According to my bird book, doves don't winter in my part of the state. But this guy isn't the first dove we've had around this winter. And when we were home in November, there were several that frequented our yard. Apparently they didn't get the memo that they are supposed to go elsewhere for a few months, but I don't mind at all.
I threw a New Years party for my friends, mixing bird seed, raisins, peanut butter, and some crumbled up left over waffles. Everyone thought it was the best show in the neighborhood, and we had quite a crowd for most of the day.
These friends of mine give me so much to enjoy, everything about them, right down to their toes.
...and with temps below zero, or close to it, who can blame them! As long as they were happy, that's all that matters. And nothing makes Paris happier than a nice warm fire in her stove, except maybe my lap in close proximity to the nice warm fire in her stove.
Unfortunately it wasn't all fun and games for them either. They had to endure this on Sunday afternoon.
If your from certain parts of the south, you know you have to eat collard greens and black eyed peas on New Years day! Like I said, we've missed out on it for a couple years now, so I told Macolm we had to eat double the usual amount to make up for it. The more you eat, the better luck and more money you get in the year ahead! (We'll see what happens. I feel pretty blessed, but more blessing and more money will never by turned down in my house!)
Along with the greens and peas, I fixed up a pot of one of my favorite childhood foods, my Gran'ma's Chicken and Dumplins (Chicken n Pastry if your from North Carolina, which my Mom's family is). Thanks Gran'ma for the directions. It wasn't quite as good as yours, but it was a darn close second and I enjoyed every bite, even the left overs!