Johanne's Journal, 23 January 2011

It definitely looks like a winter wonderland out there. So far we have another 3" on top of our 9" and it's still coming down. It's very pretty. Daffodils and Iris would be prettier. I have to wade out and refill the bird feeders at some point. I do enjoy the winter birds. I have a weird holly outside my window (it looks like a yerba mate, but they're sub-tropical, so I know it's not one). It's an evergreen, so the birds use it as shelter. Since it's up against the house, I would imagine it retains some heat. My favorites are the wrens, but the cardinals and blue jays are definitely flashy.

I've finished my lovely morning coffee, and, as much as I'd like too, I'm not going to make more. It makes my heart jittery when I do. I'm off to make breakfast and finish warping up the big tablet loom for a pretty complex project. That should keep me busy for a few weeks.

Diet Calendar Entries for 23 January 2011:
1995 kcal Fat: 81.25g | Prot: 67.27g | Carb: 278.31g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Quaker Oats/Old Fashioned, Fat Free Skim Milk, Scrambled Egg, Smart Balance, Banana, Truvia, Diet Cranberry Juice,  Fasting Glucose 102. Lunch: Tomato Salsa, Refried Beans, Corn Chips, Beef Enchilada. Dinner: Brazil Nuts (2 kernels), Walnuts, Pistachios, Bananas. Snacks/Other: Banana, Walnuts, Pistachio Nuts, Brazil Nuts (2 kernels). more...
2553 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 30 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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Johanne I would love to see one of your quilts, or what is it you make on your looms?..What ever it is I know they are pretty..Wow lots of snow at your place..most of ours has melted in just the past 2 days..Its nice to see the grass even though it is brown...Hope your Sunday has been good..love ya  
23 Jan 11 by member: BHA
We are also keeping the feeders full for all the wee ones. I have a holly berry bush on the south side of the house that they are taking refuge in as well. I put out alot of deer chow, but notice they are having a difficult time getting to it. The snow is too deep and the ice layer is probably hard for them to get thru. Not many wildlife tracks in the yard since the last storm. Sad about that, hope they are OK.  
23 Jan 11 by member: HealthyBabs
I had some deer tracks and then some fox ones - I have too much snow and I agree daffodils would be better! 
24 Jan 11 by member: abbadabba
Well, we have had possums coming around for food as well as deer, rabbits, and other little critters, as well as the Coyotes. My favorite bird to watch is the Pileated Woodpecker...they are sooo huge and I love to watch them fly! 
24 Jan 11 by member: ctlss
Bren, I don't make quilts. My mom makes beautiful ones. I do all types of fiber arts, spinning and weaving. The piece I am putting on the loom now is tablet weaving. It makes a narrow woven band. This one will be about 2 1/2" wide and will have Celtic patterns and words woven into it. I will try to post pictures. Love you back! 
24 Jan 11 by member: Johanne
Babs, I'm sure the deer are OK. I hope the thaw sets in soon. Hugs! 
24 Jan 11 by member: Johanne
Abba, I live in town, so the wildest critters we ever see are squirrels and they're a riot. This is the most snow we've had on the ground at one time in the seventeen years I've lived here. 
24 Jan 11 by member: Johanne
Oh Johanne I would love to see your art..I love any kind..I have a little Irish in me..so the Celtic ones I am sure will be my favorite..Love ya Bren 
24 Jan 11 by member: BHA
Steph, when I lived in the woods in Virginia, I saw Pileated Woodpeckers all the time. Here all I get are the Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. They're adorable. I did see a red-headed one once, but he hasn't been back. The largest birds I get at these feeders are Blue Jays. They make the little Juncos and titmice look bitsy. 
24 Jan 11 by member: Johanne
Sounds perfect :] I would love to sit and watch the birds in front of my window... <3 glad to see you are doing good. 
27 Jan 11 by member: Shae206
I believe this winter is already going down in history. Enjoy yourself this weekend Johanne! 
29 Jan 11 by member: information
You too Info. It sounds like, starting tomorrow through Wed., we're in for yet another round. This one is going to start with ice with, supposedly, 10" of snow on top. Wahoo!!! (I say that sarcastically.) 
29 Jan 11 by member: Johanne
The "holly" might be Oregon Grape, but they get a bluish berry instead of a red berry. We have both Oregon Grape and regular holly growing in the forest here, so it's easy to see the difference between them. We get downy woodpeckers here. They're a really big flashy bird, and they make a huge noise when they're pecking on a Douglas fir. Our jays are not so flashy. They're Stellar's Jays, and the blue feathers are mixed with dark gray, but their crest is really pronounced. They are vary obnoxious and will jump right on your picnic table and steal your food. 
30 Jan 11 by member: Runesinger
It's some kind of Ilex, but it looks nothing like a holly. It's an evergreen, it doesn't have prickles on the leaves (they look more like a fat bay leaf), the leaves are much less leathery than a standard holly, it's a bush, but it also vines up the side of the house and has very thick, hairy root clusters that grow into the brick and window screens if you let it. Until I looked up Yerba Mate (because I wanted to find out if the chocolate tea was safe), I had never seen anything like it. It's definitely an Ilex (there are over 600 varieties) but it's not like anything I've ever seen before. The Jays here are pretty bold, as well. Our downys are about the size of a chickadee. They're so cute. 
30 Jan 11 by member: Johanne

     
 

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