Saturday, January 18, 2014

View Through the Window

For these pictures, it was sound that caused me to stop and look.  Opening windows on a mild January afternoon, the cacophony of squirrels in treetops shouting their screeching, grating alarm was deafening.  If it were a hawk, all would have been quiet so I looked downward and at the edge of the scrubby woods caught movement.  Small dog? Small deer?  Grabbed my camera and set my sights on a Bobcat!!  I did hear a high and full sound, almost a "whoop"  that I'm thinking might have been the bobcat.  Then it settled in under this tree just over the stonewall into the neighbor's woods and dug and dug, and found something to eat....with a tail.  I think this picture, if zoomed in, shows a bit of its tongue.

 This morning coming into the kitchen to turn on the coffee, I caught movement at treeline yet again.  This movement was a vertical drop and ascent.  My guess was bluebirds but they were too far away to see any blue.  These two shots were taken with my zoom but cropped and cropped again!!  I did spot two females and three males.  Only two males made it into these shots. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Wow, I was NOT expecting this.  Seeing the return address gave my heart a jump, thinking it was an overdue tax notice.  Opening the letter, I breathed a quick sigh of relief seeing that is was merely the town census.  Almost instantly my heart was in my throat, seeing the deceased column, thinking how awful that will be to have to check off that column next to Amber's name....unfolding the letter and seeing only two names instead of the six we had last January.   Then came a sharper pain, knowing that the babyMomma and her husband would be opening a town census form with four names and having to go through the agony of putting the check mark in the deceased column.
 It is so very hard being a parent and NOT being able to take away your child's agony and unbelievable heartache.  I know I have a heavenly Father who is more than equipped to hold me and shoulder this pain with me and I pray that the babyMomma and her hubby know that too and are daily holding that pain up to him and not trying to shoulder it alone.

Psalms 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

On a more positive note, the babyMomma and her hubby will be able to fill out the dog owner information now!  No dogs allowed while they lived with us.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

First Snow

I'm a bit behind in posting.  Busy doings here as the babyMomma and her little family made the move across the street into their new home for the new year!  Her in-laws arrived for a week so ready or not they moved over.  It was in stages, mom and dad first for a few overnights ....then Charlie,......then the cats.  All the stuff has yet to go, but there are no deadlines for that.  Hopefully they will be able to take just what they need/want and donate or sell or toss what they realize they don't.  Here are just a few pics out my window during the first snowfall of the new year last week and a final shot of the old girls keeping warm on a cold day.