Friday, July 30, 2010

Bluebirds

I have to make a correction.  We have 3 nest boxes with baby Bluebirds.  I thought we only had two boxes.  It’s been such a busy season, it’s hard to keep track. 

Here are some pictures of the babies that just hatched.  You can see how much they grew from the pictures a few days ago.  Notice they are starting to get feathers. 

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The next picture is of their house. The front door opens so that we can peek inside or clean out the box in case it gets buggy.  It’s so hot, I feel sorry for the babies.  I keep going over and opening the box to give them some air.  Mama isn’t too happy with me though.

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The little window on the side is supposed to be so that you can raise it and look inside, but the nest always blocks the window so the only thing it is good for is to give you some light when you peek inside.

This is the box that had 5 eggs that never hatched and them mama laid 4 more eggs.   I was able to remove 2 of the old eggs today.  I’m afraid the babies will break the eggs and have to live in that filthy mess.  I’ll get the others out later if I can.  It depends where the babies are. 

Well, my 2 batches of home made lye soap are made and now I just have to wait for them to harden.  I still have some soap from a friend and the more I use it, the better I like it.  I really do think it is exfoliating my skin.  Last night I shaved my legs and they actually felt smooth like they used to when I was 16 (a hundred years ago)  Part of it was because the soap I was using had a slimy/silky texture to it and partly because my legs really are getting smoother.  I can’t think of anything else it could be, so I’m going to continue to use the soap.  I use one of those net thing they sell at Walmart for about a buck.  It really helps to lather the soap up.

You can buy lye soap on line or at crafty shops.  The kind I have been using (mostly) has olive oil in it.  If you buy some, it should say what the main ingredients are.  Of course, what I am using now has mostly lard, and some olive oil.  I don’t know if its the oils or the lye, but something is helping my skin feel smoother.  Al is using it also, but he hasn’t noticed, but of course a man wouldn’t!

6 comments:

Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

The baby bluebirds are so cute! Yes, I can tell they are growing a bit and can see the beginnings of feathers. I really like the way the birdhouse door lifts up for cleaning. That is easier than the ones we used to have.
Glad you are having success with the homemade soap. I might try buying some and seeing how I like it. Making it in a motorhome might not be too easy...space and all.

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

The baby bluebirds are so cute! Yes, I can tell they are growing a bit and can see the beginnings of feathers. I really like the way the birdhouse door lifts up for cleaning. That is easier than the ones we used to have.
Glad you are having success with the homemade soap. I might try buying some and seeing how I like it. Making it in a motorhome might not be too easy...space and all.

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Merikay said... [Reply to comment]

I have made soap, and I have made paper.

The other day, as he was leaving for work, Craig asked me to make some home made Hamburger buns.

I told him that since the fancy designer bread shop sold wonderful buns for 50 cents each, I he should just he buy some.

Of course I was up on a ladder painting my house at the time!

Levonne said... [Reply to comment]

What a gift to be able to witness and follow those little birdies!

John and Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Kraen - I am a new follower of your blog and thanks for following ours. Thanks for showing the process on making the soap. Many years ago (35+) my mother use to make soap for us at home and I really liked it. I wasn't exactly sure of the process, and have always thought of trying it.

Loved the pictures of the baby bluebirds they are adorable.

Wayne and Roberta said... [Reply to comment]

Great pictures of the Bluebirds thanks for sharing.