Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sweet Hummingbird & Lovely Rose

Oh I love my little hummingbirds...they've been busy lately..The males are SO territorial...the guys have been fighting for about two weeks. Even though I have five feeders, they seem to think it's only enough for ONE male & ONE female!! They even get mad at me sometimes if I get near the feeder. LOL!! He obviously wants to "bite" the hand that feeds him..silly boy!!
One picture shows my hummer sitting on the branch where he can view his food..and protect it.

This rose is one I planted last year from Heirloom Roses, I forgot it's name, I'll find it and post, but isn't it lovely??? The most wonderful shade of apricot?? peach?? pink?? OH it is gorgeous and smells so good. If only my soil wasn't clay here, I know it would be BURSTING with blooms.

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet


Monday, May 28, 2007

Bunny Rabbits Swap Hop @ Hop Hop Jingle Boo

While I was roaming the wonderful world of BLOGS I found Debra of Hop Hop Jingle Boo , heading up a bunny swap.
I thought it sounded like GREAT fun, so I have signed up. Just check out
if you'd like to be part of the swap or just to check out her great BLOG.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cottage Charm WINNER

I am so pleased to announce that Heather of

Pretty Petals

will be owning my "Spring Chick Box" Tis a big one , about 16 inches tall.

The response has been wonderful**I hope all of you will
visit The SInging Woods oftern.

A group of us will be doing another GIVEAWAY in June, so
check back for details.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I just found this today and want to get in on all the fun. Please click the banner above
to see all the participating bloggers.

Here a photo of what I will be giving away ~

All hand did by me using a DEERFIELD FARMHOUSE pattern.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, making sure that you have an email link in your profile or add your email address in the comment.
Saturday morning I will write all the entries down (which may not be many since I'm getting in so late), put them in a bowl, and draw out a winner. I'll post the winner on my blog as well as send them an email asking for their mailing address.
Don't be shy, sign up, it'll be fun!

Have you seen them? Have you heard them?

My pics show them, they leave their shells EVERYWHERE, they just grab on to something and ZOOM they leave their outer shell .. I see their wings everywhere too!!
and the birds. Oh My Gosh, tis a sweet treat for them, I see them taking on this big TREAT..I EVEN saw an army of ants trying to carry one off today!!
WOW picture shows a live cicada..they get sooooo loud, but what wouldn't after waiting 17 years to come above ground and mate..They're hhhheeeerrrrreeeeeee
below is an article I found all

"Brood XIII
It sounds like a bad horror movie. But it's actually the name of the billions of cicadas expected to emerge this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground.

The red-eyed, shrimp-sized, flying insects don't bite or sting. But they are known for mating calls that produce a din that can overpower ringing telephones, lawn mowers and power tools.

Brood XIII is expected across northern Illinois, and in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Cicadas live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal is mating.

They don't harm humans, although they are clumsy and might fly into people. Birds, squirrels and pets, especially dogs, love to eat them, and they are high in protein.

They're going to have quite a meal. It's going to be like Thanksgiving for them.

They are periodical cicadas, which are only found in the eastern half of North America. The annual, or dog-day cicadas, that appear every summer are common around the world.

The last massive emergence of periodical cicadas was in 2004, when Brood X emerged after 17 years underground in parts of 15 Eastern states. Some broods emerge after 13 years.

As nymphs burrowing underground, cicadas suck sap from tree roots. Almost all members of a group, or brood, burst from the ground within a couple days of each other.

They quickly climb the nearest vertical surface to molt and unroll their wings. In some heavily wooded areas, as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre will crowd onto trees, expert say.

``It's one of the greatest insect emergences on Earth,'' said Daniel Summers, an entomologist at The Field Museum.
A single male's shrill courtship call can reach 90 decibels, equivalent to a kitchen blender. That could sour plans for outdoor events over the next few weeks.
Ravinia Festival, a 103-year-old music festival held north of Chicago, revised its schedule to avoid classical musicians having to compete with the insects, said festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman.

June will see more pop bands outdoors, a few concerts moved indoors and a visit from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. ``With 350 voices on stage, they can hold their own against the bugs,'' Kauffman said.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, spokeswoman Gloria Ciaccio joked that her advice for brides holding outdoor weddings there will be to put the tent flaps down and turn the music up.

An Illinois company that provides ice sculptures has turned down several outdoor parties over the next month. That's because of what happened when Nadeau Ice Sculptures owner Jim Nadeau delivered a swan statue to a wedding in 1990, during the area's last emergence of the periodical cicadas.

