Monday, February 29, 2016

Decorating Diary Or The Argh Files

 I don't know. At the time, buying furniture from Ethan Allen seemed like a good idea. 
After all, an in-house designer was part of the package, and since I no longer trusted my own skills, I was happy to lay down my burdens, even if it meant opening my pocketbook. The furniture was ordered in November, and the long wait began. 
I stayed busy.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A True Heart

Last fall, when I moved to a suburban hilltop, I wondered if I should change my blog's name. Did Rattlebridge Farm fit? I no longer lived on a farm (though my new house has a creek that comes and goes, along with an infamous ditch -- and we actually need a little bridge. We also have a ramshackle barn). It wasn't long before I began to question the blog itself. Should I keep it? Put it on ice or hit the delete button? Wait, was I still having fun? Was I blogging from the heart? Or was I blogging when I didn't want to, but it was time for a post? Because if you don't post for weeks and months, people may wander away. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Suburban Garden

 I thought it would be fun to tour my suburban back yard. Come along--grab your Wellies and gloves. You'll notice that my house sits on a gently sloping hilltop. The front yard faces an established neighborhood, with 70s and 80s style houses and gardens. If you turn around, you'll see a tall backyard fence; just beyond is a new subdivision, with sprawling houses, brightly lit windows, and manicured lawns.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Slice of Life

For the very first time, I've participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count. I'm hooked. I love sitting in the quiet house, binoculars in my lap, a notebook beside my elbow, watching and waiting. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

I'm happy to party with you again at FFEE. How's the weather in your neck of the woods? I'm making peace with winter (so far), but I'm careful when I go outside to refill the bird feeders. I don't want a repeat of last February's accident. We had two snowfalls this week, the pretty kind that sticks to trees and rooftops, but the roads stay clear.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another Snowy Day

Sometimes when I should be cooking or tinkering around the house, I watch HGTV or Food Network. I just can't get going. Well, watching Ina Garten bake (or arrange flowers) is a type of comfort. As I dreamed of garlic chicken, my stomach growling, I glanced out the window: snow was blowing sideways. What if I got trapped on this hilltop? It has happened before, and the cupboard emptied so fast, we nearly had to eat Vienna sausages. Since food is my best motivator, I hopped into my Jeep, and drove to the nearest grocery.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Follow Your Heart

It was a sunny midwinter day, and I was finally ready to play on the screened porch. I'd been waiting and waiting for warmer weather, but I remembered what my Mimi would have said: Do what makes you happy every day, and it adds up to a happy life. Of course, it depends on what you prefer to see when you look back--bad times or times when you puttered on the porch, piles of dishes and candy all around you, and you hummed "Luck Be a Lady."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

I've been waiting for you all week, and now you're finally here. Come on in and get out of the cold. It's time to party at Foodie Friday and Everything Else.

Slice of Life

I'm not sure when it happened, this desire to not decorate. Perhaps it stems from fear; though it could be laziness. I'm thinking that I'm just in a lull. Maybe it'll end. After all, a love of decorating led me to blogging.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Little Bitty Miracles

"Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy--your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself."
--Annie Leibovitz

Miracles are everywhere. Little, bitty miracles that can change your life.
From my kitchen window, I have a ringside seat to a small patch of earth. I've started keeping a notebook, jotting down types of birds that visit the feeders, along with seasonal notes. Soon, I will keep track of migrations. I signed up for the upcoming backyard bird count (February 12 - 15), and I'm learning how to create a certified wildlife habitat in my yard. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gilding the Store-bought Bird Feeder

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence."
--Robert Lynd
After I moved to the hilltop, I had the luxury of doing nothing. Every morning, I made coffee and sat at the kitchen table, silently watching birds flit from tree to tree. I was a novice bird enthusiast, eager to learn. I'd never lived in a place that had such a large songbird population, and I began reading about how to attract them to my yard. I discovered that variety is the spice of a bird--and a birder's--life. Different birds liked different types of feeders and seeds.  Some preferred to dine in the open, and others needed to be near trees or shrubs for quick getaways.  And some information was flat-out conflicting. What's a novice to do? I guess it comes down to knowing what works for the birds that live in your little corner of the world.