Thursday, May 13, 2010

All Afghanistan, all the time

Sorry, Seth G. Jones (In the Graveyard of Empires) but I've been lured away by Sebastian Junger (War). Oh, I will come back to you, but there's been enough hype to entice me to buy Junger's book and move it to the top of the queue.

Our Molly writes: War is about Jason's old "sister" company. He was in Chosen company, and the book is about Battle company, but they belonged to the same battalion.

Sebastian Junger is well-known for his earlier book, The Perfect Storm. I don't expect to find it very soothing.

For the birds

Last summer, I won a raffle at the Saratoga Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour (which, by the way, will be held this year on Sunday, July 11.) One of my prizes was the sweet hand-painted bird house in the photo, above. This spring, I hung it near our back deck, and quite quickly a wren family moved in. At least I think they are house wrens. I haven't wanted to disturb them by getting too close.

From the Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District office in Ballston Spa, I purchased two handmade bluebird nesting boxes. In the back yard, above, chickadees promptly moved in. But in the front yard...

if you look close, perched above the box, waiting for me to vamoose...

is a mama bluebird. Heaven!
You can click on the photos to enlarge them, but really, I need to get a better camera.
Who's hanging out in your backyard?