Wednesday, April 20
The neighbor was turning his grass to dry it for harvest.
The male goldfinches are a brilliant yellow right now.
We had Amos and his helpers here to take down three old pine trees that were getting ragged and spindly.
They fed them into their wood chipper which ate them right up and spit the chips into a box truck.
Tree #2 going down
A few days later Cerwin rented a stump grinder to take care of the stumps.
Friday April 8
This is what I saw when I looked out our kitchen window about a week and a half ago, so I wanted to investigate the sunrise.
It was quite overcast, but the sun was momentarily shining through a break in the clouds.
I enjoyed watching a couple of brown-headed cow birds at the feeder. I noticed they were arching their necks now and then. I checked online and it is part of their mating ritual. They were probably making sounds as well, but I could not hear it through the closed windows.
It began hailing!
This certainly does not look like early April.
A few mornings earlier the tulips were frozen – now they were being pelted by hail.
When the hail was over, the cow birds came back. The ones that are arching their necks in this picture are the males. They have black bodies and brown heads. The female’s body is totally brown.
By 1:30 PM the hail had disappeared and the sun was out – giving me nice lighting to get a photo of this cute Chipping Sparrow.
That was an interesting day!
Thursday, March 31
Oh what fun to have our oldest daughter Diane here for a few days and then for her to have their grandson, Anthony here, for a day and night.
Diane didn’t have to ask me twice if I wanted to go shopping with them. 🙂
The next few pictures are from my cell phone.
Our first stop was Good’s Store near Ephrata.
Trying on a “Mennonite” hat.
A summer hat
Then it was time for lunch at McDonalds.
I didn’t take any more pictures, but we went to three outlet grocery stores. Diane went into the last two alone, because Anthony was sleeping. Diane likes to stock up on bulk grocery supplies when visiting Pennsylvania.
It was a warm day, so I sat in the car and enjoyed watching traffic and people. 🙂
This was my first sighting of a male brown-headed cow bird this spring.
I missed it yesterday, so kept an eye on them today – and it was during our springtime snow.
When I noticed him making strange movements to call her toward him, I waited for the moment.
I understand that it is a courtship ritual.
Wednesday, March 30
I don’t have any creative thoughts or words tonight – just a few pictures of the two birds that were at our kitchen window feeder when I came up from my basement office on Wednesday afternoon.
I think he saw me.
But he seemed okay with my camera.
When he left, this pretty little wren came by to entertain me.
Tuesday, March 29
A cute, male house sparrow perched just outside our kitchen window – in great lighting – gave me an opportunity for a few close ups.
He is a rather ordinary bird, but I still find him fascinating.
He has no clue that he wasn’t created as beautiful as a male cardinal.
He just sings the songs he was created to sing and does the things he was created to do.
We could learn from House Sparrows.
It often takes us a lifetime to learn to be content with the person who God created us to be.
Many of us spend way too much time wishing we were like someone else – wanting to be prettier, richer, smarter, or braver.
Yes, we could learn from the House Sparrow and just be content with the person God created us to be…
…developing our own skills and personality
…resting now and then
…loving and praising God.
Tuesday, March 22 through Thursday, March 24
He looked pretty in the late afternoon sunlight on Tuesday.
A pretty sunset on Wednesday night.
I was surprised to see a robin at our suet on Thursday afternoon.
It’s not often that a robin is seen at our suet. They usually prefer worms.
Sometimes my days are made by the beauty God brings into my life.
Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, February 20
A hungry Dark-eyed Junco
Female Dark-eyed Junco.
A beautiful sunset
On the 17th I had a delightful and delicious breakfast at Lintia’s Restaurant with my sister Nancy, then on the 19th – after Lois and Mary helped label the Highway News – our grandson Nathan took us (his grandparents – Lois, Cerwin, and me) out for lunch. I had a most delicious Tomato Pie at Tomato Pie Café in Lititz.
The sky was lined with jet streaks on Saturday morning, February 20, when we headed to New Holland for TFC’s Lancaster Chapter Prayer Breakfast.
I love driving into a pretty sunrise.
The Amish were on the road early too.
After breakfast Cerwin shared a devotional.
It’s good to encourage one another in the Lord.
We enjoyed a nice variety of birds in February – probably because of a few snow storms.
Female Downy Woodpecker
Sparrow and Downy Woodpecker
Female White-breasted Nuthatch
Male White-breasted Nuthatch
Squirrels also enjoyed birdseed.
House Sparrow and European Starling
Male Hairy Woodpecker
American Goldfinch in its winter colors
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker
Male House Finch
Female Hairy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker
A windy February day
It was interesting to look back on several cold, mid-February days after enjoying a very warm Tuesday in March.