Category Archives: birds

Insta August

Insta august

August brought me a little bit of downtime to finish up a design that I’m very pleased with and time to start plotting my next few designs.  I’ve been looking at lots of yarns online and trying to keep myself from always picking heather greys, though they are my favorites.  Joey had a two week trip to Europe with the band and I got to watch one of his shows that was live streaming online.  I watched it with another of the band wives and we clapped and cheered and even snapped a few pics of our husbands onscreen looking like badasses and it was almost like we were there.   I even snagged one of Joey’s instagrams to share here—just look at that crowd!   Once he was back home we had a couple of lazy days together, strolling around town after a nice brunch and later him puttering around in the studio while I sat within earshot knitting.  I’m hoping for a similar couple of days this weekend!

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Flora and Fauna

One of the things I missed most while living in NYC was nature.  I will always love and miss the busy-ness and energy of living in such a city, but there is something about being surrounded by beautiful plants and trees or looking skyward to catch a glimpse of a bird in flight that makes me feel centered and peaceful.  Our little house in Texas is surrounded by plenty of trees and plants that are home to many different animals and I get such a kick out of spying on them from my windows.

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I’ve mentioned our bunnies before (rabbits, actually) and Joey and I continue to keep tabs on them and their goings on.  We don’t have a vegetable garden (though I dream of someday having one), so the abundance of rabbits in our area is more of a joy than a bother.  I may have even bought a bag of rabbit food to leave out for them on occasion.  I’m not putting out so much food that they will come to rely on it, but just enough to get a few extra fluffy cottontail glimpses every now and then.

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We also have lots of birds that make their home in the trees and bushes that surround our neighborhood.  There is a cardinal pair that we see almost every day, chirping happily to each other as they flit from branch to branch.  And Joey recently brought my attention to a dove and her two babies, who have been flapping around in our bushes lately.  I decided to put out a bird feeder to further entice these feathered creatures to enjoy our area, and since then I have seen daily visits from the cardinals, and even spotted a woodpecker!

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I initially hung the feeder from my back porch and within 20 minutes I was getting a few interested visitors.  By the second day the feeder had already been emptied, with a huge mess of seeds having been tossed out onto my porch.  I knew it must have been a squirrel, as no bird could have had the strength to completely knock over the feeder and create such a mess.  I even spotted the culprit in a nearby tree, waiting for me to refill the feeder one rainy day.

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I’ve since moved the feeder to our front porch just outside our picture window, thinking it may be slightly harder for the squirrels to reach it as it hangs far from the edge of our roof.  Not that they haven’t been trying, though.  I came home the other day to find that they’ve overturned a small potted cactus and completely strewn potting soil (and birdseed) all over our porch.  I righted the cactus only to find it overturned and further trampled the very next day.

The last straw came this week when I came home to find that my little cactus-sproutling, the very one I had been so enamored with a few weeks ago had been mangled by what I can only assume were those crazy ass squirrels.  I usually enjoy a good squirrel scamper, but I’m so sad that they attacked my little cactus!

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