Jan 03 2014

The weather reports promised an onslought of snow, Thursday night into Friday.

Although it sounds like it hit hard up north, those of us in the Washington Metropolitan Area got off lightly.

Through the dining room windows.

We woke up to a beautiful morning, white snow and vivid blue skies. I didn’t have to go far for a nice photo, in fact, just out the kitchen window.

Snow with sun. Reminds me of Colorado.

And, while I waited for the coffee to brew, I was able to make my “Photo of the Day” using the iPhone app “Collect,” that I dearly love. BlogHer Laurel Regan shared it on Twitter and I have been mesmerized by the ease of taking a fun photo everyday. A diary in a second, so to speak. Then each day is added to a calender for the month and saved, I guess, forever. And, ever? That Laurel sure is on top of things.

Love the Collect App. Saving a record of
each day for my Presidential Library.

It was energizing. So much so, I was motivated to make an improvement on our living space. But, fixing up the house in some way sounded like WORK, so we decided to fix up a smaller project. The bird restaurant in the backyard was due for a redo.

Our old feeder, squirreled to unuseability.

After the usual discussions of whether to fix up or replace, we decided to replace. But, that was probably influenced by our neighborhood ACE Hardware having a sale on the “Squirrel-Be-Gone Bird Feeder” from PerkyPet.com that caught our eye last week. Such a cute feeder, like a little red barn with a “Whoopsie” bar for squirrels, should they shinny up the metal pole.

The Perky Pet Feeder

Isn’t it CUTE? The roof comes off after the weathervane is turned to release it. And, it’s powder coated so cleaning with a damp cloth, every two weeks the directions say, will maintain its shiny barn-like finish.

 Well, thar she blows!

Perfect viewing distance from the house. I hope my birdie friends will be pleased with the new addition. Having a nice clean feeder will help me with my bird counts when I start up with the Cornell Ornithology Feeder Watch, counting birds coming and going in their migration patterns.

So, check in block for Friday, January 3, 2014. We did something in addition to complaining about the cold. 🙂

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Oct 25 2010

Just in time for Halloween fun!
Meet Benjamin and Emma Bushytail.

Soon leaves on trees will be a memory, the frost will be on the pumpkin and we’ll be headed toward winter. Squirrels will be trying to remember where they have buried all of their nuts so they have enough food to make it through the winter. Some squirrels have been in school since September, such as Benjamin and Emma Bushytail.

Now Emma and Benjamin are putting down their studies to plan their Halloween costumes so they can go Trick or Treating at the tree homes in their neighborhood. Benjamin has decided to be a skeleton and Emma is going to be a witch. Both are going to carry pumpkin baskets that Momma Squirrel bought to hold their candy.

Do you like paper Dolls? I do. They were always my favorite when I was little because I could make new outfits, any color I wanted, with just a sheet of paper, a pencil and some crayons.

The Bushytails were drawn by a very famous paper doll artist, Kathy Lawrence, in 1992. Ms. Lawrence grew up around paints and brushes because her mother, Queen Holden, was also an artist. Kathy Lawrence has designed many fun paper dolls that you can order from The Shackman Store found here. You will find the Bushytails with outfits for a wedding, a set of Oliver and Olivia Owl paper dolls and a set of rabbit paper dolls called the Hopper Family.

Kathy Lawrence lives in Texas and still designs lots of interesting and fun things for children. She is a famous illustrator for greeting cards and collector plates as well as soft, beautiful religious paintings.

If you would like to download this FREE pdf of The Bushytail paper dolls, click here or click the image below:

Designed by Kathy Lawrence in 1992 for B. Shakman, these Bushytail family girl and boy, Benjamin and Emma, would love to come live at your house. Download this pdf file onto strong 24 pound card by clicking on the thumbnail above. Cut out with sharp scissors while being careful not to cut off the tabs that will hold the clothes on to the figures. When you are done playing, try storing Benjamin, Emma and their clothes in an envelope so you won’t lose all the pieces.



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