Thursday, February 26, 2009

memories



I just came across this picture that my oldest daughter took of our birdbath at our last house in Endwell, NY. We had a TINY backyard and we made this little bird sanctuary right outside the kitchen window to look at while doing the dishes.

One of the reasons I love living here







It started as a bunch of shadows coming from over head. I thought it was crows coming to the feeders, but then I saw them, seagulls. Nope, wrong again - white Ibis. They just kept landing in the pond - there ended up being about 20 of them. This is definitely one of the things I love about living here. They stayed for about an hour and ate their fill and then moved on. So cool.

Monday, February 23, 2009

finding a home

I read a blog post recently over at Pearl, the Prickly Pear, called "Homeless" and I really wanted to steal the title because that is exactly how I feel right now. She was posting that she and husband, after a long period of "church homelessness", have finally found a church where they feel at home.

I long for that.

For the 18 months that we lived in Charlotte, we never really found it. We tried to force it, but forcing doesn't work - duh... So far in Hilton Head things are not looking good. We have been attending the same church since early January and still don't feel like we belong. We are normally freaks in the world, but apparently we are freaks in the Church too. We seem to have a different outlook on what it looks like to be a Christian than everybody we have met.

I guess we'll keep moving forward and following Jesus, what else can we do?

tomato babies


God is awesome!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our new habit

We finally found a use for the nice gift card I received from one of the Condo Association Boards before we left Charlotte. We've been trying to figure out what to use it on, something that we wouldn't normally spend money on. We decided to feed our new found birding habit. We took a trip to Wild Birds Unlimited here on the island and stocked up on a bunch of feed and cool birding stuff. We had 2 wooden feeders and a suet feeder, but the squirrels were destroying them trying to get at the food. So...we bought the Advanced Pole System (squirrel baffle included), along w/ 2 new feeders, a finch sock and some new "bug" suet; oh, and a Bluebird house.It has been amazing seeing the birds find the new feeders and especially the new feed - in just 24 hours! Today we had a pair of Cedar Waxwings and what I think was a female Baltimore Oriole along w/ our normal variety of Finches, Tit Mouses, Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Sparrows, Cardinals, Blue Jays and of course, the Red Bellied Woodpecker along w/ a Mockingbird. The Eastern Bluebird that has been coming to the birdbath has been seriously checking out the birdhouse, I hope he/she moves in :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The worms are here!

Well, they're finally here! The USPS delivered them priority mail this afternoon. I have to say, it was quite gross - a big squirming mass of red wigglers. They were cold from shipment and didn't do much when we first dumped (gently placed) them into the bin. I left the top off the bin and they eventually all dove into darkness, happily eating (imagine little wormie smiles here) the last 2 weeks worth of coffee grounds and kitchen scraps. I have more to add, but I want to wait at least a few days to see how quickly they are eating.

Grow Better Veggies!


I came across the coolest website today. It is the kitchen garden for a restaurant in California, but they use lots of step-by-step descriptions and pictures. Great info for beginner gardeners. Anyway, I think it's cool - check it out! http://www.growbetterveggies.com/

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

seedling update





Well, it's been less than a week since I planted the lettuce seeds and they are starting to sprout :) Considering we've had lows in the 30's, I'm kind of surprised at how quickly they came up. It looks like it is on the Romaine side of the planter where the sprouts are, the mix must be slower... I've now got 6 spinach plants sprouted and lots of little turnips. We bought some ever bearing strawberry plants over the weekend to enjoy some freshly picked berries in a few months. Above are pictures of the 3-tiered planter which is now housing part of the "garden", along w/ some close ups of each. Turnips in bottom, spinach in middle, strawberries in top. The lettuce is in a large planter of it's own, which is also where tomatoes will be growing once it gets warmer.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Day


Valentines Day at our house is no different than any other day of the year (with the exception that we avoid restaurants at all costs). Life w/ hubby really can't get more special. We spend about 23 1/2 hours a day together and it is wonderful. We really are each others best friend. Moving far away from everyone you know and love can be overwhelmingly lonely. If it weren't for David, I would never make it. He keeps me going. Who needs a special day? Everyday is special with him.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

my daughter is awesome

look at the cool new banner she made for me in like 5 minutes - I love it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lettuce and worms

In honor of 70 degree weather today - I planted lettuce. And I ordered worms, not in honor of the weather though, just because my compost bin needs them desperately. On Saturday, Dave and I prepared a rubber bin w/ air holes and filled it w/ strips of newspaper and old cardboard egg cartons. I added our kitchen scraps from the last 2 weeks (quite ripe, they were) and moistened the whole thing down. It's all ready for its inhabitants. I tried to find bulk red wigglers locally, but the bait shops only sell 25 at a time and I need 2000! You truly can find anything on the internet. My squirming little friends are on their way here. The compost bin will smell much better once they start munching...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

first seedlings


So, on Jan 30th, I planted some turnip and spinach seeds because I am impatient and I love to watch things grow. And, low and behold, 9 days later, the turnips have sprouted. I'm figuring any day now I'll be having turnips for dinner...