Friday, January 31, 2014

Random 5 Friday

It's Friday and time for Nancy's Random 5 Friday at A Rural Journal where we post 5 facts about ourselves, our pets, our kids, our day, whatever you want to share!

~male Cardinal~

1.  I have yet to figure out why the font size won't stay the same after clicking on the size I want.  Often it will suddenly change to a different size.  There are a few other gripes I have about Blog.ger, but I'll stop now.  You're welcome.
 
 
~Blue Jay ~

2.  I've gone to the archives for some bird shots.  I've yet to get very many good shots this year.  Not that I haven't tried, but they fly off the minute they spot me at the window.

                           
~Dark-eyed Junco or Snowbird~ 

3.  We have hot water!  BG got the water heater installed, finishing up Wednesday evening.  After a few trips to get the right sized fittings, it was up and running just in time for showers before dinner and, best of all, I got to run the dishwasher!  For those of you who may not have read my last post, our water heater gave out Tuesday night.  

~female Downy Woodpecker~

4.  Wednesday was a busy day.   A couple of men from the foundation crew came by and finished up their work and put back our front yard as best they could, seeded it and put straw down.  It was so windy yesterday that the straw looks like it's been windrowed.  It will probably have to be redone, but at least they are done and I can't tell you how glad I am!  Of course, the phone line was off while they were here which meant no internet connection. 

 ~White-breasted Nuthatch~

5.  Is anyone sorry to be turning the page over on the calendar tomorrow?  This is the last day of January and I, for one, am not the least sorry.  I'm not trying to rush things, but this has been one of those months that I'm happy to see come to an end.  Spring is less than 2 months away!!

Linking to Random 5 Friday 

Until next time...

50 comments:

  1. LOVELY bird photos. I like the woodpecker the best. Glad your hot water heater is back in service and you don't have to worry about it anymore.

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  2. Love your birds! And HOORAY for hot water!! :)

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  3. Gorgeous birds! I can't wait for spring and leaving the windows open at night. This has been a long and dreary winter in our art of the country.

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  4. ...and Spring is my favorite time of year [with Autumn a close 2nd]...

    LOVE all your bird images [if you have more to share, you should consider posting them and adding them to link up at my birding photo meme, the Bird D'Pot ---link is on my right sidebar "I'd Rather B Birdin'" on Saturday NOON [Texas time]

    That cardinal is so red!!! Beautiful!!!

    Glad to read you got your hot water again.

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  5. Lovely bird images. I think we are all wishing for Spring! In all the cold, I don't know what I'd do without hot water. glad yours is back.

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  6. Morning Cheryl, love the bird pictures, beautiful!!!! I am not sorry to say farewell to January either, Blessings Francine.

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  7. Oh your photos are incredible. I am happy things are getting back to normal for you. Spring is only two months away:):( Have a nice weekend. Hug B

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  8. Cute birds, most I like the cardinal. Have a book "The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal" by Lilian Jackson Braun.
    The bird in Germany do not living...
    Yeahh, in two months is spring :-)

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  9. Aaww...I have always loved Juncos! You take much better pictures than I do.

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  10. Adorable bird photos. Yes, I am so happy that tomorrow is February! No more January. That's a good thing!!

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  11. Cheryl,

    I'm sorry to hear you had a bad January. My month has been good and went fast. The Husband and I were very glad when 2013 came to an end. A fresh year improved our moral and gave us hope for better things.

    It has been a long, cold, windy winter and spring will be welcomed with open arms around here.

    Our water heater went kaput in December. The old water heater was 43 years old!

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  12. These are so beautiful. The red just brightens up the wintertime. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

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  13. the female downy is just beautiful...glad the water heater is back up.. snow time with no hot water...brr
    if you mean you want your font permanent in your post, you go in to dashboard/template/design/customize/advanced/page and change it there and save.

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  14. I sure hope your weekend is good. Sounds like you've face enough challenges this month....I know I have! Hugs!

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  15. a very nice set of birds. glad you got your hot water and your yard put back, too!

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  16. Out water heater gave out on Jan 1st! Good thing the menfolk in the house knew how to fix it without calling a plumber on a holiday. I haven't got any good bird shots this year either. I love that one of the cardinal!
    Visiting from R5F

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  17. Sweet bird pictures! Our birds are happier now that temperatures are rising; even my chickens are perkier!

    Hooray for hot water!

    Have a blessed and bountiful day!

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  18. Hurray for Hot Water!!!

    Your bird photos are stunning - all i ever manage is a blur . . . so, your photos look like magic to me.

    Good-bye January - Wonder what adventure February has in store for us . . .

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  19. Enjoyed the bird pictures a lot. Strange how things like hot water are not in the forefront of our minds until we don't have them.Glad things are getting back to normal for you.

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  20. I am not sorry to see the end of this month, and doubt I will be sorry to see Feb end at the rate we are going.

    I know the joy of having hot water after being without it...

