Monday, June 26, 2017

Patriotic Porch - Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July, it's the time of year that we celebrate our traditions. We bring out our red, white, and blue and show that we are proud to be Americans.


I'm displaying a small patriotic quilt that I recently made for my front porch.  



My begonias are adding to the patriotism with their beautiful red blooms and a small American flag.




The huge macho fern looks fabulous next to the begonias and flag. 



My roses to the right of the front porch, are flourishing with beautiful red flowers. 



So thankful that my quilt is done and my flowers are blooming. 





Our back deck is also dressed for the Fourth with an Americana bunting and pots filled with patriotic colors.




Enjoy the Fourth and I hope you can show your patriotism - Judy.

Linking to these fabulous parties:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
My Thrift Store Addiction

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

Show Your Patriotism for the 4th of July

The 4th is just about here and we are ready to celebrate. The fireplace and mantel are dressed in patriotic colors of red, white and blue.  



The 4th is always a favorite time to decorate in many of our homes across America. 




We can show our patriotism in many ways around the house. 



Whether it's your mantel . . .




the entire fireplace . . .



or a vignette in the kitchen. Hope you can spend a few minutes decorating to show your patriotism. 



Take care and celebrate with your family and friends. - Judy.


Linking to these fabulous parties:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design on Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
My Thrift Store Addiction

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays


Monday, June 19, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 13

Photographing young birds at my feeders and in the trees has been a treat. 


A juvenile Northern Cardinal visited my deck recently. Take a look:




You can see some red in a few feathers and in the tail.



In addition to the juvenile cardinal, we watched a pair of robins feeding their young. 



A young American Goldfinch also visited. 



Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Linking to:

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Watery Wednesday @ Watery Songlines


Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Birds at Piney Bay - Camping with the Family

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we camped at Piney Campground on Kentucky Lake near Dover, TN. The water was so relaxing to watch. 



Shortly after we arrived, I started seeing a Red-headed Woodpecker in the trees and was able to get a few pics. This is my first one to photograph since living in Kentucky for 1.5 years so you know I was excited. 




Next my grandson saw a Great Blue Heron in a tree by the edge of the water. I hurried to get a shot and captured him in flight.



A Brown Thrasher was in the grass near the water.



Early one morning we saw Canadian Geese and their goslings in the water.



We had fun with our grandsons boating on Kentucky Lake.




My son-in-law had his kayak and the boys enjoyed time in it but stayed close to the water's edge. 


The weekend was great until a terrible storm hit. We did go home that evening between storms then returned the next morning. A few trees were down and lots of debris. We were thankful no one was hurt. 



Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:


Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Watery Wednesday @ Watery Songlines


Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Friday Photo Journal

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Thursday, May 25, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 12

It's thrilling to see the hummers at the feeders. I am thankful to see them return. 



Have a great weekend - Judy.

Linking to:


Met Monday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Friday Photo Journal 

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon


Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Table

Welcome to my Mother's Day Table. I am thankful to honor my Mom with this tribute to her on this special day. 



I am using a blue and white stack of dishes for my table. 



My mom's 1847 Rogers Daffodil pattern will be used one more time for this season. 




The table topper has a beautiful delicate design of ivy vines, blue flowers, white flowers, and a few lady bugs and flying insects. 




The small blue and white dish topping the stack simply say made in Japan. 





The stemware is Fostoria Heritage blue tea glasses. 











Mom was always the person I turned to for advice or support. Mom worked along side by Dad running two businesses for over 50 years. I have so much of her in my heart. 




Thanks for stopping by for my Mother's Day Table - Judy.


Linking to these fabulous parties:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Swing Into Spring@ DIY by Design on Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday
My Thrift Store Addiction

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

Thursday, May 4, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 11

They Are Back! 


I am so thankful that the Rose-breasted Grosbeak have returned to my feeders. 


The male and the female . . .



They have been eating safflower seeds like crazy. I am filling the feeder daily. They visit my area in summer and during migration. We have four males and four females at the feeders.




A sweet House Wren has been building a nest in the wren house hanging in the birch trees by our deck. He sings all day long! You can see the twig in his mouth then peeking out of his house.


This small Downy Woodpecker is a daily visitor. I had to laugh as he visited every feeder plus tried to peck our metal bird stand.



Then I noticed the reason he was at the seed feeders instead of the upside down suet feeder he usually visits.


The Brown Thrasher has returned for the summer. 



He is about 11" in size and is a rusty red bird with a long tail and heavily streaked chest and belly. Check out his bright yellow eyes. 



Sorry not a great pic of him in flight but still sharing it. I only had my iPhone with me when I saw him in my neighbor's yard. 




Thanks for stopping by for another week of At the Feeders and in the Trees - Judy. 

Linking to:

Met Monday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Friday Photo Journal 

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blooms and Growing in the Yard - Plus A Welcomed Guest

I think we all look forward to Spring. It is always exciting to see growth in the gardens and flower beds. For me, it is a thrill when the azaleas bloom. Take a look:


We went to Disney and Seaworld for spring break with our grandsons and I was concerned that I would miss the azaleas. They were just budding when we left but when we returned, they were gorgeous. 



Also in the front beds, bearded iris are blooming.


We planted several pink and white dogwoods last spring and were happy to see them have blooms this spring.





There is a farm field across the road from our house. The field is full of these yellow blooms. I'm not exactly sure what they are but they make a beautiful picture.


I've been making some new beds around some of the big trees in our front and back yard. A friend have me ten hardy ferns that were just becoming active to plant in the beds. Now all ten are up and growing.



The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are starting to return in our area. I was lucky enough to get a couple pics of these welcomed visitors. 





I certainly have a lot of yard work to do and the constant rain has been slowing my progress.



I am so thankful for Spring. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:


Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery


Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Skywatch Friday
Friday Photo Journal 

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon