Are you fascinated by birds, their ability to escape the confines of earth with flight, their marvelous color patterns and not in the least, their song?

Have you complied a life list over the years? What are your favorites among those birds you have seen and heard?

Having watched and studied birds most of my life and compiled a substantial life list from various parts of the country and beyond, I have my favorites amongst the group and they are now prominently displayed on the wall in my great room as seen on the right.

It might even be fun to include your state bird in the center of that group. I am in the process of including all the state birds in my collection. Enter the gallery by clicking on any of the images or on the gallery link above, and see what you like.

Icicles galore

It is amazing how beautiful, but potentially deadly your world encased in ice can be. This was not a surprise occurrence as it was widely forecast. I awoke this morning to the gentle tinkling of iced rain on the side of the house and windows. As I peered out the window, the ice laced the glass in beautiful patterns. The forecast was right on and is promised to continue throughout the day. Because there is a real chance of a power outage, I had filled containers with water for indoor use and two large 16 ounce spaghetti sauce cans with water set outside to freeze. These will be placed in the refrigerator to keep it cold should the power fail. I poured my morning coffee and set about laying a fire in my grandmother’s Sterling wood cook stove just in case. I kept the old stove through a modern kitchen renovation as I knew it would come in handy for a reason just as this and it was also reminiscent of days long past. Yesterday I also made sure the chickens had extra clean water, plenty of grain and an extra supply of mealy worms to see them through the storm to which they will be totally oblivious as they will be tucked securely into their warm hay-filled coup until the storm moves on.

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