We visited here recently. It was as beautiful and as serene as ever. It is always a time of reflection, of remembering loved ones, and honoring those who rest in this sacred place.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Saturday, May 28, 2022
SATURDAY MORNING AT THE BIRD FEEDER
Friday, May 27, 2022
CONTINUING OUR WALK AROUND MEADOWLARK GARDENS ON 5-5-22
The Canada Goose is always present at the garden, but not in great numbers. I didn’t see any nests but may have missed them. I don’t actually go looking for them.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
MEADOWLARK GARDEN WALK ON 5-5-22
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
SQUIRREL TALK...SHE WANTS TO KNOW YOU KNOW...
I am being my usual cheeky self and eating my way through all the birdseed, though the starlings are giving me a run for my money. There aren't as many grackles as there used to be though. I am thankful for small mercies!
Mrs. doesn't mind as she knows I have babies to feed. There are young ones coming around now. They haven't quite figured out how to jump up to the hanging feeder yet. They are still very small. I am not going to teach them until they get a bit bigger and stronger.
When that happens you will be hearing the laughter coming from inside. Mr. and Mrs. love our antics. I hear them saying that all the time, especially when we slide from the top to the bottom of the pole like it is greased. I did that the other day but that didn't stop me. If you don't succeed the first time as the old saying goes. I took a running jump, grabbed onto the basket, swung on the end like a trapeze artist (I looked marvelous though I say it myself), triple-flipped over and somersaulted to the rail as I tipped all the seed on the ground. Easier to get to that way, and the other birds like it too as it scatters everywhere and is easier for them to eat off the ground. I am practicing kindness in helping my fellow birdseed eaters. I didn't mind Mrs. laughing at me. Just keep putting the birdseed out here I say and keep me fed, and they do.
As nice as they are, they gave me a fright the other day. I looked inside the house and saw big eyes staring at me. I thought it was an owl! Mrs. said not to worry as now they both have what she calls binoculars, to try and identify the birds they haven't seen before. They did look scary, at least the Mr. did!
I stayed away for a day as three big strong men came with saws and shovels. They made a lot of noise trimming the trees and bushes around the house, and my family and I stayed up in our nest until they left.
Mrs. said they did a great job. She and the Mr. need help in the garden and they were very happy that the men also planted flowers in the front of the house when asked. It looks very nice but Mr. came inside a few hours later and told Mrs. that squirrels had already been digging in the mulch to get at their buried acorns...it wasn't me I told her. Mrs. wasn't too happy but she just rolled her eyes and shook her head, and smiled. We have a lot of acorns buried around here, but I won't tell her about mine. Mr. was happy they didn't have to water the plants as it rained last night and our little holes were gone this morning. It all looked nice and smooth, just like the day before. Mr. and Mrs. were happy their plants looked better for the extra rain. And it's raining again right now, and will be for the rest of the week off and on.
I have been a chatty little thing today haven't I? I'd better go now. I hear my babies calling for me. Take good care of yourselves out there, and don't be swinging on any birdfeeders like a trapeze artist, unless you are a trapeze artist!
Monday, May 23, 2022
MONDAY MORNING RECIPE - MARINATED CHICKEN THIGHS - 8 servings
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 4 lbs)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
4 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice)
5 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
6 cloves garlic (minced)
½ tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
2 tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
Mix all ingredients for the marinade together in a large bowl or a plastic bag. Add the chicken and make sure that every piece is covered evenly. Can be marinated in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours or, but overnight is preferred.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the chicken and all of the marinade in a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees F for 25-30 minutes with the skin side up, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
To make sure the chicken tops are nicely browned and do not dry out, baste the chicken thighs in the juices and marinade about 15-20 minutes into baking.
To get a nicely browned, crisped up skin, turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes when the thighs are almost done cooking. Monitor broiling very closely as the tops may burn if broiled for too long.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
‘HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS' BY EMILY DICKINSON
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
“Emily Dickinson's poem was published in 1861. She spent most of her adult life as a recluse living in her family home, only rarely venturing out. She was very quiet and timid, never married or actively sought a permanent relationship, despite correspondence with several older men she viewed as her protectors.
Her poetry is full of figurative language, and this poem is an extended metaphore, transforming hope into a bird (the poet loved birds) that is ever present in the human soul. It sings, especially when times get tough. Hope springs eternal, might be a reasonable summing up.”
Friday, May 20, 2022
WE POPPED OVER TO MEADOWLARK GARDENS ON 5-5-22
He looked older than me and he gave me some sage advice, or was that Pinterest? Anyhow, he was a chatty fella and I listened.
"Come out of your shell", he said "be well rounded * slow down * know when to stick your neck out * log time with friends * home is where your heart is * snap out of it." That last one sounds a bit harsh. I wouldn't tell anyone to 'snap out of it'. I would stay by their side until they were ready to do it on their own. What say you? You may have a different opinion and I would like to hear what it is. What is the best advice you have ever given to someone or someone has given you? Willing to share?
He kept on talking and I kept on listening.
Swim with the current * stay calm under pressure * be well traveled (even if it is virtually) * age gracefully * spend time at the beach * I know it is difficult sometimes, but try not to snap.
It's okay, and thanks Little Buddy, see you next time and Happy Turtle Day for the 23rd!