Monday, January 22, 2018

Dog in the Snow, January 22, 2018

All Seasons, Through My Lens, and Our World Tuesday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 16, 2018
When it snowed last week, our dog enjoyed rooting around in the snow, and then licking it off her nose!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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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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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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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Black and White: Ducks, January 13, 2018

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

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 5. 2018
The fountain was keeping part of the lake from freezing, but there were large sections that iced over. Why the ducks preferred to swim out to stand on the ice instead of staying on the shore is a mystery to me.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, January 12, 2018

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

1. All Around The Water Tank (Sky Watch Friday)
Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA, January 6, 2018
Last Saturday was sunny, but cold!
We are expecting freezing rain and snow today (Friday).

When I went around to the front to photograph the name on the water tank: Home of the Bearcats (the school sports teams), I noticed that all the birds were on the sunny side!

2. Did You Know?
"Only a thin layer of ice separates a truckload of cargo from lakewater as it travels across the Canadian tundra. How are roads engineered and built atop lakes?" U-Haul

Learn more about ice roads at U-Haul SuperGraphics - Journey on the Ice Roads

3. The Most Interesting Thing I Saw Last Week
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 5, 2018
Last Friday the electric power company trimmed the limbs off of trees that are next to the
power line that runs from the road to our house. When we planted those trees 40 years ago,
we never imagined they would grow to be so big. They just trimmed the limbs; they did not
cut down any trees.

4. Favorite Photo of the Week (Weekend Reflections)
Great Blue Heron, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 8, 2018
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5. Critters: Loon (Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017

I was very surprised to see it in north Alabama, but I think this is Gavia immer, the Common Loon. I am hoping that someone more familiar with them can give me a positive ID.

Have a Great Day!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wren, January 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
Today I am thankful for cute little Wrens who are always so cheerful they make me smile!

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

American Robin, January 10, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
A is for American Robin, Turdus migratorius, a North American Thrush

Colbert County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
To me this looks like a painting, but I did not enhance it. It is straight out of the camera.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Milk Can, January 9, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, November 13, 2017
I was looking through my photo archives this morning and found this photo of an old milk can under the edge of a barn. In the 1940s and 1950s, milk trucks traveled the countryside buying fresh milk from dairy farmers and taking it to the milk plant for processing. Then the milk was sold by a milkman who delivered milk in glass jars to townspeople. How times have changed!

Have a great week!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Mural, January 8, 2017

Monday Mural, Through My Lens,
Ruby Tuesday Too, and Our World Tuesday

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, December 25, 2017
The sand! The sea! The sky!

Mural on the side of a Mexican restaurant

And just down the street...

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, December 25, 2017
I found this mock-up of an antique car (to be used in parades, I think)

Have a great week!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Barn Collective, January 7, 2018

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, December 25, 2017
I remember this old barn from when I was a child. Back then there were horses in the pasture, and the man who owned them was a farrier (a person who shoes horses).
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Your bird for today is...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, December 25, 2017
a Northern Mockingbird.

Have a blessed day!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, January 5, 2018

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

1. Clear and Cold (Sky Watch Friday)
Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA, January 4, 2018
There was a thin skim of ice on this small lake at noon yesterday. Temperature 27F (-3C).

2. The Most Unusual Thing I have Seen This Week
Waterloo, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
I saw this fire fighter sculpture in front of a Fire Station.

3. Did You Know?
"In the midst of Canada's forested terrain looms an unlikely expanse of the world's most northerly active sand dunes. What forces of nature created this rare ecosystem which hosts life found nowhere else on earth?"

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, December 7, 2017
Learn more about life in the shifting sands at U-Haul SuperGraphics - Saskatchewan

4. Good Food
For a quick, easy meal:

Boneless, fully cooked ham steak (from refrigerated meat section of the grocery store)
Small can pineapple (chunks or slices)
Brown sugar (generous sprinkle)

Place fully cooked ham in a baking dish. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Pour juice from the canned pineapple around the edges of the ham. Arrange pineapple on top. Bake at 350℉ for 15 or 20 minutes.

Serve with your favorite vegetables. We like peas and corn.
4 servings. Left-over ham makes a good sandwich the next day!

5. Favorite Photo of the Week (Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
This Great Blue Heron photo will always remind me of the wonderful time we had driving along beside the Tennessee River last week. The day was sunny, but cold. The water was sparkling in the sun, and we saw a multitude of birds.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thankful Thursday, January 4, 2018

Good Fences, Thankful Thursday, and Little Things Thursday

Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
Today I am thankful that we spent all day last Friday driving around northwest Alabama. It was a beautiful sunny day, but with a cold wind coming off the Tennessee River. This fence separates the parking lot from the picnic area at Brush Creek Park. Too cold to picnic, we ate at a restaurant!

Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
And the birds were cooperative. This Ring-billed Gull seemed to enjoy posing for me.

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Canada Geese, January 3, 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday, Wednesday Around The World, and Outdoor Wednesday

Colbert County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis, on the Tennessee River

Have a beautiful day!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Storm Shelter, January 1, 2018

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, December 22, 2017
This pretty community storm shelter is designed to keep 40 people safe during severe storms. The front faces the east; the tree is painted on the north wall. I do not know who drew the patterns, but the actual painting was done by the Keep Tupelo Beautiful group of folks.

This happy sun is on the south wall. This is a total flight of fancy - no mountains near Tupelo!
Small storm shelters are in various neighborhoods, and there are larger shelters at the schools.

I am not sure what the west wall mural portrays. It looks like a huge Easter egg to me!

Happy New Year!

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