Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cedar Wax Wings

 They arrived Sunday the 11th of this month . Underneath they have a yellow color so when you look up in the big trees from which we call staging areas, it looks like a yellow bouquet. Some times they arrive before Christmas and eat all the berries before we can use the Holly to decorate with for Christmas and then again they have been as late as just before spring. I thought they had gone yesterday but alas they had gone out front to relieve that large Holly of it's berries. They were still here this morning when I took Maggie out for her routine business.

 A flock of 20 or 30 birds will leave the staging area and circle either right or left and then fly into the top of a Holly tree.  It is fun to watch as they eat a few berries from the top and then drop down to the middle and again eating only a few berries. After eating a few berries at the bottom they fly off to the staging area and a different  20 or 30 birds will follow the same routine. It is a true feeding frenzy and so sporadic in movement it is hard to get a photo. Any loose berry will be knocked to the ground or our porch. We wait until they have exited our part of the world before we clean off the porch. 
Their black mask remind me of the Lone Ranger (oops dated myself) or just a regular ole Bandit.. They are very skittest so I took all the photos from inside the house. 

Prince likes to call them racer because of the yellow racing stripe across their tails. Plus I guess the red on the wings could be sponsorship sticker. We have four large Holly trees in the back and one large one in the front. 
They will leave our trees bare of berries and race often to the next picnic area. 
The Kitty Justice is they should be named Bandit Racer and not Cedar Wax Wings. I do not see any cedar or wax on their pretty wings. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Sign

Do yawl remember how I complained that all the adults had gathered in the kitchen on Thanksgiving? 
As I was fixing Christmas Eve dinner, Prince asked me where my crime scene tape was located. I told him I had not bought any so he said he had a perfect sign for my kitchen. 
I got the snacks and wine ready in the bar area and then at the kitchen entrance, Prince put up this sign. 
My SIL came rushing around the corner and stopped very quickly and her eyes got extremely wide. As if to say, I cannot believe this.But she did not enter.  
Her daughter put something in the trash and said "It is only my arm." 
Needless to say fixin Christmas dinner was very pleasant to this lady of the house. 
The Kitty Justice is that Prince has placed the sign where he can locate it for the next big dinner I make. LOVE THAT MAN.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

So far

Photo was taken on the sixth of this month. Today is rainy and cloudy day but it is not below freezing. Something to be thankful for today.

So far, this year we lost a very dear friend, Mr. Jim, on the fourth. He was another one of those bigger than life personalities with a million dollar grin to go with it. He was only seventy two (looks younger the closer I get) but he had lived a full lifetime in those short years.One day as he and I sat outside the cabin at the lake, he told me he would never spend money on jewelry to put on his hand because that money could be used for a trip to make memories. We got to travel with him and his wife to Alaska and Hawaii and those were very memorable trips for us. Thank you Mr. Jim for the wonderful memories.

On the seven during the very cold weather the heat pump on the bedroom end on the house, gave up its coils. Actually the cheap wiring used and a heat pump not large enough to heat the area were the main culprit and put in by a company my MIL had used for years but she had dealt with the father mainly and not the son. Needless to say he nor his company are a household name around here anymore. . Donelson Air to the rescue. We now have the proper wiring and a larger heat pump and we are comfortably warm. They have some tweeting to do when the outside temps are above freezing but I am sure it will not be long. Thankful that we could put in a heat pump and it was done quickly and efficiently.

Right after that, we learn our wonderful neighbors have put their home on the market. They have lived there fourteen years and it makes us all sick at heart to know they will not be sharing this hill with us. If you ever look in the dictionary under GOOD NEIGHBORS, you will find their photos. Maybe the Good Lord will smile on them so they can keep the home. We are thankful for the time we have had with them.

Next little brother called and wished me a Happy Birthday on Elvis's birthday. Thank you very much but one dozen is not here yet. That is how Prince remembers my birthday "one dozen"(1-12). It was nice to hear from little brother since we had not been in contact for several months. I said the wrong thing and it took him a while to get over it. Actually, it was the truth and it is true TRUTH HURTS. I am thankful we can now continue a relationship with one another.

Now I know Medicare is mandatory but why in the H-E-L-L do you have to receive so much MAIL from everyone to sign up with them or order items that you are not ready for and hopefully never will be. If everyone has received as much mail as I THEN I KNOW   why the forest is being depleted. I think all these so called companies plus the government should have to plant at least one tree for every sheet of mail sent because some of the envelopes had books inside. .

THE KITTY JUSTICE IS I KNOW VERY WELL THAT I WILL BE TURNING 65 AND I DO NOT NEED SO MANY DAMN REMINDER. I am thankful for each day but wish others would get on with theirs and leave me alone.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Time does not wait

 Kitty Justice, Santa and LPC.  Our Christmas always begins with my best friends visit from GA. 
 LPC has always been a big part of Puppy's Christmas. When he was younger he thought Santa was a 4 foot 10 inch woman from GA.  
 We had our dinner on Christmas Eve and Mimi was holding court in the living room. 
 MK is Mimi's only grand daughter and she is as smart as she is pretty. 
 MK's brother . father and mother. 
 Prince, Kitty and Puppy who is holding Cricket. Below is Cricket's Mom with Mimi. The four above photos and one below were all taken Christmas Eve.
Maggie on Christmas morning enjoying her new toy from her stocking. 

The last two mornings of the year have begun in the low twenties. Burr. Prince and Puppy split wood yesterday evening and will haul it to the porch today. Nothing better than just sitting by a warm fire when it is cold outside. 
The Kitty Justice is that I cannot believe this is the last day of 2014. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL OF YAWL OUT THERE IN BLOG LAND. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A few up close

 All of these were made in the 70's and early 80's. Mother was an expert seamstress and Dad was a carpenter, so I did these for them. I have one for each family member up to my youngest Nephew. Guess I need to stitch a few more. 





All of the above are ceramic that I painted. I used to do lots of ceramic items which I sold to supplement my income. I hope the ones I sold are hanging on peoples trees this Christmas. 
I would consider them limited additions as I will not be painting any more ornaments. 
The Kitty Justice is Puppy will hang them on his tree in the future and think of Mom. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Done

The tree is decorated. I pulled out all the "old" ornaments. 
The Kitty Justice is this tree looks as if it came from the sixties. HOHOHO

Friday, December 12, 2014

the tree

Got the tree on Sunday afternoon and it sat outside until Monday late. Immediately put the tree skirt around it . We had a bio hazard ruin all my lights so I waited until Senior day, Wednesday, to go to Ace Hardware and get 5 strings of ceramic lights. You know the big bulbs like we had in the sixties and fifties. Anyway put on 3 strings that afternoon but could not reach the top. Prince put the last 2 strings on for me late yesterday and I spent most of the evening putting on ornaments. Headed to bed with 2 more boxes of ornaments to go. 
The Kitty Justice, I could have left it on the porch and had a Charlie Brown Christmas.