When I sit on our couch I can see a cute little House Finch couple trying to decide if they will build a nest on our front door pillar.
As you can see I have glued a tile over the opening. A few years back another bird couple has tried to build a nest there and the new home collapsed with the bird into the pillar. It was so sad.
But now it is exciting to see these two little birds getting all busy and buzzing all those twigs and grass pieces in to build their new home.
The House finches have a wonderful feather coloring and they love a good conversation.
Our cat does not quite know what to do. He sits a the open window and watches the two birds flying in and out, dropping stuff and picking it up again. Our house tiger is pacing back and forth, then lays down with his ears all perked.
I hope we get to see a finished nest and some eggs in there. I am not quite sure they will stay. Because at certain times of the day, we have a revolving front door and it gets pretty busy at our front step.
The House Finch is a recent introduction from western into eastern North America (and Hawaii), but it has received a warmer reception than other arrivals like the European Starling and House Sparrow. That’s partly due to the cheerful red head and breast of males, and to the bird’s long, twittering song, which can now be heard in most of the neighborhoods of the continent. If you haven’t seen one recently, chances are you can find one at the next bird feeder you come across. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Finch/i)
- The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
- The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals.
- House Finches were introduced to Oahu from San Francisco sometime before 1870. They had become abundant on all the major Hawaiian Islands by 1901.
- The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches. Females prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps raising the chances they get a capable mate who can do his part in feeding the nestlings.
- House Finches feed their nestlings exclusively plant foods, a fairly rare occurrence in the bird world. Many birds that are vegetarians as adults still find animal foods to keep their fast-growing young supplied with protein.
- The oldest known House Finch was 11 years, 7 months old.
So we will keep watching and sneak out quietly until they established their new home.
These are the bird items I found on Zibbet:
The birds that I found on Etsy, are collected in this wonderful Treasury:
Now I hope you have the time to open some windows and listen to the songs of the birds with a cup of coffee or tea in your hand. Hearing those little ones sing like that makes me feel calm and relaxed.
Have a wonderful Friday!
At the moment the life in this household is an emotional roller coaster. There is hubby who is in the midst of changing work places. Happy about leaving the one, anxious about what awaits him in the other. So many mixed feelings about leaving. So many emotions bundled up and no way to find their way out to find relieve. Hubby was never big in expressing his feelings, his emotions, his fears. It is like pulling teeth with him, to find out what is occupying his mind and at what stage of the process he is.
Then we have teenager that is so full of emotions that she doesn’t know which ones to channel first, lashes out at her little sister or us, because she is frustrated with a situation or confusing feelings. Then the next minute she is like a snail and retreats into her room and will not be seen for a while, and wants to be left alone.
Then there is our little one, a very sensitive little soul. That takes everything to heart. This School year we had quite a few stay at home days because of emotional anxiety. Like her Dad she doesn’t like talking about her own feelings and fears. She does express them through writing and drawing. Often it is frustrating for me to see that something is occupying her mind and she doesn’t want to share, to get it off her chest. But she let’s you know that something is off, I just feel it is not the right way and it doesn’t help her find a solution. She just “deals” with it by tucking it away.
I know everyone deals with their emotions differently. I am one of those people that have to get it off my chest immediately. Might not be the right way either, because then often things are said out of frustration and anger. Hearing myself talking about what is weighing on my heart often reveals the solution. Thankfully I have a wonderful friend next door, that let’s me spill my sorrow and worries without telling me what I need to do. That is exactly what I need. That is what I learned many years ago in my Psychology class, let someone talk and find their own solution. Don’t tell them what they need to do.
This is what I have been trying to do with my kids. What is not very easy, because as a Mom you want them to make the “best” decisions, or you think is the best one. You want them to get over their hurt faster. But they have to take that path and learn how to get to that place where they can be comfortable to make the choice that fits for them.
Just the other day I apologized to my oldest for trying to be pushy and telling her how she should decide. I told her that I had to learn to let go and trust in her that she will make the right choices. That I understand that it’s her first time growing up and that she doesn’t know how to get there and that there will be steps taken in the “wrong” direction. So I asked her if she could be patient with me while I learn how to “let her go” and grow up. This is a first time for me as well.
As you can see there is a lot of emotional stuff going on right now and sometimes it is overwhelming and draining. At the same time I love those moments because it brings us closer together. We get to know each other deeper. It forms a whole new family bond.
I am sure we are not always handling it the “right” way, but we are trying and that is just as important.But because everyone handles their stress differently, there is a different approach for them, that just makes it so much more emotional for me. I like to know that everyone in this house is happy, balanced and feels safe. Because I think it is equal important to be emotionally well as well as your body. One can’t function without the other.
My own problem is that I like to get to the bottom of things, often get a little bit to philosophical for my family. I often drive my hubby crazy with that. But that’s just the way I am “made”.
while I was putting this Zibbet treasury together this song popped in my head. I loved this song from the first time I saw it in the movie Flashdance.
Music is a big part of how I express and work through me feelings.
Here is the Etsy Treasury that I created:
The other music that came to mind was a song from R. Kelly “I believe I can fly”
I hope that was not too much emotions and feelings going on for you.
But as my oldest tells my lately “I am in my feelings” so that means for me to leave her alone.
I wish you a wonderful meaningful day!
The other day I heard from the kitchen :”Honey, our honey is pretty low, we need some more honey.”
Off I went to get some more local liquid Gold. We don’t have any white sugar in our house, we use honey as a sweetener or dates.
My Dad has had Honey Bees for a long time. I remember sitting out on the patio having breakfast when I was a teenager and hearing the bees humming behind us. Yes, he had the bee houses on the patio. I still see the big honey extractor standing in the kitchen and my Dad cranking away to get the honey out of the honey combs. Before that he had either me or my brother scrape the wax of the honey combs with a tool that looked like a hair pick.
The amazing thing is that in all those years I only got stung once, right behind my ear because the bee got caught in my hair. Boy that was a major headache for a little while.
Even now my Dad still has bees.
When we lived closer, he was our Honey provider. Because local honey is the best thing to get.
Honey has so many health benefits, you can read some of them here. From Cough syrup to Allergy reducer. Hubby takes it for his Arthritis with Cinnamon.
The other day in our Zoo, I learned that one bee produces 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime, and that is usually only around 3 weeks. Wow, that I was not aware of. That made me appreciate our honey even more.
In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
So my oldest was literally sitting on a pot of liquid Gold there. This was one of the big buckets we would get from my Dad while still living in Germany. Now we get a big jar from our local store.
9 facts about bees:
-Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour
-a honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak
-A queen honey bee stores a lifetime supply of sperm
-the queen bee lays up to 1,500 eggs per day, and may lay up to 1 million in her lifetime
–The honey bee uses the most complex symbolic language of any animal on earth, outside of the primate family
-Drones, the only male honey bees, die immediately after mating
-Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round
-Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens
-An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day
Here are my liquid Gold Zibbet finds for this Spotlight :
(click on the picture you like and it will take you to the corresponding shop)
So many pretty items that remind me of my Dad’s honey.
Here are some more from my Etsy Treasury:
I wish you a wonderful weekend. And may a bee cross your way, you know she is working hard on her 1/12 of teaspoon of honey for you.