May 26, 2011

Hello Henry!

Henry is in the house! He was born on Saturday, May 21 and we have been so busy snuggling him and just looking at his darling face that I haven't had time to blog about it.

What a blessing he is to our family!

Gotta turn to hold him...if Grandma will give him up! ;)

May 19, 2011

Guess who came to breakfast?

I was working on the computer and glanced out the sliding glass door and to my surprise and excitement, this is who I saw wandering through the garden. Can you believe it; a ring-necked pheasant?

He hung out in our "Sunset Garden", drinking from the bathtub pond and plucking seeds from the gravel patio for a least 15 minutes. I was so happy to get him on video! After he was done hanging out, he disappeared under our humongous quince. Maybe he will make it his new home? If not, I was honored that he chose to stop here as he was passing through.

I must say, it was a pinnacle in my Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary career. I have been a registered Sanctuary since 1993 and have loved watching the wildlife through the seasons. From baby possums, to fledgling wrens; from an adolescent Peregrine falcon to downy woodpeckers. All in my urban backyard in the middle of one of the largest cities in the county. Magical!

May 18, 2011

The Merry Month of May


Callie nursing her babies. She was a good mom. The 2 orange tabbies went together to a good home!

May is my most favorite month. First, it is my birthday month and I do celebrate all month long! Then there is May Day. And my mother-in-law, Eleeta, is a May baby, too (she just celebrated her 96th birthday last week!). And I have oodles of friends with May birthdays. And soon Henry will be joining the May birthday club (we hope!). And a bonus is 4 of our 5 cats were born today, 4 years ago, and I got to watch their births. Here are a few of my favorite videos of the kittens when they were little.

John, Bunny, Spicy and Delilah playing in a cat tree.

John loves his sisters!

May 15, 2011

Waiting for Henry

Henry's ultrasound from last November.
Ophelia's due date was Friday. A large handful of us thought (hoped!) he would be early, but he is pretty darn happy where he is at, safe in his momma's belly! Who can blame him?

Mom has been here for a week to help us get ready, pass the time and be on deck to help her baby have this baby.

So while we are 'Waiting for Henry' we have been organizing, eating, gardening and visiting. Nothing sexy or fancy...just hanging out, squee-ing over cute baby clothes, telling stories and speculating on what Henry's personality will be. So far we think he is a cute little stinker with a mind of his own.

Come on, Henry!

May 5, 2011


I popped into Country Village's Town Hall Antiques Wednesday and fluffed up my Space in a Case, filled in a few gaps and added some Vase Necklaces I made from silver-plated knife handles. A great gift idea for your Mom or you, because all you Mom's out there deserve it!

May 2, 2011

May Day Charm Swap was Fabulous!

Our charming assortment!
What a great group of charm makers, I must say! For some of these gals, it was there first swap ever...but they produced charms like professionals and the presentations were divine. Plus, Caroline made 2 charms for everyone!

I wrapped up the charms, along with some thank you goodies from me, in little packages and mailed them off. Then the emails and FaceBook postings began. Jenifer said, "The charms are all gorgeous. I like Ophelia's nest & presentation and your flower is amazing and Madonna! I'm glad she joined in, Julia's tiny spool. Hell, I love them all! The extras are so cool, can't wait to find uses for all that stuff."

Jenifer's charm

Ophelia's charm "A Nest for Henry"
Bernadette's charm

My charm; vintage French metal flower with faux pearl
 Thank you, Thank you to everyone who particpated! I love them all! And watch for news of a fall charm swap...let's do this again and there is still room for more swappers!

May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

We love May Day around here. I always send my Mom a surprises her every time!

I made these bouquets out of old metal juice cans and an assortment of flowers and greenery from my garden. Then gave them to four of my girly-friends I met for breakfast.

Happy May Day to you!