Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Bird Watching and Other Randomness

Happy Summer Days!

Gratuitous zinnia photos.

A zinnia and some rosemary.

I'm enjoying my plan to be more creative. Yesterday, I started a seashell mobile, which is something I've wanted to do for years!! It's not done, but I've hung it up on a tree outside so I can enjoy it as I add to it, sort of like a work in progress. That's what artists do, right?

I also decided to hang a couple of bird feeders to go with my homemade bird baths. One is a finch sock feeder and the other is bell shaped with seed stuck to it. So far, I haven't seen much action, but I plan to make a few more feeders out of empty 2-liter soda bottles and see what happens, as part of my plan to add more creativity to my everyday life. (Found some interesting websites while searching for directions.) I used to love making "food for the birds" with my girls when they were young. A favorite was to smear a bagel with peanut butter, roll it with birdseed, and hang it on a tree using yarn. Another was to use partially scooped out orange halves, although they were trickier for me to hang up, as they entailed hole-punching the peels and threading yarn through the holes.

A couple of nights ago, Melissa and I made couple of pillows, using old couch pillows, cutting the original, ugly fabric off, and re-covering the pillow forms with recycled sheet fabric. I'll take photos when we finish. (She finished, but took them with her before I could take any pictures; she's promised to bring them back.)

I tried another wonderful recipe from Moosewood Cookbook: Szechaun Eggplant and Tofu. Yummy. This is the only photo I took because we ate it so quickly!

The neighbor across the street brought us three wonderful tomatoes from his garden; no pictures because they didn't last ten minutes. Steve and I immediately made tomato sandwiches for our lunch. I'm so regretting that we didn't plant tomatoes and peppers this year. But I plan on giving the generous neighbor a loaf of homemade bread, in the hopes that he'll continue to share his tomatoes with us.

Yesterday was Beach Friday and I was starving when I got back. Luckily I had some leftovers from the vegetable fajitas I had eaten one night, so I heated them up, added an egg, and had a delicious lunch. Creativity at work here too!

Now I'm off to enjoy a lazy Saturday with my husband, puttering around the yard, the beach, and generally just taking it easy. Hope you have a good weekend too!

PS Thank you so much for helping my daughter out with the survey! She says thank you!!


  1. Can't wait to see your mobile. I saved oyster shells for a long time with that intent but never got around to it.

    I think that sun-warmed tomatoes straight from the garden are one of nature's perfect treats. If I could only have one plant in my garden it would be a tomato. They do go so well with good bread. You and your neighbor have a great partnership.

  2. Lovely pictures. I just read about the Moosewood Cookbook this week. I really must check it out.

  3. You are doing such a good job on your creativity goal. The Moosewood Recipes you're making look and sound delicious. I take it that Steve doesn't mind eating vegetarian. Keith really, really likes to have meat at every meal. I try to be accommodating.