tasks done, yet to complete, and a prayer by Saint Francis

Blog for 4-24-14
Tuesday morning. It’s 7:30 a.m. I slept in until 5 a.m. Then, I washed the dishes. I do that about once a day, sometimes twice.
Next I wrote a little bit on my next article for the Post Journal. I still have to edit it, so you’ll probably be able to read the long form of it on my blog tomorrow. The topic is the Eastern phoebe.
Then, I headed outside before it rains too hard and gets colder. There’s a strong possibility that it will snow tomorrow. Happiness is that I still have bird seed for my bird friends.
I covered my garlic and newly planted broccoli seeds. Those are in flats that I put in the garden. They have to come in tonight. At least, I’m getting exercise. When will it warm up?-I do have to admit that I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I really do wish for the forecasters to be correct. &)?
Speaking of garbage cans, I have to buy three more. One for blankets, one for my sleeping bag, and one for currently unused scattered rugs. First, I need to figure out how much money I have left after I’ve paid most of my bills this month, but I don’t have much left. Maybe next month will be less costly as far as pellets, propane gas, and electricity go. Let’s hope so.
Other possible tasks for today- I found another art copy at the thrift shop. It’s a scene of the Rockies with a ranch below. Only $5. How’s that for a great price?. I need to move over another print in the room at the bottom of the stairs, so that I will have room for this new addition.
I watch quite a little bit of tv, while accomplishing other tasks. I love to cook and I get many, many ideas on shows like Rachel Rae and the Chew. They’re probably my favorites. Anyway, there is a different recipe on scads of index cards. I need to label them A (appetizer), B (breakfast), D (deserts), H (health), P (pasta), P (poultry), S (seafood), V (veggies). I’ll see what else I need to label. Do I sound like a retired elementary librarian. I actually think organizing is fun.
Now, if you have paid attention, you’ll not see cleaning on the list. If you have read my blog much, you’ll know that my husband, John loved cleaning. He actually used to say that it was fun! HOWEVER, I have now cleaned the lew (british term),sink, bathtub, and floor in the bathroom! That’s positive!
Now, a little beauty, with which to end. At the thrift shop, I found a very pretty frame with a very prettily decorated prayer- one of my favorites. Maybe you would like to read it again today. You probably know it. I read it every day. Here goes:

A Simple Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred…let me sow love.
Where there is injury…pardon.
Where there is doubt…faith.
Where there is despair….hope.
Where there is darkness…light.
Where there is sadness…joy.

Devine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled…as to console.
To be understood…as to understand.
To be loved…as to love.

For

It is in giving…that we receive,
It is in pardoning…that we are pardoned,
It is in dying…that we are born to eternal life.

Saint Francis
Make it a GREAT day.

 

 

my yard birds, plants and an inspirational poem

Blog for 4-22-14
Tuesday morning. It’s 7:30 a.m. I slept in until 5 a.m. Then, I washed the dishes. I do that about once a day, sometimes twice.
Next I wrote a little bit on my next article for the Post Journal. I still have to edit it, so you’ll probably be able to read the long form of it on my blog tomorrow. The topic is the Eastern phoebe.
Then, I headed outside before it rains too hard and gets colder. There’s a strong possibility that it will snow tomorrow. My friend Jerry, thinks that I should be more positive. OK Jerry. Here’s my first try. I am glad that I still have bird seed for my bird friends. (Is that better, Jerry?)
I covered my garlic and newly planted broccoli seeds. Those are in flats that I put in the garden. They have to come in tonight. At least, I’m getting exercise. When will it warm up?-I do have to admit that I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I really do wish for the forecasters to be correct. &)?
Speaking of garbage cans, I have to buy three more. One for blankets, one for my sleeping bag, and one for ? First, I need to figure out how much money I have left after I’ve paid most of my bills this month, but I don’t have much left.
Other possible tasks for today- I found another art copy at the thrift shop. It’s a scene of the Rockies with a ranch below. Only $5. How’s that for a great price?. I need to move over another print in the room at the bottom of the stairs, so that I will have room for this new addition.
I watch quite a little bit of tv, while accomplishing other tasks. I love to cook and I get many, many ideas on shows like Rachel Rae and the Chew. They’re probably my favorites. Anyway, there is a different recipe on scads of index cards. I need to label them A (appetizer), B (breakfast), D (deserts), H (health), P (pasta), P (poultry), S (seafood), V (veggies). I’ll see what else I need to label. Do I sound like a retired elementary librarian. I actually think organizing is fun.
Now, if you have paid attention, you’ll not see cleaning on the list. If you have read my blog much, you’ll know that my husband, John loved cleaning. He actually used to say that it was fun! HOWEVER, I havenow cleaned the lew (british term),sink, bathtub, and floor in the bathroom! That’s positive!
Now, a little beauty, with which to end. At the thrift shop, I found a very pretty frame with a very prettily decorated prayer- one of my favorites. Maybe you would like to read it again today. You probably know it. I read it every day. Here goes:

