The past three weeks have melted away but not without notice. We celebrated Christmas a bit differently this year due to my work. We didn't have everyone over, or put up a big tree, or go beyond our limits. What we did do was take the party to Mt. Hood, and to a lovely rented home. The house was clean when we arrived and ready for us! All of our kids made the drive up to where we were and we are so thankful they did. We won't do this every year but it is a good alternative when time is limited. We stayed two nights and drove home to our clean house....well.....somewhat clean house. :)
Now, here it is New Years Eve and we are looking forward to many more delightful times ahead!
We are thankful for the bounty of family and loved ones in our lives!
This last week was busy and I wouldn't want it any other way. Work is going well and I'm learning the in's and out's of designing a fruit basket! It is all about presentation and packing too much fruit in a too small basket! The end product looks very nice and people love buying the festive packages. There is something nice about watching people caught up in the joy of the season.
The sweetest story ever told begins to unfold once again as we remember this season of Advent. It is good!
This Christmas season I will be working where people come to shop! It will be something very new to me. It brings me up close to the hustle and bustle of Christmas,and it will be fun. I will be mindful of all there is to be thankful for!
Today when I opened the front door to go outside I heard a shrilling sound that was unusual. It was not a common sound around our home. I called out to the noise in my "animal talking voice" and heard the shrill again. I walked out a bit further and looked in the direction of the shrill. There on our large maple tree was a small red-headed woodpecker. They are rare and I don't believe I have seen one before this. The bird seemed friendly, so I dashed back in the house to grab my camera. I got three quick photos of the little bird and he disappeared behind the tree.
The shrill I heard was not one of distress but one that said, "Hey, I'm over here!"
From what I can gather..... a woodpecker of this sort likes to live among oak trees, and that life source is growing scarce due to development. I will say that there are lots of oak trees in Oregon, and they don't commonly grow where there is development going on. And, if the oaks are hard to locate there is no shortage of maple trees. I've seen other varieties of woodpeckers at our tree because it is teaming with insects, and provides ample eating area.
We are told to watch out for the starlings. Starlings are aggressive and will chase the woodpeckers out of a tree. This happens after the woodpecker has done all the prep work to prepare the tree for eating!
As you can see this is not a large bird, but he has a large singing voice otherwise he would have gone unnoticed. I am blessed to have seen and interacted with this little creature.