What’s that noise?

Yesterday morning I heard a noise that took me a moment to identify. We had a bird in our stovepipe…for the second time.  My husband went outside to check in the clean-out, but no bird.  Then we realized from the sounds that it was actually in our stove. For those who don’t know we have a wood cook stove for heating and cooking during the winter. The first place we checked was the firebox…no signs of the bird.

The first one had been in the firebox. As my husband discovered one morning when he was getting ready to start a fire to take the chill off the house. He opened the door to put kindling in and out pops this ‘puff of ashes’. Of course, it startled him and quickly got the attention of our two cats. The bird flew around the kitchen, then settled on a cabinet where Garry was able to catch it, then put it outside.

Now back to yesterday…we could hear the bird, so knew it was there….somewhere. We thought maybe it was on top of the oven…removed clean-out plate and looked…no bird. Next was below the oven, so removed that plate, shone the flashlight in and there was a bird. Now how do we get it out? It was clear to the back and the opening is way too small to have something in your hand and pull it out. I suggested using the clean-out tool, get it behind the bird and kind of ‘herd’ it to the opening. It almost worked, until we startled it and it went to the back again. In trying to locate the bird’s position, Garry discovered we had TWO birds in our stove. With the plate off they were both wanting to get out, so…we let them. The first one out flew into the living room with a cat, dog and me following behind. It landed on a window screen where I was able to catch it and release it outside. The second one went for a window in the kitchen where it was also caught and released. They were both Eastern Bluebirds.

Now we need some type of screen around the outside top of our stovepipe. It’s not supposed to let birds through, but somehow three have managed to get in there. Two of our neighbors have a similar setup, but they haven’t had birds get into theirs.

I realized later that it never once occurred to me to take a picture. A photo op in my own kitchen that I missed. :)))

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Strange or unusual buildings

My husband found a website that has some very strange building pictured. He blogged about it, so I thought that all of you might also enjoy seeing them.

Here’s some samples of what’s on the website.

12-dancingbuilding-thumb 

 14-kettlehouse-thumb

18-stonehouse-thumb

The one stipulation to using photos from their site is to post a link. There are 3 parts with a total of 150 photos. They can be found here.  That’s in case you missed the link at the top. Hope you enjoy them.

Mountain Cake

My youngest son has been asking for some recipes. I decided this would be the easiest way to do it. This one has been in my mom’s family for a long time. It is what we always had with strawberries as I was growing up. I much prefer it to the traditional shortcake.

                                    Mountain Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (I use oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt     

Mix sugar and shortening. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk. Add flour mixture and mix well. Pour into greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Or until tests done.

My recipe is just the list of ingredients, as was also mom’s. I’m not exactly sure how long it bakes…comparable cakes in my cookbook are the 30 – 35 minutes.  Anyway, enjoy!!

Not much

Today sure did start out as a gray day. We had rain during the night and this morning. Then this afternoon the sun made an appearance…oh, was that wonderful. By sunset the clouds were moving in again. I believe we’re supposed to have more rain tonight and tomorrow. I’m ready for some sunny days. I want  to work in my flower beds and perhaps help my husband with the garden. Years ago when he was working (he still works, just at home) and I was home with the children, I did a good part of the gardening. Now he does most of it. AND even helps me with the canning. I’m thinking the only reason I managed to do as much as I did had something to do with being younger. Smile 

It’s raining…can hear it on the roof. We have a metal roof. I love the sound of rain on it. One of my childhood memories is staying at my grandparents and hearing the rain on their metal roof. Always loved that sound.

Three of the grandchildren and I put a small 100 piece puzzle together yesterday. Other than their attempts at helping me put a 1000 piece puzzle together last winter, I don’t think they’ve ever done one that wasn’t in a tray. The 3 year old amazed me in how well she did. I put puzzles on my shopping list. I think 2 more would give us enough variety for a while.  Here’s a picture of our puzzle.

Hope you all have a good night. Or, morning.  Or, whatever time of day it is where you are. Smile

This ‘n that

Today was a dreary and chilly day. I don’t think it got above 50 all day. Now I realize some of you would enjoy 50, but, trust me, this was a cold 50. Have any of you noticed how the same temperature can feel quite comfortable some days, and on others it’s chilly? I haven’t figured that out.

We saw our first hummingbird on Saturday. I was ready with the nectar…had used a ratio of 4 cups water and 1 cup sugar (white), which I boiled per Rambling On. She takes good care of those little birds. I had put the nectar out on Friday, and was I ever glad.  Last summer we didn’t see a lot of hummers for some reason. As they return to the same area summer after summer, it makes me wonder what happened to them. Hopefully we’ll see more this summer. I so enjoy watching them.

Yesterday, Anne and I went treasure hunting again. It gives us a day out which we both thoroughly enjoy. Plus looking through those thrift shops and antique shops is a lot of fun. You just never know what you might find. I did come home with a treasure. An item I had looked at on at least 3 of our other trips. I had decided if it was still there this time, it was coming home with me. It’s a blue glass butter dish. I didn’t really need it, but I know it will make me smile to use it. Here’s a picture of it.

 

 
 

Athiest Holiday

In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and
Passover holy days.  He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination
case against Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days.  The
argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized
days.  The case was brought before a judge.  After listening to the
passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel
declaring, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood
objecting to the ruling saying,  “Your Honor, how can you possibly
dismiss this case?  The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. 
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all
other atheists have no such holidays.”

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying,  “But you do.  Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”

The
lawyer said,  “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observances or
holidays for atheists.”  The judge said,  “The calendar says April 1st
is April Fools Day.  Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart,
there is no God.’  Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your
client says there is no God, then he is a fool.  Therefore, April 1st
is his day.  Court adjourned.”

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One of my husband’s cousins who lives in FL, sent this to us. It just seemed to good to not share. Smile