Monday, January 8, 2018

Squirrel-proof Feeder

 I finally have a squirrel-proof bird feeder - Perky Pet brand. I bought it a few weeks ago at Home Hardware and it is perfect for the little birds. As you can see, the chickadees think it is great. I have a steady stream of chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches and juncos that feed at it, and no squirrels have been able to access the seed. The birds knock some seed on to the ground so the squirrels get a bit there as well as the birds that prefer to feed on the ground like the cardinals, red-poll finches and juncos.
The mechanism is a spring-mounted perch that will close the seed portals if something as heavy as a squirrel lands on it but will stay open when a little bird is on it.  A downy woodpecker was able to feed at it the other day but I doubt that a blue jay would be successful. We were so pleased with the feeder that we bought a second one.
Now I just have to figure out a way to keep suet cakes away from the squirrels.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, New Socks

After a happy Christmas spent visiting with the kids and grandkids, my husband and I came down with colds. So we've been staying cosy in the house, drinking hot drinks and eating soup. The weather's also been pretty cold so that has encouraged us to stay inside. Now we are finally almost over it - it was just a cold.
I thought I would share a picture of my colourful, cheerful new socks that I received as gifts. The two longer pairs are wonderful ski  (not that I ski anymore) socks that are a blend of synthetic fibers and wool. Although they are lightweight, they are super warm, stretchy and comfortable. They will get special care - no time in the dryer. The other socks are special for their designs. They will make me smile when I put them on in the morning and throughout the day when I catch a glimpse of them.
Happy feet, happy heart.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
 and all the very best wishes for a peaceful, healthy New Year.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Afghan squares

I've started knitting some squares to put together as a patchwork afghan.  Each colour will have a different stitch pattern. I'm enjoying doing the 6" squares rather than knitting the afghan in one piece. Each square seems like a completed project in and of itself. I'm learning new stitch patterns as well and that's interesting. When I'm knitting with a particular recipient in mind, as I am in this case, the added pleasure is that I think of them every time I work on the project.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


Life is full of mysteries. How does a little brown seed transform into a large green plant? Why are all the galaxies so different from each other? How do bumblebees stay up in the air? So many mysteries all around us.  But here is a question which rattles around my brain: Why do some people hear the call of God’s love and embrace it, and others don’t? It truly is a mystery to me.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Simple Winter Hat

I just finished a cozy sweater for my sister who is recovering from surgery and I felt like doing some quick project before I embark on something more time consuming. I had some leftover chunky light blue yarn and I paired it with some champagne mohair that has some shiny metallic threads in it. This photo makes the colours look washed out and dull
but this shot gives a pretty accurate representation of the colours and the sparkle highlights.
The hat was super quick to knit with chunky wool.  I cast on 44 stitches using 6.5 mm needles for my average size head and a snug fit. I knit 1 1/2 inches of k2p2 ribbing and then switched to stocking stitch. To shape the top, k2 together across the rows three times then thread the yard through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew a seam down the back and presto - a new winter hat.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Brisk, Very Brisk

Yup, snow this morning. Not only snow but cold : -10C with an Artic wind. I got to try out my new winter boots. Our little dog and I had a real power walk this morning, both of us marching along as fast as we could. It wasn't a long walk at all but we were both glad to get back in the warm house.

Tomorrow will be somewhat warmer at 3 C but perhaps we are in for an early winter. It is so unpredictable; some years winter starts in November, and some years it doesn't really start until the end of December. On the plus side, the coming week is supposed to be sunny, if on the chilly side.
Hope you're all warm.