Hi Everyone. Happy Wednesday.
I am SO glad that it is Wednesday and that it is almost a long weekend!
I don't have a card for you tonight, but wanted to do a quick update and show you some photographs of what has been visiting our garden.
I was on a conference call the other day and heard a thump. I hate that sound. It's the sound of a bird connecting with one of the windows. We have put up all sorts of devices, lights in the widows, decals to break up the windows - placed about every 8 inches. Pulled the curtains. Just about everything we can do to stop it. However, occasionally, one of them will think there is still somewhere to go. This time, the sound was different. It was a heavy thud.
I excused myself, threw down the phone and rushed to the deck to check on whoever it was. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw this!
Yep... a young Coopers Hawk (or a young Sharp Shinned Hawk - its almost impossible to tell them apart!)
What I think had happened was that he was chasing a little bird, the bird had made an exit stage left or right at the last minute, and pumpkin head here didn't move fast enough! Luckily he was perfectly fine and flew off not two minutes later. He really is rather gorgeous! You can tell from the look on his face he was thinking.... what on earth just happened? It was thrilling to see him and thrilling that he was OK!
Then, a little while later, I caught sight of the ground squirrel rushing along on his way somewhere. Today, I saw two of them!
Well, y'all know that we love birds, right? :-) I've been looking for something to fill the wall off the entrance hall. I was looking online at a shopping site I found and saw something that I immediately fell in love with. I didn't just want it.... I NEEDED it. You girls know the difference. :-) My mother always used to tell me that if I saw something I thought I wanted, walk away from it - preferably for the night - and if I still felt the same way about it in the morning, that meant I wanted it - and was less of an impulse. Well... with this... I don't think I waited more than about 20 seconds to decide I wanted it!
Isn't that awesome? I love the way the light from the entrance hall causes the shadows behind the birds. I also love that it adds so much visual interest from the entrance hall, from the great room and when we go up and down the stairs. I also love that it fills a large space and yet leaves so much space. I was VERY happy with it! It's so simple, yet so stunning. Well, I think so anyway!
This is what it looks like from the other direction - in normal daylight
It makes me happy just looking at it!
Well, our final piece of furniture arrived today. As we had to change out the sofa - and the matching chair - we had to go with whatever we could get in a reasonable amount of time. The sofa and chair are not the shape, color or size that we had originally intended. Now I know why we didn't choose these ones in the first place. IT IS HUGE. I mean SERIOUSLY HUGE. It's ENORMOUS. I think I have to build an extension just to house the chair!!!!! We hadn't been able to see one in the store and the designer told us it was just a LITTLE bigger than the original one. Well... I suppose it is a LITTLE bigger, if you classify almost double the size as a LITTLE bigger. Everytime I go into the great room I laugh. I swear it's like Cyrano de Bergerac - or maybe Pinocchio.... I think the chair gets bigger everytime I look at it :-) In fact, you could hold a soiree on the chair alone! Well... at least we have a chair :-) Tomorrow. I'm going to have to think about what we are going to do with it:-) I know one thing, Lou is going to love it because it is so big and so comfortable.
So, what have you bought and when you got it home you realized you absolutely LOVED it.... or not so much? From my post today - you know I love the bird scultpure... but the chair not so much!
I'd love to hear from you, so why don't you leave me a message and let me know what you loved or didn't love so much after you bought it!
As always, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. Special prayers for Ivor, Ruth Ann and Ann.
Have a beautiful Thursday