Happy Birthday to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing! In her honor, nurses around the globe are celebrating National Nurse Appreciation Week! This time of recognition for these everyday heroes is celebrated from May 6th - 12th.

According to Wikipedia, Florence Nightingale, "(12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honour, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday."

So it was with much honor that I made a special gift for a special nurse.



The collection included a nurses bag.


A scrub t-shirt with stethoscope.



And, my favorite, a teddy bear nurse.



During the photoshoot, the teddy bears actually got up and did a little ditty from "A Chorus Line". ;-) You should see them kick!



My customer definitely had a sense of humor. He ordered one of the nurse bags to be personalized with 'Nurse Ratched' a nurse from the movie 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. She worked at a mental hospital and is described as a cold, sadistic nurse. Yipe! I'm so glad real nurses aren't this way...at least not in Happy Valley. Anyway, the nurse that received the gift enjoyed the humor. 

So speaking of nests...

I took this picture on Monday.



It's a little blue egg in a nest just outside our sliding door on our deck. The mama bird has been working on this nest masterpiece for a few weeks. We actually have a HUGE line of trees near our yard that houses like four thousand birds. I refer to this area as 'Bird City'. There is also a single tree in the yard with another thousand birds and I call this tree, 'Birdtown, USA'. So I decided this is the country house. Toph and I decided we couldn't destroy this marvel of bird craftsmanship. I wish I would have taken pictures throughout the construction phase. It was a fascinating process. 



So today I checked on the egg to make sure things were ok. I discovered this...



FOUR EGGS!! I'm so excited! I'm planning a 'Name that Bird' contest for when they hatch. So start thinking now. I already have a great prize for the winning entry! I hope to announce the start of the contest soon!!!

That's all for now. Back to work for me. Lots of decorating to do. This week started off easy and now by Wednesday it's slammin'. I love it!

Have a sweet day,
Anne