Thursday, January 03, 2013

I was in the mood . . . Share the Joy Thursday

Something most unusual happened this morning.  I was suddenly in the mood for  . . . wait for it . . . TEA.  This happens maybe twice a year.  Since it's only January 3rd, I imagine I will have another yen for tea eventually.  Of course, this enjoyment of tea does not include the occasional visit to tea rooms.  The tea room in Columbia, CA is currently on our list.  I'm hoping to go there this month.  But I digress.  So, anyway . . . 

. . . I had this yen for tea.  A while back, I purchased a glass tea pot, part of a Numi Flowering Tea set.  It didn't take me long to discover just how fragile a glass tea pot is and sooner rather than later, I was left with the Numi Flowering Tea and nothing to flower it in.

Enter the four cup coffee brewer.  All it took was a serious application of soap and hot water to all the brewing parts and voila!, I had a pot to bloom in.  




No sooner did I finish my tea than my brother, David, called and off I went to pick him up to take him to pick up his car which was at the repair shop.  We were talking so intently that when we separated, we simply joined up again across the road, pulled over next to a field and continued our talk.

Anyone who has read me long enough knows I love birds.  I have ooh'd and aah'd over bluebirds, cardinals, yellow finches, woodpeckers, chickadees, etc.  These birds are not in great abundance in my agricultural valley.  There are crows and robins and magpies and swallows and doves and sparrows and starlings - but - nothing terribly dramatic.

So -  at this point you have to be asking why I have posted a picture of a utility cable cover with the traffic on Hwy 99 in the background.  Well - Dave is something of a field biologist.  While in college, he was a liberal studies major with a biology emphasis (he teaches junior. high science these days) and the best part of his college years were the field trips and learning to spot and identify all manner of flora and fauna.  And he had spotted a bird - in fact, that blob of darkness on the top of the cable cover is - a Western Bluebird.

I grabbed my camera.  I was on the wrong side of the car and I knew opening the car door and standing up would chase them off.  They flitted around and stalked the grass for seeds and bugs, spreading their pretty wings making a flash of blue as they darted here and there.  Nevertheless, I was thrilled.  I could now say that I too had bluebirds in my area and I knew where to find them.

Western Bluebird from Google Images

Before long the Yellow Beaked Magpie intruded on their little food fest and the bluebird flew off.  But . . .


 . . . I count myself lucky.  I got me a bluebird despite the magpie invasion. And - some good conversation time with my bro.

9 comments:

Leovi said...

Beautiful blue bird, beautiful pictures.

Amy Burzese said...

Tea and a bluebird all in the same post. Wonderful. :)

Janet said...

You also managed a great shot of the birds. A pot of tea, conversation with a loved one, and beautiful birds...that sounds like a pretty good day to me.

Angelikas Photographic Sketchbook said...

Tea for breakfast? How very English. But then, it seems you chose something more light, was it a Chinese experience, maybe?

Yoshi said...

The tea looks nice with good smell! Your entry makes me feel like calling my brother!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Stephanie said...

I love these little mountain bluebirds...we enjoy them during the summer months.

AND, your blooming tea, aren't these such magical little bulbs.

x...x

see you there! said...

Lucky you to see a Western Bluebird. We get jays in the mountains and they always delight me.

Great idea for a replacement for your tea pot so you can use your blooming tea.

Darla

trailbee said...

Congrats on the tea. Yesterday Hal and I went out our sub-division a different way and startled a huge grey crane. Tiny, small, medium or large, birds are very special. Glad you got that shot.

Jeanie said...

LOVE this post! If you can get bird pictures like that (especially that blue one) maybe you should have tea every day! Sounds like a lucky beverage for you!