Season of the birds

Pictures - Ashley took all these pictures with my camera while she was here for Thanksgiving break. She posted some on her blog too. http://throughmyeyes-ashley.blogspot.com/
#1 & 2 - Junco
3- Titmouse
4 & 5 - Chick-a-dee
6 - Female & Male Cardinal
7 - Male Cardinal
8 - 11 - Female Cardinal
12 - Blue jay

I have a bird feeder just outside my kitchen window. when the kids eat breakfast and snack they have gotten in the habit of looking out at the birds. My kids can now name blue jays, cardinals, and chick-a-dees. We are keeping a bird journal and writing down what birds we see next to the date. They are really into it. They love looking for the birds. They also want to make feeders out of pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed, then hang them on the tree outside the window. This is a very messy project so I am thinking about it. Check out Shelly making some on her blog - http://logcabininmichigan.blogspot.com/

I won some yarn!!!! I entered a giveaway on a knitting blog and won! I am so excited. It is a real pretty blue. This is the blog I won it from - http://needleshooksandbooks.typepad.com/a_blog_of_my_own/
Check it out and see my name!

I have to do some serious Christmas shopping! I have hardly done any. I need to take a full day and just go. I making alot of my gifts this year because of money. I am also doing alot of food gifts. I have found that food gifts are always the most popular, everyone loves them!

Books - I finished "Fifty Acres and a Poodle" It was excellent! I loved it. It was so real, just like they could have been our neighbors. It was about two city folk who decide to buy a fifty acre farm and move to the country. They know nothing about living in the country or a farm. This is a story about learning along the way. They acquire many animals, friends, and farm vehicles in the process. Very delightful book. Ashley picked out my next book "Smashed, The Story of a Drunken Girlhood" by Koren Zailckas. I have never done this before, read two memoirs back to back. I do love memoirs though!

Top 5 - I am going to start talking about Christmas so... Top 5 favorite Christmas songs -
1. Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
2. Grown up Christmas List - Amy Grant
3. Oh Holy Night - Martina McBride
4. Let it be Christmas - Alan Jackson
5. Anything by Mannheim Steamroller

What are yours? Get creative now!


  1. Hey Wendy those birds are beautiful. I am looking for a little red bird ornament for my tree. Have you read Red Bird Christmas? It is a sweet Christmas story.

    Congrats to you on the yarn win!

  2. Top 6:
    1) Halleluiah Choirs by Mannhiem Steamrollor. I have 3 of their cd's
    2) Carol of the Bells
    3) The Christmas Song
    4) Let it Snow
    5) Do you hear What I Hear
    6) Sleigh Bells

    I like to watch the birds too. I think it runs in the family.

    I am all done Christmas shopping now I have to wrap them all. (I hate wrapping them) Tree is up, house is decorated. Cards are almost done. I am all set.

    What are you going to make with the pretty blue yarn? Have you read "The Friday night Knitting Club". I have and it is a good book. Parts are really sad.

    Love Ya,

  3. OH MY GOSH! I have to do cards!
    thanks mom :)
    No I have not read it yet, lots of people have told me to though.
    good songs you have listed.

  4. Those are great pics Wendy. Hey you won the yarn on my friend Toni's site-congrats. She has a great book blog now too.

    I'm hoping to put the tree up this week. Time seems to have gotten away on me and it's still not up. Some decorations are though. I also have done no shopping yet-yikes!

  5. Thank you Toni, I saw the bird on the feeder and couldn't help but capture a few on film.

    Mom, I love that you're getting into the Christmas spirit! I can't wait to come home and decorate : )

    Top 5 favorite Christmas songs -
    1. Grown up Christmas List - Amy Grant
    2. Don't Save it all for Christmas Day - Avalon
    3. Carole of the Bells - Mannheim Steamroller
    4. Oh Holy Night - Martina McBride
    5. Little Drummer Boy - Audio Adrenaline

    On your poll I said no, I don't feel birds but that's only because I don't really have a way to.

  6. Of course you knew I would love all these birdy photos! And how great that you've got the kids interested and keeping a journal! Have you heard of ebird? www.ebird.org . You can set up your own bird journal for free and record what you see - and be able to see reports in your area, state and around the other states.

    Top 5 Christmas Songs: Gosh I can only think of 3 right now - my brain is dead.
    1. Christmas Eve-Sarajevo - Transiberian Orchestra
    2. Carol of the bells (by any good orchestra like the Boston Pops)
    3. Believe - Josh Groban

  7. The bird pics are really pretty. I think you should do the bird feeder project. Don't you know the messy projects are the best projects? ha ha. I said yes i do feed the birds, but let me elaborate a little. I feed them when i have a chance to, i don't have a bird feeder, but when i go to the beach, or park, then i feed them bread and french fries and stuff.

    Top 5 favorite Christmas songs -
    1. Grandma got ran over
    2. oh holy night
    3. white christmas
    4. come home for christmas
    5. let it snow

  8. Toni-No, I have not read "Red Bird Christmas", I will have to look for it.

    Mom - I love "Carol of the Bells" too!. Don't know what I'll maker with the yarn yet.

    Dar-Thanks, I have give all the credit to my daughter. I didn't know about the book blog, I will have to check it out.

    Ashley-Audio Adrenaline! I couldn't remember who it was by! I love that too.

    Shelley-I didn't know about that site, I will have to check it out. The kids are like sponges, they just love learning anything that does not have to do with school!

    Casey-Seriously- "Grandma got ran over by a reindeer"????? I absolutely hate that song! Sorry.

  9. I love the pictures of your birds on your property. I am fond of the red cardinal.
    I have recently hung up a bird house. I had a hummingbird feeder in the summer. I know I will more than likely have a few more birdhouses.

    Hope you are enjoying the fall!!