Thursday, January 4
Diane, I thought you might like to see a few birds that were enjoying the suet ring you gave me.
Male cardinals look so pretty on cold, snowy days.
We have a starling with a bib. Not sure if it was hatched this way or got involved in a fight.
A Downy doesn’t come to the window feeder very often.
Starlings eat at every feeder. 🙂
Never tire of watching birds – even if they are ordinary.
Wednesday, January 3
It was the first time I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker this winter – and she pointed out to me that it was time to refill the suet feeder. Empty feeders are the result of spending five days in Maine. 🙂
This was a gift to me – from Mark and Diane – for my February birthday.
Since it was time to re-fill the feeders, I also hung my new suet wreath on the patio dogwood tree. Notice the nuthatch peeking over the top of the wreath. It was the first bird on the wreath.
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker soon returned to a feeder – after fluttering away when I brought fresh seeds, suet and the wreath outside.
A male downy woodpecker quickly found the suet feeder. Woodpeckers feed from regular suet feeders – but usually after this is empty or another bird is on this log.
It was good to get back in to the routine of home.
Tuesday, January 2
It was a cold, clear morning when we left Mark and Diane’s house at 6:45.
We could see the sun coming up just over the horizon.
The world was coming alive on I-95.
The super moon was low in the sky in the west.
The sunrise was beginning to lighten the sky to our east.
It was fun taking pictures of the brilliant sunrise.
White smoke was rolling out of the big rigs because of the frigid temperatures.
-15 was the coldest temperature registered on our car – as we drove by the Kennebunkport exit.
The drive was fairly ordinary for the rest of the nine-hour trip.
Ordinary means stopping for breakfast and fuel in Lowell, Massachusetts, taking a break at a rest stop in Connecticut, having lunch near the New Jersey/New York line, getting fuel at Bloomsbury, New Jersey, and arriving home nine to nine-and-a-half hours after leaving the Myers’ house.
Monday, January 1
The chilly view from our bedroom window on the first day of 2018.
It wasn’t as cold as Saturday (minus 21) but the temperature was still below zero.
The view from the dining area of their kitchen – looking toward the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
How do birds not freeze to death on frigid days like this?
Diane listening to a birthday wish from one of her siblings.
We chose to stay inside and play games on this wintry day. Mark was working, so it was just the three of us.
Mark walked into the room with his right arm behind his back, then presented Diane with these pretty flowers.
Mark brought Nsimba along for the afternoon. He can easily go by their house on the way home from work, and Elizabeth was working at the pharmacy – near Mark and Diane’s house. (They were having supper with us and didn’t have to go home in two vehicles.)
Supper was roast beef and sauerkraut.
Mashed sweet potatoes.
Brussels sprouts and blueberries. (We saw the recipe for this on Home and Family when she was at our house. It was delicious.)
Hannah stayed after supper and played Golf with us.
Golf with Skip-Bo cards.
It was a good start to a new year.
We prepared a slide show of our family’s baby pictures for our Christmas celebrations this year – asking everyone to identify the baby.
I can now post these – after showing these to our Maine family on December 31.
For this post, they are in order of age and family.
My step-mother, Velma
Speaking of babies – these two (Dustan and Jenna) just announced that they are going to have a baby in July!. 🙂 That will make us great-grandparents again – and you can call Jeff and Chris “grandpa and grandma”. 🙂
Nsimba (he doesn’t have a baby picture)
Elijah (he only lived for five months – from a heart deformity)
That’s our family as babies – as of today. We are at a stage in life, where things are continually changing due to having 16 grandchildren. 🙂