I wrote that title just because I wanted to say I collected 13 eggs today. But I think I will challenge myself to make this post be simply 13 points. Bulleted, because that’s how I like it. (for what it’s worth, at this moment there were only 3 things I wanted to write about, so let’s see if I have 10 more in my back pocket.)
1. I collected 13 eggs today. That’s the most I’ve ever gotten in one day. I’m pretty sure I collected everything yesterday, too, though I may have missed the one I discovered in the smoker in the garage. The others were in the normal flower pot, fig tree, and nesting box. Go ladies! I will use your lovely bounty to bake a homemade angel food cake this week.
2. Clark signed up to do the Jr. Naturalist program at Duke Farms. It 12 sessions (once a month) throughout the year. Unfortunately he had to miss the very first one. The February session was this weekend and it was all about feeder birds. We learned a lot and even though it was pretty cold out, it was nice to do some birdwatching there.
3. Best birds we saw there were an American Kestrel (smallest hawk) and a pair of Red Tailed Hawks. With binoculars I was able to really see the beautiful colors on the kestrel. And though we’ve seen hawks many times around here, seeing a pair was pretty cool. Apparently seeing a pair of them on a branch (as we did) and hanging out together is a sign of spring as it means they are looking to mate and lay eggs. Another sign of spring was the red winged blackbirds we saw. They had apparently arrived about a week early this year, so early spring.
4. That new knowledge came in handy today when we were outside and saw a pair of red tailed hawks gliding and circling around our house. Eyeing up our tasty chickens. We stayed outside for a while splitting wood and taking pictures until they went away.
6. I might be finished with my embroidery project. I finished the second bird and am waiting a day to see if there’s anything else I want to add. I think it might be just right as is. (Of course, today on Flickr I saw some beautiful feather stitching and thought “Why didn’t I employ some interesting feather stitching on the wings??”)
7. I’ve been participating in a Flickr group called 113 in 2013. It’s a photo challenge/scavenger hunt to photograph 113 specific things this year. I find myself thinking that I could easily find most of the things, but that I really want to wait until I see something amazing and unique and fantastic. I’m trying to bump out of that mindset or else I’ll never finish the list. So far I’ve done Pink, Bad Weather, Something Old, A Pet, Whiskers, Rainbow, Keys, A Face in Profile, Alcohol, Valentine’s Day, Boots, and A Bird on Water. (Here’s a set of them.) I realized that one of my photo obstacles is that I live in a semi-rural suburban area and don’t get out much! So all my pictures of the kids, things in my house, our chickens, and our garden! Tomorrow I’m making us take an outing to a quaint and charming town and perhaps I’ll find some of the things on my list. I’m also enjoying checking out more people on Flickr and making more contacts. Here’s yesterdays entry-Boots.
8. We made vanishing marshmallow treats with my cousin a couple weeks ago and it was so yummy that I had Tabby and her friend make them this week. I first heard of these last year when I saw someone post this “recipe” as an elaborate metaphor for the Easter story. My cousin remembers making them at an afterschool cooking class. Roll a marshmallow in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar. Wrap in crescent roll dough and bake. Voila! The marshmallow vanishes and you get a tasty sticky cinnamon bun.
9. I’m doing a lot of reading presently-for a new reviewing gig, for a reading challenge, and of course for my usual pleasure. A surprising thing I’m really enjoying? The American Girls series. Tabby and I are almost done with Molly’s stories and this week we checked out a couple other girls. They’re a little bit old for her and boy does she know a lot about life during WWII now, but she really likes them and so do I. We were cracking up over the fact that I could barely read aloud the last two pages of the Christmas installment. Christmas surprises from loved ones overseas during the war? Cue the waterworks for me. Every time I tried to read a sentence I started to cry!
10. We thought we had a taker for the third guinea pig baby, but that seems to have fallen through.
11. For dinner last night I made pork cutlets simply browned on each side, poured on some water to scrape up the bits, and added a few spoonfuls of the Caramelized Onion Peach Jam I made last summer. Makes an amazing dinner and sauce. Thank you, summer Sarah!
12. H. Jon Benjamin might be my favorite person on television. If you’re not watching Archer you’re not watching one of the best shows on tv. (But don’t watch it if you’re easily offended.) And hey, nothing to be offended by in this recommendation–New Scandinavian Cooking. Our Tivo recorded this for us and it completely fascinating to us and we really enjoy it.
Hey, I’ve almost done it! A baker’s dozen of anecdotes, facts, tidbits, what have you. For the last one….Huh. I’m pretty stumped. Oh, here you go
13. Today would have been Johnny Cash’s birthday. Go have a listen to some great songs. I’m partial to the very sweet If I Were a Carpenter, but maybe you’d like to rock out to Hey Porter or listen to the beautiful and sad Redemption Day.