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Monday, March 31, 2014

More Viera Wetlands

Good morning,

This is a continuation of our visit to Viera Wetlands near Melbourne, Florida.
Every time we are here there is something new to photograph.

There is that handsome man I see so often when I am out taking pictures.
We spotted this armadillo beside the road.
We walked close enough to get a good angle to take pictures.  He looked up at us as if so say, "Hmmph.  More photographers," and continued digging for goodies in the grass along the road.
This pretty red winged black bird posed for us.  I remember seeing many more of these along the highways in Ohio than we see now.  Perhaps because the country is more built up now?
Beautiful reflections.

We never tire of visiting the wetlands.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Viera, Florida and Blue Heron

Good morning,

Now that we are home in Ohio, I am going through more of our pictures from Florida.  Above is the Hampton Inn that we call home every time we arrive in Viera, Florida.  We stay a couple of nights so we have time to visit Viera Wetlands and take more pictures.
This palm tree is on the Hampton property.  It is fun to see the critters that live in the spaces provided for them from the bases of the old fronds that form the "trunk" of the palm tree. 
This gorgeous blue heron lives at Viera Wetlands.
 Every time we come here we find something different to photograph.
 Mother nature provides different lighting and so many beautiful creatures!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Berries, Ice Cream, Courvoissier

Good morning,

If you're a regular reader here, you know we love vanilla ice cream with berries.  We often order that dessert at restaurants instead of cakes or pies.

We are home now and can make this treat for ourselves. Since we didn't have to drive home, I added the best topping possible:  a shot of Courvoisier.  Yes, that is a soup bowl.  Yes, there were two of these just alike, one for My Honey and one for me.  Yes, we each ate it all.  ;)  Oh, yes, this was GOOD!

All the best,

PS - That bottle had already been opened.  We did not open the bottle for this dessert and drink all of that cognac in one day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Runaway Vines

Good morning,

It was fun watching and listening to the birds flying in and out of the ivy vines that have overtaken the tree on the property at the corner of three properties.  The symphony of bird songs is just delightful.  I can only imagine how many nests are hiding in there.

I was sitting on our patio when I took this picture of our garage and the tree behind it.  The tree is on the neighbor's property.  Since the leaves on the tree haven't started to appear, it is very easy to see the ivy vines.  About ten years ago one of those very large limbs came down on our garage.  Fortunately, the damage was minimal.  If more limbs come down now, they will most likely land on one of the other three properties that meet just about where the tree stands. 

Ah, Spring!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Log Splitting the Old Fashioned Way

Good morning,

That action shot above of My Honey splitting logs was the first and only attempt I made to get the action with my baby camera, a PowerShot SX260 HS 20XZoom.  I am very happy with the action shot of the flying logs.
We have an electric log splitter, but the handy dandy axe is kept inside the garage just around the corner from the stack of logs still to be split so...
...the stack calls to us every time we go out the back door.  ;)
We tell everyone who comes to visit to wear their log splitting clothes, but we don't get many takers. *chuckles*  I do have to say our friend, Bill, does pitch in sometimes when he is here.
We have plenty of logs for the rest of the cold weather, but it will be nice to get the rest of the logs that aren't split yet off of the lawn!

It's good to be home doing home things.

All the best,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Giant Anteater

Good morning,

This is the last fellow we saw at the Brevard Zoo before we left.  This Giant Anteater was devouring some tasty treats as we stood and watched.  Yum!
We truly enjoyed our visit to this tropical zoo.  The displays are mostly open and walkways for visitors are constructed to cause the least interference possible to the animals. 

All the best,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Needlework Update - March, 2014

Good morning,

It's that time again for a monthly needlework update of items flowing off of my knitting needles and crochet hooks as I work to restock the shop after great sales during the past few months. 

Above is a Lacy Ladders original design sweater in a gorgeous shade of turquoise.  It was listed in our little on line shop EvensensProductions.com and has been sold.
I made four more sets of...
luggage identifiers.
These will make your luggage...
...stand out on a crowded conveyor belt.
I also made a few more wine (or sparkling water) bottle covers in various colors for people of many interests including Red Hat Ladies...
...red and black for University of Cincinnati fans...
...red and white for Cincinnati Reds fans...
...white for the bride...
...and yellow and white for your Spring and Summer dinner parties.
These Zero Calorie Cupcakes are spoken for...
...but these...
 ...three little turtles are in the on line shop.
I also made more cloche hats that can be used as chemo caps. 
I have them priced very reasonably from $8 to $16.
 There are hats for both men and women.  Above is an aran fleck yarn hat with a brown band...
 ...this one has a dark green band...
 ...and this one has a black band.  I have rolled/folded this one to show how easily it will fit into a coat pocket.
Here is one for your favorite Red Hat Lady.  :)  The lady bug just finishes the style perfectly!
These are all in different sizes...
 ...and styles.  I love this little green caterpillar on the pink flower.
Here come the butterflies!
Many of these are in children's sizes.

This last purple hat is sized for an adult.
 On the knitting needles now is a beige cowl for the shop. This is made of two strands of yarn worked independently so that it produces a reversible, very warm fabric.  It will be just perfect for next Fall.

That is what I've been doing for the past month.  I enjoy seeing all of your projects, marvelous meals, gardens, and quilts, too.  There are so many talented people out here in blog land.  :)  

This month is the third anniversary of Evensens Productions on line shop.  My sincere thanks to all of you who have supported our little business of original and traditional hand made items through purchases and encouragement as new designs and items rolled out and into the shop.  I want to give a special thanks to my daughter, Catherine, who encouraged me to open Evensens Productions on line shop three years ago this month, is a major part of purchasing materials and shipping while I am traveling with My Honey (my husband, of course) for his work.  Thank you, Catherine, I am so enjoying this and have met so many fine people here.  My Honey is also a big fan, supporter of my work, and has allowed me to add some of his beautiful hand crafted wood items to the shop.

To celebrate our third anniversary and say thank you, we are offering free shipping on orders of in-stock merchandise of $100 or more to be shipped to USA addresses. The coupon code to use at checkout is THREEYEARSEP1478. The coupon is good through April 30, 2014. 

Thank you, everyone!

All the very best,



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