Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Mother's Day for Me and the Birds

Terry and I don't really buy gifts for each other for any occasion.  The kids get us little things and we have requested that they don't spend much on gifts they give us.  For Mother's Day I got items for the pond area including a copper cow bell wind chime.  For a while now I have been complaining that I can't find a tool when I need it.  Terry keeps his tools in the garage and believe me, to me it's a jumbled mess but HE can find what I want right away.  But sometimes he is napping or not feeling well so I avoid asking where to find what I want.  So, right before Mother's Day Menard's sent me an invitation (that's what I call sale ads) to come and buy this nifty small tool box, so inexpensive that it was almost free.  We put it in one of the extra bedrooms that were vacated when Corey moved out.  It is MINE and the only rule that I set on what can be put in it is that it has to be a tool that is used in the house.  Then, of course we needed a shelf next to it.  I have also asked for a peg board to be put on the wall behind it.  It's a perfect corner in a pretty large room (14 x 26) that used to be Corey's room to save a trip outside in the winter to find a tool.

I have mentioned here a few times how much I love Orioles.  In the past few years, they have been in our yard more and more.  They drink from my humming bird feeders.  I got the idea that I should put grape jelly out for them.  The orange slices I was putting out were not attracting them, but the ants loved them.  I didn't want to spend price most places wanted for a grape feeder when I got the idea for what I think is an excellent design using what I have at home.
This is the feeder I made using 1/2 of a suet feeder.  The hangers on the side are plastic wire ties held together with my favorite hooks...a shower hook.  The Orioles fly in and out all day long.  These two are young birds.  They are small and the male's glorious orange color has not come yet.  I was pretty surprised that two adult males often come to the feeder at the same time and actually fight on the deck.  I'm going to research Oriole bird habits because I didn't realize they were territorial.

On another note, you may remember be talking about my 3 Crows.  Lately, only one Crow has been visiting. I swear to you the other day he was sitting in the maple tree in the front yard staring into the house.  He actually kind of crouched down so he could see me through the branches.  I noticed there was no bread for him where I always put it.  He stayed there while I put bread out then he swooped down to get a piece.   After eating a bit of bread he flew off with bread in his beak.  I suspect he has a family in the stand of pines where I think they nest.  I'll be so excited if I have baby Crows coming to my yard. Little things thrill me, lol.

Grateful:  Today I am just happy and grateful that I am.

Later in the week I'll tell you something weird that has been going on around here.
xx, Carol

17 comments:

Barbara said...

I love your ingenious suet feeder jelly invention. Seems it might be s money -making idea worth a patent. Neat tool organizer! Same here with us, a mess of tools!

Jeanna said...

Congrats on your very own toolbox. How exciting to have a space for such a useful item INSIDE the house.

You came up with a great idea for feeding the orioles. Hope you get the baby crows you are wishing for...

Pamela said...

I think I'm like you about the birds and other creatures. I'm fascinated by real live nature, especially up close.

I am said...

Hi Carol ,what a great idea with the tool box and so good now that you dont have to go outside in the Winter to find a tool,those birds are pretty,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

Cathy said...

That is a clever feeder, Carol. I’m glad your orioles are getting their grape jelly. Too bad I can’t send you and them some grapes from our grape vines, LOL. But at least a third of our grapes go for our birds anyway. I’m looking for a birdbath for our backyard that has a solar-powered fountain I haven’t had a bird bath for about 4 years since my two old ones fell apart, literally. Summertime is wonderful for puttering around in the yard, and it seems we are all enjoying it this year!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I love reading about all the animal/bird activity around your place. I must figure out how to put out grape jelly to attract the orioles. Would that be bottled jelly spread? I really liked your transformation piece and I’m happy to hear you are enjoying tranquil times.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You will enjoy your new tool box and area.

Great feeder for your Orioles.

I enjoyed the bit about the crow looking into your window, letting you know he needed 'food'.

Enjoy life and thanks for posting ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

Great tool box!
The orioles are a surprise not going for the orange.
I'll pass the grape jelly tip along.

jenclair said...

Every woman should aspire to her own tool box! Crows are smart birds, and evidently this one knows where to land a free meal. Will he share the information with his former companions? Looking forward to more bird adventures. :)

Vicki said...

This is my first visit to your blog--followed your link from mine, and enjoyed your story about the birds. The bird feeder idea is brilliant! There was a story in the local paper yesterday about a blackbird that made a nest at the nursery. There was a picture of this mama-bird sitting on her eggs right in the middle of the plant display, with a sign not to disturb her. LOL Also, my "garage situation" is exactly the same! I have a tool drawer inside, but a chest sounds even better. With a lock!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooooh - lucky you! I have coveted one of those tool boxes for years!! I would put craft supplies in mine. And how great that you get to see orioles in your yard - I've only caught a glimpse of one a few times, but never up close.

Jan said...

Now I see what you were talking about with your jelly feeder. Easy for them to get to and looks very secure. I see one little ant on your tie, do they get into it much?
Crows are so entertaining. I've been thinking I can hear the baby crows cries already. Soon they will be moving from tree to tree, begging. I still put food out for them every day but I ran out of cat food that I had been feeding them after my cat died. I might just buy some cheap cat food for them.
Having your own tool box is essential for any woman who uses tools even if only occasionally. I have one too although not as large and nice as yours.

allthingzsewn said...

I'll be anxiously awaiting the photos of your babies. I have never seen a young one. I too admire your feeder, every dollar counts anymore.
Have missed seeing the pond, is it ready for summer and do you still have your frogs?

Kit said...

Oh that is so great that you got your tool chest! I have my own too. And I wish for you baby crows. :) Kit

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love that you call sales ads invitations! You tool box looks really handy and tools in the house is such a good idea. Now and again I hide the odd screwdriver in a kitchen drawer but it's not the same! Your Orioles are very beautiful and your feeder is clever make. I love to see the birds but now we have Fiona I avoid doing anything to attract them to come close to the house. I did see the woodpecker on a telegraph pole the other day! I hope you get lots of baby crows visiting. I will look out for your weird happenings later in the week :)

Lorraine said...

I would love to see orioles in our yard. I know they're around. Maybe this grape jelly invention of yours would work.

Rose said...

I have been meaning to come and see what you were up to...you are going to laugh about this. When I was a kid, we fed the birds in winter. In summer they just went their merry way...but then there would come a time when the cardinal would come and sit on the fence post and flick its tail, look at us, look at the post. I or mom would go get cornbread or whatever else we could find and put crumble it on the post..here would come the cardinal and grab a piece and fly off up across the road with it. We were just positive it was feeding babies with it and I still think that. And I would bet money the crow was watching for you...and remember my Mama Squirrel...I would be sitting at the computer in front of the window and feel something staring at me, and look up and it would be her. And she used to come to the back door looking in, too.