Can You Say Worms?

Worms . . . Worms . . . And More Worms!

By Rachelle Siegrist

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     Kermit the frog would be as happy as I am, for the world is turning green outside!  It seems every hour of every day literally hundreds of baby bright green leaves unfurl, causing the woods to spring to life right before our very eyes!  The brilliant white blossoms of the dogwoods are in full splendor in our yard, as well as the tender pinks on the pink Dogwoods, and the hot pink of the Redbuds.  It’s truly beautiful and I can feel myself becoming more alive each day as well!  Several birds are already nesting in our yard, in bushes and available boxes located throughout.  I’m delighted to say that after a several years absence, the bluebirds have returned once again and we’re quite sure they’ve chosen a box by our garden to nest in, filling the air with their familiar . . . “Cheer cheerful charmer!

raising mealworms

Nesting birds are hungry birds, and even more so when babies start hatching soon.  So this past week we ordered 4,000 mealworms, and I don’t know who was happier when they arrived, the birds or me!  Peedeepeeps has been thoroughly enjoying eating the worms while posing for multiple reference photos for a current commission.  I’m quite sure he believes one can never have too many reference photos!  Of course, the Tufted Titmice are enjoying them as much as the wrens and soon the bluebirds will be as well.

carolina wren photo

I believe the last of the gifted suet cakes have been served up, and I cannot express how much I have enjoyed watching all my critter kids enjoy eating it!  I’m sure the squirrels thought they had died and gone to heaven when presented with such a delicious treat, with several of them practically laying in it while consuming it, eyes going closed and obviously in a state of bliss!

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And why simply sit BY it, when you can sit ON it while chomping down!

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Of course, when you have eaten till you can eat no more, there’s nothing left to do but to go lie down and rest for a while.

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Or if you overindulged, you may just have to be satisfied with sitting, like my precious Bunny squirrel below.

cute squirrel photo

Peedeepeeps and Elvira, as well as all the other birds, think it is too good to be true!

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It seems like our yard is constantly bringing surprises as we never know for sure “Whoooo” is going to pay us a visit.

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Besides enjoying meals on the back porch while feeding and watching my critters, I spent much of this past week painting our bathroom and bedroom.  The first day it was exciting to have such a large canvas to work on, but by the end of the third, I decided it’s more fun to paint miniatures!  I’ve yet to touch up the trim and still have the living room to do but for now, it’s back to painting on my commissions for a while.


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~ Fresh Off The Easel ~

Wes has put in countless hours this past week while working on the SAA entries for the annual show, which will be juried at the board meeting in Chicago next month.  Therefore his easel has been very lonesome this past week.  I’ve started my commission painting which is a miniature after Alred Usher Soord’s painting from the late 1800s, “The Good Shepherd“.  Needless to say, I’m having a ball with this one and am anxious to get back to the easel!


painting The Good Sheperd
Painting the first washes


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~ Rachelle



4 thoughts on “Can You Say Worms?

  1. Donald Weiser

    Hi Folks, Those are two very handsome squirrels! Whitey Boy was here this morning for seeds and peanuts. So glad to have him back! Don

    On Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM Under the Magnifying Glass wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: “Worms . . . Worms . . . And More Worms! > By Rachelle Siegrist Kermit the frog would be as happy as I am, for > the world is turning green outside! It seems every hour of every day > literally hundreds of baby bright green leaves unfurl, causing the wood” >

  2. Wow Rachelle
    Your garden sounds like a haven for all sorts of critters. We have lots too but of the watery type – now the swans, geese and coots are all busy sitting on their nests x

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