A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
Anais Nin

The sun is shining so there little reason to stay inside. We’ve been eating our meals outside, sitting, reading, bird watching and tending the garden the last little while. The sun showed itself when I needed it the most. I’ve been decompressing from a family visit and getting ready for a much anticipated visit with friends.

I’ve been getting to know the Steller’s Jays a lot better. To the point where I’m recognising and naming the ones that are near by most often. They see me outside and I hear “shack shack shack” while they fly over for seed and a peanut.


My favourite is one my dad named Jughead. He’s larger than the others and has streaks of white/grey/blueish on his crest. Reminds me of my own growing grey streaks… He comes so close now and will sit near to preen.

So close

We’re building a new bird feeder where we removed a bush with the purpose of even better birding in mind.

I’ve been tending my garden and planting some more seeds. I already have peas, garbanzo beans and (2 kinds of) beets growing and planted (2 kinds of) kale, chard and garlic chives recently. I’ve also put in some flowers that hopefully the deer will detest. My tomatoes are now potted waiting for even warmer weather and the other seedlings are almost ready to go out.

Weeding and Seeding

I hope you all are enjoying the sun as much as we are. It’s hard to imagine it’s not sunny everywhere when it’s sunny here in the City of Rainbows. We’re heading out on the boat tomorrow and I still need to catch up with all the blogging I have planned.

Happy Mother’s Day!

7 Responses to When The Living’s Easy

  1. Happy Mother’s Day Annie.

    I’m so happy you’re getting to have your garden this year – it’s so great to get groceries straight out of the backyard.

    Your bird viewing sounds good too. It definitely reminds me of the house we’re leaving. The yellow warblers would dance around the whole yard and sometimes come and sit on the railing or deck furniture just outside the door at this time of year. They’re so little but so beautiful too and mother nature gave them all the food they needed to keep coming back every year.

    Happy bird watching and gardening and I hope the sun continues to shine while your friends are in town.

  2. Debbie says:

    Such lovely pictures Annie. What type of lens do you use? You have a Pentax…right?

    Oh, gardening. It brings me so much joy and pride and peace. I love it so much. Glad you are able to get out there and enjoy it too. It’s my favourite way to convene with nature. Well, one of them. :)

    Happy Mother’s Day, to you. xo

  3. Tai says:

    Love that you are enjoying the birds in your neck of the woods. My husband found this cool birdhouse design online over the weekend, as we too enjoy watching our neighborly birds. Thought I’d share it with you! Also happy garden season to you – let the growing begin!


  4. Annie says:

    Debbie- I have a Pentax K20D and love it a lot! My lenses are older ones that my husband used on his various non digital pentax cameras in the past.

    Thanks for the idea, Tai. That’s such a cool bird house!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Glad you’re getting some sun and able to do some gardening! I’m loving the sun here, especially after a trip to Calgary where it snowed most of the trip, brrrr. Love the birds that come to visit. We mostly get robins and juncos, but Meredith loves to sit and watch them. :) I have sunflowers and other things growing in my garden now from all the bird seed we had sprinkled in there trying to encourage the birds to eat the bugs.

  6. laura says:

    These birds sound like interesting characters to have around!

  7. Rosie Girl says:

    Lovely pictures. Everything is soooo GREEN there. I love green…it just soothes the soul in so many ways.

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