Sunday, January 11, 2009

While I do love having more room again in our living room, (it's so cozy when the tree first goes up & until Christmas) I was a bit misty eyed as I vacuumed up the trail of pine needles that led out of our front door. But, as you can see in the pic, this Christmas's tree has a new purpose now, providing shelter for birds (and most likely a squirrel or two) throughout the rest of this Winter. (Just in time too with the temps not getting out of the teens this week). I sprinkled cracked corn around the base and all over the tree itself to get birds interested.

Opposite this end is where I throw out seed, stale bread & cookies, etc. and today I've had a neat little visitor: A Downy Woodpecker! He's been here before, just not often. He's tiny, about 5" (adult males get to be about 6"). The larger Hairy Woodpecker (10" or so) is around on the property by the creek side & doesn't come over back here as far as I can tell.

We may have had an inch of snow here and I'm being generous at that! Everything was coated with a thin layer of ice this morning as well. Hubby was morw disgruntled about the weather yesterday than I was! He was going to go hunting but when they predicted 8" for us, he decided not to go since he didn't want to come home from hunting and have to go strait to snowblowing & salting. Ah well.

5 comments:

Hannah Banana said...

Jo,
I love the little Christmas tree nook you have set up for the birds. That's great! We have a woodpecker behind our house too. And a family of owls. We hear them hooting at night.
Sadly, I still have our (artificial) Christmas tree up in our living room. It's a matter of getting all of the boxes out of the attic again. Hopefully, next weekend! :)

windy city girl said...

Aw, aren't you sweet. I was wistful putting away the Xmas stuff, too. Xmas '09 will be here before we know it :-)

Holli said...

Great idea Jo! Really...that's awesome for the birds and a very thoughtful thing to do. I'll gladly ship my snow your way......we've got about 5 inches now the news said this morning. Ugh.

GardeningJo said...

Hannah, there's still a lot of Christmas up around the house! What's been pulled down is sitting on top of the boxes to be boxed & brought back to the basement! (Snowy & snow man items stay put until Spring!)

G, don't rush my 2009! I'm not ready for 2008 to be over already!

Holli, thanks and you can send your snow my way any time! (Just don't send it this way once we (hopefully) move out of state! It'll be my luck that THAT'S when it will snow here).

I think when you "give back" you've got to try & do it on all levels; like this with repurposing the Christmas tree & putting out seed, using reusable totes for groceries, recycling and repurposing everything you possibly can, cooking with fresh & less preserved ingriedients, walking instead of driving when possible, gardening without chemicals...

GardeningJo said...

Giving away or donating items (like books) you no longer need or use, donating to food banks when you can...