Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bluebird of Happiness

Last Tuesday (yeah, this is really outdated LOL) was a great day. First, after dropping Az off at preschool, E and C and I went birding around the valley for 3 hours. We saw 36 different species, 11 of which were new for the year! The new birds were: Common Loon, Western Grebe and Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup (this one was exciting, because they aren't found in the valley very often), Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Golden Eagle, Mountain Bluebird, and Brewer's Blackbird. Luckily, I remembered to take dh's nice camera, so I even got some good pics! I took the pic of the Mountain Bluebird above. They were quite aways out in the field, so even with the telephoto lens, it was still hard to get a good close picture of them. The females are more of a soft brown, with tinges of blue, but the males are incredible! They are so blue that they're almost fluorescent. I love bluebirds, but Mountain Bluebirds are definitely the prettiest of the bunch! Bluebirds make you feel like all is right with the world when you see them. They just make me happy :)
The second great thing was after dropping E off at gymnastics, I was supposed to go spend a blissful 90 minutes at the library all by myself. On the way however, I got distracted by the antique shop. Just had to stop and see if there was anything I could afford LOL I've been seeing blue canning jars on other blogs, and I really, really wanted one, but had no idea if I'd be able to find one. Well, there were blue canning jars all over the place in that shop! This one, above, was actually in the best condition, and the lowest priced! So it came home with me. By the time I'd finished wandering around the shop, there wasn't time to go to the library, so I decided to stop by another nearby antique shop that I hadn't been in before. It was a nice shop, lots of great atmosphere, but 99% of the things were beyond my eensy weensy budget LOL I love the blue jar though, and I'm so very glad I found one I could afford.
The final treat of the day was a mom's night out at the Bluebird Restaurant (the above pic came off the web). This is such a great vintage restaurant. It was originally a soda fountain and candy store in downtown Logan (we have a wonderful Main Street, with lots of old restored buildings) that expanded into lunch and then dinner. The food's not bad, and you get quite a bit for your money, but it's really the atmosphere that makes it a fun place to eat. Oh, and the hand-dipped chocolates :) Had to bring home some dark chocolate melti mints, caramels, lemon creme and orange cremes. Mmmmmm...
And, finally, I snuck off to the library after dinner, and spent the last 30 minutes that they were open wishing I could check out more than 25 books LOL
It was truly a "bluebird of happiness" day!


Lucy Bloom said...

Isn't it great to have a day doing all the things you love. Those blue birds are beautiful, our birds in the UK are mainly black or brown. Love the jar too, what a lucky find, always worth popping into these places, you never know when a bargain is waiting for you!
have a good week,
Lucy x

Jeanette said...

Oh, I like the blue jar and the flowers on the valance, it looks very nice up there.

Love your blue bird picture too, I stopped by the airport yesterday to try to get a picture of the hawk for you, as I happened to have my camera with me, but apparently he has healed and he flew off. The boys and I stood for a bit and watched him soar over the neighborhood. It's so nice to see him up and about again.

Congrats on all your bird sightings. Are you going to go for the 200 club this year.