Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Bluebird Day

 Dear Friends,

Today I heard a lovely trilling in the trees in the neighborhood. Since I didn't have my glasses on, I enlisted my "eyes" (children) to help see what was making the sound. Before long, we discovered the source of the mysterious song: Eastern Bluebirds!

We were able to zoom in on them and get a few nice photos before they moved on. There were two males and two females, presumably pairs. These are the best of all we took~

In Idaho, where we're from, bluebirds can be hard to get a look at, usually up in the hills. We'll have to put up a nesting box or two!

In other news, Frankie helped me make a homemade seasoning salt to use at the table. We included sea salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, herbs de Provence, ground sesame and sunflower seeds, and powdered shiso from last year's garden. Easy and thrifty!

We have been growing wheatgrass to juice and share with our cat. My children love to chew on it like gum, as well! Wheatgrass has been much more reliable for me that microgreens, which seem to suffer from lack of natural sunlight in the house.

What thrifty things have you been up to?




  1. Hello dear Marqueta,
    What beautiful little birds... I love this peaceful part of the world you live in, and admire the way of life you have chosen. You know so much about nature, how to grow and process foods, so many things we city folk (at least me) are not familiar with. We may have a few things in common. One, I have never been very materialistic, and am quite content to find pleasure in the simple things in life, and nature. A strong sense of faith.
    Wishing you and family a beautiful weekend

  2. How neat! I've only caught sight of a couple of bluebirds in my long life. Hope they bring you much happiness!


  3. Marqueta, bluebirds are such happy fellows. It is a joy to see them and hopefully spring will soon be here.

  4. I am in southern Virginia and they were seen around for awhile. Don't know what has happened to them, but then again, there has been a lot of "development" going on around us every year.

  5. Dear Marqueta, what lovely photos!! Oh my! I felt like I could reach out and touch that bluebird! I know I sound like a broken record, but I struggle to keep up around here with work and (now) school and the shop. I have your package riding around with me in Ms. Ellie and still have not made it to the post office! I think of you so often! Love to everyone, Lynn

  6. Hi, Marqueta! boy your wheatgrass sure looks like spring at least! And those bluebirds! I've never had any in my Delaware yard (and I doubt I will have any here in PA). But I used to drive to an orchard in Maryland and there would be a flock of them in the cornfield. They are so neat to see. Love,Andrea


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