A2Z 2021 – Birds – Magpie

Featured Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay Physical Description: A striking bird, the magpie has the deep, glossy black plumage of a crow or raven, with a white chest and white blazes across the top of the wings. The primary flight feathers also have white on them, as can be…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Goldfinch

Featured Image by Michael Murphy Physical Description: The goldfinch is a small, stubby bird measuring about 4.5 inches long, with a wingspan of approximately 8 inches and a weight of roughly .5 ounce. The bird’s plumage is mostly bright yellow, and it has a black blaze above the beak, black wing edges touched with white,…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Falcon

Featured Photo by Viktor Jakovlev on Unsplash Physical Description: The falcon has a curve at the end of its beak that is sometimes referred to as a hook. Peregrine falcons average 17 inches in length, with a wingspan of about 42 inches and an average weight of about 2.5 pounds Geographic Distribution: Falcons are found…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Dove

Featured photo by Sylvia Maulding Physical Description: Doves are medium-sized birds with short stout bodies, short necks, and short beaks. Size varies according to the species as does coloring. The mourning dove, the most common species in North America, measures about 11 inches long, with a wingspan of 18 inches and a weight of approximately…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Cardinal

Featured Photo by Christy Mesker Physical Description: The northern cardinal is a mid-size songbird with a distinctive crest on the head. The cardinal measures approximately 8.5 inches long, weighs approximately 1.5 ounces, and has a wingspan of about 11 inches. The male is slightly larger than the female and is a vibrant red with a…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Blue Jay

Featured Photo by Alain Audet Physical Description: The blue jay is a medium-sized songbird that weighs about 3 ounces, measures about 10 inches, and has a wingspan of about 15.5 inches. Like all other corvids (the family that includes birds such as crows and ravens), jays are fiercely intelligent and social birds, with a loud…

A2Z 2021- Birds – Albatross

Featured Photo by Craig K. Lorenz Physical description: The albatross has a long, straight bill with a hook on the end with two tubes along it, one on each side, to allow the bird to expel seawater taken in with food. Its plumage ranges from browns to whites. The black-footed albatross measures approximately 27 inches…

Frogging the Swatch

“A CAL is basically a group of people all working on a large project at the same time and pace. Some are targeted to more advanced crocheters and involve a variety of difficult stitches. Others are designed so that everyone can participate, no matter their skill level. Often the pattern chosen will be an afghan,…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good evening, everyone! Today has been a cozy day of self-care. This Valentines I want to say that I appreciate you, and thank you for your support. It’s below freezing here, and the city issued a city-wide text telling us to stay inside due to the accidents on the roads. Movies, facials, game of checkers…

Braised Cabbage and Mushroom Piroshki

Good morning! For today’s Tasty Tuesday, we will explore a piece of Tatyana’s cookbook, Beyond Borscht! My boyfriend has an endless fascination with Russia and Ukraine and bought this book with a gift card he received for Christmas. I must have learned much about Poland from him. And… I LOVE to cook! He picked two…