Winter Time Fun For You and Your Kids

Here are a couple of different ways you and your young ones can have a fun crafty day. You can make something to feed the birds!

Please feel free to copy this story and instructions. You have my permission. If you like the story, please leave a comment.  Thanks!  Happy Crafting.

 

IT’S FOR THE BIRDS

Winter is here. Snow is blanketing the ground and covering the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air is blowing and Jack Frost is painting your window panes.

Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold.  But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds?  Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food?  Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter.  We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months.  Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

PINE CONE FEEDER

Two or three pine cones

Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds

Raisins

You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)

Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.

Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones.  If  the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.

Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone.  Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.

Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan.  You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.

Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.

Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.

Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.

Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way.

This is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!

 

SUET FEEDER

Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket.  You will need:

A piece of suet

A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)

A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)

Here is how you make the suet feeder:

 

Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.

Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.

Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.

Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.

 

If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over.  The birds will eat at your feeders all year long.  The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.

 

Fun But Important Facts:

Never put peanut butter on your pine cones without the birdseed.  Believe it or not, peanut butter will stick in the bird’s throat and make it choke.  The birdseed will help them to swallow the peanut butter.

Don’t feed birds sugar-coated cereal or salted snack foods.  It isn’t good for them. Instead, offer them some sliced apples cut into small pieces.  It’s a much healthier treat. And it will keep your new bird friends happy.

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Echoes (An Excerpt From My Novel)

                                         This is a novel that I started a few years ago  and set aside.

writing_4I wasn’t losing interest, I just had other things come up and now it is time to pick this up again. So far, I like this very much. Let me know what you think about it. I am not afraid of criticism, so if you don’t like it, just say so. I’m hoping that you do. Give me a little push to get things going again.

A few quotes about writing:

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
– Stephen King

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
– Ayn Rand

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.”
—Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD

And now, a few opening paragraphs of:

Echoes  (The echoes of my screams lasted longer than that of my last breath)

Everything we do and say, whether good or bad, comes back to haunt us sooner or later like an echo. It repeats itself over and over and over.

We are going to examine the lives of three very different people. All of them are hiding something. None of them know each other, but little do they know just how much they have in common. Their lives are going to collide.

Character list:

First is Sarah. Sarah is a first grade school teacher. Everyone thinks of Sarah as a shy little thing, but Sarah has a lot of sexual secrets.

Second is Tom. Tom is a high level executive in a well known firm. Tom does nothing without expecting something big in return. Tom is a real ass.

Third is Veronica. Veronica is the daughter of a very rich man. She is giving away her father’s money without his knowledge. Everyone loves her because of her generosity. Veronica has a heart of ice.

All three people were born and raised in the town of Cool Springs. Two of them still live here. One moved to New York, but still visits his parents on occasion.

All three of them would get an invitation in the mail. They are to attend a special showing at a local dinner theater and they are to come alone.

The story begins:

Preface

He was watching them. You know who I mean, Satan, Lucifer. His friends call him Luke. He had picked his next three victims. It was such a game to him, but he was getting bored.

Luke

Luke was standing on his deck looking out across the water. He was thinking about his next three victims. He was getting tired of the same old routine. He had been doing this for so long that it no longer excited him the way that it used to. It wasn’t that he was feeling sorry for them. No. They knew exactly what they were getting into when they made the deal. Why did they all act so surprised when it came time to pay up? Did they really think that he, Lucifer, had forgotten?

Usually, Luke met each of his victims individually and gave them an ultimatum. They would have to pay up now, or they could stick around here on earth and gather more potential victims for him. This was the part that was getting boring. They all decided to stick around except for a few that decided to get it over with. The ones that wanted to stick around hoped that Luke would let them live a full life and let them die of natural causes, and he did let them live. Their lives usually became such a whirlwind that they sometimes wished that they had gotten it over with and gone with him at once.

Their deaths were usually horrid. They died in a lot of pain, they did not die quickly. If they had only just gone with him, they would have had it easy. Honestly, what did they think he was going to do? Luke laughed at the thought. He didn’t know what all the panic was about. Did they really think there was fire? And why did they automatically think they went underground? Where did all these stories come from? Come to think about it, he would have enjoyed having that pitchfork that everyone portrayed him as having. This job was getting too easy. He needed to spice things up a bit. But before he did that, he needed to make a plan.

Up until now, the ones that came right away were surprised that they got to stay on earth. They couldn’t believe that when they awoke from their deaths that what they saw was a stark white room filled with pillows. There were gauzy white curtains billowing around the room that were suspended from the ceiling and the room was amazingly cool. So…this was hell? How could it be? This was a joke right? Luke was always there in a flash to set them straight. This was no joke. They soon came to realize that this might be just as bad as the fiery hell they thought they were going to. The missions that Luke sent them on were no picnic.

Luke realized however that this world was changing fast and that the things that used to lure people to him were sometimes no longer relevant. He needed to amp things up. He needed to send his minions to people that needed a little push. People that needed a little whisper in their ear to send them in his direction. They always knew when they went a little too far with their demands.

Just For Me

I really need some new dish cloths. So after some pondering, it took quite some time to convince myself that it would be alright for me to take some time off and make something Just For Me.

You see, I’m not used to doing that. I am usually busy making things for others that it doesn’t even cross my mind to make something for myself. I figured that I make dish cloths so quickly that I really could take some time for me. And you know what?  It feels good.  Besides that, I’ve been wanting to try this new yarn organizer that my sister got me for Christmas. It keeps the balls from becoming tangled or rolling across the floor. I have to tell you Tracy (sister), I Love It!!! Thank you, Thank you.

I didn’t get into my cotton yarn bin for these colors. These were easy to get to. If you saw my stash, you would understand my dilemma on getting to my cotton bin. Oh dear   😦

That is going to be my project for another day. It gives me a headache just thinking about it! LOL  Well friends, it’s time to show you some photos of the dishcloth that I am making and of the  colors that I picked for the others. I figured that three cloths would be enough for now.

 

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I’ll show you the end product. It won’t take too long for me to finish these. Then I have to figure out what I’m going to start on next. Everything I make is…

Made-with-Love

 

 

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2017-A Year For Doing Good Things

What a great way to start off the new year.  I got a pleasant surprise the other day by email.

I made a Christmas afghan a couple of years ago that got auctioned off for charity.  Well, the person that won it sent me an email. They said how much they enjoyed the afghan and that they had gotten many compliments on it. They also said that I should make more of them.

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Afghan I made for charity.

To say that I was overjoyed is an understatement. I know that my plans for crocheting more for charity this year is a good one and a plan that I will keep. It makes me feel good to know that people really do appreciate good work.

I was thinking about all of the different color combinations that I could choose from and I thought about two or three different blues and white. The possibilities are endless.

The email that I got has made me realize another thing. How very important it is to think of others. That you are keeping someone warm or making a security blanket for a child. Or just the simple fact that you care enough about someone and I have been blessed to see the smile and joy on a child’s face when they get a blanket. That is enough for me to keep on doing this thing that I have been doing for years and years. The smiles of appreciation. Oh yeah, that will do it for me.

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