Outside my Window . . .

My honey bought a pretty little mason jar bird feeder and hung it on the bush outside of my studio window. Two of the prettiest cardinals come and feed on a regular basis.  The male cardinal eats and pays me no mind but the girl always looks into my window to see what I'm doing.  I think she looks a little chubbier than she did at the beginning of spring so I'm hoping for babies.  Fingers crossed!!

What do you think?? 

This beautiful bird was at the feeder last week.  I looked him up and it appears that he's a house finch.  I haven't seen him again so maybe he was just passing thru. 

These two little brats love to spy on me while I'm working.  They've made me jump more than once when I suddenly saw someone at the window staring at me.

I know you're in there, Mom!!

And in other news . . .

Guess who came to visit our quaint little town?  The Donald himself!!  He attended the New York Military Academy which is over the ravine and thru the tiny woods from us.  This was the best I could do photo wise.  He stayed for a total of about 30 minutes and was gone just as quickly as he arrived.  Whether you like him or not, it was still pretty exciting to have a presidential candidate land in your 'hood!!  : )

Happy weekend!! ~ Wendy


At the Playground . . .

 This girl of mine loves a good playground.  Thankfully, we have a few in our new neighborhood.  We could spend hours there and she'll still give you an attitude when it's time to leave. 

You have to be stylish at the playground too!! 

 "It's time to leave, Megan," I said after an hour and a half.

And that's the look I got.  Which was followed by a scream.  Which was followed by stamping of the feet.  Which was followed by "you're mean."  Then we went home and baked cookies and all was right in this soon-to-be six year old's world again.  : )

Happy Thursday!  May all be right in your world!!  ~ Wendy  


Girls' Night Out . . .

Last night was girls' night out.  Jim was working and the boys were doing their own thing so I took Megan and her adorable little friend Genevieve for a night on the town.  We started with dinner at our favorite pizza parlour in Cornwall.  Prima is one of those little shops that you walk into and it instantly makes you smile.  The way it's decorated with vintage goodness everywhere.  Families at the tables and high school kids at the counter.  It's a pretty small space and fills up quickly.  It was such a beautiful night so we opted to sit outside in their patio area.

Quite a collection of vintage things outside too!!

There was only one other family sitting outside.  They had young children too and didn't mind that the girls ran around and played in between bites of pizza.  There was also a lot of singing and dancing going on.  The guitar player was phenomenal!!!

After dinner I took them to the duck pond.  We were planning on the playground but by the time I got them away from the music it was pretty dark outside.  Instead we opted for cartwheels (them, not me!!) and chatting with the ducks.

I have to say, I am so in love with this town that we live in.  It reminds me of how things used to be when I was growing up.  There are so many little farmhouses and rock walls and people that say good morning to you.  And now that the weather is breaking, there's something going on in town every weekend.  It's not perfect.  In fact, there was a stabbing in town recently.  Thankfully that's not the norm around here.  There's also not as much diversity as I'd like there to be but it's much more diverse than it was a couple of years ago when we first entertained the idea of moving here.  The community that we moved from was amazing in that respect.  All colors.  All religions.  Two moms.  Two dads.  You name it, they had it.  : )

Love these girls!!! 

Jim is off the rest of the weekend so we're gonna try to start getting things together for a big garage sale in the next couple of weeks.  Lots of stuff to go thru!!! LOTS!!!  : )

Many blessings for a happy weekend ~ Wendy


A Fascination of Mine on a {mostly} Wordless Wednesday . . .

Since my romance with photography began, I've developed a fondness for railroad tracks.  Becoming an obsessed fan of The Walking Dead in the last few years has only added to this fascination.  If you are a follower of TWD then you know what I'm talking about.  : ) 

This railroad trestle is a couple of miles from us and, in all honesty, the first time I ever saw it was at night when I was driving under it in the dark.  It kinda creeped me out.  I remember reading a book as a child about a town that was forever changed by the suicide of a kid who jumped off the local trestle.  I think that always stuck with me. 

The trestle is huge and made of now-rusted metal.  It has such a presence.  I knew I wanted to photograph it as soon as I saw it.  Someday I'd like to get down a little closer.  I'm sure there's a way. 

While taking a photo of the tracks above, I was greeted by the train below.  Having to sit and wait for a slow moving train, interrupting your busy day, to me, is the epitome of small town living.  And when you're lucky enough to be the first car at the crossing (or unlucky enough, depending on how you look at it!!) you can get a great pic.  : )

Happy Wednesday ~ Wendy  : )


Sunday Sayings . . .

Be Happy:

The older I get, the more I realize this.  I also realize that you have to become a little selfish sometimes in order to carve out the time to do those things that make you happy.  It's all about balance.  I kinda hit a wall last month.  I felt like my life was in a slump.  The same thing day after day and a lot of things weighing on my mind.  My husband came to my rescue in the form of a weekend getaway.  I can't tell you how much we needed a weekend of just he and I.  In the present moment.  Uninterrupted.  It's been three weeks already and there have definitely been some ups and downs in my life since then but that's life, isn't it?

The difference now is that I'm focusing on keeping the balance mentally.  I'm paying more attention to my thoughts and if they're having a positive effect on me or not.  Every day, I am a work in progress.  I learn things about myself that I don't always like and I learn things about others that lets me see them in a different light.  A brighter light.  Am I in the current moment or am I projecting?  AWARENESS.  AWARENESS.  AWARENESS.   That is the key.  It comes in spurts.  Sometimes it doesn't come for months.  Maybe even years.  But as long as it keeps coming I know I'm headed in the right direction.

Namaste ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .

true essence of beauty:

This first weekend in April we have run the gamut with weather.  Friday we were wearing short sleeves. Saturday we were wearing long sleeves. Today we're wearing winter coats.  Brrrr!!!  We even woke up to some spring snow that's still sticking to the tops of bushes and the shady parts of the yard.  We're cozied up inside with the fireplace going and watching The Walking Dead marathon that is leading up to tonight's season finale.  Jim got called in to work due to high winds that were expected for today.  We've had the gas company here twice this weekend due to a strong smell of gas in the house.  We even had to evacuate ourselves and the fur babies for an hour and half yesterday morning while we waited for the fire department and the gas company to okay us to go back in the house.  They determined it's not natural gas so now we have to figure out exactly what it is.  Never a dull moment around these parts, that's for sure!!!

Have a beautiful week ahead ~ Wendy