Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birds, butterflies and books

I took my coffee out to the deck this morning.

I wanted some bird time before it was too hot to be outside.

A little Tufted Titmouse was first to say, "Good Morning."

A male House Finch came right up too.

There has been little wind this past week.

The Wind Harp has been silent.

The Gold Finches have the prettiest song.

They are known as the Wild Canary.

I watched the moon cross the morning sky.

I looked through a few library books.
I like these bags.

I also looked through a pillow book.

I need a pillow for my yoga practice.
Something for when I sit in zan-zen.
I think the pincushions are darling.

It would be fun to make a kimono.
I have a few Japanese things and do love wearing them.

Another inspiring way to use paper.

Once the sun was high I had to go inside.
It is so very hot this July.
Yet when I saw the Giant in the Mimosa tree I grabbed the camera
and stood in the sun for a few minutes.
Mimosas and Giant Swallowtails are so tropical.
Makes 100 degrees seem normal.

On the way back to the house I spotted a Chick-a-dee
staying cool.

A caterpillar came in with me.
My husband took it back out.
I brought out our caterpillar field guide.
It is that time of year again.
Our caterpillar is a Large Yellow Underwing.

There have been other cat sightings.

This is a Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar.

My husband is great at finding cats.
I will need to get my habitats set up again.
It is fun to watch them spin their cocoons.

I am leaving the sewing machine open.
I want to get back to my sewing.
I still have some mending to finish
before I start a project.
This straw hat needs an inside band.
It is uncomfortable without one.

I found a pretty piece of cotton
in my fabric stash.
I need a new summer nightgown.
I think I will go to the fabric store and buy a pattern.
It has been many years since I cut out a pattern
and sewed up a garment.
A nightgown will be a good place to start.

I brought up a red silk skirt and blouse.
I like the skirt but not with the blouse.
I think I will restyle the blouse.
I am wanting to work up a cute red outfit
to wear in September.

While on vacation I bought a few wooden puzzles.
I think tonight I will put one together
and see how it turns out.
I'd like to spray paint a few little things tomorrow.
They will dry quickly outside.

The mini wooden boxes
are very cute.
I think I will use one in my handbag.
Perhaps it would look good in red.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

The mimosas are blooming around here too. I saw one of the largest ones I have ever seen while out birding the other day. Beautiful photo with the Giant on it. Red is a good color. Fun exiciting.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

The birds are busy, are they not?
I have many visitors at this time.
The song thrush is feeding her young. Her beak is full of insects by the time she flies the garden. Also I was too thrilled yesterday to see a juvenile wren.
She was sitting in the copse calling for Mama.
I have wrens back in the garden..........

The image of the Giant on the Mimosa is exquisite. As you rightly say, so tropical.

Red is such a hot hot hot colour.
I wear it during the winter.

Have fun with all your projects.
I wear it during the it.