Scrub Jays Looking for Goobers

I like the scrub jays in my yard…they’re pretty funny and very handsome birds. Just a few pictures that were taken on Saturday, 21 March 2009…I had just thrown out some peanuts for them.

On the Faerie House.

On the Faerie House.

Jay in the Weeping Cherry.

Jay in the Weeping Cherry.

Scrub Jay ~ 3/21/09

Scrub Jay ~ 3/21/09

The Pumpkin Faeries’ House

I bought a handmade house for the pumpkin Faeries that live in my pumpkin patch…just thought I’d share a picture.

Sometimes when I’m quietly reading in the sunroom I glance out the window and see them playing in the pumpkin patch. I also have caught our Scrub Jays sharing their goobers with them.

The jays sqawk…the faeries peek out their door…and then a peanut is exchanged! I saw six peanuts in their house while watering the pumpkins! I guess faeries love peanuts too!

This is Keegan…he likes to keep an eye out on the wee faeries. He’s very friendly, loves to come talk to me while I’m outside.

This artwork, October Pumpkin Fairies, is by John Randall York ~ one of my favorite fairy artists. He loves Halloween and Autumn as much as I do! 🙂 The wee Pumpkin Patch Faeries look a lot like John’s paintings ~

18 August 2008 ~ For Today ~ Simple Woman’s Day Journal

FOR TODAY … 18 August 2008

Outside My Window…I’m not really sure what is going on outside my work window…am too tired to get up and look outside. Whatever is happening, I bet it’s hot and people are sweating already, even it’s only 8:40 am.

I am thinking…I gotta water the plants! They’re drooping! I must have forgotten on Friday before I left for home!

I am thankful for… my job, as so many are out of work and looking.

From the kitchen… Chicken marinating in the frig waiting to be BBQ’d when I get home, green beans out of the garden, and leftover “Crash Hot Potatoes” (only I used thyme, garlic, green onions, salt & pepper, parsley & feta).

I am wearing… My brown/cream striped sundress with berks.

I am creating… An autumn felted wool wall hanging and cutting out two lap quilts.

I am going… to meet up with my dad on Wednesday! He’s coming up from Las Vegas for a visit. YEAH!

I am reading… another of the Dear America series ~ this on is on the Oregon Trail. Very cool reading! I picked up 3 more from that series at our local Goodwill store for .99 each.

I am hoping… that my husband can find a job real quick as he is out of work again (please pray!)…I’m tired of the temporary jobs…as I’m sure he is too. We need a full-time permanent job for him!

I am hearing… One of our faculty moving into a cubby in the main office, he’s retired but still around and was moved from his lab to make room for a postdoc turned research faculty.

Around the house… I’m going for the outside around the house… 🙂 …spiders! ACK! We sprayed for spiders yesterday…lots of black widows for some reason. We pulled up red pavers near the back fence to put up where we have our bench, chair and side table out front under the Cedar tree. It was starting to look like a Country and Western bar with all the peanut shells in the bark mulch. Those scrub jays are funny beings ~ love them to death, but they have no manners with the left over peanut shells! Now we can just sweep them up….and the place where they pavers came from would make a nice corn garden next spring!

One of my favorite things… Talking to the scrub jays in my yard. This new “crop” of jays are very used to us out there feeding and talking to them ~ we’ve known them since they were just pups! LOL! They are growing up nicely ~ the gray funky feathers are starting to turn blue on top of their heads now.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… I have one more batch of soap to make before hanging up my hat on that hobby…will have plenty to sell when Christmas comes around. Work on the wool wall hanging. Make Pepper Jam with the peppers out of the garden. Maybe make and can some salsa too. Visit with dad on Wednesday.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you… One of our Scrub Jays ~

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Veggie Garden, Birds, Flowers, and Kids ~ Things to make you Smile

Things that make me smile ~

Finding out where the Scrub Jays hide their goobers when watering the garden last night! Guess what I found in the radishes?!

Taking a walk in the morning on campus (UNR) before work and finding all the roses in bloom ~

The warmth of the sun hitting the cairns in the cool morning ~

Finding my wee tomato growing ~

Seeing my corn TALLER than a grasshopper’s knee! Especially since it looks like corn will be scarce this year.

Kids being silly while camping ~ (my niece’s birthday party in May…that’s frosting all over the place after decorating cupcakes)

Birds, Birds, and more Birdies

Had a few ideas rattling around in my head ~ but settled on birds.  Was thinking soon it will be time to go up to Honey Lake, CA area to watch all the migrating birds.  Also remembered I have to stop off at Raleys to buy a big bag of unsalted peanuts for the scrub jays.  Almost out of goobers…it’s not a pretty sight when I get low on goobers.

Scrub Jay in Sparks, NV scrub jay 2 Picking a Goober Too Many Goobers! Got me a Goober! Rufus, the Bird Watcher

Baby Quail in our yard last summer ~
quail

Canada Geese babies from work ~
canada geese

I’m looking forward to migration season ~ will have my batteries charged and ready to go take pictures! Hope you enjoy the pictures.