Sunday, February 9, 2020

Weekend joys

Waking up in our new house is always pleasant in one way or another. Right now, the neighbor's tree is especially beautiful first thing in the morning with the sun rising behind it. This is a view of it just outside my front door.



A sweet pair of Carolina Wrens have started visiting the bird feeders hanging in the Crepe Myrtle tree outside our bathroom window. They're our state bird here in South Carolina. I hope they have a nest started somewhere close by.

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This house has proven to be a great spot for birds. The feeders are always busy with lots of different species.  With all the bird calls and singing, our yard reminds us of a campsite sometimes. The screened in back porch is one of my favorite places to spend time during the weekends.

Last summer I made a new friend, Norma, the mother of a student at the school where I work. Norma  and her family are from Mexico, and while she's working on learning English, I'm trying to improve my Spanish. We met up for coffee a couple of times and did our best to have conversations (sometimes we both have to use Google translate on our phones to get more complex ideas across!). Well, last weekend Norma invited me to her house and she and her husband cooked for me!

Everything was delicious, including the Ceviche I tried for the first time. I didn't get a photo of that, but I did sneak one of the next dish.
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Small beef quesadillas covered in salad.....so delicious!

Time with friends, wild birds, beautiful weather, it doesn't get much better than that. I hope you've had a good weekend, too, friends.

33 comments:

  1. That tree is surely a glory.
    That meal is one too.
    Isn't this weather amazing?

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  2. Good friends and food and add in birds and flowering trees ! Perfect
    parsnip

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  3. It looks like spring there - how beautiful! That quesadilla sure does look good too. How long have you lived in your house? I guess I started following you after you moved. I should go back and catch up. I love your blog so that would be fun.

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    1. We've lived here just over a year. After years of hoping for our own home, we were finally able to buy it! :)

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  4. Don't you have squirrels eating your bird food? My neighbors have feeders all over the place and they're always out chasing away the squirrels.

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    1. The suet feeders have hot pepper cakes in them, which doesn't entirely deter the squirrels but it does slow them down. The seed holders in the back yard do occasionally see a squirrel show up, but Ginger and George have access to the back yard and will chase any squirrel they see.....so the little tree rats proceed with caution back there!

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  5. Ceviche? My friend Misha doesn't mind when I practice my Spanish with her.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. we too have a screened-in porch off the living room; 3 of the 4 seasons it's perfect (not winter). relaxing weekends are the best!

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  7. Such a beautiful tree!!!! I am so eager for Spring here! We are in the midst of a 6-7 inch snow storm at the moment. It will not be until May that our trees will look like yours!

    The quesadillas look wonderful as well!!!!

    PipeTobacco

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  8. I love wrens. They are just the busiest little birds. The view from your front door would lift my heart every morning.

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  9. That tree is a joy to behold! I can't wait for the beautiful big magnolia trees in my street to get started, but hopefully, they will wait and not be hit by frost and ice (which I still expect to arrive eventually).
    Time spent with friends is great, and if there is good food involved, all the better!

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    1. I have just gone back to your previous post and found that I have written almost exactly the same about the magnolia trees in my street... put it down to my age :-)

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  10. Many white Anglo Saxon Americans will have never been invited back to a Mexican home for lunch. Good on you for having an open mind and an open heart and for making friends with Norma. I suspect that this will mean a lot to her - possibly more than it means to you. I hope you will invite her back to your home.

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    1. Norma is going to join us at my book club later this month! All the women are looking forward to welcoming her to our group. She'll struggle if she tries to read the books in English, but it will help her to learn. And she will definitely be invited to my home in the very near future.

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  11. Wow, that tree is beautiful. Is it blooming early or does spring come to the Carolinas in February? We are getting an odd winter in PA without snow and abnormally mild temps. Buds are appearing on trees and bushes and I am loving it. However, I fear what we might be in for come summer.

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    1. Everything is early this year. We've had mild temperatures and lots of rain, hardly any winter at all. Our summers are always miserably hot.

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  12. Love the tree and the birds. And how great that you're getting some cross-cultural and bilingual experience with Norma!

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  14. this was a lovely post indeed.
    I enjoy feeding the birds as well.

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