Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Baby Hummingbirds

This spring was the first time 
I ever saw a Hummingbird's nest.

(see those teeny tiny little leaves decorating the nest?)

Have you ever been so lucky to see baby hummingbirds?


To see them up close... right outside your window?

Right on your patio where you sit every single day?!

I guess momma bird felt welcome...
I do have a lot of cozy birdie decor inside and out. 
(You all know how much I love my birdy decor.)

I watched that little momma bird make her nest, 
sit on her eggs, and feed her babies...

I admit I helped out during a few terrible windstorms
 by tying a guy wire from the branch to the chair. 
I was so afraid they be tossed out or whipped against the wall.

There were even some very cold nights!
One night momma bird didn't even show up to sit on the eggs.

I was a nervous wreck! 
I was sure the eggs were gonners. 
I even felt those little eggs and they were so cold!

Now... don't worry...

 It's not true that you can't touch the nest 
or the mother won't come back... 
because birds can't smell! 

( New research indicates that some birds 
do actually have a sense of smell)

Needless to say the momma returned. 
But in the meantime I had become very attached to them. 

(click on picture to enlarge)

I couldn't help it... 
I named them Tic and Tac.

Then one morning...

Cute little twin Hummingbird babies!
Facing in different directions.
In a few days I found out why they were sleeping like that.


They were shooting out "poop rockets"!!!

I found out the hard way... 
All I can say is be very careful when 
getting  an "up close" look at baby birds!

By the time they left the nest 
they were reaching a distance of 2-3 feet. 
No kidding!

The patio furniture was well within that range 
and even though I cleaned up after them every day 
it just wasn't safe to sit out on the patio.

Then finally sadly it was time for them 
to venture out into the world.

They were even bigger than this by the time they flew the nest. 
I have no idea how they squeezed into it towards the end.
They had to perch on the edge of the nest the last few days.

I enjoyed the experience, however I would rather 
they nest on someone else's patio next time. 
Between all the worrying and cleaning, 
they wore me out!

Thanks for visiting today. 

 Bunny Jean

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate Independence!

                                                                                                 Source: maryengelbreit.com via Bunny Jean on Pinterest

We need to celebrate our independence every day!

I hope you all enjoy our country's most important holiday by remembering the reason why we celebrate.

Bunny Jean

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Raggedy Ann and Andy Fourth

This family of rag dolls come to visit me every year. This year they are perched on top of my hutch in the dining room.

That little maple bench is one that my father made over 50 years ago. It matches the pine finish on the hutch moulding.

The pine finish will soon be updated to a much darker Cherry finish to match the entertainment cabinet. In fact, so will the dining room table top and coffee table top.

This flag belonged to my husband's uncle.
It is old and has only 48 stars. 
I think it may be made out of wool.

There are more Fourth of July posts from last year. Just click on the pictures on the sidebar to view them. 

I hope you all have a wonderful 
4th of July and stay safe!

Bunny Jean

Monday, July 1, 2013

Triple digit weather!

I told you I would be back in July.

I have missed all of you! 
Even though I admit to lurking around at times, 
I still have a good bit of catching up to do.

Summer is the time I spend the most time indoors. 
Not because I like to, but out of necessity! 
Read on to see why.

Saturday was 122 degrees in Palm Springs... 
but 'only' 121 degrees down the road in my city. 
The overnight 'low' was 90 degrees. 

On top of that we actually have some 
humidity happening (44% in the morning) 
with some hazy clouds all day, ugh!

Yes... the heat is on!

 The record here for July was 125 degrees on July 28, 1995.
The highest August temperature recorded was 
123 degrees on Aug. 1, 1993.

After last year's heat AND unusual humidity 
I had planned to leave and head for the hills during 
July, August and maybe September.

We'll see how that goes......

In the meantime I will spend my days doing some  interior projects 
and sharing what I have been up to 
for  the last six months.

Bunny Jean

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I Will Be Back... soon!

I have been busy 
working on my self image.

Poster from my personal collection.

Not only how I look... 
but how I project myself to others.

I don't think it is ever too late to improve your image.
Please take a moment to view this short video

It just might make your day.

Words are powerful... 

Be VERY careful what you allow to sink in to your own mental factory and be equally as careful when speaking to others, especially those you care about.

 Words can destroy just as easily as they can build up.

Try it out...

You might just surprise yourself!

I will be returning to my blog in July. 
I have missed all of you!

