Saturday, July 30, 2011

caturday dishes

this is what happens at my house when you open the dishwasher - then walk away

Friday, July 29, 2011

Birding in Tennessee: Eastern Kingbird

Return of the King, indeed! The Eastern Kingbird appears in Tennessee in the springtime. By late August or early September they've gathered in groups of 20 for migration to Mexico and South America. When the 'gathering' time begins the Kingbird becomes very vocal, and entire families will call back and forth. The collective noun(s) used for a flock of kingbirds: tyranny, court or coronation

Each year, these birds return to their mating grounds and stake out their territory. Kingbirds (both male and female) are intolerant of other birds and seem to have no fear for even the largest and most formidable enemy. Hawks, crows and blue jays are not safe from their attacks. Their reputation for having such an attitude earned them the moniker "King"

Kingbirds demonstrate a hawking technique for catching insects: they perch on tall branches and watch intently for flying insects. After flying out to catch it (in flight), the birds return to the same perch.

A little known fact about Kingbirds: they have a concealed red crown that is seen only when they are 'displaying'

BIRDING is a special series on Edge of the Wildwood that features wild birds. Visit us again for more stories about our feathered friends.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

corn husk doll

High, hot summer means that corn is in season and in abundance. Next time you pick some ears for roasting, save those husks (and hair) for a simple, old-fashioned craft:

Corn Husk Dolls!

Have you ever wondered why the corn husk doll has no face? Find the delightful story on the Native Tech website.

Remember that these dolls like to stay busy, so work up a tiny broom or garden hoe for them:)

Follow these easy instructions and make your own:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

wordless wednesday

Monday, July 18, 2011

bloodhound blogger

Like most bloggers, I keep up with which posts get the most attention - and which ones don't. For the most part, my blog gets a steady stream of visits and a hearty number of views.

There is one standout month for my blog: AUGUST 2010

My blog enjoyed 3 times the visitors for that particular month! All records were broken and activity was at an all-time high. The content of my posts were typica: a series on hardwoods, a few funny photos, history and silliness. It wasn't just one post that was getting all the action...every post was well read.

Now, this was the same month that Edge of the Wildwood was rated and listed on BLOGGED and was given the top rated blog in the woodworking/crafts category! Don't think for one minute that BLOGGED is just another directory site - it's so much more. widgets, feeds, friends lists, recommended blogs, and topic tabs. Want some one-click action? you can connect to FB, twitter and start quick chats.

Edge of the Wildwood has been tracking like a bloodhound to find the reason for success in August '10 and I believe the combination of BLOGGED and LinkWithin is the secret. Besides that, I'm a really good blogger.

Are you a devoted blogger? try it!

Apologies if you were searching for blogs on the subject of bloodhounds...try DOGS

Saturday, July 16, 2011

olde street view

funny pictures history - Ye Olde Google
see more Historic LOL

Friday, July 15, 2011

Storyteller: Lime Sink

I grew up in a small town in south Georgia called 'Adel' where living is free and easy (or so I remember).

Near the center of town is a pond, surrounded by a cemetary with an old church. We walked around and through this property on a regular basis. It was just a few blocks from our church, and in the same neighborhood as my elementary school.

Even as a child, I was aware of the folklore and stories surrounding this pond. . . it was called the Lime Sink. We believed it to be very dangerous and possibly haunted. This historical marker tells of the bottomless Lime Sink mysterious origins. It's neither lime nor a sink and seems to have no source of water to fill it.

The Lime Sink keeps a steady, clear supply of water and I remember it to be a very quiet and peaceful place.

STORYTELLER is an ongoing series for Edge of the Wildwood that brings you a variety of markers and stories from history.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

my bucket list

When I sit down to list things to do before I die... I realize what a simple, content person I really am. That bit of insight comes into focus when I see that there's very little travel and no daredevil adventures in my bucket. I'm not motivated by big events or tackling some physical challenge - but I so seem to want to make occasions special and to kinda show-off.

