Monday, May 31, 2010


It's been fun to watch how much the robins have grown and changed in a week. Every day I've been climbing into N's play set to get an overhead view of the nest. All four eggs hatched and so far all have survived.
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Two nights ago Mark found some 13-Lined Ground Squirrel babies in various places in the yard. Two had not survived. Then, he found two more that were at the entrance of a newly dug den. Our neighbors had just had landscapers come out and even things out and put mulch down, which must have looked great to the momma.

It was twilight, so these photos aren't the greatest.

By the following morning, she'd made a deeper den and moved the babies.

When we went for a bike ride on the trail last week, we saw a large snapping turtle laying eggs. I wish I'd had my camera with me then. We also keep finding painted turtles on the streets of the subdivision. So far we've helped three return to the wetlands.

It's been great fun for N to observe and learn about all of these animals.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A surprise.

We checked in on the robin's nest and found two more eggs!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A beautiful shade of blue.

Look at what N and I discovered on his play set.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A small change.

Sometimes I buy a piece that I admire knowing I can change a small element here or there to suit me a little bit better.

Below is the original piece from honeybee. I loved the pottery shard and how it was wrapped. It's very pretty and delicate. Amy changed the ribbon to a chain for me. I wore it a few times with the very light pink pearl because I really liked it with the pearl, but I needed a darker color with my skin tone.

So, I swapped out the pink pearl for a faceted smokey topaz. I tried some darker pinks with it, but that was too matchy-matchy for me. I think the brown brings out some of the crazing in the pottery, which I like. I usually wear it on one of my favorite faceted ball chains. They have a little bit of sparkle.

By changing one small element, the pendant suits me better and I will wear it more often.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Cubbies.

On Sunday we woke up, wondered what to do with ourselves all day, and decided to go to a Cubs game.

Deciding on a whim to take a trip into Chicago is great fun. It was a beautiful day.

N wanted to take a photo. It just happened to be when the cotton candy seller was in the area.

Pure coincidence, I'm sure.

How cute are they in their backpacks?

Too darn cute for words.