Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Season 2015

It has been awhile since I last blogged here.   This has been a hard year for our families and friends.  A time of sadness and loss.  Even in such times, we still have things to be thankful for.

We are trying to focus on the good things and the happy times.   This is what our loved ones would want.  We cannot give up and stop living when death takes a loved one away.   We must go on with life and be examples for the younger ones.   They look to us for guidance in every situation.   We must show them that it’s okay to be happy and enjoy life, in spite of loss.

So this Christmas season, I wish you all joy, peace and comfort.   I wish you many happy days, lots of laughs, enjoyable company, wonderful food, gifts from the heart, and hope for a bright future.

From our humble home to your’s….Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year!

A Special Good-bye

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A week ago today, my sweet sister Wanda went home to be with the Lord.   She had been battling cancer and gave it her all, but the Lord decided that she had fought long enough and rewarded her with her special place in Heaven.  He took away all of her pain and reunited her with our parents, one of our brothers and several other loved ones.

We all know she is in a much better place, but we still miss her so much.   Her son said that she didn’t “lose” her battle with cancer…..she won!   And he is right.  What a wonderful gift to live with Jesus!   How very insightful he is.  I’m so thankful that her suffering is over and she will be living a life of pure joy from now on.

Wanda, you are no longer here on earth with us, but we are all still together in spirit.  I hope you know how much we love and miss you.  So long for now.  We will all be together again someday.

Spring Bird Migration

I hope this finds you all happy and well.  Are you enjoying Spring so far?  We have already had several days of 90 degree weather.   Now we are having lots of rainy days,  Today is one of them.  At this very moment, the temp is only 58 and feels very chilly with the wind blowing and all the dampness in the air.   I look at this day as a special blessing before the brutal heat comes.  I know it won’t be long.  I probably shouldn’t, but I dread it.

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Eastern Bluebird

I have been watching the birds as much as I can because they are migrating.   I sit on the porch swing and look and listen.  I hear new bird songs and calls, but can’t always spot the new birds for all the new growth and vegetation everywhere.

I am already missing the Cedar Waxwings.  I believe they have left the area because I haven’t seen them for over a week now.  It sure was blessing to see them almost ever day while they were here.

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Indigo Buntings

The Indigo Buntings returned a few weeks ago and I have been enjoying them.   They are not settled enough to get very close just yet, but I hope to get some better photos soon.   I always say that this is my favorite bird, but in truth I have lots of favorites.

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American Goldfinch

The goldfinches are getting their bright yellow color back and they are a joy to see.  For some reason they really like this old chewed up feeder.  It was a gift from my granddaughter, so I have kept it even though the squirrels have almost destroyed it.

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Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrashers are here year round and I always enjoy seeing them.  I love their pretty chestnut color and speckled breast.   We tend to see more than usual this time of year.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

We have no shortage of woodpeckers here.  They are also among my favorites.   We have Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Fllckers (yellow-shafted) which is also our state Bird.  They are called Yellow hammers here. We also have Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, which are becoming hardrer to find. We are very blessed to have a few nesting couples in our yard.  I have yet to be able to photograph them.  They are very fearful of people.   We also have Hairy Woodpeckers here which look a lot like the Downy, but are much larger.  I have not seen a Hairy here yet, but I hope to.  There are probably others that I have not seen.

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Purple Finch

The Purple Finches must have invited some friends to come live in our yard.  We are seeing more and more of them, which is a treat.  Even seeing one is pretty wonderful.

Do you enjoy bird watching?

I wanted to mention that if you notice some blog posts missing, it’s because I decided to start a new blog for my doll collecting.   It’s easier for me to keep them separate.  It’s called Forever Dolly.   If you would like to visit/follow my new doll blog, here’s a link:

https://foreverdolly.wordpress.com/

I hope you find many reasons to enjoy this Spring.  And may you always be blessed!