A Simple Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred…let me sow love.
Where there is injury…pardon.
Where there is doubt…faith.
Where there is despair….hope.
Where there is darkness…light.
Where there is sadness…joy.

Devine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled…as to console.
To be understood…as to understand.
To be loved…as to love.

For

It is in giving…that we receive,
It is in pardoning…that we are pardoned,
It is in dying…that we are born to eternal life.

Saint Francis
Make it a GREAT day.

 

 

multiple tasks and sightings for the day 4-22-14

Tuesday morning. It’s 7:30 a.m. I slept in until 5 a.m. Then, I washed the dishes. I do that about once a day, sometimes twice.
Next I wrote a little bit on my next article for the Post Journal. I still have to edit it, so you’ll probably be able to read the long form of it on my blog tomorrow. The topic is the Eastern phoebe.
Then, I headed outside before it rains too hard and gets colder. There’s a strong possibility that it will snow tomorrow. Ugh.
I covered my garlic and newly planted broccoli seeds. Those are in flats that I put in the garden. They’ll have to come in tonight. Did somebody think that gardening is easy. Not usually. This year is especially bad. When will it warm up?- Maybe for one day this week it will reach 70* Then, back down to the fifties. I guess it could be worse.
Feeding the birds is still an early morning activity. Not for much longer. When the seeds give out, I won’t buy any more. My friends, Ruth Lundin (Jamestown Audubon) and Paul Hedburg (retired teacher), gave me two bags of Conewango Blend, available at the Jamestown Audubon. My birds love it. Yes, this is an advertisement. I have two feeders of that and I spread it on the paths. Then, I bought more peanuts for the woodpeckers. If and when they stop visiting, I will just save the feeders in my metal garbage cans, until I use them again.
Speaking of garbage cans, I have to buy three more. One for blankets, one for my sleeping bag, and one for ? First, I need to figure out how much money I have left after I’ve paid my bills this month. I am heading to take food to a friend in Westfield, so I could stop in Mayville on that trip.
Other possible tasks for today- I found another art copy at the thrift shop. It’s a scene of the Rockies with a ranch below. Only $5. Not bad. I need to move over another print in the room at the bottom of the stairs, so that I will have room for this new addition.
I watch quite a little bit of tv, while accomplishing other tasks. I love to cook and I get many, many ideas on shows like Rachel Rae and the Chew. They’re probably my favorites. Anyway, there is a different recipe on scads of index cards. I need to label them A (appetizer), B (breakfast), D (deserts), H (health), P (pasta), P (poultry), S (seafood), V (veggies). I’ll see what else I need to label. Do I sound like a retired elementary librarian. I actually think organizing is fun.
Now, if you have paid attention, you’ll not see cleaning on the list. If you have read my blog much, you’ll know that I hate cleaning. HOWEVER, I have now the john and sink in the bathroom. Another day, I should clean the bathtub. Not too much in a day. Too stressful.
Now, a little beauty. At the thrift shop, I found a very pretty frame with a very prettily decorated prayer- one of my favorites. Maybe you would like to read it again today. If not, you are done with my blog for today. You probably know it. I read it every day. Here goes:

A Simple Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred…let me sow love.
Where there is injury…pardon.
Where there is doubt…faith.
Where there is despair….hope.
Where there is darkness…light.
Where there is sadness…joy.

