Saturday, July 07, 2007

Five Senses Weekend

Hello everyone! This morning, after a cup of hot coffee, we headed out to the Farmer's Market and a few yard sales. Here are some scenes from our day...

Hear: I have an update about the baby Mourning Dove that fell out of the nest. As you can see, it's back up, safe and sound.

I never got a call back from the wild bird agency and when I went out to see how the baby was doing, I noticed it was shivering. A bad rain storm was on the way (it ended up raining for hours!) so I put on my gardening gloves and gently lifted it back up into the nest. That's when the trouble started...

The baby bird still in the nest got spooked when it saw my hand and jumped down, which caused the bird I was rescuing to jump down too. Now I had two baby birds out of the nest and I kept saying, "what have I done, what have I done!" I found the one bird out in the back yard and managed to get it back up in the nest. I held my hands over it, not touching the bird, just blocking its way out again until it was calm. Then, I went looking for the other one. I finally found it on the patio and again, I covered up the baby bird that was already in the nest with my hand before attempting to add the other one. Did I mention it was raining by now?! I left my hands up there until all was quiet and then quickly came in the house.

A few minutes later the mom came back, fed both of them and then I assume she gave them a good talking to about not leaving the nest again. ;0) Soon, I started breathing again and an hour later my hands stopped shaking! Ok, whoever just read all of that and understood it deserves a prize!

Smell: These interesting flowers are growing next to my Lamb's Ear and are enjoying all the rain.


They make me think of Victorian fans for some reason.


Taste: We bought fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes and peaches at the Farmer's Market.


Mmm...I see a tomato sandwich in my future!


Touch: Sweet fuzzy peaches...


See: We didn't find much at the yard sales but we did get a couple of books. "The English Gentleman" and "The English Gentleman's Wife" both look interesting. Has anyone read them?


This Gooseberry Patch book called "Simple Country Pleasures" priced at $1.00 was my good find for the day!


Thank you for looking at the scenes from our Saturday. I hope you all are having a great weekend!

36 comments:

Becky said...

I'm so glad you were able to help the baby birds get back into the nest! The gardening gloves were a good idea.

Those flowers that you said remind you of Victorian fans---we used to grow those in my mother's greenhouses, and we called them "Brains" (but I can't remember right now the proper name for them). I love them though.

What a lucky find to get a Gooseberry Patch book for a dollar!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Terri said...

Why you're a bird rescuing heroine!! Congratulations!
I've never read those books. You'll have to tell us how they were.
Love,
Terri

Storybook Woods said...

Ohhh those englishmen books look really good. Please let us know what you think xoxoxo Clarice

Sara said...

Hi Kelli, I'm tagging you for a question meme. If you choose to play, please send me your link so I can see it. If you don't want to play, no worries! Thanks. Sara
http://saraandherblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/tag.html

ellen b said...

I understand about the frantic moments you had rescuing and re-rescuing the birdies. Yikes, I'd be shook up, too. I still think I need to go bargain shopping with ya'll!

LBP said...

I'm so glad you were able to get the babies back in their nest! Those burgundy flowers are ones that my Grandma calls "cockscombs".

My husband and I went to the market this morning as well, as came home with cantelope, green beans, and fresh homemade bread!

diana said...

i read it and understood it. good job! i'm sure i would have been shaking too.

looks like a nice saturday. everything looks so yummy.

Myrna said...

I'm sure the Bird Mom was appreciative of your efforts to save her babies!

It sounds like you had a nice Saturday doing some things you really enjoy--except for the rescue incident!

Susan P. said...

I get a prize, I get a prize!!! LOL I can TOTALLY understand where you're coming from, what happened, how you felt, etc . . . We had a similar experience in our back yard last month!! You deserved a nice cup of Earl Grey tea to soothe your nerves after your ordeal;o)

Gena said...

I'm so happy for your little birds. It must be that time of the year - my sis-in-love has a little bluejay (or something?, we're not sure) on her back porch. It, too, fell out and got stuck. I'm glad your little feathered friends are back with mama.

I LOVE Gooseberry Patch books! What a great thing to get for $1.00. I haven't read the other books you got. They look good, though.

Also, the flowers - my grandmother used to grow flowers like those. I just can't remember the name of them right now. They are so pretty.

One last thing - the tomatoes. You know how I LOVE tomato sandwiches. White bread, mayo, salt & pepper on those beauties and I'm in Heaven. Enjoy one for me.

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

I'm so glad you were able to rescue the baby bird, um baby birds, umm......Good job!!!

The new books look good, and you just can't beat a Gooseberry Patch book. Enjoy your fresh produce, too!

rohanknitter said...

You did your good deed for the day with the little baby birds! It's a myth that the mother will reject them if you touch them, although garden gloves surely don't hurt. I guess birds don't actually even have much of a sense of smell. Mama bird is lucky that she picked a spot with merciful caretakers around. : )

I have that Gooseberry Patch book and I love it. Lots of good recipes - you got a deal!!

dot said...

I've never heard of Gooseberry Patch books so I'll have to check them out.
Enjoyed your nice little bird story!

Susie said...

