Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Nancy selected her choice of 3 photos from my etsy shop:
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
According to the tag on the box, bats' needs are simple: a place to roost and a steady diet of mosquitoes (yes, we have lots of those in the warmer weather!). This house will act as home to dozens of bats at a time. The grooved backing provides a place for them to cling while roosting. The house should be placed between 10 and 14 feet high on a building, pole, or tree. If you want females, the house should have a south-east exposure (which is what we did) or a west exposure for males.
I checked the internet to see if we should prefer to have females or males. Females will have their young in the box, so we went with the exposure for females. (figuring that they might need protection more).
Of course, John read that owls eat bats. So now that we have 2 owl boxes up, I guess we've also given them a food supply if we have bats show up. Our fields have plenty of rodents though, so hopefully the owls will leave the bats alone. Time will tell.
Monday, February 23, 2009
12 foot or taller ladder
30 foot quarter inch rope
electric screw driver
three to four-inch screws
dead leaves or wood shavingsWe were to locate the box near an open area where mice, voles, etc are likely to be. Also the stand of trees was not to be too dense. The first box we put up is located in the huge rock pile that runs in a strip across our field...the strip of rocks and trees cut our large field in half. In the picture above, you can see John's son G climbing the ladder (he was the lucky one that had to do almost all the work), John at the bottom of the ladder, and DIL (daughter in law) holding the nesting box. Cassie is there sniffing at the box that's holding the wood shavings.Here are DIL and Miss M holding one of the nesting boxes. The boxes are quite large and heavy. The local college makes the boxes in one of the woodworking courses. The boxes are given to the people who volunteer for this project...we even had them delivered right to the door!The rope is used to pull the box up into the tree. We put the rope around a tree branch. At the end of the rope is a stick. You put the stick in the owl hole, and pull it up....saves someone from having to climb the ladder holding the big, heavy box.Here you see G putting the box in place on the tree. The box is screwed in place, and then filled with wood shavings (or leaves if you have them, but all our leaves are covered in at least a foot of snow). Once the box is approx 1/3 filled with shavings and/or leaves, the front flap is lowered and screwed into place.Voila! Our first box is in place. The photo below shows John and Miss M heading back towards the house. This gives you an idea of the distance between the rock pile where we mounted the first box and the house.We located the second box on the other side of the house, down the hill towards the "lower" field.You can see the roof of our house through the tree limbs.We went through the process again, and our 2 boxes are now in place.The last step was to go out with our GPS and get the exact coordinates of the boxes to send to Randy Lauff, the person running the project. This photo is taken from our house, down towards the first box.
Rumour is that the Boreal Owls are currently in a bidding war to see who gets to move in. We're ready!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The current magazine arrived a couple of weeks ago. The editor talked about many things, including a project about Boreal Owls. Randy Lauff is an instructor with the Department of Biology at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. (commonly known around here as St.FX) In 2004, he discovered the first two Boreal Owl nests in Nova Scotia. He's working on a project to prove that the owls exist in other parts of the province. You can read about his owl project here.
And this is where we come in. We have volunteered to be part of the project. This involves mounting 2 nesting boxes in our trees and monitoring the boxes. If we're lucky enough to get some owls nesting, then Randy will be paying us a visit. If we get some Saw-whet owls, then he'll come down to band the birds. If we're lucky enough to get Boreal owls, then he'll be down more frequently to take growth related measurements, extract nest material (to understand their diet), etc.
Fingers crossed we'll get some owls!
Friday, February 20, 2009
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed...
'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else---the small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.
Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.
The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'
The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My days are consumed by the Paws for Charity Art Book project. I'm producing a book of photos and artwork to raise funds for breast cancer. I had originally thought the book would be restricted to 20 artists. But I discovered that I can include 38 pages of artwork for the same base cost. Yahoo! I've been busy on the internet inviting people to join in. It's been a very time consuming project since we only have dial up internet access. I've run across some fantastic artists and photographers.
So far there are 30 participants from Canada, US, UK, and France. 14 photographers and 16 artists. Still room for about 8 more. Know anyone who would be interested?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
John: "what are you doing?"
Sara: "taking a picture of a potato"
John: " a potato?"
John: (smart enough not to question) says nothing
Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life. Thanks for loving me just the way I am (weirdness and all!)
