Thursday, January 18

As I watched the female Red-bellied Woodpecker on this cold, wintry morning, I thought, “This would be a good day to make a pot of tomato soup.”

I had some tomatoes left over from the High family lunch and boiled them so I could easily remove the skin.

Then I went to my cupboard and found anything that I could add to the pot.

There were also leftover onions from the lunch.

After putting everything in the kettle, I added garlic, oregano, chili powder, parsley flakes, dried celery, basil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Then I found a third jar of salsa in the refrigerator and added it too.

It turned into a delicious soup. Cerwin wanted it to be chunky, so that is how I made it.

We enjoyed some for supper – with grilled cheese sandwiches. I put some in the refrigerator for the weekend and froze the rest.

The setting sun gave everything a golden hue.

I love cold, wintry days – when I have time to make a pot of soup.

Glittery Kind of Day

Tuesday, January 9

The birds have been daily working on the suet ring.

They also continue to eliminate other suet feeders.

As I watched the birds, I couldn’t help but notice the glittering snow and ice in our yard and beyond.




Trees. You can barely see them in this photo, but there was ice on the branches and nuts and a few tiny icicles dripping from the branches.

In the distance, the farm buildings glittered in the early morning sunlight.

Electric and phone lines were lightly covered with sparkling ice.

Back to our patio. The ice coated colander feeder.

Icy birdbath

Porch chair

Leaves were dripping with ice

Branch icicles

I love this frozen droplet at the bottom of a leaf.

I treasure the things I see on a glittery kind of day.

A Beautiful, Snowy Morning

Thursday, December 14

I love mornings when it has snowed during the night and I can see the tracks and designs in the snow.

Lydia’s foot prints to her car. She is leaving for work at 4:15 am these days.

Her car tracks.

Looks like we had some tiny visitors.

I haven’t seen a wren very often this fall.

Junco near our kitchen window

“I see you.”

“Still see you.”

“I’m ignoring you.”

“Now I’m really ignoring you.”

Male – red bellied woodpecker

We waited a few hours to go to the DMV where I needed to get my driver’s license photo taken and Mother Hershey needed an eye test. My photo went fairly fast, but the room was full of people, so waiting for her eye test took a couple of hours. It appears that she passed – meaning that she can keep driving. 🙂

We went across the street to Panera Bread for lunch.