It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great sketch for us:
Talking about design team..... we say a huge thank you and a sad goodbye to two of our guest designers this week. Valentyna and Crystal. I have so enjoyed having them on our design team for the past six months and seeing their wonderful creations every week. Deanne will be staying on with us for the rest of the year and is being joined by two new guest designers and we are thrilled to have them along. So, welcome Jan Clothier and Annie Abrahamson. We will be seeing the first of their creations in the challenge gallery next week.
On a personal note:
OK. 'Fess up. Who took summer? I'm not kidding - it's the middle of summer and the high yesterday was 63 degrees. Of course, it also rained, hailed and was windy! Just as I was getting used to the warmer weather - it disappeared! It feels more like late April than the end of June!
The colder weather doesn't deter the birds though. We had a new visitor to the feeder this week - sadly, he only stuck around for a little while. I think there was just too much activity for him. I had to take this photo through the screens - so it's a little (!) fuzzy
He's a different sort of Oriole and is much smaller than the normal Baltimore Orioles that we get all summer. We had an Orchard Oriole visit us a couple of years ago for one day. They are much smaller than the normal oriole, have a rust colored breast and a much smaller beak. If you want to see just how much smaller he is - here's a side by side comparison with him and a female Baltimore:
I couldn't risk going out onto the balcony to get a better shot, so had to take the photos through the windows and the screen - so they are fuzzy. But, I think you can get a decent idea about his size. If you are interested in learning more about these lovely little birds - you can check them out here.
I'll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.