Backyard Bird Watching

I love to watch the birds that come to our feeder.  The activity and sound brings so much life to the backyard.  With the return of the warmer weather (present weather excluded) the robins are back along with the red winged blackbirds.  I am sure they are as put out by this April storm as I am.  
There is not much I can do but hunker down and wait for mother nature to regain her good temper. The birds are braving the winds and pelting freezing pellets for some seed.  I feel a bit sad when the feeder becomes an all you can eat buffet for the bigger birds but such is the cycle of life. 
As for spring, it will come sooner or later....right?

The below pictures were taken in better weather a few days ago.  

Jack likes to watch the birds too.  And sunbathe.


When you are a nine-to-fiver Monday through Friday weekends are a time to look forward to.  It is our time - whether we use it to get caught up on things; spend time with family and friends; relaxing, or a bit of all of everything.  To me Sundays are especially a good time to just move a little slower instead of racing against the clock like the rest of the week.  I was recalling how when I was younger, there were no stores open on Sundays.  I sometimes think it would be a good thing to revert back to that. A day of slowing down.. for everyone.
This morning I enjoyed being awake while the rest of the house slept.  Making muffins, quiet coffee and then we took  a lovely walk to the lake on a gorgeous January morning. 

Ahhh Sunday.. 

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No Rush

I love slow weekend mornings when there is no rush to go anywhere.  The to do list is there, but just for a little while it is nice to pretend that it doesn't exist.  I have discovered lately that when I rush around doing things not much more gets accomplished than when I take it a bit slower. Weekend mornings are a nice time to catch my breath and spend a couple hours first thing unwinding from the week.. yoga, leisurely coffee and some backyard bird watching before starting anything.  
I am weary of winter already yet there is much more to get through.  I miss my long walks outside, working in the garden, the warmth of the sun on my face.   I find myself more tired than usual and wanting to do nothing but curl up with a book for hours.  Last weekend I spent hours working on a puzzle in the warmth of the sun shining through the kitchen windows.  Like a bear, I feel like hibernating till spring comes.  I was surprised to see a rabbit in the backyard this morning.  Perhaps he was …

Wild backyard

It is no secret that I love birds.  They bring the backyard alive with colour and sound.  My daughter caught this big bird having a snack (mourning dove perhaps - they are slow).  Though I don't like the thought that I have basically provided an all you can eat buffet for the hawks and falcons that are around I realize that is the way in nature.  Everything has a purpose and it is all interconnected.  

Same Moon

When I awoke this morning to start the day it was still dark outside.  Through the window I could see the brightness of the moon in the clear sky.  I ran to get my camera although I am not sure why I bothered since I can't take a good moon picture.  Perhaps one day.  Anyway.. I love to look at the moon and wonder about it looking down on us all over the world.  Just a little every day miracle.

And each one there Has one thing shared They have sweated beneath the same sun Looked up in wonder at the same moon And wept when it was all done For bein' done too soon For bein' done too soon For bein' done

~ Neil Diamond

Inspiring words

After listening to Oprah's speech on the Golden Globes last Sunday I found myself both moved and inspired by the strength of her words. No doubt many out there felt the same way. What inspired me most was Oprah's message to speak your truth and live your truth whatever that may be - which is something that is so difficult for many of us and has been very difficult for me.  This post is not about "me too" although, yup, like so many out there "me too". I am using Oprah's message to remind  me  that it is not only okay for me to speak up for myself, it is healthy for me. 
I started this blog as a way to speak up and out without actually speaking out loud.  To write about things that I enjoy, things that inspire and move me, things that bring me joy, or just make me think about what is important in my life has played a big part in healing my soul since "me too".
And so, I am going to get back to blogging regularly. It helps hold me accountable t…

A New Year Has Begun

As the New Year begins it feels rather like opening a notebook to a brand new page - a blank canvas of sorts - to create something new and fresh.  I believe this is why New Year celebrations are so popular.  We all want that chance to start afresh, with new hope for the year ahead.  Reflecting on the past year is a way to take stock of where you are on your life path, and to think about what intentions you want to set for the coming year.  
 As I look at my blank page, the year ahead, I wish not to re-write my life, but instead to create more  experiences that enable me to grow and evolve as a person. Though the past year has been one of many challenges and sorrows, intermingled with the tears were some of the most wonderful moments of joy and laughter.  What has evolved from the challenges is that we are taking less for granted, appreciating each other more, and have grown closer.  My intention for 2018 is to continue to be grateful for the many blessings in my life, to continue to …