|This tough native bird knows how to survive year round.|
|Scrub jays don't help with housework. I need bluebirds.|
Related to crows and magpies, scrub jays eat everything. They have a particular love for the walnuts off my dad's tree and the peanuts I put in the feeder.
I'm not allowed many "thrilling bursts of speed" and most of the beautiful vistas I see these days are on a screen, but my family and friends make the ride worth taking.
In troubled times and grey days of late winter, joy can seem to be in short supply. That is when we need to create our own.
Bright color helps me with this. So I've added green back to the blue in my hair. I also bought a US flag to hang on my front door. just looking at it makes me feel stronger and happier.
We all have battles to fight--work, health, politics, family. When storm clouds aren't overhead, they are on the horizon.
But to survive, we have to feed ourselves with moments of joy. So grab a peanut from the feeder. Rewatch your favorite movie. Buy an ice cream cone. Read Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings.
Sit on the bed and sing to the kids about your favorite things so you, and they, will be ready to face the next thunderstorm, and even bigger challenges to come.
|When you have enough peanuts, please share with the rest of us.|
|Although it was inspired by my scrub jays, I call this "Bluejay." It is available in my shop.|
I planned the bluejay shawl before the yarn was even made. I received a bag of blue and grey wool through a subscription from https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreatedbyElsieB and bought additional wool in a natural grey from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaughingLambFibers Spun together, they created a yarn that looks quite a bit like my favorite noisy birds I used a "cherry leaf" lace pattern, meant to look like feathers.