The Diet Isn't Working!
In the summer I put Beegie on a diet because she was looking and feeling quite pudgy.
Over the weekend a member of my Digipets Yahoo Group asked a question about making a collage in Photoshop (which we've since learned is really a montage - according to what she wanted to do). I started reading tutorials, as she did as well, and made many attempts to get something I liked.
Went off onto another tangent and put some of the steps into this image. The background was a 7D shot and Beegie was captured with a Sony DSC F717 (MY BAD - I had originally stated this was taken with my Panasonic LX3 and then noticed the picture below in my PBlog.)
DSC03010 7 years old...the camera that is
Every time I find myself hankering for a new "toy" (translation: camera) I take out one of my golden oldies and start shooting with it. Of all of them, I cherish the DSC F717 the most because it makes the greatest images. The lens is spectacular. This was taken handheld in my laundry room, with light filtering through closed blinds with Auto ISO, which I have never used with this camera. Something special about the older digicams that weren't yet in the megapixel race.
Once a year I make a great sacrifice and prepare a turkey. Hard to get out of this unfavored task since my supermarket will give me a "free" turkey if I spend $50 a week for six weeks. Unfortunately, they do not provide a cook for its preparation.
Well...at least there are 13 portions left for my husband's hiking sandwiches (or a hot meal), shown here vacuum-sealed.
I wonder if I should have posted instead a picture of the tipped over drippings cascading down the cabinets, or the juices overflowing the cutting board.
It wasn't all bad. I tried something new, bacon slices on the skin to keep it moist while it roasted. Best part was munching on a few of those when I took the turkey out of the oven...and my husband did the carving and cleanup.
First Snow Squirrel and Recipe
Snow started aggressively this morning but has tapered off. They're predicting 10-14 inches for tonight. Had to move my squirrel food tray under the overhang and they haven't found it yet. Made the No Melt Suet Mix yesterday and it smelled so good I wanted to eat it. It's so easy to cut into bite sized pieces. Will no doubt make it rather than the mix with Crisco. Here's the recipe:
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup lard (not vegetable shortening)
2 cups quick-cook oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
Melt lard and peanut butter in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into square or rectangular container. Refrigerate and cut into squares and serve the birds (and squirrels). They love it!
Joan Crawford would turn over in her grave!
I know she didn't like wire hangers, but what would she think of these?
Do you belong to a cult?"
"That's what a visitor asked as he entered the front door.
"Why is that thing over there?"
Because after being up for several weeks on my deck without incident, my hunting blind, used for bird and squirrel photography, had to be brought in because the wind blew it over.
I'm going to have to anchor it to the deck and the current idea is to put locking plastic strips around the deck slats and then use the tie-down loops on the blind to secure it to the deck.
I'll also open zippers on all sides so that wind can blow through and hopefully, I'll be able to get shots this coming winter, than I did last winter, when I had to shoot through a window or sliding door.
It Broke my Heart....
when this female pileated woodpecker arrived for her evening nibble at the suet mix I had been putting in the tree stump on my deck. She seemed very puzzled that it was no longer there, and hung around a long time, maybe hoping it would magically reappear.
I'm feeling very guilty for the enforced dietary restriction!
I had to clear away the bird feeding paraphernalia because my vegetable plants have been put into large containers on the deck and leaving bird, squirrel and raccoon attracting feeders out there would make those plants vulnerable.
I really should take in the bird feeder at night because I know I will find it empty the next morning, but how could I give up a photo op like this, taken with my 85mm f/1.8 lens at almost a fast enough shutter speed? Light is from two 65 watt floodlights in the ceiling over my deck.
I am having the best time with this bit of tree trunk!
There's a cavity in that stump and this male pileated woodpecker has been dipping for the contents, which I've filled with a homemade "suet" mix of Crisco, peanut butter and cornmeal. I've also had a female pileated visiting. (She doesn't have the white stripe extending back from the beak.) Many insect eating birds have visited the cavity in this log. It sure has made the winter pass quickly watching the visitors it has attracted.
Every now and then....
Comes a shot that REALLY works! So...it pays to take lots of them! (Through my window, as most of my bird shots have been taken) Taken later in the day, the lighting on this is better than many of my shots - I prefer gray days, actually.
Business is Picking Up
It's a few weeks since I put this log on my deck and the bluebirds know that I stuff suet mix in the cavity.