Monday, March 28, 2016

Looking Out the Window - The Carolina Chickadee

I got lucky again today; as I was looking out the window with my camera in hand, I snapped a few pictures of the Carolina Chickadee on a branch by one of the feeders.


He is such a cutie with his oversized round head, and tiny body. 


You can see that the black cap extends just below the black eye, and makes the eye hard to see. 



The chickadee has a black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail. It has a whitish underside with buffy sides. You can see in the collage below that it has a long narrow tail and a short beak. 


This was the first chickadee I have seen at my feeders here in Kentucky. Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 


Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E

Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

the weekend retreat @ AKA Design on Thursdays
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen
The Bird De'Pot @ I'd Rather Be Birdin
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life on Saturday


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Scape With Rabbits & Eggs

My Easter scape on the kitchen peninsula is ready to share with you. 


Orange and green are the feature colors for this Easter scape. 


Orange gerbera daisies were added to the centerpiece for a bright pop of color orange. The rabbit salad plates are from Hobby Lobby and the orange dinner plates and bowls are from Dollar Tree. 


The stemware is Waterford Crystal - Sparkle.  The carrot cookies were found at Dollar General.


I believe the rabbits were found at Tuesday Morning a few years back. 


Easter kitchen towels were a gift from my friend, JoAnn, over at Jo on Legacy Lane





Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life In Kentucky - Judy. 


Linking to: 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design Blog
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House
The Creative Circle @ Domestic Charm

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Looking Out the Window - The Tufted Titmouse

Looking out my window today, I had the pleasure of seeing a tufted titmouse. It was eating on a fruit berry nut and seed bell that I had hung out earlier and is a soft silvery gray above and white below.


It has a rusty or peach-colored wash down the flanks which is easily seen in picture below.




A black patch just above the bill makes the bird look snub-nosed. 




They look large among the small birds because of their large head and eye, thick neck, and full bodies. 



Their pointed crest and stout bill help identify them. 



They are common visitors at feeders, backyard, and parks.






It will often carry a large seed to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill. 


Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

the weekend retreat @ AKA Design on Thursdays
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life on Saturday



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Looking Out the Window - The Northern Cardinal

Looking out my window today, I was so thrilled to finally get pictures of the Northern Male Cardinal. This gorgeous red bird is one you just can't takes your eyes off. 



For several weeks, I have been waiting for a cardinal to stop a minute or so on the River Birch tree out my window. Today was my lucky day!



I have been watching them from a distance all winter even on snowy day. They don't migrate and the male is just breathtaking all year round with his stunning red color. 


The cardinal is an active songbird and sings more than one melody. 



The bright red color is one of the keys to his success in the mating season. The brighter the better!


I intend to feed the cardinals year round here in Kentucky so maybe they will visit my feeders often and I can continue taking pictures of them. 


Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

the weekend retreat @ AKA Design on Thursdays
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen
The Bird De'Pot @ I'd Rather Be Birdin
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life on Saturday







Thursday, March 10, 2016

St. Patty's Day Scape - bring on the green

It's really time to bring on the green for a St. Patty's Day "scape." Green should be all over blogland this week as we prepare for this fun day. 



We celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. 



Celebrations generally involve parades, festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. 



My shamrock suncatcher is handmade by Linda Whitener. You can see her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TraceCreekBlues  Check out her shop, she does beautiful work. She also does quilting; I have known Linda for years and know you will love all of her work. 





I'm setting the peninsula with Fiestaware "Lemongrass" using square plates and Gusto bowls. This may not be your traditional kelly green that we think of for St. Patty's Day but I  just love this lemongrass color. 






Although she's not Irish, I keep my Savannah "Bird Girl" statue out year round. She looks cute holding the gomes. If you aren't familiar with "Bird Girl", she once stood in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah and was featured on the cover of the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."


Here's the cover shot of the book. For her protection, Bird Girl was moved to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah after the book became famous. I spent a week in Savannah a number of years ago at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the art educators conference and the folks in Savannah are all about promoting the book and Bird Girl, Of course, I wanted a Bird girl Statue. BTW I'm not an art educator but my friend, JoAnn, over at Jo On Legacy Lane was at that time, so I went along and took computer classes offered that week. 


My husband and I, plus a group of old friends, visited Savannah a few years ago so he could experience Savannah. He loved the riverfront and the restaurants in the historic district. 


There are many favorite foods for St. Patrick's Day such as Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, or Shepherd's Pie. I've made cabbage/vegetable soup for this celebration. I simply cooked the cabbage, then drained it, added vegetables, and V8 juice. Let it slow cook for a few hours and we were ready to eat. 



Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to: 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design
Refresh Your Space @ Jennifer Rizzo

Cuisine Kathleen for her 8th Annual St. Patty's Day Blog Crawl on March 16
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design Blog
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House
The Creative Circle @ Domestic Charm

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Looking Out the Window: the American Goldfinch

Looking out my window today, I am so thrilled to see the goldfinches on our finch feeder. 




I so love to watch the goldfinches and have been feeding them for years. Even though we have moved three times since 2004, I faithfully feed them and use nyjer seed in the feeder. 


The underside down finch feeds are the ones I usually use. But I haven't found those feeders since we moved to Kentucky. Take a look at this next picture and notice the white markings on the goldfinch. See the black forehead, black wings and white markings, plus the white patches both above and beneath the tail. 



These guys certainly made my day today. 


Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

the weekend retreat @ AKA Design on Thursdays
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson

The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life