Friday, February 13, 2009
On to some better news....a list of winners! First of all, the winner of my One World One Heart draw for 3 prints of their choice from my etsy shop is....Nancy from All Pulped Out! I touched base with Nancy yesterday, and she will be picking her favourite 3 prints shortly. You should check out her blog...Nancy is quite the talented artist!
The next winner is ME! I won something in all the One World One Heart giveaways...quite surprising, since I only entered a very few draws. I did visit many of the participants, but waiting for our dial up internet access to load the comment forms was just too frustrating, so I gave up after a while. I will be visiting the participants through the year. There are so many talented people out there. Anyway, look what I am going to receive from Char at Pawsn2stamp!Char calls it a flip flop scrapbook album. I call it gorgeous! Love those colours. Thanks Char, I'm looking forward to receiving it!
And, yet another "winner"....me again! This photo: was selected by CoolJewelryDesigns to be in her beach treasury on Etsy. She called the treasury "Get your BUTT on the Beach NOW!" and it will be available to see until 1:44 pm on February 15th. You can see the treasury by clicking here.
Time to go sit by the fire, and have a nice salmon dinner cooked for me. My luck continues...
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For participants in my One World One Heart giveaway....the winner will be announced on my original OWOH post.
Monday, February 9, 2009
On Saturday, we went to the Halifax Farmer's Market. Don't let the photos fool you. It is still snowy and cold in this part of the world. The market is held indoors, and you can find just about anything you want. The sights, sounds, and smells are wonderful.There was potted rosemary for sale (as well as other herbs). I love the smell of rosemary when you run your hands down the plant. Reminder to self: must plant a windowsill herb garden.Fresh flowers, and fruits and vegetables,and baked goods (boy, did they smell good!). And the smell of fresh coffee. Mmmmm. There was a room full of Nova Scotia wines, and even some scotch from Cape Breton. Jams and jellies...And musicians.Lots of music. These guys are the Moonshine Ramblers. I love bluegrass!Miss M spotted this spider web, way up high. (call me weird, but I love this photo). Here's a close up of the web:Spiders freak me out, but this web is quite beautiful. After the market, we headed to a photography store where we picked up some toys (a monopod and some camera cleaning equipment). Then, on we went to a pub for lunch. A fantastic day!
Friday, February 6, 2009
First, my frozen shoulder. Unfortunately, it's still frozen. In fact...getting a little worse despite physio a couple of times each week and a daily exercise regime. A lot less mobility in my left arm, but we'll keep plugging away. I am hoping, really hoping that everything is back to normal by gardening time. That's a long way away, so fingers crossed on that score.
Next, the One World One Heart event. Wow. What can I say? This is the third year for the event (my first year participating). First year, there were 85 participants, then 426 last year. This year...911! Bloggers from all over the world are giving things away. You have until February 11th to visit them and post a comment. Last count, I think there were 162 comments on my giveaway post. I've visited some of the participants and have been amazed at the artistic talent out there. One of the participants is submitting a piece of art for my Art Book project!Benedetta is creating a brand new piece of art specifically for my Paws for Charity breast cancer fundraiser project.
Anyone have a name suggestion for this art book? I'm drawing a blank.
Anyway, I'm excited to say that I've received emails from quite a few people wanting to be involved. So far there seems to be a good mix of photographers and artists, dogs & cats. I'm very excited and look forward to sharing some of the images and artists with you in the coming months.
One last bit of excitement for me...my poppy painting on Ebay was sold! It has been shipped off to it's new owner.
Enough with the updates. Tomorrow we're off on a new adventure. We'll be meeting G,DIL, and Miss M in the big city for the Farmer's Market. Looking forward to it!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
But, we do live in the country. And it has a beauty all it's own. When we drive home from our nearest town (15 kilometers away)...and we turn onto the road we live on....this is the first thing we see.This red barn sits almost on top of the gravel road. And this red barn means that we are just a short drive away from home.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Back in the house for breakfast, and then we headed out to the shore. We decided to stop at Risser's Beach today (we tend to head to Crescent Beach).We had the beach to ourselves most of the time. I love the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. The dogs loved the smells.Here is a photo of the two of us on the beach:If you look closely, you'll see my reflection in John's sunglasses! And my favourite photo of the day:Cassie. How can you not feel happy when you look at that shot?