    Wonderful bird shots.

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  21. your bird images, from the archives, are gorgeous!! i have started to wonder why i continue to take photo's of the birds as i'm not sure i will ever top what i have.

    my birds have been extremely friendly this winter. even with the window open, they stay for pictures. tomorrow i will feature images of a titmouse i took, with the window open that are not cropped. he just sat there waiting for me to finish. true story.

    fun randomness today cheryl, have an awesome weekend!!

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  22. Thank you for reminding us Spring is not to far away...Your bird shots are beautiful....So glad you have hot water again....No fun going without water hot or cold...

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  23. We're all singing the same song...Goodbye January!

    Yay for hot water and a yard put back in order! That's got to be a good feeling.

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  24. Lovely bird photos. That Nuthatch is so sweet!

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  25. Hi Cheryl!

    I love the photo of your sweet little birds - I love birds, I have cute little birds, and bird "things", all over my house. My DIL is scared of birds, she just cringes every time I bring a new one home!

    Yes, Bloo.ger can drive me crazy too. I don't like all the new formatting, I want the old one back!

    So glad to hear you have hot water! I don't think there is anything worse than having our modern conveniences taken away!

    Your recipes from yesterday look amazing! I love easy - they look easy and delicious!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  26. Congrats on getting hot water. YAY! If I ever figure out how to keep the font size the way I want it on Blogger, I'll let you know. (Don't hold your breath, though.)

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  27. cardinals always look so good in the snow. so pretty. i am curious ... when you change your font - do you wait until the end & highlight it totally? that is what i do. try it & please let me know what happens? ( :

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  28. Yes very happy to see January end. So glad you have hot water again.

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  29. I LOVE the bird shots!
    Well done!
    I've got issues with Blogger lately, too! :-/
    So happy to hear you have hot water again.
    Have a toasty weekend!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  30. Your bird photos were fabulous. I know it's hard sometimes to get those bird to cooperate for photos!
    So happy your water heater is up and running. I hate being without water for even a few hours.
    Yes I am READY for spring too. We actually had snow today, what a way to end January.

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  31. Wow - I love your bird shots! I have such a hard time with them. We don't have any cardinals, and I really love their splash of red. I'm glad you got your hot water working - this is a tough time to be taking a cold shower! I'm not quite ready for Spring yet, but I don't mind that we're headed that way. When winter is done, I suspect I'll be ready. Have a nice weekend!

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  32. Three cheers!!
    One.. for the beautiful pictures of the birds. Impressive.
    Two.... for hot water. May we never take that for granted ** smile**
    Three.... For a new month! So happy to be starting February!! It just has to get warmer ..... right??!!!!

    Have a great weekend, dear friend.

    K.

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  33. Gorgeous photos of lovely birds
    Greetings

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  34. Love your photos. I love, love, love my birds. First look outdoors each morning is to say Hello to them!

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  35. Poor January! Never gets much love, does it? :)

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  36. I can't wait to start February! I'm not a January kinda gal! ;) Love the birdies...they are darling! xoxo Jen

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  37. So glad you are back in hot water. Aahh.
    That White-breasted Nuthatch is new to me and a really handsome bird.
    Yes about January. Only 2 more months till opening day for baseball.

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  38. What amazing bird photos, they would look gorgeous on cards. Glad to hear you have hot water, that would be a pain in winter.

    Yes, its Feb and its still hot and still summer!!

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  39. Beautiful photos, Cheryl, So glad you have hot water! I am one who is glad to be able to turn the calendar over at midnight to night, and like you I am counting the days until spring! Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  40. wow those bird photos!! yay for hot water! oh and february already?!! feb 2 is my baby's birthday...they will be 12...i remember when they were turning 4 how upset i was because they were my BABIES!! and now 12????? :(

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  41. Not. one. bit. sorry.

    Very pretty bird photos!

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  42. I can get the bird shots from inside, yet the birds scatter if ai stay outside. Glad the water is hot again and the DW empty now. February is my birthday month so always welcome.

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  43. Hi Cheryl, We don't appreciate hot water until it's gone.
    I love all your beautiful birds :)

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  44. Love the birds. They are gorgeous. Specially the first one.
    My husband turns the calender pages. I am saved the agony specially changing the month to the month of my birthday ha ha.

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  45. Blogger is playing with my blog too and I don't know how to fix it.

    Your bird shots are wonderful - that red bird would match perfectly in my garden.

    I am glad that January is over. I always think that January takes forever to end and the rest of the months rush by.

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  46. Glad you have hot water!! You have beautiful visitors! Really pretty!

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  47. I loved your 5 thoughts today. The bird pictures were awesome. I am going to try and find some birds to photograph when the weather is better. You inspire me.
    I am happy you have hot water.
    I too think January flew by but at the same time is was a hard month for me.
    Blessings!

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  48. Oh those birdies are just beautiful! Excellent captures! xoxo Jen

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