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Saturday, July 5, 2014

adventures in baby birdies!

This spring we hung a bird house.  It's a natural cedar house, and at first I was going to paint it, but it smells so good and the wood is so naturally pretty, that we left it as it was, and hung it up.  We don't have a fence around our property and our trees are still too young for a bird house, so we finally decided upon hanging a house in this little nook.  After that, we pretty much just tried to stay out of the way of the house, and waited.  The chickadees and finches both checked it out, but didn't stay... until finally after a few weeks of being impatient, a couple of tree swallows moved in.

Since then we've learned a thing or two about tree swallows, one of them being, that they prefer their nests be out in fields on fence posts for example... places where they can see all around and their house is protected by the 'open space' - however they are known to take over other nesting cavities too, and so in this case that's what they did.  Another thing we learned, is that it's safer for this size of bird, to NOT have a perch on the outside of the house, because it makes it easier for predator birds to get in.

Luckily we have a street sign in the corner of our yard that they can perch on during the day.  They take turns flying back to the house to check on their eggs, and just recently... we started to hear the tiny chirps of babies.  We've heard that once the babies fly from the nest, that's it, it's over... so I don't know how much longer this will last.  But it's been a very sweet addition to the beginning of our summer.  We can see the nest from the window in our kitchen, and the birds have gotten to trust us being around, so they don't mind us peeking out the window at them from time to time...

On a side note, hubby has been wanting to get a pressure washer for a few years now, and since his birthday is coming up at the end of August, I might just have to surprise him with one.  We realized once we hung the house and birds moved in, that getting to clean this side of the house kind of got put on hold until our little friends moved out.  But it was a good excuse to wait.  It's been really neat watching the tree swallows swoop around the yard in the evenings collecting bugs, and of course the whole experience of having birds move into our new little house, watching them bring twigs and feathers to build their nest, seeing them mate on the post in the yard, and finally hearing that the babies have hatched.  I would say a little dust on the side of the house in the mean time has been totally worth it.  And when they do finally go... I'm sure hubby will have a blast playing with his new water toy too. Ahh the joys of summer...  

What have you been up to lately?  
Hope your 4th of July weekend has been wonderful.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very safe and happy 4th of July!

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catch up with you soon.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Goals!

Happy Summer Everyone!  It's officially here!  :)

I've been inspired by all of these posts I'm seeing lately about the year being half over, and what have we done so far, and what are our goals for summer, and such and such, and I am just like... gaaahhhhh.....Gardening.

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That's pretty much my main goal for this summer.  To spend as much time outside as I can, in the shade of course, and with plenty of sunblock on... digging in the dirt, smelling the flowers, watching things grow, listening to the birds sing.  Last year I thought I was done with trying to grow tomatoes.  Our yard is full sun from morning to evening, so it's been a challenge getting anything to grow in the heat of summer, but I'm not giving up, I'm trying again.  I'm also going to try my hand at growing carrots this year too.  The seeds I bought are called little fingers, and they are baby carrots, so I figured that would be a fun container vegetable to go alongside my tomatoes and strawberries.  You never know, I might get the hang of this container gardening thing, just yet...

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Next, I want to figure out something to do with this pallet we have behind the garage.  It's in really great shape, and I've been telling my husband for at least two years now, don't get rid of that pallet because one of these days I'm going to figure out something to do with it.  There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest, so if you're looking for a pallet project of your own, you should check out my garden board.  I've pinned so many pallet projects to it lately that I'm beginning to think it's not a garden board anymore...  Anyways.  Since I can't make up my mind what I want to do with the thing, I would at least like to try building some of these planter boxes from some of the scrap wood we have.  Oh my gosh we have so much scrap wood.  That's all I have to say about that, for now.

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Along side this gardening and growing edibles, I really want to make a point to visit the Saturday Market more often this year.  For some reason we didn't go much last year, I don't know why.  Maybe we were just busy with the loo redo, I don't know.  But I do know, that this is the time of year when fresh fruits and veggies are bountiful and damnit I want us to start eating more fruits and vegetables.

Which brings me to my next goal.  Recipes!  I need to try some new/seasonal summer recipes this year.  I got good at acorn squash last fall but now it's summer and I need to get on the band wagon with some creative summer meals. 

Fresh food.  Clean eating.

I think these things all sort of go hand in hand, don't you? :)

Last but not least, I want to try and make a new goal of posting a tutorial of some sort on my blog once a month.  I've been trying to diversify, yet simplify my business, and lately I feel like there's no reason why I can't pick up the camera once in a while and take some pictures of some of the crafty things I've been up to lately.  Recipe sharing should probably also fall into this category somewhere.

So that is that!  What are your plans for Summer?  Any big adventures planned?  Aside from a little block party on 4th of July, and hubby's birthday in August, I think we are going to lay low this Summer.  We had a busy Spring, so it's going to be nice to just hang out at home and enjoy some lazy summer days...

Happy Weekend Friends!