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back to basics

today I have seen the spotted towhee and the scrub jays. I saw a bird I don’t know which might be a grosbeak type two acorn wood peckers and a wren and a titmouse (I think) and lots and lots of humming birds both Annas and Alans. I am clearly going to need a better camera to get pics of the ones I don’t know so someone can tell me what they are. At the very least I clearly need a better bird book.

so here I am in a beautiful house with a beautiful yard and I feel completely out of sorts. I am grumpy and snappy and just not doing well. Of course it is because we are moving and so much is changing. of course it is stress but there are different ways of dealing with stress. There is the freak out option. The constant fight or flight heart racing cranky person or (in my world anyway) there is the calm person who writes down lots of lists and systematically tackles them.

<oh my stars I just saw the hugest raven out my window maybe 15 feet from me and at eye level soar by. made me catch my breath.>

And so I am going back to my basics, which I think is a good idea whenever it feels like you have too much. I also am now in a house much bigger and much different then my last one.

So I need a routine for keeping it clean and running. I will be using Flylady

I have a kid who is out of sorts and who doesn’t feel as connected to her mama as I have been working so much and even when I’m home I am working instead of playing. And so I am going back to our Rhythm of play and fun.


I have a HUGE yard that I have no idea how to take care of and so I need a routine for that. including when and how to water. I also need a list of things that must be done in the garden like build a deer fence around the fruit trees and vegetable garden. I also want to start a dream list that will include chickens and bees and maybe goats. shorter term I need a few more vegetable beds.

so todays goal is simply to make all the lists and find my map so to speak. plan out the journey of accomplishing the duties that need to be accomplished.  Knowing where I stand and where I am going always make me feel better and take my  from crazy lady to calm and cheerful. Hope this day finds you bright and happy.

❤ Poppy

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This and that and a lot of birds

I have suddenly become interested in birds. Well not really Little and I have always watched the birds outside our window to see what they were up to? The mocking birds fighting for territory and dive bombing the crow who came to close to the nest. The hawk that soars in the back yard every afternoon. And of course you know I created those field guid sheets for her so she can learn about observation.

So we always liked to see who was out our window and now we have a lot more birds out the window. We moved!

That right Moved

after a year and half of looking and me giving up many a time, being out bid on I don’t know how many places we found a miraculous home on a hill. With loads of gardens and birds and incredible views. I still have to pinch myself because I can hardly believe this is our house. It seems so grown up.

Right now I’m looking a a male quail perched on this flat feeder.  I have also seen this morning the spotted towhee and 2 acorn wood peckers.

Yesterday I started  keeping a yard list for this house but found I don’t really know enough about birds so there were lists of birds I did know and then long descriptions of birds I don’t know. I will have to ask mom when I see her next.

The view I posted yesterday was from the dinning room. I will take some more pictures today and post them for you.

I love the new house even though it doesn’t feel like mine yet. I need to finish unpacking and in truth I still need to finish packing the old house there are a few more tidbits there. Thankfully I have some wonderful friends that are helping with both.

I also need to find or figure out the weekly plan for watering the garden. The previous owner did an amazing job with lots of Native plants I think she said there were over 150. some of it is on irrigation and some is hand water and I am not sure which plant needs what when. So I guess I better go round and figure that out today before any suffer.

I am off to unpack more, well tea first and then unpack!

I hope everyone is doing well and I am sorry I took so long off in-between writing.

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Morning tea


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Little’s art project



Today Little went a walk. I am told it was a very long walk. I was at work and she was with our wonderful friend/Nanny. They went on a long walk and collected “nature stuff to paint.” Came back home and did just that. now we have lots of pretty things to wrap up the families presents with.

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pin of the day

because it is so sweet and my little one is sleeping right now.

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It”s Sunday. I have taken a nice detox bath and am in my snugly soft pajamas. I have thought about my week and decided what things I will try to do when. I have all the makings of a good week.  Which is good because as always we have lots going on.

To start with Little is sick. she seems to have more energy tonight but was running over 102 fever this afternoon. So we will see what ACTUALLY plays out this week and by the way that is our dear Little’s new favorite word. Ah 3, what a fun age.

which leads us into the next BIG thing coming down the pike. The holidays. I am already a little freaked out. Little has been exposed to advertising and has told me I want that at least twice. Hubs and I are trying to figure out what to get here and I am trying to figure out each and every way I can keep her head about her and have her come to the conclusion that she has a blessed life.

So that’s a little peak at my Sunday night


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Another lantern

Another pickle jar


Some leaves and some mod podge


more leaves


and still more


dried over night


It makes a cheerful warm glow.


looks good on our mantel but maybe taken to Little’s room for story time at night.


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Another lantern

Another pickle jar


Some leaves and some mod podge


more leaves


and still more


dried over night


It makes a cheerful warm glow.


looks good on our mantel but maybe taken to Little’s room for story time at night.


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First stop on adventure day.


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