That Gooseberry Patch book is a real find! The corn and tomatoes will taste yummy! Nothing like fresh!!
So glad the birdies are back in the nest with Mama!
hugs!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Glad you were able to help the little birds. My husband has done that a few times.
Susan

The Woman said...

LOVE Gooseberry Patch! What a bargain! The tomatoes made me drool! Glad that the babies are back in the nest safely. Wearing those gloves to not leave your scent was a great idea!

Lana G! said...

Nice work with the birds! I would have been just as nervous:)

Have a fabulous weekend. Hopeful the rain will stop.

Julieann said...

I enjoyed all your senses. Bless your heart about the little birds----when our little birds fell out--I, too, was shaking, so I can totally relate. It will be okay Kelli--you did a good thing!

Julieann

Julie Marie said...

Hi, Kelli,

yes, they are called cockscomb, as one comment said, or also known as celosia.

My hands would have been shaking too, with the birds. I once wondered if I did the right thing by finding a luna moth caterpillar near UND's English Coulee bridge and bringing it to the biology department. Should have I just left it there? It WAS on the road.

Julie

Momma Roar said...

I always enjoy your 5 senses weekends!

That corn looks yummy, we haven't had any fresh corn on the cob yet this year - we will soon!

Melissa E. said...

Oh, how sweet! Little birdies. Here is a little confession from me: When I was growing up, we had a tree outside my bedroom window that housed a nest of baby robins every year. Everyone told me not to touch them or the mom would abandon them but I was 7, so, naturally they were simply irrisistable to me! I particularly liked tapping the nest to see their little heads pop up but I remember finding worms for them too. I don't remember if they ate the worms, though. At any rate, the mom kept coming back though I always imagined she looked a little suspicious giving me the one-eyed, cocked-head stare through the glass. :-)

Christina said...

What a fun day you had!
I wish that I had a yard big enough to have a full garden (floral AND vegetable) and an orchard of trees! There is nothing like fresh grown produce. Yum...

Penless Thoughts said...

Hi Kelli - I just nominated you for an award. Drop by my site to read about it.
Susan

Gina E. said...

Hi Kelli,
I have added a link to your blog now - got it right, lol! Your love and concern for your bird critters sounds just like Ken and I - we love our local wildlife too. The books you have picked up at such bargain prices look absolutely fascinating! I just love those old fashioned style of books - dying to hear a bit more about them.

Heather K said...

Hi Kelli - great post...I like how it worked out with the baby birds...I wasn't sure if it would work..Your flowers are so pretty too.
I've never read the English books.

One of these days I'm going to join your show and tell Friday... just have to get ahold of my hubby's camera at the appropriate time!

Sharon said...

I understood every word you wrote! ;-) I'm glad the baby birds finally stayed in the nest.

I love Gooseberry Patch books! You got a deal for $1.

Glad you had a wonderful day!

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Jodi said...

Fun post! I hope Momma Bird whipped those babies into shape ~ lol. Beautiful *Victorian fan* flower.

Ruth said...

So glad you got the birdies back in the nest. Good job! I love tomato sandwiches, too!! Looks like a very nice weekend.

Mrs. Pivec said...

Terrific rescue, Kelli!

What wonderful finds! It looks like you had a very nice day - the food looks so yummy!

I'm interested in those two books... be sure to let us know how they are!

Heather said...

There is a reason they call it 'bird brained' when we do something really silly! Momma wouldn't have noticed if you added a few more birds to her nest - she can't count! She just responds to their cry for food! I do hope the babies have learned a good lesson - they have a bit of growing to do before they leave the nest!

I have that Gooseberry book and there are some great ideas for the garden and wonderful salad recipes there so I'm sure you'll make great use of it!

Your coxcomb/celosia is lovely and do you know it reseeds prolifically? You should have even more next year, or you can let the flowers dry (just hang them upside down)for a special touch to one of your wreaths in the fall! The seeds are very tiny and black and once when I was saving them our daughter thought they were poppy seeds and ate them!

I had a large heart shaped wreath accented with celosia over our bed for many years - it was fragrant and lovely, but dried flowers don't last forever!

I enjoyed your post, as always!

Paula said...

Kelli -
Enjoyed your five senses. Sounds like you had a very enjoyable Saturday. Thanks for sharing.
Paula

~ Janice ~ said...

Good news you were able to help get the babies back in their nest ok and mama bird took over after that! Those things can be so stressful when you want to do your best helping a wild creature and aren't sure what the best thing to do is! You did good! :o) Loved your photos...

Josh said...

I am sure someone in your comments somewhere told you those flowers are cocks combs. My Grandpa used to grow those. The Amish around here grow great big ones and sell them in bouquets with other flowers.

I had a similar experience in Florida with Mocking Bird babies. They would not stay put. I lived right on a busy road and the tree they were in , was right by the road. The Mom would swoop at me cussin' up a storm and all I was trying to do was help. =)

Marci said...

That last comment was from me. Why it says Josh, I have NO clue. I wonder if my son is messing with me.

Lori B said...

I really enjoy you 5 senses posts.

We love fresh garden veggies and fruits.
I also love the smell of flowers.