Recently I was gifted with an Oriole feeder and several jars of grape jelly compliments of my newest neighbor. She said she'd decided feeding them was not her thing. I applaud the fact she recognized she didn't have the time, inclination, energy, whatever, to feed them. It sometimes feels like a part-time job even to me ~ and I enjoy it. During peak oriole season you'd never believe how many jars of grape jelly they go thru ~ I should keep track next year! They eat so much the feeder has to be refilled three or four times a day ~ that takes dedication. If you aren't ready for that kind of commitment, it's probably best to do nothing then to feed sporadically/randomly. At least that's how I feel ~ what about you??
Anyway, back to the gift, because I benefited from her realization, I wanted to do something nice in return. I thought a card with one of my oriole photos was appropriate:
It's very simple and so was the message inside:
Accompanying the card were a couple of Rhubarb Walnut muffins, made from homegrown rhubarb:
The very same recipe was whipped up & served last Friday (the 13th ~ which was not unlucky at all) to Gail of Clay and Limestone. That's the day I had the privilege of hosting her in my garden. She truly is the warm, kind, gracious person you perceive her to be when you read her blog postings. As you can imagine, it was a very pleasant way to spend a couple hours and something I never expected when I started blogging (meeting people thru the Internet).
I'd say it's been my lucky week.
My thanks to both of you ~ Gail for taking the time to stop by and Dora for the Oriole gifts and being such a nice neighbor.