Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gorgeous Geese for Wild Wednesday

Swimming Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy wild Wednesday! I took photos of these gorgeous geese on my walk today. It's always a blessing to see wild animals in the great outdoors.
Back to Back Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I got as close as I could without getting in the water because I was hoping to see some baby geese but I guess it's too early in the season for them. These two geese took turns checking me out.
Goose nibbling: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
But they obviously didn't think I posed a danger because they resumed eating. I love how flexible their necks are.
Gaggle of Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Just when I thought they were getting comfortable some other people approached and the geese swam away. But it was nice to see the geese and watch them feed for a while.

I have some interesting but not great quality photos of the eagle nest (and one of the eagles sharing it) at the National Arboretum. Usually I try to post just nice (or better) quality photos here but someone asked to see them anyway so if you'd also like to see them please let me know.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you this springtime and always!

Related posts:
Baby geese: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/05/goose-family-photographs.html
Wet & wild birds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wet-wild-birds.html
Anna's hummingbirds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/hummingbird-photos-by-anna-horner-for.html

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cute Chipmunk on Bird Ball

Cute Chipmunk Pink Tongue: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy Wild Wednesday! I wasn't sure I'd have anything to share this week as I've had migraines but I thought/prayed that if something fell in my lap I'd share it. To my surprised I then looked out the window and this cute chipmunk was just begging to be photographed. He's been too fast for me even on days that I was feeling better so the fact that he just sat on top of the bird feeder ball for these photos definitely feels like a hug from the Lord.
Big Eyed Cute Chipmunk: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
If you compare this photo with the previous one you can see that his eyes got bigger. This little cute animal was watching me intently as I took photos.
Chipmunk on Bird Feeder Ball: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Here's an overview of the adorable chipmunk atop the bird feeder ball. I've seen him hanging upside down and grabbing the seeds but he usually runs off when I get the camera (yet another reason to feel blessed by his cooperation today).
Cute Chipmunk Extreme Close Up: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Here's a macro / extreme zoom photo of his cute little face. I'm thankful for the opportunity to photograph his cuteness and the Lord's blessing despite my headaches.

Thank you for visiting! Which photo did you like best? May God bless and keep you!

Related posts:
Cute cat in sombrero: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/moose-cat-rocks-sombrero.html
Baby tigers in snow: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/02/baby-tigers-playing-in-snow-photos.html
Cute little otters: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/otter-cuteness-for-wild-wednesday.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Cat

St. Patrick's Day Decorative Art: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy St. Patrick's Day! May God bless you and yours today and always!  I doodled the above inspirational art with the words lucky, blessed and fortunate in honor of the holiday and have it in a little black frame by our computer.
Saint Patrick's Day art card: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I did a bit of freehand quasi-calligraphy for the cards we mailed to our closest family members (leaving space at the top for a salutation and below for a handwritten note and our signatures) and decorated them with festive St. Patrick's day themed stickers. 
Moose the cat wears the green: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Moose is getting on in age and is currently suffering quite a bit from arthritis so I didn't put a costume on her this year (I'll post links to previous years below though) but did manage to sneak in this green "crown" for a St. Patrick's Day photo. It's really a pedicure toe separator but I thought it was cute.

I'm wearing four-leaf clover earrings and thanking God for all the blessings He's allowed in my life. How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day?

Thank you for visiting! I wish this Irish blessing for you:

May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Source for Irish blessing: http://www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/2009/02/Irish-Blessings-for-Luck.aspx?p=2

Related Posts:
My all time favorite funny cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/hilarious-happy-st-patricks-day-cat.html
Moose with St. Patty's braids: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/funny-st-patricks-day-photos-of-moose.html
Funny cat in leprechaun braids: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/funny-st-patricks-day-cat-photos.html

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beautiful Birds in Snowy Maryland

Yellow finch post snowstorm: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
As promised in my last snowstorm related post, here are the best of my bird photos from the day after that heavy snowfall. I've had requests to renew my "Wild Wednesday" posts so decided to start today. Thank you to everyone who visits my blog and encourages my writing and photography! I appreciate your comments and support!

The yellow finch in the image above was leery of my camera pointing at it from the window but settled in and resumed feeding after a few seconds.
Post snowstorm bird on fence: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I think this is a "junco" though I'm not sure which type. They visit frequently but tend to feed more on the ground droppings from the bird feeders than up on the feeders themselves so I don't get many pictures of them. Perhaps that's why I especially liked this one.
Post snowstorm mourning doves: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
These mourning doves truly stick together. Sometimes I suspect they see this bird feeder as their nest because they spend so much time in it.
Post snowstorm woodpecker: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
This suet cake feeder was really close to the window and it took quite a while for the woodpecker to let me raise the camera. The birds don't seem to mind me at the window (or even my cat!) but they don't like the camera.
Titmouse with seed in beak: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
The titmouse was the most suspicious and toughest to photograph of the birds featured in this Maryland snow blog post so even though it's a tad blurry I love that I caught him at all and especially with the fat seed in his mouth.

