Spruce Creek Preserve

-A A +A

Bluebirds return

By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece, Preservist Charlotte duChossois submitted the following article for inclusion in this week’s column.

With all of the grim news we are hearing and reading about, how about a little silliness for a change? Last spring, if anyone recalls, we were flattered to be the “chosen ones” to have two beautiful bluebirds take up residence in our bird house. As it all unfolded, the whole process of them finally settling down was a delight to observe.

She was a coquette Fifi who really enjoyed the “catch me, catch me” aspect of the courting ritual. Her frequent fly-bys were well timed to catch the attention of “Crash,” so named due to his propensity to smack into our window throughout the day. He fell for her obvious tactics hook, line and sinker.

She had her moves down pat. Of course, all this activity soon produced two offspring which we named “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Fast forward to 2010. You got it, we had two more bluebirds for us to enjoy watching. Now knowing for sure about the life span of these birds, we don’t know if these were the birds from the previous year. They exhibited the same behavior of flying into our window continually for a period of six to seven weeks. We really ruffled their feathers when we attempted to draw the blinds. They did not like that and let us know about it. You wouldn’t think these tiny creatures could be so aggressive.

After some days of not seeing them bringing food to the next, we found that they had abandoned the four eggs which were in the nest. This was sad as we were hoping to see another brood.

Well, we must have the most desirable location in Marion County because a lone “bachelor” now seems to be hoping to attract his own beguiling vamp and set up housekeeping. The track record for this love next has been very good, so we can assume he will have a successful assignation. We surely hop so, so he business himself with his lady friend and gives our window a “break,” so to speak.

As to a name for him, Romeo seems to fit the bill.

Thanks, Charlotte, for a job well done.

From Koebbes’ Kitchen

Oatmeal Cake

½ cup butter or margarine

1 cup quick oatmeal

1 ½ cups boiling water

2 eggs

1 ½ cups AP flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves or allspice

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

½ tsp salt

Put butter or margarine in mixing bowl; pour boiling water over this and let it stand 15 or 20 minutes until all water is absorbed. Add all remaining ingredients and mix by hand (no electric mixer). Pour into 9 x 13 greased pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Use prepared carrot cake icing or maple icing mix on cake while still warm. Enjoy.

Here are some of the doin’s out our way:

Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29, last opportunity to purchase tickets for Independence Day celebration, which will be on Saturday, July 3. Start the day with a continental breakfast in the ballroom and a hot lunch also in the ballroom (no outside tent this year). Tickets on sale 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday the 28th and before bingo on Tuesday the 29th. No ticket sales after this date. Tickets $5 per person which covers all events. There will be games and prizes the same as in past years.

Modifications Committee needs an alternate member. Pick up application at Community Center office. Don’t just live here, serve and truly belong here.

Military Club on hiatus for June, July and August. No monthly meetings until September. Info, Bob Paolillo.

No ceramics during June, July and August. Classes will resume in September. Info, Mary Secue.

Open House Committee continues open house during the summer on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Info, Mary K.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday early morning. Place bundled and bagged newspapers and aluminum next to garage door for pickup by volunteers from the On the Level Club. Please help these fine volunteers supporting the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa. You are also helping yourself by saving landfill space.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.