Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sooo Disappointed

Unfortunately I won't be posting any more pictures of our robin family. We were gone to my daughter's track meet yesterday, and just as we arrived home my oldest son was watching the female carry away the last of the eggs. I'm not sure what she did with them, but one of them dropped and broke in the driveway. The man delivering my youngest son's papers had dropped the bundle right under her nest so I'm thinking the thud and commotion may have terrified the poor thing.

I am so disappointed as I was really looking forward to watching the eggs hatch one by one. Nature can be very entertaining and interesting, but it can be sad too.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mating Season!

Days 1-3: A robin spent 3 days building a nest in the planter next to
my front door (on the left side). Notice how close it is to the door?

The completed nest. I just have to stand in my doorway
and reach my hand out with my camera to take a picture!

Day 4 - Just before noon we watched through the window as the robin laid her first egg.
Day 5 - 2 eggs! Same again...she laid it right around noon time.
Day 6 - 3 eggs, same time of day!
Day 7 - 4 eggs! Again, same time of day!
Here is momma robin sitting on her eggs.
I'm only about 4 feet away from her!

I guess it's going to be awhile before I can replace my planter!

So, now the waiting begins! It takes about 12 days or so before the chicks hatch. Then it will take another 13-16 days for them to leave the nest. I will be posting more pics as I can, so keep checking in. In the meantime, we continue to use our side entrance as much as possible to keep from disturbing her. She sits on the nest for close to an hour, then takes off for a short time, and then returns again. After all the work she's done so far, she now has lots of sitting time! Although, I've read that as the chicks hatch, she will start building a new nest for another clutch. She will do this again probably one more time after that until August. So I guess it's good for her to sit as long as she can, when she can! The male robin helped a little bit with the nest building, and will eventually help with some of the feeding, but so far he has been best at keeping guard! He likes to stay close and keep an eye on things.

Monday, April 19, 2010


A friend of mine has been working very hard for about 2 years toward passing an important test for her job. She works in a bank and passing this test meant a promotion and a raise. I'm very proud of her for hanging in there and working so hard as she has had a lot of difficult things going on in her personal life during this time as well. I made this card to congratulate her.

Labels: MS (punch), Kaiser Craft (pearls), Bazill (yellow & blue CS), Spellbinders Labels 1; stamps - Artemio and unknown; Fiskars flower punches; pp was a rak won at Cuppas & Cards.

5 Easter Cards - Better Late Than Never

I made these 5 cards for my family for Easter this year, but unfortunately haven't been able to post them until now. I guess it's better to post them now, than not all though. They're all self-explanatory except the bottom one. For it, I used white CS and my swirls CB folder, then inked it with the different Easter colours. On the 3rd card I added a Maya Road bird, but unfortunately the glue at the bottom of the bottle had turned brown and showed through. I didn't know it could do that, did you?

Product Labels: Fiskars, MS, Cuddlebug, Recollections, Spellbinders, Maya Road, and the rest are dollar store or rak items.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Nintendo DS Card

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Thanks for your interest in my card.