Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snow, birds and love notes

Today I am enjoying the warmth inside our home as snow has been steadily falling and accumulating outside. Catching up on some much needed rest of not having somewhere to run off to, but enjoying family time. My parents are up for a visit and we are catching up on conversations and homemade warm, delicious meals; a turkey dinner in preparation now. Enjoying the beauty of the snow and grateful for not having to travel in it today. A random post today about our birds, some fun poems and songs, and getting ready for Valentine's day. :-)

For the little ones a fun poem I always liked to do with my girls and the children I have taught :-)

Chubby Snowman Poem

There was a chubby snowman and he had a carrot nose (put fist to nose like carrot)
Along came a bunny (2 fingers up for ears)
And what do you suppose? (hands on hips)
The hungry little bunny (rub tummy)
Was looking for his lunch (Hand to forehead looking)
He grabbed that snowman's carrot nose Nibble! Nibble! Crunch! (Pretend to eat carrot!)

I developed my love of nature from my parents at a very young age. I enjoy watching and caring for the birds and seeing how many different kinds we can draw to our feeders and in our yards. Cardinals are Ohio's state bird and I love the beauty of their bright red feathers.

Earlier this morning, Jerry and Hayley trudged out to set up some lean twos for the birds to protect the seed from the snow. They also filled up the feeders around our yard.

We've had pretty much white out conditions all day!

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening  By: Robert Frost

Whose woods are these I think I know.
His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer, To stop without a farmhouse near.
Between the woods and frozen lake, The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

Finger play: Count using your fingers or even more fun you can make snow flakes on popsicle sticks and a sun or a do a flannel board putting felt on the back of sun and snowflakes. Kids love this and they can easily participate and learn!

One little snowflake with nothing to do. Along came another and then there were two.
Two little snowflakes laughing with me. Along came another, and then there were three.
Three little snowflakes looking for some more. Along came another, and then there were four.
Four little snowflakes dancing a jive. Along came another, and then there were five.
Five little snowflakes having so much fun. Out came the sun and then there were none!

I love my squirrel statue...have probably mentioned it before, but seeing his joy makes me smile every time.

Lean two completed! Birds are happy :-)

Love birds and need some food ideas for them? Here are a few:

Hanging Heaven (Rich nutritious that a variety of birds enjoy and it's great for the winter)

3 parts suet
1 part cornmeal
1 part peanut butter
sprinkling of sand
1 part brown sugar
1 part dried raisins, berries, etc.
1 or more coconuts split in half
1 part mixed seeds or broken nuts

Melt suet, allow to cool, then re-melt. Stir in other ingredients. Cook until mixture is the consistency of porridge. If too thick, add small amounts of water or milk; if too thin, add flour. Pour into coconut halves. Hang coconut halves from tree limbs, etc.


Black oil-type sunflower seed
Cracked corn

Combine equal parts of each and set out at ground level or elevated feeders.

Because blowing bubbles in the snow while building bird feeders is totally cool.... lol ;-)

My honey :-)

" A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song"  Maya Angelou

I love that we have blue jays! Here are a few fun facts about them:

The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. They get the blue color by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.

The black brindle varies extensively and can be seen on their throat, nape or face. This may actually help Blue Jays recognize each other.

Oldest known banded Blue Jay in the wild lived to be 17 years and 6 months old!

Blue Jays prefer tray feeders or hopper feeders. They enjoy eating suet, peanuts and sunflower seed.

Being February 1st, we are getting ready for Valentine's Day! Jerry was cracking us up in his lovely straw hat, so I just had to take a few photos!

Something my regular followers already know is each year we leave notes for each other outside our bedroom doors for the month of February. We made these mailboxes a few years ago, but still enjoying using them. It's such a nice surprise to see handwritten notes from each other about all the things we love about that person.

These are mine and Jerry's and as we put a note in we raise the flags....

Kathleen's..... also the note pad she picked this year for writing her notes.

Hayley's :-)

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus a day so I never have to live without you"  A.A. Milne

Kathleen has been hand sewing and this is her first finished project :-) So proud of her!

Nothing like relaxing and sewing after a nice warm shower. :-)

We took the time today to work on Valentine's cards as well! Soon we will be decorating her card box for school....more to come on that!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are keeping warm and spending time with your family and friends!

                                                         Many Blessings,


CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Jill, What a wonderful post and the fun activities at your house. Love the beautiful snowfall. Your photos are gorgeous. I love birds too and we also watch them and keep them well fed here in Texas. Cardinals and Blue Jays are among my favorites to paint and shared those recently in posts.
Looks like the girls and your hubby are having great fun with outdoor and indoor projects. The Valentine mail boxes are so special and the note given to each other this month is something you will all remember for a lifetime. So nice to have your parents there for a visit. Please tell you dear mom I said hello.
Enjoy your time together. Cozy and warm inside. Love Kathleen's sweet sewing project. Too cute.
Thanks for sharing the poems too.
I always enjoy my visits. Wishing you and yours a wonderful month of Love!!
Hugs and Blessings

Sweet Tea said...

Great photos! Glad you're enjoying the snow. We had a short downpour of rain today, then the sun came out. Good that you're feeding the birds - they need a little TLC too.

aimee said...

Hi Jill!
Thanks for your visit earlier this weekend! LOVED your bird and snow photos! I am such a kid when it comes to snow--I absolutely love it:) Really like the idea of a mailbox for Valentine's Day cards and may do that for our grandkids. Loved your quotes also--especially the one by A.A.Milne.
PS: Cute kids!

~ Noelle said...

Looks like yall are having a great time. Broxton wants it to snow so bad... but nothing appears to be coming our way.

Billie Jo said...

What beautiful photos, my friend!!!
I adore your love of nature.
We decorated for Valentine's Day too...the same day we took down our Christmas tree! : )
Enjoy the cozy weather!

Julie said...

Good evening Jill. Thank you for stopping by earlier this week. I so love it when you stop.
What I love more, are the pictures you take and share with us. You are such an awesome mom/wife/daughter.
Just in case, Happy Valentine's to you and your family. You are a truly wonderful family.