Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Barn Collective, January 21, 2018

Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA, December 29, 2017
I could not get as good a photo of this barn as I would like to have. It is on the other side of a small hill - just imagine it is taller than it looks!

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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 2, 2018
a Hawk!
Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Coots, January 20, 2018

Saturday's Critters, I'd Rather B Birdin', and The Weekend in Black and White

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, December 3, 2017
American Coots, Fulica americana, are year-round residents from Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico westward to California and the Pacific northwest. Coots in the eastern and central parts of the United States migrate north to Canada in the Spring to nest and raise their young.

Their large feet allow them to easily walk on marshy ground.

The Weekend in Black and White
And they look pretty good in black and white, too!

Have a great day!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, January 19, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
(and on Saturday), Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Our Barn in the Snow (Sky Watch Friday)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 16, 2018
Early in the week we had sleet followed by snow as the temperatures dropped during the night from Monday's high of 50F (10C) to 24F (-4C) on Tuesday morning.

The Road in Front of Our House
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 16, 2018
By late afternoon the skies were clearing, and the temperature was starting to drop down towards Tuesday night's low ... Oh my goodness! It was 8F (-13C) early Wednesday morning!

2. Wildlife (Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, January 8, 2018
Wild Turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo, use their strong feet to scratch the ground, foraging for acorns, nuts, grain, seeds, insects, and snails. When food is scarce they may eat berries, moss, ferns, and the buds of various plants.

You will most often see Wild Turkeys walking on the ground, but they can fly when they feel threatened, and at night they roost in trees.

3. What I am Reading
I went to the library yesterday afternoon and checked out 6 books.

'Scandal at Six' by Ann Purser
'The Careful Use of Compliments' by Alexander McCall Smith
'By Bread Alone' by Sarah-Kate Lynch
'Moriarty Returns a Letter' by Michael Robertson
'When Christmas Comes' by Debbie Macomber
'There's Something About Christmas' by Debbie Macomber

For 22 years I worked in a library, but never had time to read. Now I am catching up!

4. Good Food
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 16, 2018
Snow Cream!

A large bowl heaping up with fresh, clean snow
1 cup cold milk
1/2 cup sugar
Dash of vanilla extract

Transfer 1/2 the snow into a medium bowl and set it aside momentarily. Stir the sugar into the snow in the large bowl. Add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir well, and then stir in the rest of the snow. Serve immediately before it begins to melt.

Makes 2 or 3 servings.
You can find variations of this basic snow cream recipe on the Internet.

5. Favorite Photo of the Week
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 14, 2018
Great Blue Heron standing in a drainage ditch near a busy shopping center.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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On Saturday
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 15, 2018
Today I am thankful that (with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the eaves) I have a warm house and a warm husband to snuggle up to!   At 7:00am it is 12F (-11C).

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brown Thrasher, January 17, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
B is for Brown Thrasher

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, December 27, 2017
Brown Thrashers, Toxostoma rufum, are usually seen foraging for insects on the ground, but this one has been a frequent visitor to my suet feeder since the weather has been so cold.

Brown Thrashers live in the eastern and central parts of North America. Some birds are year-round residents of the southeastern United States; others migrate as far north as southern Canada in the Spring to nest and raise their young.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day January 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Ruby Tuesday Too, Our World Tuesday, and All Seasons
Northeast Mississippi, USA zone 7
Clear skies, 25F (-4C) at 6:00am Monday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 14, 2018
Despite the below freezing temperatures and a sprinkling of snow on the ground, my Hellebores are vigorously putting up new leaves and buds!

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, December 25, 2017
For an extra measure of joy in your garden, feed the birds!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!


and Happy Tuesday!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Barn Collective, January 14, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 13, 2018
We were hoping for enough snow to have a winter wonderland, but it just barely coated the roof of our barn. Such a disappointment!
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Your birds for today are...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 13, 2018
a Cardinal and a pair of Goldfinches at one of our feeders.

Have a blessed day!

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