I am not very lucky in getting good pictures of the birds that frequent my yard but on this occasion they stayed still for me : )

This little pair of goldfinches had been chirping away, sitting on a telephone or electrical wire outside my front porch. I went outside standing at the edge of the steps thinking that the minute I went for my camera they would fly away. One did fly…right down to the porch, to my feet, continuing to chirp for awhile. I was amazed. Then they both flew off to the side of the house but I could still hear them. Hoping that they’d landed on the sunflowers, I went for my camera and captured some nice shots of the little beauties.

Goldfinch collage


Goldfinch 5


goldfinch 4


goldfinch 3


Below is the little one who was singing at my feet, to my delight.


Goldfinch 2




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Vintage Ball Perfect Mason Jar, Garden Bouquet, & “Photobombed”

A few weeks ago I picked up this vintage Ball Perfect Mason jar at the thrift store.  I was thrilled that they had one and that it was only $3.00 : )

I’d ordered the anniversary blue jars at the beginning of the summer but I was going to use them for canning for the most part, and not as vases.  And there is just no comparison between them and this old beauty with the tin / metal ? lid. I “Googled” this and they are described as zinc lids.

VIntage Ball Perfect Mason Jar

Well, the other day, while our temperatures had been in the high 80’s with extreme humidity, severe storms with high winds were predicted, and later in the week it was going to cool off. I went out to cut some flowers thinking that this might be my last garden bouquet of the season. I decided to use the jar as my vase and take some pictures.

Flowers in Jar Kitchen in Background

And then what happened was…as a fellow blogger-friend calls it : I was photo-bombed :)

Cat photobombed


The silver gravy boat ( or thing …would you really put gravy in that? : ) was a thrift store purchase as well. I think that I’d picked it up last year…I only have two pieces of silver in this house and they are both from the thrift store. I paired it with the mason jar so that I could put the lid into it, and that way I’d not forget where I put the lid once the flowers died off.  Truthfully…all over this house there are things put away that I don’t know where they are :) At least I know where the lid is.

Am I the only one like this..


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