A Week of Feasting

Food has been the focus of my week … not for me (because Lord knows I could stand to slow down on eating a bit — I’m already a member of The Sisterhood of the Grappling Pants), but for others. That is my good for this Only The Good Friday. If you are a new reader, I only post “good” on Fridays as an exercise in optimism. I save the snarky posts for other days.

Bird feeder or cat toy?

Bird feeder or cat toy?

I told you I was feeding the birds, and I decorated the little “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” in my front yard. I didn’t say that I’m Martha Stewart, or anything. This won’t win any prizes, but the cardinals are happy. And, as JennyMcB pointed out to me, my five cats find this endlessly entertaining. They watch through the window and drool.

Do you feed the birds in winter? If you’ve gotten them in the habit of coming to visit, don’t forget to put some fresh water out for them. In the freezing weather, they probably have a difficult time of finding anything to drink. Is that more important than having food? I don’t know how much birds actually drink. I just know that my cardinals spend a lot of time at the bird bath. Maybe they just like to be clean?

Food for the bank

Food for the bank

Last Sunday, I decided to do “cans for comments.” I posted that I would match every comment on any blog post this week with a can of food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Bless his heart, Joe at Round Circle offered to match me, and Kathleen G., who has not visited before, pledged to match up to 100 cans. As I write this in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, I have 112 comments. I’ve got that many cans ready to take on Monday, and I’m not ready to stop, so you can keep the comments coming.

The best part of that post is that I’ve found some new virtual friends! FairyKate and CrazyJudith are on several forums, and they have been sending people here in droves — people from all over the world. If just two or three of them get motivated to donate cans to a food bank, then I did my part.

The “feasting” doesn’t end yet. Today I will fill my house with the savory smells of simmering soups, for we have invited friends to come and go (or come and stay) on Saturday. I even cleaned the bathrooms for them … how good is that?

If you want to “feast your eyes,” visit my friend Robin’s Around The Island Photography Etsy Shop. Robin is a magnificent photographer from Israel. Her readers have been telling her all year that her photographs are good enough to sell, and she finally listened.

Or, visit some of my friends who also try to post “the good.”
RV Poetry; Candid Karina; All My Great, or Not So Great Adventures; Inside Mo’s Mind; Thorne’s World; Down River Drivel; Duward Discussion; Ramblings of an Unstable Mind; Insightful Nana; Newbie Lifeline; Everyday Tarot; West of Mars; Life’s Journey; Round Circle; Barbara’s Travels; Blog of Revelation; Desert Diva; Blogjem My Life As It Is

Have a Friday filled with Only The Good!

  13 comments for “A Week of Feasting

  1. December 11, 2009 at 6:29 am

    We feed the birds here at Spadoville. I put out a thistle feeder and a seed feeder. The finches like the thistle. Chickadees love the seeds. Those they spill on the ground are taken by rabbits, squirrels and crows. The birds were lined up in the branches of the towering pines we have here waiting to visit, so I had to put another platform feeder out. The larger birds like this platform. We’ve seen cardinals and blue jays there.
    Water is a problem. Tends to get a bit hard when it’s ten degrees below zero up here in the Northland.

    I am honored to match and give cans to the food shelf. Instead of buying cases of food though, I talked with the manager and asked him what is needed. Seems that around here, right now, toilet paper and laundry soap is in demand. I’ll do a final check with him before I go to the local grocery and place an order. I urge those that can, to be generous to those less fortunate, and donate wherever you feel it might do the most good.

    Peace to all.
    .-= Spadoman´s last blog ..Only the Good Friday, December 11, 2009 =-.

    • December 11, 2009 at 11:34 am

      Laundry soap and toilet paper is indeed a problem, as are personal toiletries. I was walking through Target and saw socks for $1. People can always use socks, can’t they?

      While I realize that giving money to the food bank allows them to do much more with it (because they get discounts that I wouldn’t), it seems vastly more satisfying to actually touch the items I will be giving. Weird, eh?

      I appreciate you, Joe.

  2. December 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    The bird tree looks very festive! Today we had squirrels hanging on our feeders, guess they have to eat also. Cats are so easily entertained.
    Way to go on the cans! Enjoy your party tomorrow.
    .-= Jennymcb´s last blog ..5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays =-.

    • December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

      The feeder is pretty awesome. I am enjoying watching blue jays and cardinals fight over the food. The squirrels got all the bread pretty quickly. My poor tree will never recover from this one, I think.

  3. Laura Aguirre
    December 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Fairweather sent me! So glad to be able to do what I can to help those in need. A very good thing you’re doing Shelly.

  4. December 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    We feed the birds all winter. My sweetie pie includes the birds in his morning chores. By the time spring rolls around I have piles of black sunflower seed shells to rake up.

    My favorite feeder is my suet feeder. The last two days has be a pecker contest at the feeder. A Flicker has shown up this year and the Downy Woodpecker is not very happy.

    I have to say you have inspired us to donate to the food bank. We have a box ready to deliver today.

    .-= Sheila Atwood´s last blog ..Writing Blogs as Your Calling Card =-.

    • December 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

      You’ve got more of a variety of birds than we do! Most of ours are just cardinals, wrens, and jaybirds. Boy they kick up a ruckus, though.

  5. December 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    The doughnut recipe is still up on my site, and more goodies to come. Following your example, I’m taking cans to the food bank as well.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..First Night =-.

    • December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

      You’d have donated food without my example! You are one of those big-hearted folks. You CANNOT keep showing me recipes! I’ve got to lose about 150 pounds before next summer (I lose five, gain three, lose two, gain five … so I gotta lose 150 to get smaller!).

  6. December 18, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Terrific idea! And I love your bird tree. Here is my own version of your Only the Good Friday :

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