Of course I'm grateful for memes like Ruby Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday, the Color Projects and others. I've met so many interesting people through them and seen zillions of wonderful photographs.
I'm so grateful that yesterday the sun, some squirrels and birds all showed up at the same time and I had a nice session at the back door. I'm always grateful when there are things to take pictures of... and just wonderful birds and critters to watch.
The first three photos below are some last remnants of nature's reds that I took yesterday along with the red squirrel. Thanks to my neighbors' new practice of putting crumbs in my yard (Shannon did it yesterday and put them closer to the house which was extra cool), the squirrels came quite close and posed nicely for me. That little red guy moves SO fast. I wish I had a tenth of his energy. I'd be moving like the wind. Of course at one point one of the gray ones came right up onto the porch, looked at me with his mouth full of muffin, and sat there giving me some of the most wonderful poses - just as Angel decided she couldn't live without sitting on my lap. Such is life. Do you think they communicate telepathically... ("Hey... know what would drive her crazy?")
These next two photos are from September. I got sidetracked into politics world so I stopped posting many photos or visiting other blogs and just became obsessively insane. Angel and Tara Grace do help keep me grounded... sort of anyway. I'm grateful for Angel's aggravating, charming, eternal curiosity... and for the fact that so far I have managed to get to most of what she would destroy before she gets a chance to do so. She is awesomely creative, though. She and Tara Grace have both adopted my little bean bags as cat toys. Isn't everything a cat toy in the end?
Also from September, I did finally unbox the new pots and pans a week or so after they arrived and left them sitting there in the corner for a month or so because I didn't want to ruin them by using them. I finally broke down last week and oh, my but they are wonderful! No stick pans which actually live up to the claim. Too cool.
I was so excited and grateful yesterday to catch the bird show below. I'm sharing it here because I'm hoping maybe someone out there can identify the birds. They look sort of grackle-like to me, but I think they are too big. That tree is in my neighbor's yard. They filled it and another one up like decorations on a Christmas tree. It was awesome and delightful. If you click on the pictures you can see them larger.
Have a grand and joy-filled Tuesday - Ruby or otherwise.