Devine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled…as to console.
To be understood…as to understand.
To be loved…as to love.

For

It is in giving…that we receive,
It is in pardoning…that we are pardoned,
It is in dying…that we are born to eternal life.

Saint Francis

 

Eastern bluebirds- life cycle and methods to protect them

“A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight
And turns to the wind to unruffle a plume,
His song so pitched as not to excite
A single flower as yet to bloom.
It is snowing a flake, and he half knew
Winter was only playing possum.
Except in color he isn’t blue,
But he wouldn’t advise a thing to blossom.”

by Robert Frost

Ok. Here comes the research. Bluebirds prefer forest edges, former woodlands due to burning or cutting, and fields scattered with trees. You’d be lucky if you witnessed one flying along and capturing its prey or gleaning the insects in the treetops.
Additional notes about the parents.

Courting- The male sings and quivers in front of a female, whom he hopes will be his mate. His wings will be about half open, his tail open as he perches. Then, he lands and preens right next to her. If she’s lucky, he may bring her a present of a morsel of food. Is there a human female who doesn’t appreciate a gift?

Next- sex. (Don’t tell the kids that I’m talking about sex. On the other hand, learning about bird sex might make it a lot easier for you when they’re teenagers.) Broods are often conceived by one female and one male. Hmmm. Must be that neither gender is totally faithful to its mate. (That also sounds like some humans.)

Following that- nest building. The easiest way for them would be to take over a former woodpecker cavity that is already excavated. (A young human couple would love to build their house, compare to building or buying a new house. Expensive. On the other hand, humans might start with renting)

If the male needs to build his own nest, he lines it with loose grass, weed stems, pine needles, little twigs, and sometimes hair or feathers. This takes from 10 to 14 days. (This sounds like a lot more work than purchasing a cradle, but then again, I’ve never been lucky to have that experience, so I should just keep my mouth shut. Also, the female will be super busy very soon.)

Like now. Her time has come. She lays 4 to 5 pale blue, or sometimes white and unmarked eggs that are only about 4/10 inch long. Another source stated that they could be8/10 long.

After the eggs are laid, the females sometimes dump one out of the nest. Maybe they feel that food is not plentiful enough to feed all of the chicks about to be born. They might even abandon the eggs altogether. (The human perspective- Any mother who would abandon her children is despicable. However, she might feel that she cannot afford to feed it, provide a good home or education. It would be so much better if both partners could make the decisions together. Personally, I still think that it’s a very sad situation.

Raising the chicks. Ta da! The chicks are born. Great! Once the chicks are born, a parent might still remove a weak chick from the nest. This might be so that more food can be provided for the stronger siblings.

In the case with bluebirds, the female knows that the male will help raise the young. Isn’t it sad that this is not necessarily the case with humans? (I know, it might be a better decision for one human parent or the other to raise the children, so no criticisms, please. A human female might decide to abort a pregnancy, if she doesn’t feel that could afford to feed it, provide a good home or education. It would be so much better if both partners make the decisions together. All of these details don’t make me feel any better for the child.)

I have run out of space. If you want to learn more fascinating comparisons of this bird with humans, or how to help protect them, you could do the research yourself. I would rather have you go to my blog. Did you forget my blog address? Let Mama Ann be of service.

http://annb2.wordpress.com.

 

Like human big brothers and sisters, the bluebird young, of previous broods, help the parents with the newborns.
What do these hungry, hungry, hungry chicks eat? Yes, they are like humans in that respect, too. However, that’s where the similarities stop. Bluebird chicks eat insects- lots of them. They need the protein for a healthy start in life.

Finally, it’s time to head south- just like humans who don’t care for our winters. What do they pack? Food, glorious food. Berries, specifically.

Finally, they’re ready to fly. This is done in flocks of about one hundred. Too bad they can’t catch a plane ride. Maybe they can’t afford the high costs of them.

