Progress Report: All the Things

We are The People of the Box these days.

We unpack, and the pile does not get any smaller. We unpack yet again, and still the mountain looms large, even when the basement door is closed.

We are Doomed.

I am curious. Are some of you sending your basement/garage boxen to us? That is truly generous of you, but really. Thanks. We’re good here.

House Musings

I wanted to put up a birdfeeder, since my Mom taught me that a birdfeeder was an absolute necessity in order to get in good with the neighboring critters. (One wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of a house finch, I’m told.)

birdhouse backyard

See? Cheerful little bird café, on its own little wrought-iron fancy pole.

Guess what I learned.

Squirrels like birdseed VERY much.

squirrel eating

Buddy does not like squirrels on his property.

buddy watching squirrel

Buddy is powerless to do anything about this…and for now, so am I.


I did learn one thing, however.

birdhouse moved

I moved the birdhouse far away from Things Squirrels Could Climb On.

Silly me.

The next morning, I caught sight of one little black scamp shimmying up that pole as bold as brass.

I don’t have a photo for that one. I was too busy running outside and waving my arms and hollering. 

Once I scared away the squirrel, the crows were delighted to accept my hospitality.

No photo here, either. Same reason. Too busy hollering.

I don’t want the CROWS to eat the suet and seed, I want the charming little chickadees and momma cardinal who live in the trees to be my guests.

I’ve read the experts. I know squirrels are going to be my persistent and ever-lasting enemy. But crows? Really?

I am girding my loins.

Found in Sandi’s Garden

first rose

This is the Very First Rose.

Meaning, when we moved in, it was a stick, and we weren’t sure what it wanted to be. However, it was in a place of honour in the main flowerbed, so we watered it and weeded and hoped it wanted to be something awesome.

One day, there it was. One perfect yellow rose.

I know there’s something nibbling on it. I don’t know what that is, but I have the Internet, I will conquer that foe just as I have conquered certain Weedly Things lately.

And then, yesterday, there was this:


I was open-mouthed with joy when I saw this lovely bloom. The bush it is on is center-stage in the flowerbed, so I figured it would be something special.

There are dozens of buds on that bush.

I am so grateful for the glory of the garden today.

It’s Sunday, I have to go get dressed, so no Chispas this morning. But I couldn’t resist sharing a bit of my morning garden with you all today.

And now, here comes the sunrise over my east-facing garden beds…

peace this day,

P.S. Book Recommendation: If you have not yet discovered Anne Bishop‘s work, you have a treat awaiting you. I read the trilogy starting with Written in Red first, and wow. (Warning: the books are trigger-heavy if you have any cutting in your history.) Now, I have started the Tir Alainn series, beginning with The Pillars of the World. Stay-up-all-night warnings apply. (And wait! There’s more! A third series, The Black Jewels, is supposed to be equally excellent.)

About sandi

Knitter. Spinner. Quilter. UFO Wrangler. Sometime bead artist and weaver. Two toddler-age kittens, 1 permakitten, 2 grownup cats, 1 beloved dog angel, 1 spouse, 1 crazy life. I suppose that the 5 cats make me 1 crazy cat lady; OTOH, apparently, yes, I do need that much feline supervision.
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9 Responses to Progress Report: All the Things

  1. molly says:

    isn’t it wonderful to see an unidentifiable stick bloom into what it’s meant to be? lovely pictures from your garden – thank you for sharing! (and if only i had thought of sharing some of the boxes from my basement….:) )


  2. Barbara Rall says:

    This feeder is pricey but it solved my squirrel problems once and for all:
    So happy to see you are enjoying your new house.


  3. Jerri says:

    Thasks for sharing your garden. It is always a surprise and a delight to find something new growing.


  4. You are doing a great job as a first time gardener! A little advice, condense the boxes and throw away the empties. Tip 2: there is a non-toxic grease you can put on the bird feeder pole that won’t allow the squirrels to climb up. Slather that in and say adios to the squirrels. Last tip, the flower with the pink center is called Rose of Sharon – and that comes from a woman named Sharon (me!) who has a bunch of them.


  5. Rachel says:

    The Black Jewels series was my introduction to Anne Bishop and is amazing. Disturbing at times but amazing. I just re-read the series and was as entranced the second time as the first


  6. Vicki W. says:

    Hummingbirds will also go to Rose of Sharon’s and they have lots of lovely colors. Here in Georgia they reseed readily and can be a pestiferous weed but I always leave some to bloom because they are so pretty.

    Another great feeder is this one by Wild Bird’s Unlimited. Pricey but works perfectly. Says she of the 10 squirrels in her backyard.

    The other thing to consider is getting a squirrel baffle like this however…once it snows the ground is closer to the baffle and the squirrel can jump over the baffle….Tricky little critters…


  7. Arla Schmaltz says:

    I watched a ‘documentary’ on “Super Squirrel”. The whole jist of the show was how to outsmart Mr./Mrs. Squirrel…After trying a whole lot of things, the one thing that was successful was the rectangular downspout…it was not only too slippery for squirrels to climb, but it was also too big around for them to wrap their legs around…
    The downspout was put over the pole that the bird feeder was installed on…

    Hope that helps!!!



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