Merry Finches to All, and Happy New Year 2012!

tower of redpolls
a tower of redpolls ~ february 2011

By this time last winter, the ground was buried under two feet of snow; this winter we’ve seen only a few cold days and even fewer snowflakes — showing up most auspiciously, just for miss m on Christmas morning.

No little redpolls have come looking for my thistle seed yet, but good things come to those who wait!

A belated Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, and all the other wonderful winter holidays I’ve missed — I have been busy boxing up books and glassware and weeding out old clothes — now that the college grad is finally set up in a good steady job, and the college sophomore is fully engaged at school, it’s time to get serious about trading in the old homestead for something more managable.
Could 2012 be the year that Michigan becomes reality? I can only hope!!

packing mess
packing mess ~ my desk is under there somewhere…

Meantime, it’s been a wonderful Christmas; kiddies and kitties happily in attendance.

daisy loves the new tree!
daisy loves the new tree…

cardinal tree topper
cardinal topper strapped in and ready to go!

christmas eve 2011
christmas eve ~ calm before chaos

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year ~ filled with peace, joy,
lots of yummy kohlrabi sambhar (inspired by this, coming soon) and many wonderful winter finches!

male redpoll
male redpoll at the sunflower feeder ~ february 2011

male redpoll
another male redpoll waiting his turn

female redpoll
female redpoll ~ february 2011

little flock of redpolls and goldfinches
mixed flock of redpolls and goldfinches ~ february 2011



  1. A bit late here, but hope you had a good christmas and wishing you and family a wonderful Happy New year. and hopefully all your dreams and wishes come true.

    Hi Finla, no worries, I’m late posting! Not too late to wish you and your dear family all the best for 2012! Looking forward as always to more of your yummy goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. indosungod said

    Hello dear Linda. Just when I was thinking of sending you an email I see your comment. Hope you have a great year ahead and hopefully this year I will see you in person.

    Must be that sambhar telepathy, ISG :):) I hope this is the year we finally get to meet!

  3. Sra said

    A very happy new year to you! And a very happy old Michigan as well, Linda!

    Why thank you Sra, Happy New Year to you and Happy Michigan to all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Nupur said

    What lovely pics of the birdies! And I adore the bright cardinal atop the tree. Wishing you the most wonderful year ever- and that your dream comes true in 2012!

    Ah, the cardinal — that was a hysterical moment. That’s an old beanie baby toy — in keeping with my ‘safe for kitties’ tree theme — nothing breakable. So he got strapped in, literally, with yarn ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy New Year Nupur! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Manasi said

    I love the bird pics! Specially the one with red splashed on his front!
    Wish You a Very Happy New Year !

    I’m so glad you enjoyed — those are the redpolls — winter finches, and I am missing them in this mild winter ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  6. BongMom said

    A very Happy New Year to you Linda and to your family. Congrats on the kiddo settled in a good job, that must have been a wonderful thing.
    May the New Year bring all your other wishes true.

    Aw, thanks Sandeepa! I wish the same for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Took nearly a year after college graduation to get the right job — but it happened so I am not complaining!

  7. mandira said

    Happy New year to you too dear Linda. I was in Marquette over the winter break and thought of you.

    Oh Mandira, you were at Lake Superior!! Hooray! ๐Ÿ™‚

    When I make it to Micihgan for good, perhaps we can go together ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

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