Friday Fill-Ins

•May 23, 2009 • 1 Comment

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And…here we go!

  1. Moving my aching joints is so much easier in my dreams.
  2. We are never truly free.
  3. My best quality is also sometimes described as my worst quality.
  4. Gimme details.
  5. In nearly 10 years, the boys will be pre-teens.
  6. Loud laughter and frivolous play is what I need right now!
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping all night, tomorrow my plans include idle wandering, snuggle time, napping, taking pictures and being lazy and Sunday, I want to play outside with the family!

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Sky Watch Friday

•May 21, 2009 • 8 Comments

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We had a brief warm spell last week and this was taken then. I was wandering with the dogs and enjoying the new green growth against the blue sky. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much of the pretty green against blue skies this week — too many cloudy, snowy days! Will summer ever get here?

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Life Photo Meme

•May 20, 2009 • 5 Comments

I found this meme a while ago, but haven’t had an opportunity to participate until today — one boy asleep, and one not home for a few more minutes!  I love the concept of this meme — ANYTHING LIVING qualifies to participate.  This fits my way of observing the world, though it may stress my camera and little men a bit.  🙂

So this pic was taken a few days ago, when we were having sun and warmth (that sure didn’t last long!)  As I moseyed in the woods with the pups, I was looking at all the new growth happening.  I’ve gotten a new book to help me identify the native flora, but haven’t had a chance to look this up yet.  The moss grows on anything that has been left undisturbed.  The other little plant always reminds me of strawberries, but it’s not.  It has little yellow flowers and stickers.  One day I’ll look up the names.

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Wordless Wednesday

•May 20, 2009 • 2 Comments

Wordless Wednesday

Watching the May snow through the living room window.

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Three Beautiful Things

•May 19, 2009 • 1 Comment

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1.  According to Smithsonian’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America, this is a female, yellow-bellied sapsucker.  Who knew?  Definitely not us!  We have three different books that we were comparing pictures in to make the final decision.  For some reason, I always thought a YELLOW bellied sapsucker would have a much yellower belly!  Go figure.  Anyway, this girl has been working like a demon today, which is remarkable because we’ve been having a freaking blizzard!

2.  Took the dogs on their run tonight and as we reached the beaver pond, we frightened a breeding pair of geese with their gosling!  I don’t know if it was the kiddo’s first flight or not, but he did a fine job!  🙂   And to top it all off, the beaver was cruising around the pond.  Since I’ve never actually seen a beaver at the beaver pond, this was a fine treat.  Especially the part where he slapped his tail on the water.  lol  Guess he doesn’t enjoy our company.

3.  When I returned from the dog run, I heard, “Moo ooo ooom”, being yodeled from the upstairs.  I went upstairs to see what was going on.  My adorable little man asked me to rub his head for him — or so I thought.  He’s been having earaches and headaches lately, so I ASSumed that was what he wanted.  What he really wanted was for me to put the palm of my hand over his eyes so he could give me butterfly kisses!!!  He just giggled and giggled when he tickled my hand.  It’s so easy to bring him joy when we can understand what he wants!  I sure do love my little man and treasure those moments of shared joy.

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Book Review: Shimmer

•May 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Shimmer Shimmer by Eric Barnes

My review

I’m so lucky to be a member of the Library Thing Early Reviewer’s Club. Occasionally I will receive free books in the mail, which is the best gift ever, and then I have the opportunity to review them. They actually want to know what I think!

So, I think this is a book worth reading. It’s a book about morals, set in an ultra-modern world. If that makes it sound preachy or moralistic, let me clear that up. It’s NOT. It’s about a young man, responsible for his employees, and he finds himself in a difficult situation. We are privy to all of the quickly played out actions, reactions and counter-plays, and we learn about his motivation as the book progresses.

I’m an action/adventure, sci-fi fan and this book kept my attention all the way through. Even in my totally sleep deprived state (keep in mind that I have two little boys, still not sleeping through the night.  That may have had an influence on my opinion!  :)). So I would definitely recommend this book to those with an interest in similar genre’s.

Three Beautiful Things

•May 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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1. This began as a three beautiful things post, early yesterday. The computer has been uncooperative since then. BUT, the beautiful thing is that it is now working with me again. That sure reduces my frustration, and that is a beautiful thing! To continue to reduce my frustration, I’ve decided to combine two posts, so I don’t make too many demands on my poor computer. 🙂

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2. As I mentioned the other day, with the boys gone for the weekend, I had the morning to wander aimlessly with the pets. They love it and I love taking my camera along to see what I can see. One of the things I saw was this young grouse. I almost stepped on him, poor thing. He just hopped up in this tree and proceeded to pose for me. How often does that happen? Never! Definitely a beautiful thing.

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3. The clouds bringing the snow were just beginning to arrive, but overall, it was a bright, sunny morning. We were fairly deep in the wooded area, so I had to be careful of shadows and clouds. The grouse didn’t seem aware of that in the beginning, but by the end, I had coaxed him into turning his face into the light for me. Yay! And the darn camera, which usually focuses 3ft behind, or 3ft in front, but seldom on what I WOULD LIKE to take a picture of, it actually cooperated. Again, Yay! All in all, a beautiful experience.

This is a ruffed grouse. He looks young and immature to me. The family that has been under my kitchen window all winter has moved to the woods so my contact has been reduced to listening to the strange vibrating sound they make when I hear it coming out of the woods. They are similar to spruce grouse, but the eye markings are different, and they raise their ruffs.

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