Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mute Swans

Two beautiful Mute Swans, making do in the icy waters,

and bathing under the beautiful fountain!!

The name "mute" derives from being less vocal than other swan species.

I need to become a mute swan for a day or two.....
to do some organizing and regrouping.

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But I will see you all very soon!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Restore The Shore

Yesterday the hubs and I went for a walk along the beach.
We searched for sea glass and found only a few small pieces.
I'm not going to bother with a photograph of the loot,
trust me it wasn't much.
The ocean was beautiful.
It's difficult to comprehend the devastation that lies
all around this massive body of water.
The boardwalks are still gone. Homes still turned on their sides,
untouched after Super Storm Sandy,
they cannot be repaired.
Restaurants that you can see though completely, just barely holding on. 
The devastation from Sandy is everywhere and little has been done.
We love the Jersey Shore,
and the hubs loves when we wear our matching sweatshirts!!
Please us!
Restore The Shore!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Barn Charm #61

A really charming Barn, somewhere in Canada.
Don't you just adore that fence.
 Someone very special took these pictures and sent them to me.
Isn't this a beautiful place, it is one of my favorites.
Thank you my dear friend!!

Sharing today with Tricia at Barn Charm
Please stop by Bluff Area Daily to see all the amazing,
charming barns from all around the world.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ashley's Scavenger Hunt #37

This week's prompts for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt photo challenge are,
Time To Eat, Getting Ready, Playtime, Sweet Dreams
Scrub A Dub
Time To Eat
Getting Ready
Orchid Getting Ready to Bloom
With Addie
Sweet Dreams
Mourning Dove sleeping in the snow covered trees.
Scrub A Dub
Seven Men In A Tub

Sharing today with Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday


Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Happy Spot

I only have a few house plants,
just enough for constant indoor color
and just enough to bring me constant joy.
Here it is, a small sunny spot in the family room.
Four plants, on a yummy wooden tray,
that sits on top of an ottoman, making the ottoman a table.
Don't ask.
The Orchid is my favorite,
I just adore how it shimmers and glistens in the sunlight.
I have 5 blooms right now, with lot's more coming!
I don't remember what bulbs I planted in this,
it will be a super fun surprise in the Spring to see what pops out.
I'll keep you posted.
with it's very pretty heart shaped leaves.
I don't know what this is...
 A gift from my mom, that was not identified.
I adore these gorgeous sunny yellow blooms.
I just can't walk by this baby, without smiling. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Six Words Friday ~ Hand ~

Hand in Hand,
Forever and Always

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Photo Shoot with a Downy

This photo shoot with the Male Female Downy Woodpecker,
went on for more then three minutes.
It was hard for me to leave the window where we were shooting,
but geez, I was sure I had enough pictures.
I'll let you guys be the judge...
Nice Moves, Right??
I know this is too many pictures but how could one resist??
She just sits there, then she starts posing.
There is a suet hanging right above her, but she stays with me.
I know people think I am "bird crazy" but I really think the birds see me,
like me and are not afraid!!
Tomorrow, I'll try to post about "real life", promise!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Cupcake Corner

Do any of you guys have a collection of those
cute and colorful cupcake liners??
I do, and I have a lot!
Let me show you just how many...
All those cute,
colorful wrappers were hidden away inside my baking cabinet.
I have always thought they should be out and on display.
Here's the baking cabinet before I started the cleaning process.
The cupcake liners are organized, to some extent,
with each holiday on the second shelf.
The rest are just kinda placed randomly, wherever I had room.
 The cabinet got emptied out and scrubbed out.
Can you believe all this "stuff" was in that cabinet??
There was a little a lot of purging, I set all those cute cupcake liners aside
and here's how she looks now, all clean and organized.
Next, I bought a nice big clear jar...
at The Christmas Tree Store
and sprinkled the bottom of the jar with those pretty edible snowflakes.
I bought them for the tops of cupcakes but they taste like cardboard.
So I thought they would look cute here.
The jar came with a little chalkboard on the front,
so you don't forget what's inside.
Next I created the "cupcake" corner on top of the counter.
If you come to my house for cupcakes,
this is what your cupcake will be served on.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's Nuts...

Mr. Cardinal:  "Hey, where's all the peanuts??"
Ms. Cardinal: "The early bird, gets the peanut,
even Mr. Blue Jay knows when to dine!!"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Barn Charm #60

Howell, New Jersey

Shabby ~ Chic

Sharing today with Tricia at Barn Charm
Please stop by Bluff Area Daily to see all the amazing,
charming barns from all around the world.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ashley's Scavenger Hunt #36

This week's prompts for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt photo challenge are,
Candy, Pink or Red, Love, Kisses, & Smile
Treats from the Scone Pony, my favorite bakery
Is Everywhere!
My very special Valentine, made me smile and cry!

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