My oh my – we have 5 blue jays at our house!
This past July we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and Bryce’s parents got us a bird feeder, not only is it beautiful, it’s made of cedar. Well, we finally got it up in late August when we purchased some standard bird feed. It was a mix of black, white and brown seeds.
The little finches we see around love the black seeds, yet toss the white ones to the ground. Recently, our neighbour let us know the white seeds are filler – “Blue jays will eat that white stuff for sure – keep an eye out for them!” Well, the little white seeds brought blue jays. Then we felt bad because they didn’t have their own feeder. So, Bryce build one. Now, this new feeder houses roasted peanuts (in the shell) and we have 5 blue jays! I know – 5. They are quite territorial, so we’re a bit surprised. Anyway, they ate 1.5kg of peanuts yesterday alone. So I ran to the store to purchase some more. I filled the feeder at 10am and it’s about 1/4 empty already. Here are some photos I snapped today.
On the first day, the blue jays had a hard time landing on the larger perch – so Bryce added some wooden rods.
They take the peanut away, hold it with their feet and peck at it until the nut is loose – then they eat it, of course.
Yes, 5 – they take turns and give each other a lot of space.
I could sit an watch them for hours, it’s so neat.
Well – happy Saturday to you. I hope your weekend is bright and full of colour.
Thanks for stopping by!
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It’s November first and we have a fresh coat of snow on the ground. The day is bright. It’s also a new beginning – new month – new season. I follow Lee from America on Instagram and she usually posts her intentions for the month. I flat out love this. One of my New Year’s resolutions is going start doing this. Then I thought, why wait? Take action now. So, here we are on November first, setting intentions.
Start small and set yourself up for success – that’s what I told myself when deciding to set intentions. I’m starting with five.
The first one is to be present. Whether that means putting my phone down and enjoying the people around me, or not worrying about what might be in five years time, it’s important to be here in the moment right now. On Monday I was working at 5am and I stepped outside around 4:40am – pitch black and the stars just filled the sky. I stopped, looked up and breathed. I was in the moment. The sense of wonder was remarkable and I’ll forever remember that feeling of awe. The bonus part, I wasn’t late for work at all, I was still 4 minutes early.
Paintball with family? Yes – my dad is setting up what will most likely be an epic battle of paintball. I want to play to win, so it’s an intention this month. As is drinking more water. I drink a lot when I’m at home, yet at work hours seem to pass before I even think of it. I need to drink more water, oh, and finish a book!
Yoga time! Looking forward to getting back on my mat, even if it’s only twice this month.
Overall, putting what I intend to do this month down on paper will hold me accountable. I look forward to the month, slowing down and enjoying the view through my own eyes.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful November!
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It’s almost halloween which means it’s time for trick-or-treat bags! I got these ready for Tuesday night since Monday is a busy day. Last year we only had two kiddos, yet we’ve had a house go for sale in the area and I have no idea if they have zero or 9 children. Basically, I want to be prepared. Plus, having a couple of leftover treats isn’t a bad thing, right?
Trick or Treat Bags
First, stop at the Dollar Store. Here, the trick is to NOT buy the halloween candy. You can see all the prices below and the small bag of halloween candy was priced around 3-4$, that’s too much. All of this, including the bags, cost me $16.00. I made 8 bags and I’ve got about 9 ‘extra’ single items just incase we get a few handful of trick-or-treaters.
I lay out all the goodness that way I can make each bag fair and square.
Fill the clear bags with all the treats. I like using clear bags, mainly because then you can see everything so nicely. I got popcorn again this year because one of the kiddos that stopped by our house last year was so excited “Wow – popcorn, really? So cool.” The second reason I use clear bags is because you can use them for anything, not just treat bags.
Use some colourful ribbon and tie them up.
All ready for our trick-or-treaters. We’ll be home this year and handing out candy is part of the fun.
Happy Halloween and I hope you have a spook-tacular weekend!
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