Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Backyard Musings

I'm very fortunate to have, in my family room, a wall of windows with a panoramic view into my garden. Interest is at a premium during the months of January and February...blooms come and go as the seasons dictate, but the constants in the garden are the birds. These beautiful little creatures never cease to entertain. This morning I watched as our family of six Cardinals ventured into the partially frozen water of the birdbath, splashing about like children playing in the surf, with no apparent regard for the cold. My husband laughed as I voiced my thoughts. "What keeps their itty bitty feet from freezing? Seriously! There's so little volume. I know that they fluff up their feathers, trapping air between the feathers and skin creating a down filled sleeping bag effect for warmth. I know that shivering increases their body heat.....but what about their feet?" He just shook his head and laughed.
This little carved bird with it's feathers all fluffed out was a gift from one of my granddaughters.
It's a favorite of mine.

I bought this old, framed "Baby Blue Jay" print at an antique store for six dollars. I removed it from the frame, cleaned it up, scanned it, and added a quote.

Then I printed it out in several sizes, ready to be decorated with ribbon, glitter, and buttons for use in various projects.....I even added a few of the birds to my blog banner. Keep warm.


Betty said...

What a wonderful idea with your, too.

You may not want to know it was 72 degrees and sunny here yesterday...of course, you'll be laughing when it's over 110 degrees, eh?

Take care.

Country French Antiques said...

I think you asked a good question. Never thought about their feet.
Let us know if you find out.
Love your cards..beautiful!
Have a great day

white o'morn cottage said...

Oh, Kay, that's so cheered me up on a grey day. Thanks....Pam Flynn

Lori said...

Lovely! Lori

Wrought Iron Pittsburgh said...

Brilliant idea to fix a house and its furniture that way. Elegant!