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Small unfurnished apartment

We have a small unfurnished apartment on our property. It has been occupied by many young couples over the years and it's always exciting to see them fix it up in their own unique fashion. Since it is quite small they don't seem to stay very long after they have a family. We never seem to have trouble finding renters though since it's in a good location.

The place was unoccupied over the winter and our colder than normal temperatures caused some roof problems. Rob inspected it thoroughly this spring and decided major repairs were in order--in fact it needed a complete overhaul.

I'm happy to say that we now have new occupants and we couldn't be happier with them. The husband is quite musical and we often hear him practicing his vocal numbers. This couple, like the others probably won't stay around long but we'll certainly enjoy having them while they are here.

Here' a picture of our little apartment:


The new little couple are house wrens. They have been busy building their nest and hopefully sometime soon will have a brood of their own.


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Housework can be fun!

Housework is not always fun, but it can be very satisfying to have a nice, clean, organized home. It is a goal that most of us must work towards. I enjoy reading books or magazine articles that give tips for organizing and tell about methods to streamline cleaning. (As I am trying to write this my cat, Adelaide is here on the desk and she keeps putting her paws on the keyboard. This is not helping to streamline my writing!)

Today I want to share two things which have helped to make my housework more enjoyable. The first is this product:

picture of Mrs Meyers cleaner

I had read about Mrs. Meyer's products on a blog a few months ago and decided to give them a try. I have been using the all-purpose cleaner for several months and have found that it works well and the delightful lavender scent is wonderful. There are several products in different scents to choose from at my local Walmart.

Several years ago Rob did a post that included a video about folding T shirts. I watched it several times and practiced until I learned the technique. I now actually look forward to folding T shirts. I would encourage you to try it a few times until you get the hang of it. It really helps you to get a nice neat stack of shirts folded up in record time. If you google "how to fold a t shirt" you can find a number of videos with English commentary if that would help you learn the technique.

Do any of you readers have a household tip or hint you would like to share?

Bluebird update: We have sad news about the bluebirds. Our neighbors found the father bluebird dead in their yard--apparently attacked by a cat. Towards the end of last week two of the babies also died. The mother bird faithfully cared for the remaining chick and after two days of peeking out of the bird house she finally "flew the coop" on Sunday. We are hoping she will master flying quickly before one of the neighborhood cats can catch her. Here is the last picture Rob took of her before she flew off:

picture of Last Baby Bluebird


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Mother’s day was for the birds this year

Rob and I really enjoy watching birds. Right now we have quite a bit of bird activity going on in our backyard because a pair of bluebirds built a nest in the bird house just outside our kitchen window. We have been watching them from the beginning as they built their nest, the eggs were laid, and now the chicks have hatched and are feathering out. For the last couple of days the male bird hasn't been around, so the poor female has become a single mother trying to feed three hungry chicks all by herself. Here's a recent picture of the chicks:

picture of Baby Bluebirds 5-14-11

This year for Mother's Day two of my gifts were bird-themed.

I got this necklace with three pearl "eggs" and a mother bird.

picture of Nest Necklace

I also got this little basket with bird salt and pepper shakers.

picture of Bird S+P

Unfortunately I wasn't at home to witness this visitor to our bird feeder but Rob was able to snap a picture. We just never know who is going to show up at our bird feeder, but I think this has been the largest bird so far.

picture of Baby Hawk

Have you ever had any unusual birds in your yard or at your feeder?

Several years ago one of our neighbors had two small fish ponds in his yard that he had stocked. For several weeks a large Blue Heron would come sit on his roof each morning and had soon eaten all the fish even though the ponds were netted. We enjoyed watching him, but our neighbor did not enjoy losing all his expensive fish.


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For the Birds

picture of Bird House

We've been having some bird activity around here this week. A couple of house wrens have been building a nest in our birdhouse. We read that they sing the most when they are nesting and we enjoy hearing them sing first thing in the morning and throughout the day.

Here's a picture of a house wren:

picture of House Wren

picture of Wren Nest

We have also had a very distinguished bird visitor at our feeder for the last several days; a Rose Breasted Grosbeak. He is very beautiful and we have really enjoyed seeing him.

Here's a picture of a Rose Breasted Grosbeak:

picture of Grosbeak

Last week when I stopped by Walgreens to pick up a few things I found that they had the Easter Peeps on sale for 18 cents a box. I bought a few boxes and used them to make this sunflower cake:

picture of Sunflower Cake

If you are interested in making it some time you can find the recipe here.

I don't think I will make the cake again, but I will post the recipe for the chocolate frosting that I used, as it's a good one:

Good Chocolate Frosting

1 stick margarine or butter
1/2 cup cocoa, sifted
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup milk (may not need all)
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Melt the margarine and then stir in the cocoa. Pour into a mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Frost cake immediately as this hardens as the butter cools. This is enough for a layer cake or two dozen cupcakes.


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