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This year, I'm again pledging to read at least 52 fiction books, though shooting for 60.

I did exceed my 52 book goal from last year.

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

If you build it, they will come...


Okay so where are all the damn birds already?

This past Saturday, morning there were three mourning doves pecking at the last of the dog food I had set out for whatever critters wanted to consume it. I immediately went to The Home Depot and bought a shepherd's crook and a birdbath. Then I hit WalMart to buy bird feeders and bird food.

And as of Sunday morning, I still hadn't seen a dang bird. A month ago, I had cardinals swooping all over the place, as well as a pair of woodpeckers, and several other types of tweeters bathing our yard in song.

I could hear them, perched in the many trees, but I couldn't see them.

Finally, though, Monday evening while sitting on the patio while DH grilled burgers a cardinal swooped in. He found purchase--barely--and nibbled a few seeds. What I discovered is that the perch part of the feeders is not far enough out for the birds to grasp and still lean forward and grab seed. The birds find themselves breast-to-feeder with no way to reach the grub.

After taking a close-up look, DD and I determined that we could easily solve the problem. It's just a matter of finding some popcicle sticks or regular sticks or dowels or something and adding/extending the perch area.

 And looky there--our wild outdoor cat. I've named him Simon. He lives under the shed. He crept out to see if there was any dog food left and to get a drink of water.


Last evening we had several morning doves and a cardinal, and just this morning, I saw a bluejay. Finally!

3 comments:

Regina Richards said...

I love to watch the birds in my yard! Your bath and feeder set up looks great. Enjoy!

Chill N said...

You want birds? I've got birds. Want some? :-) I've never had much luck with feeders on poles or shepherd's crooks. I hung the feeders in our trees and now I wish I had stock in the birdseed companies because there are so many at the feeders.

Oh! A tip! I was having a horrible problem with squirrels eating all the seed. Then I started using safflower seed -- and squirrels don't eat it. The safflower seed is more expensive but when you figure that none of it is going to the squirrels, it's worth it.

Nancy

Lara said...

Glad you solved your problem! :)

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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Books Read in 2014

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Two epic novels worth of Sherlock fan fiction (and counting) by various authors
  • Up All Night by Renee Ashley Williams
  • Oral Invitation by B.J. Hayes
  • Lights Out by Ann Campbell
  • Explicitly English by Rachel Leigh
  • M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game by the loudest subtext in television (that's a screen name, if you hadn't guessed)
  • Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan
  • Christmas Justice by Robin Perini
  • Just A Fling by Olivia Noble
  • Running by Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Buster's Law by Laraine Lebron
  • Harry PotterPage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • Professional Plot Outline mini-Course by Holly Lisle
  • The Plot Skeleton by Angela Hunt
  • Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
  • Basher Five Two by Scott O'Grady
  • Mai Tai Marriage by Chris Keniston
  • Still Delicate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Deliate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (audio book)
  • Mad About Plaid by Kam McKellar
  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Drowning by Racel Firacek
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra