Jumble (noun) = an untidy collection or pile of things
Jumble (verb) = mix up in a confused or untidy way
BRITISH = articles collected for a jumble sale
Well, "untidy" and "confused" are negative words to me, but this post is certainly a "collection" and a mixture. So, "jumble" it is!
As most of you know, our last cat, Maggie, crossed the rainbow bridge on September 21, 2020. I don't miss the dust and the litter boxes, but I do miss the affection that accompanies a loud purr and rubbing on my legs. So, it has been a joy to interact with several cats this month, including cat-sitting for neighbors vacationing in sunny Florida!
Speaking of critters, it has been a bumper month for trail cam photos - the Bald Eagles have returned to fish for Northern Pike at the lake below our house. I wrote about this in February 2021, when Golden Eagles joined in the feast as well.
Here is the patch of open water - the "fishing hole". Last summer, the beaver built a secondary dam below the main dam, which has created this little catchment. Apparently, the fish are swimming through gaps in the main dam and wind up in shallow water that makes for easy pickings for the raptors. Bad decision! The camera is positioned on the other side of the water, so the views you are about to see are looking toward where I am standing to take this picture. (click on the pictures to make them bigger)
I have been doing a little cooking once a week, to give Head Chef a break. I didn't take pictures of week 1 - Normandy Pork Casserole - a recipe from Low Carb Diabetic - and I would recommend the dish! Week 2 was Slow Roasted Salmon, and I am not giving you the link since the spices overwhelmed the salmon. But I documented my work ...
Speaking of food, Head Chef gave us a New Year's resolution - Eat More Jam! How many jam/jelly/related jars do you have?
Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday. The prompt for this week: What are your favorite colors? Do you wear them or decorate with them? As I look around the house, I see many shades of brown, augmented with blues and reds. As we bought furniture over the years, we went for subtle shades and used pillows and blankets to add the color. If I consider my closet, the base palette is brown and black, but with a rainbow of blouses, scarves and sweaters. Is there a specific color your family would say is your favorite? Purple. My bridesmaids wore purple, and I have a purple suede outfit from the 1980's that Spousal Unit wishes I would wear more often! Has it changed over the last few years? Today, my style choices are functional - designed for our active and outdoor lifestyle. In other words, not much purple and no suede!!!
This week, I am also linking to Rain's Thursday Art and Dinner Date. Her theme this week is scarves. I wrote an entire post about scarves on February 10, 2019. This was one of my favorite collages from that post.
Finally, I leave you with this whimsical fairy house that my neighbors created from a tree stump, lovingly harvested from the property of my Dear Neighbor Friend. I am so thankful to live here, and to have so many "jumbles" to share with you.
This week, I am also linking to:
Brian's Home for Thankful Thursday.
Eileen for Saturday's Critters.