Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 6/9/17

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1. Dickcissels.  And Black-Necked Stilts.  And Yellow-Breasted Chats.  This morning I got this picture of a dickcissel - we are on the very eastern edge of their range.  Any further east and they are considered rare.  We see them at the farm ponds where we go whenever time allows.  Right now they are singing brilliantly, usually from an exposed post or high weed.

These below are black-necked stilts.  They truly are rare for our area, as we are well in-between their two ranges (eastern coast and midwest up the Mississippi River.  They seem to be gone now.
But the one that got away would have been a stunner of a picture of a yellow-breasted chat, with a breast so brightly colored yellow that it was almost orange,  A bird to take one's breath away.  But. . .it just moves too fast.

2. Hats.  And yarn.  I cannot get enough of hats or yarn right now.

These are not the most recent creations, but recent enough.  It's very relaxing to work on one while watching college baseball.  And they finish up so quickly.

3. Bathrooms almost done.  Kitchen coming along.  I will post pictures when they are finished.  It's so nice to be able to walk into an almost-finished room.

4. I am completely done with school for the summer - it is so nice to not have to set an alarm each morning.

5. Gone with the Wind.  I haven't read it since high school, which was, ahem, a long time ago.  It's been very interesting to re-read it after the perspective of a few years of life.  I had forgotten what a rich novel it is, both plot and characters, and I can hardly put it down.

Happy Friday!


Barbara H. said...

I had never heard of any of those birds! Glad you got to see them!

Glad your renovations are coming along well. Soon they'll be all done and you can enjoy the rewards of them!

Our schedule is pretty much the same, so I don't get that nice "summer break" feeling I did when the kids were in school. But on Saturdays we do get up a half-hour later, so that's nice.

I have never read GWTW. There was much about the movie I thought was rich, but I got so irritated with how spoiled Scarlet was. I figured the book would be the same way, only longer. But every now and then I think about giving it a try.

Faith said...

I've never heard of,those birds but the pics you,have came out great!!

oh, i LOVE when a room I am re doing is almost done!cant wait to see your photos.

I teach special ed preschool so of course here in NYs we have to work the 6 week summer program. but we get out on the 23rd for a two week break and again at the end of august til after labor day. Here in NY the school all have classes and exams unttil the 22nd and graduation is the 24th. We literally go the longest of any other state!

I LOVE GWTW...the book of course has much more detail than the movie. i read the book in 8th grade many years ago and again as a young adult and both daughters enjoyed it n high school. its a classic!

Ann said...

Barbara--with your love of reading, you would really appreciate it. Yes, Scarlett is a rascal, but the book is so well developed so that the reader sees what Scarlet doesn't, that it really is a classic.

Willow said...

I love your photos of the birds. And I'm impressed that you know their names! I can recognize the common ones around here like quail and wrens and robins, but I would love to learn how to recognize more of them.

Hurray on finishing the school year!

I don't think I've ever read GWTW, either. Here's an interesting bit of trivia about the movie--the daughter who dies in the horse accident was actually played by a boy stunt double (I know his step mom).

Susanne said...

How fun to see and get pictures of the birds. And how exciting that the renos are moving onto completion! My daughter has read Gone with the Wind but I haven't tackled it yet. I am quite daunted by the size.

Deb said...

Have a great summer! Always nice to be finished up with school! What are you doing with the hats? I also make those and have been toying with the idea of making bunch to donate to a homeless shelter. I have never read Gone with the Wind, but loved the movie. :-)