Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mother's Day Part 2

We are waiting for our three wrens in the nest on our back porch to get a little bit older but here are photos of our Robin's nest and their two little ones.  One fell out, DH put it back in nest but it must have died as it is no longer there and the Mom thought it best to take it away from the two she had. I bet that was very hard to do for her.

This is the Robin Family.
Here is the Wren Family.

Notice one is taking its time, probably a male.  They now have feathers on but Momma is camera shy so we let her be.

There is something amazing of Mother Nature as now the sun is really getting hot and she still sits on top of them.  My DH put an umbrella over it to keep as much sun out and she found them and back in the nest.  Good Husband.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tomorrow is Mother'sDay

 I believe I am the only bird watcher (breeder of) wild birds in our small neighborhood.  I bet some call me The Bird Lady. 

Being that tomorrow is Mother's Day which should be everyday I feel, only the retailers really love the weekend.  I do also as I am the proud Mom of five adult children.  "Phew"!

However, to get back to the birds, as we were walking around yard with hubby, we spotted a lot of darting here and there of birds.  Now I know we did put up a lot of bird houses but for some reasons certain birds do not like handmade bird houses of wood, plastic tubing and funny faces with an open mouth.  That must scare them half to death.

We put up a large Lion (fake) head on the deck wall for years.  This time a Robin decided it needed a hat so a hat it got.  Made of nest.  This lion head is not real of course but a favorite of mine as one of my daughters is Leo being an August babe.  So, off it went without any eggs in it yet, I must add.

However, today as we went pass my wreath next to our front door, there was that Robin but this time delivered, so she is now a Mom.Two beautiful blue sky eggs.  Now, it stays there till they emerge and become another generation.  So, I thought I would try to see this brother and sister arrive, get fed and finally fly away.  I try to document  their emergence with photos. Here I have the first of two photos taken three different days, maybe more than three. Looks like room for more.

The nest:   (Empty)
The 2 in  nest:
 Going out on the deck for a morning coffee I spotted a sparrow flitting around one of my hanging lantana baskets.  Much to my surprise, another nest and another mother to celebrate the day, in my Lantana basket.
 Another nest:
So, on this Mother's Day weekend here are two new mothers I know about. I havent checked the other baskets yet.

Here are two Mothers, no longer here to wish a Happy Mothers Day to in person, but will always remember their goodness to me and the love they gave.   My Mother, Hazel and my husband's Mother Thelma.

Have a really good Day all you dear Mothers wherever you are on this earth or beyond.

I share:
 My Mom Hazel born 1901 - 1988
 Hubby's Mom Thelma born 1910 -2006

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My Lap Dog

This is my second Boston Terrier.
The first one was Petie who passed after 16 yrs.
Now I have Katie another Boston Terrier who
will be 8 this year with us.  So to celebrate her
Birthday I tried to create a poem.

More than Just A Lap Dog

She keeps me still, she keeps me quiet as she sits upon my lap
She follows me where ever I go, even my bed when I take a nap.
I know how much she loves me, and it is easy to return it back

She listens to my every word.  I tried to listen to hers, a whimper,
a growl, a bark or a look, she makes me understand.

This love she gives me is comforting I know she understands
for my lap would grow much colder without her
Katie, my comforting pet.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

You Turkey!

Taking a look about our community on a beautiful Spring day, my husband spotted turkeys.  Now, it certainly must be Spring, even though the weather has been somewhat erratic, as these turkeys were gobbling about.  Notice the plumage on that big turkey.  Yes, that is the male.  He is getting ready to find himself a female to mate with, just like the birds are building nests.  It is that time of season.  So, I thought it was just like this turkey to show off and find his female.  I enjoyed these photos so hope you do too.

 Boy, are they in for a surprise come Fall season!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Awakening Site

A surprise this morning upon wakening
Pulled open the drapes
Snow is falling!

Why not?  It is Winter here in Tennesse
Just a surprise that is all
No weather report last night to say

Snowflakes were larger than normal,
Unbelievable that each snowflake can be different.
Falling into the warm street they melt
 Still roof tops and yards getting whiter by the minute

Red Cardinals seeking the feeders
They linger in the trees so bare
Calling to their females to gather
He sees the feeders at last

Snow still falling, landing like a blanket
Pristine and white
as far as  I can see
From my bedroom window its a welcoming sight to me.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Window Watch

                                                              A Picture Window


Very cold today. But I stay inside cuddled up in the chair with a blanket and my dog,  watching the birds outside trying  to keep warm by eating out of all the three feeders I have out there.  

This reminds me of another picture window. Many times Dave and I would go to Maryville from home and drive up 4 11. 

There was a house facing the road, a very neat, nice home . Every  time we went by I would look out at this house towards their large front window. I could see a hospital bed and somebody elderly laying in that bed, not looking out of the window, just quietly laying there.

l would tried to wave, hoping that this person would look my way but never did.  Every time we pass over the period of months maybe a year or two it was the same thing. I was just wishing that someday that man or woman would turn their head see me and waved back. That never happened!
Recently, we drove past that same house. I noticed there is no person laying in the bed looking out the front window just the back end of the couch or sofa appearing now.
That big picture window would overlook a porch which would have potted plants and out further, bushes where I am sure birds would be flitting about. Now the drapes are drawn, the shades are pulled down on that same picture window and on the front porch instead of potted flowers there are different kinds of sitting chairs and kids toys, so different.

A regret I have, that I never took the initiative to walk up to that house, ring the doorbell, and ask if I could come visit whoever that was laying in bed by the front picture window.  Years ago that would've been the thing to do but now people are so frightened of anybody who rang the doorbell or knocked on the door for fear it might be Intrepid and that did cross my mind.
I have heard people on TV or even people I know or meet that say they have their no regrets. I think it would be wonderful if you could leave this earth without any regrets . We all have them whether they be small ones or big ones and I know I probably have some of both. That person in the window, never know to each other, will never know a stranger cared.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Yes, Happy New Year!

The New Year begins:

I was surprised that I have been able to have 80 years of saying Happy New Year, well, at least the years I was able to know what the sayings Happy New Year meant and able to say it.

The end of 2015, December, was very gratifying to me.  Mainly because I got to take a trip to Florida to see my children, grandchildren, relatives, old friends.  It does get tiring hopping from one place to another, they live in different cities, but gratifying to see their faces and spend time with them all.
I was glad after three weeks to get home though.  There is no place like home! as Dorothy said.

We just bought a new camper and this was her maiden voyage.  We have had campers for years. all size campers, but this small one was the most coziest and comfortable to be in and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  You see, I do not  like to put anyone out by staying in their homes.  As a youngster living at home, my parents never visited relatives for more than a day.   The only time I remember staying in someone's home was when I was eleven.  There was a beach house my mother, father, and sister and I stayed at for a week. It was because my father was a house painter and his friend offered the home to us while Dad did the work of painting it.  That does not count.

I didnt make any New Year's Resolutions.  I always forget about them by March anyway.  You know the ones, lose weight, exercise, join some art clubs, etc.This year I have noticed on Facebook and several other websites that we are asked now to pick a word that will reflect your attitude towards 2016.  I picked the work BRAVE.  I feel that at my age now I must be brave enough to accept my future of maybe getting weaker, not being able to do some things because of aches and pains.
Maybe, losing some old time friends. Politics in 2016, as it ends scares me.  I just felt that I heard the words Be Brave Diane as I read what others were using for their word of the year and Brave just fit me.
I will try!  So pick a word for 2016.

                                               In Savannah, Georgia State Park