From my Family to Yours…
Wishing you all
A Wonderful New Year filled with Love and Laughter
Here is my ecard to you all.
I love Care2cards…Butterfly credits are given when you send cards and support causes…the credits can be used to help other causes.
click on the link above to see the card I chose for all of you that read my blog..thank you
I made a thirty second video of our Christmas Road trip using a cool site called Animoto.. I saw my blogger friend Andrew had a video he made for his post Backyard Birds Rock!! and I thought it was cool so I gave it a try myself. Any video over thirty seconds requires a paid membership.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
We are still in Ct. but will be leaving soon on our journey back to Homey and NC.
Have a great New Years Eve!
This picture is from there…somewhere on the highway on our way to Connecticut last week.
And here we are Christmas eve…silly elves Sicksta and me
And the rest of the elves here..
On Christmas day we were there…Sicksta Loris..the large Garage fit our clan for Christmas dinner..
And here we are this morning….
After the snowstorm…about six inches here…It was very windy…the clouds were moving quickly in different layers..
We saw birds being blown sideways…Sicksta Dell and I helped Dad ..he plowed and we shoveled…
We are here for a bit longer..haven’t decided when we are leaving..before or after New Years…
Until then…we are still here at Mom and Dads..
Photo below taken with my new Ipod touch.
Have been very busy with the family here and only finding spurts of time for facebook and twitter and blog reading
…see you all soon!
Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Holiday Season filled with Family, Friends, Food and Fun!
With Love…from Dawn, Jeff and Ballie
Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards
If you haven’t checked my latest Featured Bird Blogger of the week post its hot off the presses today at Birdingblogs.com
Come check it out!
This has been a sad holiday so far for my family, my parents lost their beloved dog Star suddenly on Thursday. She was only six years old. It will be a difficult time for them..
Below..a photo of Star smiling for me…no.. not a growl a big smile..she was a silly pup.
Back in North Carolina…
I am not there now…but I was..
Proof here in Homeys tire…
The squirrels are still there…and most likely still stealing nuts from the pile Jeff was cleaning…seems the squirrels like the convenience..of hulled hickory nuts.The nut pile wasn’t meant for the squirrels, Jeff was cleaning them for my parents..we were to take some back for their squirrels who wanted a few nuts for Christmas….We did take some to Ct..That’s where we are now…
But these Purple finches are still in North Carolina..
And so is this Towhee..Yes…the white stuff is snow..A dusting a few days before we left for our Christmas Road trip.The squirrel didn’t care about the snow…he just wanted all the nuts Jeff had carefully hulled.After the freeze and snow I put out extra bird seed…the wine bottle is another story..
I wanted to set the empty bottle out by my stairs to bring to the trash later…but..
it slid about six feet on the icy snow…..and landed near the bird seed.The Cardinal didn’t seem to care about having any wine…Neither the Downy Woodpecker..it much preferred the nut butter.And so did the White-breasted nuthatchI wonder if ..the Purple Finches are still hanging around…I am sure the Goldfinch are there..I left the feeders full.The Pine Siskins stopped in when the cold weather came..I wonder if they will still be around when we get back..
Will find out in a week or so…But until then..
I am not there…
We have arrived in Connecticut..and we will be spending Christmas here..
Maybe I will take a few photos in CT..or maybe I will take a blogger
If I don’t post again before Christmas…
To all my Friends and Family that celebrate..
A Very Happy Christmas to you all!
Have you ever created a cloud? This one is courtesy of Wordle
I was reading the ABA blog and liked their cloud created by Wordle..I thought it would be fun to create mine..
Not sure how many posts Wordle uses to create this cloud..I was very surprised to see Gulf as the most used word. I suppose I did have a few posts about the Gulf when the Oil Disaster happened…I was still surprised to see it as the number one word…I thought for sure it would be Howdee…I do see Howdee in there..and Waldo made it pretty large as well.
What do you think your most used word will be?
I would love to see your Wordles …link to them by leaving a comment on this post.
I had to do a screenshot in order to put this on my post…there may be another way to do it..but this is what I did.
Saturday, Jeff, Sicksta Dell, Ballie and I piled into our luggage and present filled Ford Explorer and headed north…for our Christmas road trip.
