Saturday, December 27, 2014

Trying to Catch Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. 

We did, here, and the good thing was, the only place I had to go on 
Christmas day was church in the morning, and a run to see son Jeff 
in the afternoon.  

Yes, we're pooped.  

On my way to (weekend) church services this afternoon, I saw these two horses in a pasture... it looked like they were facing off!  I think one was just joining the other. 

This strange bird was on a pole in our yard yesterday afternoon when Lilly and Jester and I were leaving for the old place.  It was NOT a robin... though I have seen a number of robins this month for the very first time in my life so late in the year.... but this was actually a bigger bird, the lens just brought it closer.  It had an orange breast and orange coloring on its' back.  

If you click on this picture to biggify it... you can see the orange stripes on the back. 
Friend Jill, if you are reading this... do you have any ideas? 

This crow was in the walnut tree by the old hen house as we pulled up at the old place. I love crows. 

But... three crows is bad luck.  These two were waiting for their buddy. 

I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw a fourth one in the pasture! 

They didn't hang around long when the dogs jumped out of the car. 

We hadn't gone out for two days and the two dogs were so glad to get out and run.  They jump out of the car and take off for the pasture gate as soon as we get there. 

Tonight, we had two little visitors, Paiton and Jax, while their parents played bunco with a group of family and friends. 

Paiton was busy with all the little creatures and the Nativity Set again... they had a tornado tonight and everyone had to shelter in the stable. 

Then, Paiton played games on Nick Jr., and Jax made snowflakes for me to hang in the windows. 
Next year, we are going to make snowflakes way before Christmas, and use them in our decorations. 
I tried to watch the Veterinarian shows on Nat Geo Wild on Saturday night, I love them. 

I took some really cute pictures of Jax and Jester, who was wearing his Christmas antlers... but for some reason, the pictures want to be sidewise on the blog... so I have given up.  I'll play with them tomorrow. 

Tomorrow, I am going to take the trees down, the one up here in the living room, and the one 
downstairs in the Kids Cave. 

I am going to trade trees with former daughter in law Sherie... I had given her a huge tree at one point... and she has only used it one year.  She is going to take our smaller six foot tree... and trade me back the big tree, which we'll use in the living room next year.  Then the four foot tree will 
go back on it's table in the Kids Cave for them to enjoy downstairs.  

I'm going to pack things away better, too, marking each box.  At least that's the plan! 

Our Nativity will stay up until Epiphany, after the first of the year. 

I promise I'll try to get caught up tomorrow on everyone's blogs... I feel I have been 
out of touch this last week... and I can't wait to see how everyone celebrated Christmas. 


  1. It'll be interesting to see if you can find out what that bird is. The description doesn't ring any bells with me. There are several though that never venture this far north. I haven't seen in robins around here for a long time. It's always a joy to see them return in the spring. Glad you've had a wonderful few days there. We had our family celebration yesterday and today I'm moving very slowly. I'll be going to church this morning but will do little else I'm sure. I hope you have a relaxing Sunday.

  2. I can't see the bird very well on my laptop but wonder if it was an oriole?

    How wonderful you two will trade trees--it's a win-win for both of you :)

  3. The bird looks like an American kestrel. They're such pretty little falcons.

  4. K is correct, American Kestrel, smallest american falcon. Used to be called Sparrow Hawk.

    Sarah T

  5. Sounds like a lot of fun. It's been a long time since I made snowflakes.

  6. It's an American Kestrel. One of my very favorite birds of prey. They are the little falcons you will see hovering in the medians hunting. Such beautiful specimens!! How lucky you were to see him!


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