow-throated 
Vireos, orioles, robins, and Yellow Warblers.
Cedar Waxwings are social birds that form large flocks
and often nest in loose clusters of a dozen or so nests. 
When feeding on fruits, Cedar Waxwings pluck them one by one
 and swallow the entire thing at once. They typically feed while
 perched on a twig, but they’re also good at grabbing berries 
while hovering briefly just below a bunch. When eating insects, 
waxwings either fly out from an exposed perch, or make long, 
zig-zagging flights over water.
The name "waxwing" comes from the waxy red secretions
found on the tips of the secondaries of some birds. The exact function
 of these tips is not known, but they may help attract mates.
The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few North American birds
that specializes in eating fruit. It can survive on fruit 
alone for several months.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jack Frost Paid Us A Visit

 Mommy Katie said Jack Frost isn't
going to nip at my nose.
Birds passing by grab a meal - that's why we leave the grasses.
6 +/- inches of snow ... perfect
 House Wren ... I'm going to miss my favorite bird.

 Who is Jack Frost anyway?
Jack Frost is the personification of frost, ice, snow, sleet, and freezing
cold weather, a variant of Old Man Winter held responsible
for frosty weather, for nipping the nose and toes in such
weather, coloring the foliage in autumn, and leaving
fernlike patterns on cold windows in winter.

Starting in late 19th century literature, more filled-out characterizations
of Jack Frost have made him into a sprite-like character.
He sometimes appears as a sinister mischief maker.
Powers attributed to Jack Frost 
... Usually involve the ability to create winter conditions.
Since coldness and frosty precipitation like snow and sleet
are synonymous with winter, they are among the frequent
 alleged activities of Jack Frost. The creature also supposedly 
creates the ice and frosty air that nips at winter dwellers. 
Even the icy patterns on windows or in snowflakes are believed
to be the work of Jack Frost. In some depictions, the sprite’s artistry
extends to painting tree leaves with the colors of autumn and incoming winter.
 This is a nice picture of our home covered in
a blanket of snow.  Oh, how I will miss her.

 A few of the geese that were hanging out in that
group {pictured above} decided to take off
probably to grab some dinner before dark.
Winter is flying by and hopefully spring is right around the corner
but I do have a feeling we'll be seeing a little more of
Mr. Jack Frost before all is said and done.