Monday, April 20, 2009

Speaking of Woodpeckers

"The woodpecker might have to go"
Someone asked me why I encourage woodpeckers to come in my yard, and weren't they a nuisance. I haven't had any problems with them and I love the beautiful markings.
We took out the bikes on Friday and rode for about half an hour. My body is telling me the stationary bicycle is nothing like the real thing! But it felt good. I now think I will be able to get off the remaining 20 pounds I need to reach goal. Hopefully by Thursday's weigh-in at Weight Watchers, I will be down into the next 10 pound range.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Uncommon Flicker

Nathan was sick with a cold the last two days so stayed home from school. While looking out the front window he called me over to see a "wierd" bird. We looked it up and it was a common Flicker, a ground feeding woodpecker. It did stay on the ground for quite a while (even though there was a couple of inches of snow) so we had a really good opportunity to watch it. The early spring brings many birds to our yard that we don't ordinarily see.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday

It's looking all Eastery around here. Jordyn and I put out the Easter decorations. These are some smocked eggs I made last year. I really need to do some more smocking but there is never enough time for everything I'd like to do. Why is that? Those are the first of the daffodils that have opened. It has been too cold for more than a few to even try opening. There is a winter snow advisory for tomorrow and Tuesday, so it's not going to be springlike weather for a while. Doesn't look like we'll have an outdoor Easter egg hunt this year.
We cleared out all the weeds behind the shed and will be ordering Heritage Raspberry bushes to put there. Haven't had raspberries since our neighbor doused the ones we had at the fence line with weed killer. He didn't like the way they were crawling into his garden. We should be able to keep this patch controlled.
I'm almost finished with the argyle vest for DH. Just have to duplicate stitch the lines and knit the neck and armholes. Maybe I'll even get it done. I guess that would be a major accomplishment since I have started this vest twice before.
Will start Angel's sweater when I'm through and I am expecting my KnitPicks yarn on Monday or Tuesday to start the stranded cardigan. My first steeked garment!