Bunny Jean

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that another year 
has passed by so quickly.

                                                                                                           Source: bhg.com via Bunny Jean on Pinterest

Do you toast the New Year with a glass of Champagne?

Do you make New Year Resolutions?

Or are you like me... 
enjoying a quiet evening at home?

Whatever your traditions to "Ring in the New Year", 
I hope it is a safe one.

Bunny Jean

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Wishing all of my blogging buddies  a 
Very Merry Christmas!

The Mr. and I are celebrating Christmas at home  in 
Palm Desert, California.

Buddy is relaxing out on the back patio and watching all the golfers.

He is pretty sure that we bought this furniture just for him.

 It is finally cool enough to have candles outside without getting soft. 

I love the little cardinals that I found at the Dollar Tree last year. 

This is the view Buddy is enjoying from our patio.

We get snow in the mountains but we have 
comfortably warm days most of the winter with 
lots of sun!

Hope you are staying warm.

Bunny Jean

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Christmas Welcome

We all know that the front door 
sets the mood for the rest of the home.

My home is casual and I decorate for Christmas in the same manner. I use the standard red and green colors and the decorations have a nature theme. 

Of course I have birds! 

You all know how much I love birds... and for Christmas it is Cardinals. They always make me think of my mother because she also used Cardinals and I still have those hanging Cardinal ornaments. I am sure they were purchased for a pretty penny at that famous card store, as that is where the best seasonal items were found way back in the 60's and 70's.  Now we can get great things at the dollar store! 

I save all my Christmas decor... forever! 

I am very careful what I buy as it will use it over and over. Not everything gets put out every year, but I love to see them as I go through my Christmas boxes. I am very sentimental that way.   I have items that I made in grade school and of course many of my children's as well. How about you? 

Do you toss things in order to have a different theme each year? 

I know a lot of you have multiple trees with different themes. I know Debbie (Debbie- Dabble) does! I love visiting just so I can see all the different colors and styles. I love the soft white decor Sandy (For The Love of White) uses all year around. I love the elegant, traditional and modern themes too! I will be share more blog links on future posts :)

What kind of tree do you use?
A real tree or artificial one?

I use an artificial tree. The newer ones with the lights already on are so easy to set up, much cleaner... and way less expensive especially if you live in an area far away from any tree farms. Once it is fully dressed (and perfumed  it looks beautiful... kind of like me :o)

But some years I don't even put it up. 
I am really getting lazy in my old age...

This may be the only "tree" I decorate this year...

Bunny Jean

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Little Bit of Home

The Pacific Northwest is home 
to huge wonderful Fir Trees...
And for almost 45 years it was home to me!

Every year my husband's brother sends us a beautiful, lush, and very fragrant evergreen wreath from Washington State. It is like getting a little reminder of "back home" for our Christmas enjoyment.

This particular wreath was from 2009, the last last year that we lived in Texas. I hung it on the back patio door so I could smell it every time I open and closed the door. 

Of course I decorated it with my favorite winter bird... Cardinals!

This year's wreath arrived the other day. It will not be able to withstand the heat here in the California desert so it will be kept inside. I think I will be placing it on my square coffee table. I will share some pictures in a few days.

I have artificial wreaths hanging on the outside doors. It was in the mid eighties the other day and should be getting cooler over the next few weeks, but not cool enough for the wreath to last through the holidays.

Here is a sneak peek of our front door wreath(s).

I will share the front entry and courtyard decor tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend!

Bunny Jean

Friday, November 30, 2012

Good Bye November...

Today is the last day of November... 

That means just 25 days 'till Christmas 
and 24 more days of marathon shopping.

I have had a busy start to the holiday season.

One of my daughters (and a granddaughter) was scheduled to visit on Thanksgiving,
but she had to have emergency back surgery the day before she was to fly and visit.

Thankfully she is alright. She had a ruptured disc in her lower back.
SO glad it happened when she was home and not in flight, or while visiting. 

The airlines gave her ticket vouchers to be used anytime within the next year
so I will be looking forward to that.

She and my granddaughter will be able to get away from all the cold and wet
in the Pacific Northwest in late winter.

In the meantime I will be traveling up to see her
and most of my family, who still live there.

I will be gone for one whole week!
It has been a few years since my last Christmas visit
and I am looking forward to it!

Bunny Jean

p.s. I will not be hosting  the Christmas Pet Parade this year. 
I would have to pay for a new subscription of Linky.
Maybe someone else will host it :)

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