I love noticing the camouflage of the wildlife in my backyard, forcing me to do a double-take to confirm what I think I saw.
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I was so excited to come home with an armload full of deals!
The bluejays have returned to my area lately. I love that they are easy to spot with their beautiful bright blue colors. And I love their loud squawking, which makes the squirrels nervous. Which makes me smile.
I’m always hoping one of them will be kind enough to drop one of their bright blue feathers in my yard for a keepsake. Happy hump day to you. Here’s to hoping you find time to get outside, breath in a big gulp of fresh air and slowly let it out with a sense of peace.
My weekend feels complete when I get the chance to go hiking, one of my favorite things to do. We are about 50% at peak for our fall colors, which usually happens around the middle of October.I’m so grateful there is a hiking trail so close to my house. Hope you can get out there this season and see some autumn colors!
More treasures from the thrift store:
I found another silver tray – this one is about 8 inches wide. It’s great to have a smaller size than the more common dinner plate size.
I also found a couple more little Beatrix Potter books to add to my collection.
A unique glass canister for storing coffee beans.
And a unique, retro water glass just for fun.
I spent $4.25 and rounded up to $5.00 for charity.
More squirrel shenanigans to share with you today!
I read an article in the paper about putting a pumpkin out for the squirrels to munch on. I cut a hole in it and let them dig it out. It’s funny to watch them try to climb inside to get more seeds. I was hoping this would keep them away from the bird feeder but they still try to devour that too. They are a bit frantic this time of year, trying to fatten up for winter and store food.
There’s a hiking trail not far from my house that I love to go to, especially in Fall.
The longest trail is about 3.1 miles and goes through a prairie, along a small lake where motor boats aren’t allowed (which keeps it clean and quiet), and through the woods. It’s actually one of my favorite local hikes!
I find them so intriguing and comforting while exploring these trails. It would be so fun to set up something like this in my own backyard!
I love looking back through my own sketchbooks and illustrations for inspiration for new ideas to draw and illustrate. Here’s one of my favorite illustrations, a daily doodle for the month of October which was part of a year-long daily doodle challenge I did.
I really loved this challenge and hope to make time to do this again!
I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few more of my recent finds:
I’m always on the hunt for vintage silver items. I found these poached egg cups which are exactly like the cups we used to have when I was a kid in the 1970s! And these lovely silver and black coasters – love that scroll work design in the center. I’ve been searching for a long-handled spoon for cocktails or ice cream treats and finally found one.
I’ve never been a good bargain shopper so it’s been fun lately to learn how to search for thrifty and vintage treasures for everyday use. I only spent $2.00 on these goodies, which included rounding up to the nearest dollar for charity.
I don’t see bunnies too often throughout the day in my backyard, since they are more active at dawn and dusk. I’m not sure if this bunny saw me sitting at the patio table right next to him/her, or if he just didn’t care I was there. It was great to witness him eating a weed! If only they would eat more weeds and less plants I actually paid for, like the tulips starting to come up in spring and the coneflowers I’m trying to get to spread throughout the flower gardens.