Spring is here?

So the daffodils are officially blooming here in Western Kentucky, which is a little early for this time of year… However, today when pulling in the drive way I found this little volunteer sprouted up in the middle of our front yard. Could it be spring?

Purple Crocus


End of the School Week Project

Yesterday, I decided to take a break from studying , reading and researching… And indulged in making one of my pinned projects on Pinterest. Luckily I had almost everything I needed (except the elastic) and decided to make this plastic bag dispenser. I decided to modify the pattern I found just a little. This was my result.

Taking on Recycling

Living in a couple of different cities across the U.S. (for varying periods of time) over the past 26 years, it is interesting to discover the differences between the  services every town or city provides to its residents.  One service that has recently become of interest to me  is recycling. My current small city does not provide roadside pick-up, so it is left up to the residents to decide whether or not to recycle.

For the past year and a half  I’ve kind of neglected to look for recycling opportunities until  a class discussion revealed where I could take my recyclable goods. I realized there was a free drop-off place in town where I could take plastics, glass, paper, cardboard,  aluminum and tin cans. I also discovered I could recycle my ink cartridges at most office supply stores in town.

Recycling is now incorporated into my every day routine. Now if only I can get a few more uses out of my Ziploc bags!


What’s outside your window? BIRDS!

So if you couldn’t tell I’m a bit of a bird nut and it probably didn’t help matters that I’m taking an Ornithology class this semester.

(Just a side note a new field guide for birds came out, its the 6th edition of National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer. It’s a great guide with more up-to-date range maps).

Okay, back to what I saw outside my window – BIRDS! I saw a White Breasted Nuthatch in my ash tree, a Tufted Titmouse in my pear tree, and a female Northern Cardinal perched upon my feeder hook. Glad I had my camera handy.

White Breasted Nuthatch

Tufted Titmouse

Northern Cardinal

Whale mobile

Here is my latest craft project…a humpback whale mobile complete with fish!  I saw a similar mobile on Etsy.comand thought it would be simple enough to make after finding the right fabric. I decided to change up the colors and the design of the whale and fish. (Without really realizing it, the fabric and ribbon colors I chose are a bit Murray State-ish which are consequently also like my Alma mater Buena Vista University).

I ran into a few issues that I didn’t anticipate such as the difficulty in sewing the fish, and getting the whale to hang evenly in the mobile. Overall, a fun project.

Currently, it is hanging in my craft room, but I think it would make a great addition to any children’s room.