Friday, January 28, 2011

Cold days, Warm Memories

We love to watch the birds at our feeders. Colorful birds, such as the Blue Jay and Cardinal, quiet and gentle birds like the White-throated, White-crowned and the Chipping Sparrows. Then there is the splash of slate color which is the Dark-eyed Junco, the red of the Purple Finch, and the various woodpeckers: Red-bellied , Downy and Hairy. Black-capped Chickadees flit in and out all the time, and I particularly love the subtle grey-blue of the Tufted Titmouse.

However, every time I see the Nuthatch I think of my father-in-law, and his quiet sense of humor.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

I will remember forever that day in the kitchen of his apartment. We were standing at the sink, looking out at his bird-feeders. They were his pride and joy and he would spend hours caring for, and watching, his birds. When a cute little bird landed upside down on his peanut feeder, I fell in love with it, asking its name. He softly murmered that it was an "Assup."

I thought it an unusual name, and remember looking at him in surprise. That's when I saw the corner of his mouth begin to turn up, and the sparkle in his eye.

An "Assup?" Oh my goodness!

White-breasted Nuthatch

Yes, I think of my father-in-law when we watch the birds...memories which will always warm our hearts.

What are memories which warm your own hearts? Post one of your own treasures on


and send me an email - I'll link you to my own post.

Links to posts which will warm everyone's hearts on a cold winter day.

Have a wonderful weekend.


S. Etole said...

Those nuthatches are such characters ... love the way they appear to pose.

traci said...

that's so cute. i will took me a minute to get it. then i chuckled. your site is beautiful. i will definately be visiting more often. have a wonderful weekend.

Leanne said...

I don't have your email... but to do the poster boards it is really easy in Lightroom 3. I have always done them in CS5 but with the new lightroom you can do it in the Print section. If you have it i'll explain it to you!

Jg. for FatScribe said...

An Assup ... funniest line of the year, so far! I left you a blogger award over at FatScribe ... you deserve it. ;)

Sandy K. said...

Thank you for all the comments - I will definitely email you, Leanne, and I figured out how to add the blogger award to my blog. THANK YOU, Jg, and I've linked your blog to the award.

Traci...I've started my organizational make-over, but it's going to take a while! Will keep you posted.