Sunday, February 4, 2018

So I lie to make excuses

No, I don't. It's just that I can't get this song out of my head. The lyrics have nothing to do with me. (I don't lie to make excuses and I don't tend to blame everybody else). But it's a cool tune and right now, this is my current favorite station on Pandora. It's by Susie Suh and there's a link to the song at the end of this post.

Because I like to share.

It's a chilly day here in Maryland and it's just begun to snow.  My house is a bit chilly too but I kind of like it that way. I do not like when I go to people's houses and the heat is on full blast. This is comfortable and as long as I have on layers and my fingers aren't cold, then I'm good to go. I took the photos in this post yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day, although cold. But in the sunshine . . . so good. My good friends from NJ had come to visit in the morning. I can't remember when they were both here together, but it was good to have them here. We went out to lunch later and they headed home from there.

I keep my camera and the long lens by the window in the kitchen. I have a chair there and the feeders are right outside the window. Sometimes I'll walk by like I did yesterday, and the light is just so pretty that it makes me stop in my tracks.

I saw this White-breasted nuthatch land on the feeder and grabbed the camera.

Then a Tufted titmouse came along and shooed him away.

Mine. Mine. Mine.

This copper feeder was quite pretty when I first acquired it several years ago. I bought it [here] at Duncraft, but did not pay the price they're asking for it now. Good grief. Since then, the weather and the squirrels have pretty much beaten it up, which is a shame because it was such a pretty feeder.

Whenever I see a feather like this, I am always reminded of the Emily Dickinson poem. 

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

I put the macro lens on the camera just for fun and took some photos of one of the geraniums that's beginning to bloom. I brought all my geraniums in when the weather turned cold and they're all lined along the west-facing windowsills on the first floor. 

They're cheerful to see when it's cold outside.

I turned to the left and this is the view with my macro lens.

And more to the left.

I own several tealight holders and this is my favorite by far. I found it in an interior design shop many years ago while vacationing in Ocracoke, NC.

The print is from a photographer that I admire: Georgianna Lane. Her ethereal Paris photos are simply beautiful and I own several. She always sends extra little prints and is a generous soul.

A little more to the left and I see that it's time to clean the silver candlesticks again.

Oh, bother.

Here's the music I mentioned above. 

Hope your Sunday is a good one. Did you notice I didn't even mention the Super Bowl? I mean, I know I should care because our local team is playing but . . . I just don't. 

And I'm not apologizing for it either. I do wish them well, though.

Thanks for coming by. It's always a pleasure to see you ~



Cloudia said...

Thanks for bringing one back to simple, important things! <3

joeh said...

Not watching the game? And I thought you were a bird lover.

Karen said...

Good to "see" you, Kate!

Go Patriots! :-)

Country Girl said...

Oh that is funny!

The Weaver of Grass said...

And it is always a pleasure to read your posts too.

Linda said...

Love your photographs no matter the subject.

donna baker said...

Yes, nice to hear from you. I keep my house on the cool side too and boy is it cold outside today. I stay in when it's like this. Like the song.

The Furry Gnome said...

Certainly cool here, and lots of snow too. Nice to hear from you.

Debbie From Illinois said...

Brrrrrrr, very cold in Illinois too. We are headed to Florida in a few weeks. Hopefully there will be abundant sunshine. I have not heard the song before. Did you watch the Grammys? I only knew a couple of the artists. Made me feel old. Lol!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos and post . I to dont like hot stuffy heated homes in the winters either we like our house a bit cooler then most as well. It has been quiet here but thankfully lots of sunshine which makes the winter a bit easier to handle as we have been pretty much house bound during Miggs recovery . It is cold here to and more snow then we have had in many years but the birds and squirrels keep us entertained at the feeder much like they do you at yours . Good to hear from you and see your lovely photos . My cameras is always ready by our kitchen window to for that snap of the birds at the feeders and critters in the yard . Thanks for sharing have a good week !

Daryl said...

Georgianna tells me she's planning on coming to NYC for a 'extended stay' .. cant wait to meet her in person ... lovely bird pix!

Lee Owenby said...

Beautiful post.

Unknown said...

I love some of those still life shots! They would make great watercolor paintings that I super bowl for us either. My husband never even looked at it ONCE! I love a man like that! :) we watched a Marathi. Of Alaska The Last Frontier. One of our favorite shows. I would have liked to have watched " This Is Us" afterwards...but forgot. Love your birds,and your blog.always!m Yvette

sharon said...

love your tealight holders. I've always wanted to go to Ocracoke, NC. A folk band came here once from Ocracoke, after that I've always wanted to visit there. Have a great week.

Devon said...

So glad to see you back... happy to hear George is still running around as well. I enjoy your photos :)

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Susan Greenfield said...

Those are really beautiful photographs! Thank you for sharing!

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