Saturday, April 1

No foolin', I'm posting to my BLOG!

It's April Fool's Day and what better day to do a blogpost?  I have left my poor blog unattended for so long. The blogging spirit just wasn't there for me. I think I understand "writer's block". Words that once came easy, just didn't come easy anymore. But last night, I really had the urge to write. And then I realized what today is so I had to write. ;-)
Life has been busy with lots of things since I last wrote in July of 2016. That was when I shared my quilts in a program at a quilt show held during the Allis Chalmers 25th Anniversary Tractor event over in Hutchinson, MN. My program went so well, everyone enjoyed all the quilts and pretties that I brought and the stories I shared. However, it was so hot that day that we felt like we were going to melt, but it was still a great afternoon. 
Fast forward to today and another great afternoon. For the second day in a row, we had sunshine and temps in the low 60's. Spring is in the air and neighbors were out trimming bushes and getting gardens ready for planting. My plan for the afternoon was to "refresh" the wreath that hangs by our front door. It's the wreath that the robins have nested in this past couple years. I took off all the worn and faded flowers and ribbon, dusted the wreath vines, then gave them a coat of stain to make them look new. Actually, I did all that yesterday. That way, this afternoon I could decorate the wreath with new flowers and a new bow. And here it is.............
It's ready for the robins to arrive and take up residence in the base of my wreath. I do hope they come back this year. When we first discovered that robins were building a nest, we were amazed. It had never happened before and so we watched as the robin couple built their nest. And when the nest was finished, mama began to sit upon the nest. Soon there were eggs, almost always four of them, beautiful robin's egg blue eggs!  The wait for the eggs to bear little birds seemed to take forever but finally one would hatch........and then another, and another, til all the little babies were born. Their little beaks were as big as their bodies and momma and papa robin were kept busy feeding the little birdies. They had almost no feathers when first born but in no time, they fluffed out and were a mass of downy feathers that overflowed the nest. And then came the time to fly. They were like watching little airplanes take off. Absolutely amazing! The strange thing was that momma and papa didn't mind if we watched as long as we didn't get too close to the nest. This spring, if the robins return, I'm going to get a little video of them. Keep your fingers crossed that they return because then I'll share and it means I'll post to my blog again. ;-)  Actually, I'll post again soon. I've made a number of projects and I have plans for more, plus some events to share. 
Here are a couple photos from the year that the robins made their nest in my Christmas wreath (didn't take it down soon enough and the Robin family moved in!). Hopefully, this is what we will have to look forward to this Spring!

Here's hoping you had a great Saturday wherever you are and that nobody fooled you too much today! Have a lovely Sunday!


Apple Avenue Quilts said...

So good to see you back. I always enjoy your posts!

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

And I enjoy seeing your comments! Hopefully my blogging block has ended!

Karen said...

Robin's eggs are such a pretty shade of blue. I had to chuckle about you having left your holiday wreath up that long. A delightful place for the robin to lay its eggs.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It was a lovely Saturday here, but, I spent it inside. Rain all this week, yuk. Glad to hear from you again.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely wreath Sandi and love the colour of the eggs,hope your day is a good one .

Needled Mom said...

So good to see a post from you again.

Those robins in the wreath are just adorable! I hope they come back.

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

Thank you all! I am watching for the robins. So far, they haven't taken up residency in the wreath but it's still early. I hope they come back. I hope, I hope, I hope!

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