Thursday, December 25, 2014

The End Of The Year Is Near

Sunrise on Christmas Day
The power of the day
Filled the sky with beauty
Out on the prairie.
 Franklin Gulls with a few female Mallards
 Goldfinches keeping a lot of their golden color made me wonder if it was because of the mild winter.

Junco
Tufted Titmouse

Blue Jay

Female Cardinal
Male Cardinal
 A bit of green in December

 A Trumpeter Swan family, two youngsters with their parents. Their call sounds like a French Horn.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Brief Snow





I liked how a five year old grandson was able to read all the large words in this book . Using both large and small print allows the sharing of reading interests with an adult.
 For those who celebrate, may you have a nice holiday.

A Black-capped Chickadee blends so well
The red male has a beak full of snow looking  for some food.
Northern Cardinal
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker


I listened intently as I waited for those tiny reindeer.

Who fly around the world faster and faster every year.

I kept hearing noises and wondering what it could be.

Perhaps a newer, faster sled, could this really happen to me?

 

My front door slammed, who is it now?

I grabbed my coat and went out to give them holy cow!

Bursting outside, “Whose banging at my door?”, said he.

Just some cute little carolers running down my road, getting away from me.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Bit Of Sun

There, that is all the sun in weeks. I was blessed with warm weather for a few days and went out fishing yesterday for the entire morning catching large numbers of trout. I put all of them back except a few I invited over for lunch after they swallowed the hook too deep. It rained on me, but it was worth getting wet having fun.This water stays open most of the winter and is what attracts all the eagles to feast on fish. I am about eighty miles upstream from the Mississippi River so they work any open water in between.

Church at this home had all the rides parked together
Poor guy just wanted to chat with someone, he has a rather forlorn look. By the sounds being carried over the prairie, many bulls are doing more than chatting.
Have you ever seen something that catches your eye and then laughed when you discover what it was? These were where they painted along a drive to mark a race. One year I was on the Gulf of Mexico near Padre Island in Texas for Christmas. As I approached the water I saw a small duck on the edge of the shore. I had a poor little camera and started shooting a lot  as I crept up to get closer. I figured I would at least have an ID photo. I was surprised it didn't fly away until I got real close. It was a wayward decoy. I wondered how it looked when they x-rayed my luggage because it came home with me and sits out in the garden all summer. A memento of a good laugh.

This is a time of year when we need to look back and find those simple things that have made our lives happy. Some need to dwell on that happy more than the sad. Holidays can be tough, I  make a different celebration than what I did over a decade ago. I am the oldest member in my family and have outlived all my siblings, parents and other family. I have developed an extended family who I share the thoughts and ideas with, many of them are you. Happiness will stay with you forever if you keep it close to your heart. I send out wishes of health and happiness to all I know and love, carried on a gentle prairie breeze.


 
A Bluebird of happiness has stayed around with many others.
 

Just horsing around, this herd of over twenty all matched. I see kids riding them, but didn't realize how big of herd this family had.


A bull shares stories with some babies. For some reason I identified with this guy, I always can find a tale to share.


A Red Fox running from me fast up over the hill. With the help of Lisa Two Bears  saying she had blogged for five years I looked back and realized I have been doing it for four years on 12/2. There are many who have been with me all that time, and even more who have joined through the years. It is fun to have friends all over and share our thoughts and lives.

C-C-C-Cold Again



My internal clock is way off, and I am not sure why. I wake early and go to bed early. I need to have someone keep me up, perhaps for a week or so to get back in sync. Part of living alone and not wearing a watch is you do what you want to do when you feel like it. Eating needs more control. I have one group who keeps sending me sweet treat recipes and the other sending me get healthy items. I really enjoy making holiday goodies, but took my leftover candy to a mission and dropped them off. I went through over five pounds of butter, five to six bags of granulated sugar, countless bags of assorted flavored chips and tons of other additions to make some really grand candies. I take plates of my creations to all my neighbors, a few friends and a few to someone who needs to receive holiday blessings. The birds and squirrels receive lots of goodies that lose their freshness date. Yesterday I heard a crash and a pesky squirrel had figured out how to take the lid off the locking garbage can I keep sunflower seed in. Guess I let the feeders get too low and he felt it was self-serve. Tossed him some marble cake this morning so I hope that cures his ills.  

Male Eastern Goldfinch
 Female Downy Woodpecker


 One of my favorite conservationists in the world. A real charmer, she spends much of her time in the schools teaching  young children about what she has learned in her lifetime. We stood in the rain the other day talking, and laughed that at least it was better than staying inside on a warm winter day. Deer are attacking her feeders so she tries to make them harder to get to.

This is a corn processing complex. The sun offered different views of the steam rising  when I drove around it. When I walked into this cornfield it lost its golden luster when the clouds shifted a bit.


This leaf gall stood out in the sunshine like a piece of gold.
I forgot to look and see if my shadow followed me home.
 
I made this bread with a baked sweet potato and oats to make it heart healthy and filling. I make most of my bread during the cool months and enjoy experimenting with flavors. I never measure anything so sometimes I get two loaves and share. I have a cinnamon roll recipe I do measure that is so good I wouldn't want to have it fail that I got online from one of my eat sweets friends.