``We put our tray down and immediately the cicadas came off the ground and attacked the ice. Literally, it was a moving sculpture, this big black ugly mass of cicadas constantly moving,'' said Nadeau.

``I don't want to talk myself out of work, but that was just too gross,'' he said.
Exactly when the cicadas will emerge is a subject of debate, although there is agreement they emerge once the soil temperature is consistently 64 to 65 degrees for several days. Biologists and insect experts predict the cicadas will emerge between Tuesday and June 1.
The best place to see — and hear — the cicadas will be forest preserves, golf courses and any land where there are older trees where the soil has been undisturbed since 1990.

Freelance writer David Hammond runs the LTHForum, a Chicago-based Internet site devoted to culinary matters, and his ``foodie'' friends want to see what the cicadas taste like.

The insects are eaten in other parts of the world, with descriptions of the taste ranging from shrimp to canned asparagus to not much at all.

No recipe has been decided upon yet, but Hammond assumes they will be fried and perhaps accompanied by a dip or salsa.

``Honestly, they'll probably go down easier that way,'' he said. ``Who knows? Maybe we'll love it. We may have to travel around the country as infestations occur.''

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My Beautiful Baby Girl

I can't believe my baby girl is all grown up. Tonight was High School graduation..I felt like a giddy school girl all
day & night. We started by getting nails and pedicures, then she helped me pick out a dress, ..I dropped her off
at her sister's , who did her hair & makeup. Then on to the Academy..for a lovely ceremony..
Pictures & chatting with friends & family afterwards.

Lastly , dinner at Sushi Gawa's ..oh so yummy & it's Mercedes' favorite, we invited a couple of her friends
to join was ..bonding & comfortable & delightful.

As I enter into another chapter of life, I wonder how I will be with no children at's bittersweet, & I thank
the Lord for giving me three wonderful children to bless my life for these last 35 years...I'll be dreaming of
my beautiful ~grown up~ lady ..who was once my tiny baby girl.
Pleasant dreams, Deena

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Rosa 'Reine de Violette'

I was delighted to see her pretty blooms this morning. Oh she smells divine. I am blessed with her
lovely face smiling up at me.
I have another Old Heirloom Rose getting ready to show her bud. It
will be a delight to share her.
Rosa rugosa ~ Blanche Double de Coubert is her name~coming soon, I can just barely see the color
of her bud.

I've had a turkey visitor lately too, she brought her friends before, but she's been coming back alone. I
know she's enjoying our bird seed, BUT she's SO smart, she hears me as soon as I try to get outside with
the camera. I was lucky to get this one, she hopped the fence about 2 seconds after I snapped this. She's not
as pretty as the fleur, but I think she's lovely just the same.

Fondly, Deena

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Promise of a Rose

Having moved to The Singing Woods two years ago, I had to leave behind all my wonderful roses at
my old Victorian. Last year , I decided I needed my roses again, & sent for some Old Fashioned Roses
from Heirloom Roses. I had to BABY these bushes, as soil here is just not compatible to growing
When I came back from the Folk Art Show @ Cinammon Creek Cabin in KY this last Sunday, I was delighted to see the promise of this rose, Reine de Violette, with it's wonderful buds. The weather has turned quite cool here
but I am hoping she will bloom this week. I can smell her fragance NOW!! alas I am to be blessed with
one of my favorite roses blooming here in the wood.

Life is good, take time to stop & smell the roses~***~ Deena

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31

"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."

May God bless each & every woman, be she a mother or not. Deena

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The lilacs have bloomed and smell oh so wonderful!! The attic fan is on and the smell of lilacs is heady in the house. I couldn't believe the butterflies were out already, but here they are..lovely !!

I'll be at Cinammon Creek Cabin "A Gathering at the Cabin" in Kentucky this weekend..If you go, stop by and say hello
fondly, Deena

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The leaves in the trees will sing!!

Tis Sunday, May 6th, 2007
We had the BEST bird day
..check my " Scenes from The Singing Woods "Picture Trail link to the left for some great pics.
We EVEN had a Great Blue Heron fly overheard
smiles, deena

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

What a difference FIVE days makes

Here are pictures I took from our back on Saturday April 28 and one today Wednesday May 3..what a difference a few days of nice weather makes ..The leaves look so lovely ..a provide a haven for all matter of wildlife.
smiles, Deena