Friday, May 29, 2009

Feathered Friends

Just have to tell you about all the BEAUTIFUL birds I've had at my feeder the past two weeks: Baltimore orioles (thanks to Jeremy starting them out with some grape jelly), rose-breasted grosbeaks (my favorites next to the orioles), goldfinches, indigo buntings (really a prize), downy woodpeckers, a rare hairy woodpecker, red-breasted woodpeckers, cardinals, a brown thrasher and a nuthatch, as well as the nuisance blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, starlings, and grackles. On the ground I've had turtle doves and robins. One day a robin was in the feeder (a very rare occurence), sampling the oriole's jelly! (Jer, I'm into my second jar of jelly.)

If you can't identify any of the above, look them up in your bird book. I wish I could show you some pictures, but that's challenging through the kitchen window without scaring them away. I'll work on that.

I think that's pretty impressive for just a small-time feeder in the country near Roca, NE! I have a feeder with just sunflower seeds and a little cup (actually a green plastic cup from the gelato place in Austin) for grape jelly; a finch feeder with thistle seed; and a suet feeder (which is now empty--where's Jeremy when I need him?); and my bird bath.

I can only watch them while standing at my kitchen counter, so it really helps pass the time while I'm doing dishes and cooking.

I hope your days are going as well as mine!

Friday, May 22, 2009


All our family was home for Jessie's graduation last weekend. We had a fantastic time. Here are a few pictures.

This first one was taken the night of the Honor's Convocation. You can see Jessie and her girlfriends wearing their Honor Society cords.

This is Jessie singing her mini-solo at the Show Choir Show.

You can get a glimpse of our "decorated" garage for Jessie's party. It was so nice to not worry about the weather and the pink and green and black colors looked beautiful.

Here's a great picture of all our family after Jessie's graduation. You can see all our kids and spouses and grandkids, plus our nephew Curt.

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

PROM Pictures

Here are some pictures from Prom. You can see Jessie's dress somewhat. The first one is of her "twirling" around while she was waiting for Brad to arrive. The second one is one of my favorites with her by herself. The last one is at the Haymarket. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day for picture taking.

Now onward to graduation!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Well, tonight is Prom, so you're probably on the edge of your seat, waiting for a picture! Well, I had every intention of posting one tonight (we took many, and many of them are really good), but Jessie took my camera to Brad's prom. So, check back tomorrow night. Maybe I'll have some then. Sorry!