Friday, February 22, 2013

Five on a Friday

I'm not sure I have five fragments, but five on Friday has a nice ring to it, so I'll come up with something.

1.  Our fox-

Okay, so he's not really 'our' fox, but we call her ours because she has a den in the woods on our side hill.  I took these pictures from inside the house so they're a little blurry. She has a way of staring me down that is off-putting, so I wasn't going out there.

Every spring kits are born in the den and they are adorable, but her?  Not so much. She looks a little mangy and kind of hungry to me. I watched her run up my next door neighbor's driveway on Wednesday morning and then cross into our front yard. She looked right at me and then hopped up on the big rock close to the house.

Groundhogs live in this wall, but she didn't need me to tell her that. When we first moved into this house we watched a fox snatch a groundhog from a hole in the ground and kill it with one swift snap of the jaw. Nothing says welcome to your new home quite like that.

She stood on the rock a while, but I guess the groundhog has grown wise and he never made a peep. The fox moved on up into her den and then off into the forest to snag some unsuspecting chipmunk or fieldmouse or other woodland creature. I try not to think too hard about these things.

2. I had a manicure yesterday because my hands were beginning to look like my great-grandpa's. Does anyone else feel like every drop of moisture is sucked out of their skin during the winter months? Ugh.  Anyway, while I was in the salon I had a chance to perform a random and anonymous act of kindness that absolutely made my day.

Yes, my day.

That's the thing about kindness...the giver often gets back more than was given.

3. Speaking of random kindnesses...Daughter1 surprised daughter2 and I with presents when we were all together in the mountains last weekend.  She even fancied up the edges of the tissue paper with her snazzy cutter.

Apparently she'd had these gifts in her possession for quite a while, and it took every single ounce of self control for her not to spill the beans a long time ago. Let's just say secret keeping is not her forte. Ha.

3.  She is awfully cute though, don't you think?

Here's what was inside the bags-

All the ingredients to make the cutest little Lent bunting I have ever seen. Actually I've never seen a Lent bunting before, but this one is really special.

4.  Forty cards for forty days, plus one more for Easter Day.

I strung it in front of my dining room window so I could take a picture because forty cards, even small ones, take up a good amount of space. I haven't quite decided where I want to hang it.

Some of the cards have bible verses on them and others have thoughts and quotes relating to the Easter season. The colors and artwork are so lovely. She got the set from Naptime Diaries.

5.  Here's today's card-

Okay, that's my five.

Who was I kidding?
I think we can all agree when it comes to fragments I have a never ending supply.

For more Friday frags or to add your own link, click the button below. Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. I liked this post, Joyce. We used to have foxes and groundhogs and deeer in our backyard in PA. It brought back memories.

    And the bunting is pretty cool.

  2. As much as I love and appreciate nature, I do agree that the fox is a bit scary-looking. Not sure I'd venture outdoors with her around, either. Your daughter has such a pretty smile...and sounds like a very giving heart, as well. Love the Lent bunting...what a cute idea! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Joyce...stay warm up there!

  3. "my hands were beginning to look like my great-grandpa's." LOL! I am also as dry as a bugs hull in the winter!

    I like your fox stories, and I know what you mean by that off putting stare.
    Have a good weekend!

  4. That fox sort of scares me a bit, a little to close for comfort. But, there's no telling what kind of creatures we have in the woods surrounding us.

    Oh, I love that calendar and when straight to their site and saw that they quit selling them earlier this month. But, I emailed and ask them if they had any left because I SURE did want a couple, so I'll see if my pleading worked.

    Another great post!

    1. Hi Lea- in case that doesn't work out you can get a printable version.Here's the link:

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  5. Looks like you forgot to link up.....

    Cute gift! Talk to you soon.

  6. I am with you on the manicure. I can't seem to put enough lotion on my hands.

    Love the gift. What a great way to reflect during Lent.

  7. Great pics of the fox. We have one that sleeps on the south side of our roof when it is sunny. I have no idea how he gets up there.
    What a nice gift from your pretty girl.

  8. I love the lent cards and banner - what a great idea :-)

  9. Love the fox pictures, although I don't want to think about what he's doing too much.

    I've never seen Lent bunting either, but I think it looks good right where you have it hung in the picture.

  10. I love the Lenten cards. What a thoughtful gift! I'm sure your daughter was really excited to give them - and to share the experience!

  11. What a pretty and thoughtful gift. You raised her well. ;)

  12. I love the fox! She is so feisty and these are great close up pictures. P.S. so glad you like the cards, I think they look good in the dining room. xoxox

  13. Oh my, I love, love, love that Lent bunting. That fox - a little too scary for me.

  14. That Lent bunting is so awesome! I use clothespins for things often but this is so cool. Yes she IS awfully cute.... Have to say I can do without the wild life around us. I know god has a purpose for them but they scare me. Enjoy your weekend Joyce.

  15. I just think foxes are creepy critters. Seeing one hunt would be crazy and a pretty funny "welcome to the neighborhood"... don't let your small dogs out for long ;-)

    Oh, I love the card idea! I have seen it before and always tell myself that I am going to be organized to do that one of these years.

    Your daughter is very pretty :-)

  16. I've seen a few foxes in our hood too....not to my liking....Sophie would probably run up to one and be all hey you wanta play! I love your random act of kindness.....something I need to do more of. The Lent bunting such a great idea and it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Our fox scared me nearly to death one night (morning) about 1 am as I got out of my car. I thought it was a large cat at first. I called my husband and told him there was a wolf behind me. He is still laughing. I'm not:( I worry about my lil dogs...
    What a great gift your adorable daughter gave to you. What a great tradition it would be to make a card every year for 40 days, hmmmm...
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  18. I've never heard of or seen a lent bunting either but what a great idea! I'll have to remember that for next year for my dad. He would love it. Deanie (DD2) can't keep a secret to save her life. She might, or might not, get that from me. :)

  19. What a thoughtful daughter - I LOVED the idea.
    That fox is scary lookin' to me. YIKES!!

  20. Your daughter is so thoughtful. I love that idea.

  21. I'm loving your little vixen better than ANY of the other four frags!!

  22. I loved the gift from you daughter! How sweet! :)
    Are foxes mean? Will they attack you?
    I need to know.