Tuesday, June 19, 2018


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The sketch, above, 
was provided by Althea Sherman who,
 back in the early 1900's, 
wrote in her journal
 that the little house wren 
was a far cry 
from what I have depicted in past posts. 
 She described them as 
criminal birds,
 and frightful devils,
 performing evil deeds.

 No one agreed with her at first but, 
over time, 
it became known that
 she was exactly right.
Of course, 
we know that whatever they do 
is all in the name of 
preserving the specie
 but one thing for sure, 
she didn't say, 
is that they seem to be 
a very fickle little creature.

  They have left the nest 
for a second time 
here at the Cottage.

 We had high hopes 
of watching the birth of their babies
 but they had other ideas 
and now,
 whenever we sit on the porch,
 we can hear their sweet song 
coming through the trees 
from a great distance, 
reminding us that 
they have moved on 
once again.

This last week 
has been a great occasion 
for celebration.

  Jake and Jacenda, both,
 graduated from Santa Clara University.

  There were receptions and 
a party at Jacenda's house 
where her room mate's parents 
supplied food and drinks. 
 We were happy to be able
 to share in the festivities 
and to meet some 
of their friends.


Graduate Commencement
Santa Clara University
Leavey School of Business
Master of Science
Information Systems


Undergraduate Commencement
Santa Clara University
College of Arts and Sciences
University Honors Program

With his proud parents

And his proud grandparents

There was a time 
when he pondered 
if he would ever make 
something of himself

Now Jake 
has completed his education 
and will have news soon 
of the next phase of his life 
and Jacenda
 will continue on with her schooling 
and you can be sure
 that there will be more bragging 
(from guess who)
 to come. 

 We are very proud of these two
 and of all they have accomplished so far 
and like the little fledglings,
 they will go forth and conquer.
There is a big future 
beyond our small world 
and it is there 
where their songs will be heard
 louder and stronger 
than ever.


You all did so good!


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  1. Congrats to your young ones. They are so cute . Love seeing Jake little boy picture. :) My son-in-law told me wrens take over as many birdhouses, stuffing them with twigs so other birds can nest there. I think it's true one of our bluebird house was jam packed with twigs. The wrens just go nuts if we are in the backyard working. Such a racket. LOL. Blessings to all of you, xoxo, Susie

  2. Thanks, Susie. They do seem to have many strange traits, the birds not my kids! They really are pretty cool.. Thanks for your visit and have a great week..xxoJudy

  3. Congrats to the graduates Judy and well wishes to them. We have spotted 2 pairs of Baltimore Orioles. I love watching them! Janice

    1. Thanks, Janice. I never thought much about bird watching before but right in my own back yard it is so interesting. Guess what? They are back and I am pretty sure they are sitting on eggs now..xxoJudy

  4. I'm not much of a birder, although I try with feeders and a birdbath in Michigan. My neighbor helps me with their names. I have a terrible problem with sparrows at both homes, house sparrows I think they are called. They dominate all of my birdhouses and feeders. I received some great advice that the don't like sunflower seeds---that has helped a lot. Are wrens similar?

    Congrats to your graduates! Are they your grandchildren? Both are so sweet looking, and I send best wishes that they pursue their dreams!

    Jane x

    1. Thank you, Jane. I remember the swallows from a long time ago building nests under the eaves of our house. They make a big mess and return year after year. Our wrens just live in the little pink house and I don't see any messes at all. They have come back again and, I believe, they are sitting on eggs. Jake is our grandson and Jacenda is his girlfriend. We are so proud of both of them. They have worked really hard to get to this point..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

  5. Congrats to the graduates. So great to see the young generation excited to go out in this world and make a mark. I have a few bird feeders and the sparrows seem to be the dominate ones. I do on occasion see a cardinal couple and of course I have a few Robins that like to come when I water. I have never seen any other bird like Robins that like to be sprayed with a hose. I have two that come when I water and allow me to spray on them when it is hot. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. We are pretty proud of the two of them. That conjures up such a cute sight of seeing the Robins getting sprayed. How fun. It appears that our little guys are back and, now, I think they are sitting on eggs. We shall see, they are such a mystery..xxoJudy

  6. Congratulations!! Big times for you and your family! Today is prom for my baby and graduation is Saturday. We are in the thick of it all, too. Bittersweet for sure...

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. Congratulations to your's too. It is a big time in all our lives. I'm glad for Jake that it is over, he has worked so hard, but, bittersweet is so right! I would rather see him sitting next to his pumpkin but he has a great life coming up.xxoJudy

  7. Congratulation! I have been through two this year also; high school and college. it is so gratifying to see our loved ones proceed successfully in life.

    I can't leave without telling you how beautiful your new header is. What a great photo!

    1. Thanks so much, Adrienne. It certainly is a big change for the kids, and for everyone. Jake will have a big change now, but it really is exciting to see where this all takes him. Thanks about my header. I has a white line going through it (don't know if you can see it or not). Don't know where it came from..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

  8. Congratulations! Such happiness!Hugs.

    1. Thanks so much, Maristella. We are very happy for them and very proud. They have worked really hard to accomplish this..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

  9. Very exciting and rewarding. They grow up too fast.

    1. Thanks so much, Valerie. It is hard to believe that the years are passing by so quickly. I can remember helping him pick out that pumpkin as though it were yesterday..Happy Thursday..Judy

  10. Lovely post and I bet you are so proud of your grandson! Love your new header also and the story of the birds. We have only had tree swallows nest in a little house I had hung up, but they stayed the entire summer and nested and had their babies.. and the male and female stuck very close to the nest. Then one day, they were gone! Don't know where they went and they didn't come back the following year. It was so much fun to watch those little heads stick out with their mouths open, waiting for mom or dad to bring them food! Have a nice week! Marilyn

    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn. I really do think they are back and sitting on eggs now. Read where they could lay up to 10 eggs. I can't imagine where they would all fit in that little house. Hope it works out..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  11. Congrats!! so much to be proud of Judy!! Wishing the well in the future!!

    1. Thank you, Deb. We are very proud of them and I have big news that I will post next Tuesday..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  12. Congratulations to the graduates! I wish I knew the birds in my yard....we are preoccupied with the naughty antics of a bunch of squirrels!

    1. Thanks, AnnMarie. I never was a bird watcher, but these little things really caught my attention so I did google some things about them. We have a big walnut tree overhanging the garden and usually we have lots of squirrels there, but last year we didn't have any and so far not this year either. We don't feed the birds so I don't mind the squirrels. I love watching them but they did dig up a few tulips in past years making room for their nuts..xxoJudy

  13. Three cheers on your good news with the graduates and alas for your wren. I saw mine again going into the house outside Lizzie's window. So I'm thinking there's something there but I've seen no action when she's not around. We'll wait and see.

  14. Thanks, Jeanie. We are proud of our graduates and there will be more news, yet again, about the wrens come Tuesday..xxoJudy

  15. Hi Judy, just wanted to stop in and let you know I bought my July issue of Country Sampler!! Wow, they did you and the cottage right!! How wonderful, great photos! Congrats!!

  16. I don't know what damage a sweet wren could do. Congrats on the graduations.Thanks for sharing at Keep In Touch.

  17. wow !!! beautiful and so lovely work :) i really like your good idea so much.Thank for sharing.



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