It's all happening around here! Do you remember the picture of the sweet red squirrel pulled up by the bird feeder having a snack? Well that bird feeder has disappeared! I awoke a few days ago to discover that it had been hauled away--by man or beast. Beast, I hope. I can't imagine someone would steal it. Still, what kind of beast would walk off with a bird feeder? Something large and black or brown perhaps? Mama, Papa, or baby? At any rate I'm simply putting my Lovebird's leftovers on the ground now. The birds are still coming so all's well and that makes me happy.
The weather has taken a turn these past few days with the temps dipping quite low. Brrrr. It doesn't seem to be delaying the Lilacs though. With the temps expected to rise by end of week I'm expecting to see--and smell!!--some blossoms this weekend. Oh how intoxicating it will be.
Shortly after rising this morning I spotted a turkey in the back yard. I was very excited and happy to see it. So lovely it was, leisurely strolling the grounds. I'm sure it considers itself the master of these parts. I snapped this picture through the window so there's a bit of glare.
The rhubarb has been pushing up, up, up so today I harvested enough to assemble "Rhubarb Crunch", a recipe I found in an Amish cookbook. Luckily my fortitude was able to overcome the temptation to devour the entire dish at one sitting. I'm sure that would have given me a tummy ache! Oh, but it's good! Not too sweet, not too tart.
3 cups rhubarb, chopped
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1.5 cups flour
.5 cup butter
Combine rhubarb, sugar and flour; place in greased 9x13 baking dish. Mix brown sugar, oats, flour and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs over fruit. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.
Very easy and exceedingly delicious!
Inside, I've got the loom area set up...
And the area that will eventually become my dining room. I don't have a dining room table so in the meantime, seeing how the birds are in the spare room which will double as my office, the dining room is my office!
I'm going back and forth on housing for the birds. One option is to leave the existing shed where it is and simply have it fixed up. I'd rather have it moved though. Don't think it can be moved without tearing it down, so a new shed would have to be built with the recycled lumber. But seeing how time is of the essence I'm quite tempted to leave the shed where it is for a few years. This could very well be what I end up doing. We'll see...