If you've ever tried to write a bucket list, you'll see what I mean. Put skydiving on your bucket list and try to imagine yourself jumping out of a plane and pulling a cord for your parachute. Like me, you'll probably take that one off right away.

The great thing about a bucket list is that it changes with you. Mine is a work in progress; here's what I have so far

  • be a Civil War re-enactor for a day

  • design and sew beautiful blouses for hard to fit bodies

  • take a full day guided tour through my hometown

  • camp and fish until I run out of food

  • host an elegant tea party to honor my mother

  • adopt a friendly goat and give it a life of luxury

  • sing a gospel song solo in front of my church

  • be a matchmaker (I've always tried but never worked)

  • collect gravestone rubbings from famous people I admire

  • throw a birthday party for my husband in June (his birthday is in October)

  • write a blog post that gets more than 1000 views in one day

Ok, so that last one I cheated on - the posting is up to me, the viewing is all on you:)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

the happiest flowers in town

New artwork for my home! This bold and bright painting is the creation of a sweet friend of mine, Doug.

I call it 'Happiest Flowers' and it certainly brightens up my walls.

This pieces features big, yellow blooms and electric blue iris - the greenery in the background give it a great contrast.

I love the stylized, whimsical way that Doug brought all these elements together. The heavy brush strokes add alot of interest to an already playful painting!

Special thanks to my bud, Brenda too:)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Birding in Tennessee: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

The smallest bird in Tennessee at just 3 - 3 1/2" this hummingbird has green iridescent feathers with a black throat patch that reflect as a bright ruby red in the sun.

The tiny "Ruby" is masterful at flight and movement: able to hover, fly up and down, and is the only bird with the ability to fly backward. This bird does not have a song or a chirp but rather it chatters or makes a buzzing sound to communicate. The wings make a soft humming noise, flapping 50-60 times per second (or faster during a chase).

The heart of this creature beats an increible 1260 beats per minute with breaths at 250 times per minute.

How small is it? It takes about 5 hummingbirds to equal the weight of one chickadee! No other bird is as tiny as the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

BIRDING is a special wildlife series on Edge of the Wildwood --- visit us again for another fascinating bird profile.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

pressed and aged

I made an amazing discovery in our family bible... Our family bible has always been proudly displayed in our Living Room. I dust it off and keep it safe because it represents so much history and hope. One day, as I was handling the enourmous book, I found these pressed flowers between the pages:

Some of the flowers disintegrated when I touched them, but a few were in good shape.

If I wanted to press some flowers, I would probably use a large book that was NOT the family bible. Which made me think that these were likely flowers from a funeral. A wedding bouquet is another possibility, although wedding arrangements are usually of a similar type. The fact that they were pressed in the bible (along with tiny wooden dowels and wires) leads me to believe that they were from a funeral.

There are lots of handwritten notes that log the birthdates and passing of relatives from 1856 to 1899. There are also numerous obituaries that were clipped from the local newspaper. One of these ancestors decided to press the flowers, and it certainly brings perspective to their mourning.

I'm glad they saved the flowers, but for the sake of the bible I removed them. Maybe I'll be able to use the delicate pressings in the future; for now the flowers are tucked away with photos.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

CATurday portrait

All American Cat: Bubba

Lovable Cat-Next-Door: Mimi

Friday, July 01, 2011

Tough Times: canOcorn recipe

If you're looking for a few easy ways to stretch your groceries - and satify your family - try this declicious recipe from my sister, Kelly:

canOcorn casserole

1 can whole sweet corn, drained
1 can cream corn
1 box of 'jiffy mix' cornbread mix
8 oz sour cream
1 stick butter

mix all ingredients, pour into cassrole dish.
back at 350' for 40-45 minutes
until top begins to brown

TOUGH TIMES is a continuing series of useful household tips that will get us through some tough times! Only from Edge of the Wildwood:)
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