The Eastern bluebird has been on the U.S,Blue List in 1072, and 1078-82. Also, it was considered of special concern in 1986.

Now, boys and girls, Mama Ann has a little lecture for those of you who need to do more to protect your birds.

1.Of course, provide nesting boxes. I have mine overlooking my big field. I check it regularly. A second one is provided for the nasty house sparrows, which kill the parents and chicks. Here’s a surprise. The starlings don’t harm bluebirds. Maybe they’re too busy causing enough other damage.

2. Plant native trees and shrubs that provide healthy food for them. Whe n winter arrives, berries are sincerely appreciated. I’m in the process of cutting down the nasty tartarian honeysuckles so that there will be room for my new plants, when they arrive. I can hardly wait for them. I ordered cranberry bushes.

3.Leave dead trees standing or on the ground, if they have fallen. I was so sad when my last white birch tree died. However, it was resurrected, so to speak. Insects still like it. Then the birds get the insects. Now, bluebirds probably just glean their insects from shrubs, but the woodpeckers sure do like them.

4. Gather limbs and sticks, that are in unsuitable places for you, and pile them where you want them. Birds and other critters are very appreciative for hiding places.

5. Feed them! This has been a rough winter. I shovel the snow every day. I even shovel under the birdfeeders. Not fun sometimes. However, some birds prefer feeding on the ground. Also, two seed feeders and two peanut feeders can’t possibly feed all the birds that swarm here. I buy fat from the local meat vender. And place thin slices in spaces provided at the ends of my feeders. Some love that.

6. Hang feeders from shepherd’s hooks with baffles under them to prevent squirrels and chipmunks from dominating the feeders.

7. Don’t mow all the grass. You will provide food for many more birds with plants that have gone to seed. Also, it saves money and time from mowing. Now, I do dislike walking among wet plants that could get quite tall, so I mow paths three times a year. Also, I mow a little clearing for entertaining friends in the summer.

Here’s my wish. Here’s hoping that you are kind to your wildlife. Hope these ideas are helpful.

I have a fabulous donation of a photo of a male and female bluebirds couple. You could see that in my upcoming Jamestown Post Journal article on Saturday. The online address of that paper is My articles, mostly about birds, but also wildflowers, appear every other Saturday. To find them go online to geneseebirds-l@geneseo.edu. Then, right below the title of the paper, in a maroon colored line, click on Lifestyles. Finally, on the left, click on nature. I’m usually about the third article down. They have changed their policies. One can no longer allow a person to read the paper online for free. I don’t blame them. Paper newspapers are in trouble. The PJ has an important role in our area, so they need to be able to make more money. I just wish that the increased money earned goes to my wonderful reporter friends’ salaries.

Happy spring, everybody.

Life is good here, challenging, but good.

The challenging part- too much snow, water pipes freezing three times, reduced priced pellets, clothes washing machine leaking like a sieve, on and on. I am so glad that February and March are over.

April projects- pulling insulation from soffets in attic. I’m not looking foward to that. Because I am small, I will do it. I’m a little scared of falling through the floor.* will need to replace the wood floor and carpeting.  I’ll ask a friend to watch me for safety. I hope I have the nerve to do it.

Constructing a second gate to my garden to keep the waskelly wabbits out.

Planting the garden soon. Yeh!

Practicing a Mozart concerto with a friend, who is a retired projessional French horn instrumentalist.

finishing the project of hanging art which I bought cheaply at a thrift shop.

hanging baskets, also from the thrift shop, in my bedroom.

walking outside. Yeh!

feeding my birds. I’m looking forward for them to stop coming, because they’d rather be in the wild.

OK. The birds at my feeder have been fabulous. Let’s see how many I can list.

cooper’s hawk, mourning dove, downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white and red-breasted nuthatches, American robin, European starling, Northern cardinal, American tree and and white-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed junco, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird (just this morning, ugh), house sparrow, American goldfinch, purple finch.