Which photo did you like best? What are your favorite birds? Do you feed the birds in your area? Are you excited that spring will be here soon? I sure am! May God bless you this springtime and always!

Related posts:
Hummingbirds by Anna: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/hummingbird-photos-by-anna-horner-for.html
Wet & wild birds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wet-wild-birds.html
Fish grabbing birds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/fish-grabbing-bird-photos.html

Friday, March 6, 2015

Maryland Snowstorm Photos

Post snowstorm streets: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Yesterday's heavy snowfall left almost a foot of snow on the ground in my part of Maryland. While it hadn't risen above freezing when I took the sunny photos in this post, the sun was strong enough to start melting things. I hope you enjoy these snapshots from during and after the storm and pray that wherever you are, God keeps you safe and warm.
Snowy pine tree: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 The icicles on this majestic pine tree were even prettier in person.
Holly hedge in snowstorm: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 This giant holly hedge was starting to sag under the weight of the snow during the storm.
Twilight snowstorm holly scene: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 These are the same hollies but the photo was taken later in the day as it started to get dark.

Squirrel feeds post storm: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
The squirrels seemed to hide during the worst of the storm but definitely took advantage of today's sunshine to raid the bird feeders. I'm planning a follow up post of post snowstorm bird photos so be sure to come back soon to see them.

May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts:
Baby tigers in snow: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/02/baby-tigers-playing-in-snow-photos.html
Snow loving sea lion: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/02/sea-lion-loves-snow.html
Snow bird videos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/01/yellow-finch-and-red-snow-birds-feeding.html
Snow bird photos & poem: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/01/snow-bird-photos-and-haiku-poem.html
Snowy morning: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/02/snowy-morning-in-maryland.html

Friday, February 20, 2015

Clearing Cabinet Clutter & Clutter Curbing Cat


While I love the energy and immediate results of a quick clutter clearing session, sometimes health, energy or time only allow for short little bits of clutter busting. Based on the photo dates, this cabinet took me at least from January 12 to 24 to clear of clutter.

The "before" photo is on the left and the "after" photo is on the right. I believe, based on the thick sweaters to the left and black socks scattered here and there in the "before" photo, that I started before January 12 because when I started on this cabinet it was crammed full and there was no room for even the socks.

I decided to put the socks in there to make them easier to reach once a little space was cleared. In the "after" photo you can see that all the socks now fit on one shelf. I've since moved my white and fleece socks to the shelf below and now all of the socks I regularly wear are easy to reach. In addition, the cabinet now holds my warmest winter sweaters, alternate winter bedding, extra pillows, a treasured afghan made by a precious friend and travel supplies.

If you've been following my blog you know organizing is a love of mine and clutter clearing an ongoing goal. My health has not been great lately but I still aim to clear a little clutter every day, even if it's just one item. Knowing that I haven't missed a day in over a year makes me want to keep the streak going. Sometimes it's random items and sometimes it'll be focused on one area (like the cabinet above). I currently have four of these cabinets in our master bedroom and I'd like to eliminate them and eventually consolidate things into our existing closets and other more attractive furniture. The other three cabinets have clothing. One is already clutter busted, so keep an eye out for the next clutter busted cabinet post soon.
My cute little cat, Baby, loves to watch me clear clutter. And when I find an item she might enjoy playing with we take a little break and have fun. She absolutely loved this gold tassel and when she flipped it over her head and it landed on her ear I couldn't resist taking her photo. She's the best clutter clearing helper. When I'm not sure whether to keep something I let her smell it and usually while she's investigating I have my answer. She gets rewarded with petting and everyone's happy.

Do you have any clutter busting tips? I'd love to hear them! May God bless you and yours!

Related posts:
Quick desk clutter clearing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/02/16-minute-desk-decluttering-project.html
Fast microwave area clearing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/8-minute-microwave-and-cut-flower.html
14 minute kitchen clutter bust: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/14-minute-kitchen-counter-clutter.html
3 shelves organized in 9 minutes: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-i-decluttered-3-shelves-in-9.html

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Zentangles

Happy Valentine's Day to all who celebrate! I thought I'd share some of my recent zentangles in honor of the occasion. Although they look like they are on bright white card stock in person there must be either something wrong with the old camera I used on these photos or the card stock isn't really as nice as it looks to my naked eye as the images are all spotty. I apologize for the image quality but hope the art will still make you smile.
All three of these zentangles will be part of my husband's Valentine's day basket. I'm framing them and hope he'll like them.
He does check my blog but not usually the day of posting so you all get to see this part of his gift before he will. I am most certainly thankful to have such a wonderful husband as my valentine!

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you this Valentine's day and always!

Related posts:
My first zentangle: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-first-zentangle-free-zentangle.html
Funny valentine cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-valentines-day-funny-monkey-cat.html
Cute valentine cats: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/02/cute-valentine-cats.html
Valentine cats with monkey: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/02/happy-valentines-day-funny-cat-photos.html