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Oh what a bad blogger I have been!  It seems I have been neglecting more than my blog, I have also been neglecting my stitching.  I just can’t find the time to stitch lately as things have been a bit busy around my little cottage.  I have also been helping my husband a bit with his blog, he recently went back to work after 5 months of recuperating from shoulder surgery and he asked if I would write a blog post for him from time to time.  I think that is funny because I am not a writer and his blog is about gardening which I know absolutely nothing about.   You can check out what I wrote here and here, so far I have just written two posts for him, hopefully I can continue to help.  Although I am at a total loss as to what I should write about next.   

I am happy to report to you that my baby Robin is alive and well, I see him every day!  He likes to hang out in my back yard.  I even woke up the other morning to him sitting on top of the privacy fence right outside my bedroom window chirping his head off.   I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that this little fellow is doing so well and it is wonderful to see him fly!

I did a little antiquing this past weekend, I have to be very careful when I do this as my small cottage is busting at the seems and I always seem to find something I can’t live without.  I had to make a few rule’s several years ago for my husband and I to follow while antiquing (he is worse than me).         
1. You have to really love the item, if you think you are going to kick yourself for the next 10 years
about not buying it you should go ahead and buy it.
2.  You can’t buy it if you don’t have a place to put it.
3.  If you don’t have a use for it or a place for it you don’t buy it.

Thus far these simple rules have kept us from being hoarders of antiques and such.  So while I was on my little antique outing I did find a few things that I could definitely put to good use.  I found a little sewing stand to sit beside my stitching chair, it has a little tray inside for my scissors and tools and a place to put some of my projects.

 I also found two little canvas bags that you can stitch on with two bags full of floss, at $5.00 a piece I thought they were a steal!  I can’t wait to stitch something on them.

Well I must sign off now, I have a house to clean and a mountain of laundry to do, so that maybe I can get some stitching in this weekend!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

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The Birds Among Us

I had fully intended to post some photos of the baby robins in my tree last week.  We started with four and after a cold front moved through with temps dropping into the 20’s we were left with one little bird.  I really didn’t think this little fellow would make it through the night Wednesday, he was lethargic and breathing very heavy.  But his mother knew best and didn’t give up on him, she stayed in the nest with him through the night and as the temps began to rise on Thursday morning I noticed the little lone Robin standing on the side of his nest.  He was a sight for sore eyes, he stood on the sides of the nest all day and chirped while his mother returned every little bit to strengthen him with worms.  They spent one last chilly night in their little nest in the pear tree in my front yard.

 The next morning the nest was empty.  I wondered what had become of my little friend, that is until I took my dog out and she discovered a visitor in the back yard.  It took everything I had to keep that little Robin from being my dogs first bird hunt!  The dog chased the little robin back into the front yard where mother Robin was waiting with food but after mother flew off the little Robin tried to follow her by crossing a busy street in front of my house.  Here I was in the street in my pajamas trying to get him to safety.  This little fellow had me a nervous wreck all day that he was either going to be eaten by an animal, hit by a car or a lawn mower.  He was all over the place, back and forth across the street and in and out of my yard and the neighbors yard.  I lost track of him some time Friday afternoon but I would hear his chirps from time to time so I was just sure he was okay.  My hope is that he finally took flight.

With all the bird drama going on around here along with my other daily duties I haven’t been able to get any stitching done since Wednesday.  I have been spending quite a bit of time in the back yard with my energetic English Springer Spaniel playing Frisbee.  My poor girl misses having her daddy around so much after he returned to work after 5 months of recouperating from shoulder surgery.  They spent a lot of time outside while he was home working on the garden.  I guess I am going to have to start stitching outside.  I hope everyone had a great weekend, I will leave you with a few pictures of my little darlings I took the other day.

Maple and Daphne, friend or foe?  Maple just wants to play and Daphne just wants to be left alone.

My beautiful Daphne and her cute pink nose.  She loves to be photographed, and she is very photogenic.  I think she knows she is beautiful.

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Spring is my favorite time of year, I love everything about it with the exception of pollen and shedding pets, I even love the rainy days.  This time of year is full of new life.  We have a mommy Robin nesting in our front yard in one of our Bradford Pear trees.  I am very concerned that she has nested way to low in the tree, I’m praying that critters don’t get her babies.  That happened in our back yard last year and I was devastated! 

In various places around our house we have bird bottles.  We first saw these in Williamsburg Virginia and I fell in love with them!  Bird bottles were discovered in the Colonial area there in Williamsburg and have been reproduced from their 18th century findings.  Small birds will nest in these bottles and are quite fascinating to watch.  Last year a family of sparrows took up residence in one of our bottles and had a piece of white foam that resembled a mattress hanging from the bottle, guess it wouldn’t fit through the door of their humble abode.

These are just a few of our bird bottles, we have bought one every time we have been to Williamsburg VA.  We have bought all but one at the Pottery Factory, which is getting ready to have their big grand re-opening.  The only other place I have seen bird bottles was in Manteo, NC.  It was a blue one hanging on the side of the Roanoke Island Inn, I never did find them for sale but the next time I go I will be inquiring as to where I can find one for our collection.

Bleeding Heart
Crabapple Tree Blooms.

Everything is starting to bloom in our yard.  The Crabapple tree in our back yard is blooming and it is one of the most beautiful trees for having such a crabby name.  I’m really looking forward to the Hydrangeas, Rhododendron, Azaleas and my Roses.  Ahh, there is nothing more beautiful than Spring!!

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