Bella, my lap mix, and I have enjoyed watching them from  front windows. She’s learned not to bark and to be still.

I’m really looking forward to the spring and summer birds. Bring them on! I hope the bluebirds nest here again.

mammals- rabbits and red squirrels.

I wish all of you a great day and spring!

Ann

 

bird sightings of February 28, and March 1

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Blog 2-28-14

Hi. It is now2:45 p.m. on  February 23, 2014. I am not a happy camper. You haven’t seen this side of me before. You might want to stop reading now. It gets ugly, very ugly. Ok. Wanna know why? Read on.

Organizing. This retired librarian wants to remain retired. Not a chance. I wish for the good old days when my beloved husband did it. He had no right to die 20 years ago. I know. I’m being ugly. It gets worse.

No. I guess I should take photos of my living room. It has changed. Excuse me. I’ll be right back after I exercise the camera some more………Ok. I feel better. Thank you. You will see a change. Very little is positive. Improvements- My laundry is drying by the pellet stove and I am conserving energy by not using an automatic drier of any kind. Bella is asleep and all is quiet on the western front. I have room to walk through the living room safely. I have consolidated piles. I can’t think of anything else. Stay tuned. Another report in about an hour. ……….

I forgot some positive items. I hope you’ll be proud of me. I’ve finished washing one load of clothes for my widow neighbor who does have not running water or a working clothes washer. I’ve just put in the second load.

Here’s a fun thing I’m doing as I do the drudge organizational work. Steve Martin always cheers me up. On TV, I’m watching a hilarious comedy of a family who vacations at a tradition spot on a lake. Problems develop as his wealthy rival of long standing has built a swanky-danky house on the other side of his lake and is abiding there with his kids.

 Ok next blip. I can’t even remember what glich I just had with my computer. I don’t care. It’s working now. Hope I can at least save this. Help!………..Good. My work is saved, I hope.

Maybe if the computer and I just join Bella for a nap. Hey. Wait a minute. I just started a new paragraph! What does that mean? Hold on. I’ll be right back. Oh yah. It is now 3:24 p.m. Please don’t give up. I need you to listen to me.

Ps. It is now February 28 at 7:42 a.m.  Baby, it’s cold outside. (Remember that song). I won’t allow Bella to be outside for more than 5 minutes. It’s only 20 degrees below zero here. She doesn’t complain about coming back inside. She’s even learning to return with her bone. What a good, smart dog.

The basement is only 28 degrees by the water pipes. I’m doing better. I’ve turned on an electric heater and am heating what-cha-me?-call-its on the pellet stove to wrap around the pipes, that aren’t covered by the heater.

My poor birdies. I fed them this morning before they were even venturing out from their roosts in my rhododendron. Even though it’s not native, I’ll never remove it, because of this job it accomplishes for the birds.

I’m not heading out until later to do my errands.

Time- 9:30 a.m.

In cleaning up the piles around here, I found my bird list at my feeders from yesterday:

                House sparrow, male and female juncos, male and female Northern cardinals, chickadee, male goldfinch in transition, tree sparrow, white and red-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpecker, blue jay, tufted titmouse, 12 mourning doves. Today, I’m worried. So far, I’ve seen 9 tree sparrows, 1 downy woodpecker, 2 chickadees, 6 male and 1 female juncos, 2 male cardinals, 2 bluejays and my regular very bad red squirrels. I keep pounding on the window to scare them away. I have to stop that. I need to get other work done.

Uh-oh. I have an important question to ask you. One of my readers informed me that she will not read my blog anymore. She sees enough dead birds and doesn’t wish to read about more tragedies. I have immediately curtailed that practice. Do you agree with her? I really am very disappointed, because I have communicated with her and even wished to visit her in the spring. We have a lot in common. I hope that I can change her mind. I also think that there is plenty of other excellent coverage of the tragedies. I am enjoying being positive. I look forward to your responses.

3-1-14 I still haven’t submitted this blog edition. Sooo . More bird sightings include 1. A raven with crows on route 430, between Sherman and Mayville (less than 1 mile out of Panama and just after the speed limit changes to 55 mph.)

