Thursday, February 27, 2020

How Can I Help You?

I have noticed a few of my birds have a common eye disease called 
Mycoplasma Conjunctivitis 
also called House Finch Eye Disease

Birds infected with House Finch eye disease have red, swollen, runny or crusty eyes.

In extreme cases, the eyes become swollen shut and the bird becomes blind.

This little lady seems to have a more extreme case, poor baby!
I also saw a male Cardinal infected in the same way.

If any of your birds become infected, 
it is best to take down all of your feeders for one week.
Be sure to wash them well and fill them with new seed when you rehang them.

I, the hubs will jump on that today, it's on his hunny-do list!

I have been working on my new shawl a lot this week, it has really grown, and it is looking quite fine!
We are suppose to have thunderstorms tonight, I hope they wake me up so I can enjoy them.
I love when it rains and I really love a good thunderstorm!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Yarn Along

As hoped, 
I have started a new "crochet" project and I am moving along quite nicely.

The Farm Girl Shawl
Created by my good friend Lizzie, who taught me how to crochet.

Crocheted with hand died yarn by
knot house yarns
100% Superwash Merino
The color is Rhinebeck Love Bus
representing the colors of the logo Leanne created for Rhinebeck last year.

I am still working on my 
Irish Hiking Scarf, knit with Cascade Yarn
50% Superfine Alpaca and 50% Peruvian Highland Wool.
This yarn is a joy to work with and I really love the neutral color, it will go with everything.

We rented and watched two movies this week that we really enjoyed.

A fact based story about the battle at Midway during World War II,
a significant and pivotal turning point in the pacific.
The film, based on real life events,
tells the story of the heroic feats of these leaders and soldiers.

I thought Midway was excellent and I usually don't enjoy war moves.

21 Bridges
This is a good cop, bad cop movie about a massive manhunt
for 2 cop killers...
and shutting down all 21 bridges in Manhattan 
in an attempt to capture them.

I thought they were both going to be good "knitting" movies,
boy was I wrong!
 I ended up watching and enjoying both and only knitting/crocheting a little.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Male Downy Woodpecker

I don't have to rush to get my camera when this little guy lands in the tree outside my window.
He spends much of the day here with me.
Quietly sitting in the tree, just beyond the he waiting for me to see him?
I know he sees me when I open the window, he seems almost tame, unfazed by my being there.

I snap away, he is relaxed and what a beautiful subject!

He winks at me...hehehe...even I don't believe that,
but none-the-less it is a sweet thought!

He is happy, well fed with plenty of water to drink!

We had another beautiful day yesterday, full sun and 61 degrees.
The sign on my front door says...

"Baby It's Cold Outside"
But it has not been cold all winter.
It may be time to switch that sign out, it's 23 days till spring...
but it feels like spring now!
How lucky are we, we've had a very mild winter for New Jersey!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Point Pleasant Beach

The weekend was beautiful...
Not quite the warmth I was dreaming of...
But the sun was out, the skies were blue, temperatures were in the upper 50's.
It felt great to be outside, but just for a bit, it was not picnic weather.
We went for a drive down by the ocean, there was a crisp chill to the air, and a brisk breeze.
We went for a drive by the fishing boats, most were in, they looked so pretty
I thought it would be nice to share some pictures here with all of you.

The Dauntless is a "party" boat...for civilians who want to fish for the day! 

The seagulls follow the boats as they come in and always hang out in this area.

These lighthouses, up on the pier, are new...

there were a total of four.

Lovely "decor" to guide the fishing boats home.

The fishing boats play a large role in the economics of this area. 
It is a way of life here, 
we who live here are rewarded from the fisherman with the fresh catch of the day, everyday!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday Critters ~ 323 ~

A brief ride to Lake of the Lilies yesterday turned out to be slightly disappointing.
It started out great, 
as we pulled up, the hubs spotted three Killdeer right away.
I had not seen them all winter and I was excited to snap some pictures.
Killdeer are boldly marked, long legged and are quite a noisy plover.
I saw three, I have seen them here before and I usually see them in pairs.
They feed in typical plover manner,
running at high speed for a short distance, then pausing briefly to pick up food from the ground.

Here is a good look at a Killdeers back feathers, they are beautiful.

Everyone else was swimming/sleeping, mostly sleeping in the "untouchable" part of the lake.
Now...if I could just get in to one of those backyards...

Sharing today's pictures with Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen

Friday, February 21, 2020

Home Chef vs Home Cooking

I have been dying for Short Ribs.
I use to make them all the time but I am still receiving Home Chef  Meals
 and they have not offered them.

I have received some negative comments about the cost of the Home Chef meals,
so I thought I would do another comparison post.

$ 10.38  Short Ribs
$  3.99   Potatoes
$  3.00   Carrots and Celery
$    .50   Sweet Onion
$  1.00   Red Wine
$  1.00   Rachael Ray Beef Stock

The total is $ 19.87, that does not account for the honey, herbs, bay leaf, flour, gravy master or the fact that I had to shop for all of the items. The cost with Home Chef is $ 20.00 per night, $ 10.00 each. Everything is pre-measured...and even though I do a bit of the prep work, I enjoy the amount of work I put in to the meals. All of the ingredients are fresh and delivered right to my door.

If you are interested in this recipe, you can find it here. I made mine in my cast iron, dutch oven on top of the stove, but I have also made them in the slow cooker and they are just as good.

Did I take pictures you ask - well of course I did...

Browning the meat first, very important they say!

After this step, I was getting a tad excited and forgot about taking more pictures.

- ta-da -
This was so amazing!!
I only ate the meat and mashed potatoes, I was not wasting any of my stomach space on carrots.
The hubs ate those!

and as a side/footnote I have been making my mashed potatoes with a ricer.
I bought one right before Christmas 
and used it for the first time on my Christmas Dinner mashed potatoes.
It all started with a Martha Stewart video.
Now I steam my potatoes.
Yukon gold potatoes, through the ricer, heavy cream and butter.
They are the best I have ever eaten.
If you don't use one - get one, it is the best thing I ever did.

oooooh and make these Short Ribs, your welcome!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Stargazer Lily

Appealing to both the eyes and the nose,
The Stargazer Lily is a flower that never fails to stop passers-by in their tracks.

There was no shortage of these lilies at Longwood Gardens.
If you could stand and watch them go from bud to bloom,
it would probably look a bit like this.

Dramatic, bold and beautiful, their scent is intoxicating.
You could say they are show offs!