We left the Homey in North Carolina to stay salt free…though, not clean..the birds are doing their best to color our Homey purple with Holly berry poo.
So..Where’s Waldo?Any guesses?
Waldo thought this was an amazing pork cutlet sandwich for 4 dollars..filled with coleslaw, tomato, onion and corn salsa.A cute little town…a quick stop for lunch and coffee..Check out the name of the candy store…do you know where Waldo is yet?Christmas tree with tractor decorationsOn the road again…thru winters whiteBeautiful winter grays…Where’s Waldo Now? Are we going north? West?
Can you guess where our first stop might be?I think some of you know…
Check out the ice laden trees…a frozen delightWe made it to our first destination Saturday evening…and this was one of the roads getting there..
So where was our first destination?
Hint..it was a city..and we went to visit a family member there…For those of you who don’t know my family here’s another hint.
There was a football game on Sunday and the home team lost…in a nail biter game.
That’s it for the hints..good luck..there may be a huge trophy encrusted with gold and diamonds if you guess Where Waldo was in any of the above photos..or where he spent his first night.
Seems like we have had just about any bird you can think of tap on our windows…ok, maybe I exaggerate. We have had Brown-headed nuthatch, Cardinal, Purple Finch, Black-capped Chickadee,American Robin,Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted nuthatch, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Tufted Titmouse and a few more that I am probably forgetting.
Today we had a new visitor…wish the screen wasn’t in the way…
Hello there…He loved the peanut bark butter I put on the tree.
In case you haven’t seen my latest post at Birdingblogs.com
Please stop by and say hello..and see who the
Featured Bird Blogger of the Week is!
If you do will you buy me the Ruby-crowned kinglet painting that is on the post?
I love it! Ok..buy it for yourself instead!
Remember my Purple Finches?
There seem to be at least six pair at the feeders
I decided I should take a few more photos of the females..
So here is her backside with a face profileSame bird but a bit closer…these are all taken from the warmth of my Homey using a 20x point and shoot…so..I have to apologize for the quality..A nice side view…
Happy eating seed at the feeder…Pretty gal
Hope you all are staying warm…looks like most of the US and Canada are having very cold weather. I know I have said this allot lately..but its cold here in North Carolina. We are leaving here for a Christmas visit to CT on Saturday…I am bringing all the warm weather gear I own…..
Remember that terrible Oil “spill” in the Gulf?
Do you think it is over and done with?
Do you think that animal, plant life have recovered?
As many of us get ready for the Holidays..and fun with family and friends..
Its not over..
Its just the beginning of knowing..
Of knowing what the cost will be..for the humans, birds, animals, plant life, sea life and myriads of other things effected by..Negligence.
Nathan Swick from The Drinking Bird started a blogger campaign..to Blog for the Gulf..Read his post below, and see how you can help.
The Drinking Bird – Blogging for the Gulf: It’s not over
The campaign is over now..But I suggest keeping it going..keep writing…keep reading…
ITS NOT OVER
Please take time to read the following bloggers posts…
Join this facebook group http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oil-Volcano-News/122703014435095?v=info#!/pages/Oil-Volcano-News/122703014435095?v=wall for up to date info on whats happening in the Gulf.
10,000 Birds – The True Gulf Before Us
Nature Observances – Blog for the Gulf
Beasts in a Populous City – The Frogs Die in Earnest
Rebecca in the Woods – A Gulf Bird on an Atlantic Beach
Slugyard – The Gulf- Now what?
Search and Serendipity – Senate poised to waste millions that could aid Gulf Coast
A DC Birding Blog – Funding for the Gulf of Mexico
The Marvelous in Nature – Blogging for the Gulf
Restoration Systems – Blogging for the Gulf: RS joins in
Twin Cities Naturalist – Short Attention Span: Remember the Gulf?
A lovey visitor…new to our feeders here in Carthage, NC.
Meet Mr. Purple Finch
Hardly purple at all…more of a Raspberry red
There seem to be at least five pair…
here are a few…I took more photos of the males…
I should take more of the females as they are interesting too..but until then..
Isn’t he beautiful..
So festive in his Santa colors..
Jeff, Sicksta,Balliecat and I will soon travel by car to CT. We will spend Christmas with my family…we also hope to have a belated Hanukah celebration with Jeff’s family.
What are you doing for Christmas?