QUILTING: Judy L is having a Quiltathon this weekend.
We are staying in a condo in Texas where there are a lot of other Winter Texans seeking refuge from the winter weather of the north. Every year we get a few valentines from friends, and I tell myself, I’m going to remember that next year and be ready to reciprocate. Hah! I forgot til today.
So I went to the little quilt shop we have in town (little is a lot better than none), found this cute fabric of children playing at the seashore. I spent the rest of today (Saturday) making little “post card” valentines, but I called them “Candy-Grams” because I stapled a couple of pieces of salt-water taffy to each card. They are very simply done, no fancy trims, not much quilting, no embellishments; I know I could have done something better. Maybe next year? Yeah, right.
Today, Sunday, I’ll get back to my overly ambitious applique project, but the valentines were a fun diversion.
BIRDS: The birding center and Paradise Pond continue to offer surprises. Last week the shrubs at the birding center were teeming with Yellow-Rumped Warblers:
Today at the birding center there was this tiny, quick bird who just wouldn’t sit still for a picture. Didn’t he/she know that I do much better if the subject will actually sit still for two seconds — and five seconds would be really good? I think this is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet:
Which brings me to my mystery bird from last week. Could it be a young and/or female Ruby-crowned Kinglet? This little bird had the same jumping-around behavior, was very tiny, plus I think they look similar. The Ruby-crowned Kinglets do frequent this area, but I haven’t seen them before.
The coloring looks different, but these two pictures by the pond are of the same bird. What do you think it is, any ideas?