My yard- in my maple trees a white-breasted nuthatch, red-bellied woodpecker. It delights me to see birds in my trees, not just at my feeders.

Now, I really have other work to do.

I hope you are staying safe and warm.

Make it a good day.

birds at my feeders 2-27 and 2-28-14

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Blog 2-28-14

Hi. It is now2:45 p.m. on  February 23, 2014. I am not a happy camper. You haven’t seen this side of me before. You might want to stop reading now. It gets ugly, very ugly. Ok. Wanna know why? Read on.

Organizing. This retired librarian wants to remain retired. Not a chance. I wish for the good old days when my beloved husband did it. He had no right to die 20 years ago. I know. I’m being ugly. It gets worse.

No. I guess I should take photos of my living room. It has changed. Excuse me. I’ll be right back after I exercise the camera some more………Ok. I feel better. Thank you. You will see a change. Very little is positive. Improvements- My laundry is drying by the pellet stove and I am conserving energy by not using an automatic drier of any kind. Bella is asleep and all is quiet on the western front. I have room to walk through the living room safely. I have consolidated piles. I can’t think of anything else. Stay tuned. Another report in about an hour. ……….

I forgot some positive items. I hope you’ll be proud of me. I’ve finished washing one load of clothes for my widow neighbor who does have not running water or a working clothes washer. I’ve just put in the second load.

Here’s a fun thing I’m doing as I do the drudge organizational work. Steve Martin always cheers me up. On TV, I’m watching a hilarious comedy of a family who vacations at a tradition spot on a lake. Problems develop as his wealthy rival of long standing has built a swanky-danky house on the other side of his lake and is abiding there with his kids.

 Ok next blip. I can’t even remember what glich I just had with my computer. I don’t care. It’s working now. Hope I can at least save this. Help!………..Good. I was at least able to save my work, I hope.

Maybe if the computer and I just join Bella for a nap. Hey. Wait a minute. I just started a new paragraph! What does that mean? Hold on. I’ll be right back. Oh yah. It is now 3:24 p.m. Please don’t give up. I need you to listen to me.

Ps. It is now February 28 at 7:42 a.m.  Baby, it’s cold outside. (Remember that song). I won’t allow Bella to be outside for more than 5 minutes. It’s only 20 degrees below zero here. She doesn’t complain about coming back inside. She’s even learning to return with her bone. What a good, smart dog.

The basement is only 28 degrees by the water pipes. I’m doing better. I’ve turned on an electric heater and am heating what-cha-me?-call-its on the pellet stove to wrap around the pipes, that aren’t covered by the heater.

My poor birdies. I fed them this morning before they were even venturing out from their roosts in my rhododendron. Even though it’s not native, I’ll never remove it, because of this job it accomplishes for the birds.

I’m not heading out until later to do my errands.

Time- 9:30 a.m.

In cleaning up the piles around here, I found my bird list at my feeders from yesterday:

                House sparrow, male and female juncos, male and female Northern cardinals, chickadee, male goldfinch in transition, tree sparrow, white and red-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpecker, blue jay, tufted titmouse, 12 mourning doves. Today, I’m worried. So far, I’ve seen 9 tree sparrows, 1 downy woodpecker, 2 chickadees, 6 male and 1 female juncos, 2 male cardinals, 2 bluejays and my regular very bad red squirrels. I keep pounding on the window to scare them away. I have to stop that. I need to get other work done.

Uh-oh. I have an important question to ask you. One of my readers informed me that she will not read my blog anymore. She sees enough dead birds and doesn’t wish to read about more tragedies. I have immediately curtailed that practice. Do you agree with her? I really am very disappointed, because I have communicated with her and even wished to visit her in the spring. We have a lot in common. I hope that I can change her mind. I also think that there is plenty of other excellent coverage of the tragedies. I am enjoying being positive. I look forward to your responses.

Now, I really have other work to do.

I hope you are staying safe and warm.

Make it a good day.

 


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Ann Beebe - exploring nature in the Western New York region.

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