Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Saturday, December 16, 2017

Two 70 Year Old Birthdays, One 48 Year Anniversary~



~Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year~

One big week beginning December the 18th...my husband will turn 70 years of age. Then on the 21st I will catch up with him.  The day following will be our 48th wedding anniversary, with the beautiful family Christmas celebration at the end of the week of celebrations... 

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Stewart for:









This was my first life memory when I was 3 years of age... the Oregon coastline with my mother and twin sister.  In 1994 my husband, three daughters and I went there for our vacation journey, and when I saw the great monoliths once again, I broke down in happy tears~


My mother was always there for us...I miss her every day~


I met Bill in high school and we began dating around March of 1963.  After our 1965 graduation he went off to college and when he stayed out a semester to visit his family who were on sabbatical from SBTS, the draft got him.  He was in Vietnam for one year October 4, 1968-1969.  We planned to get married in our hometown of Louisville, KY, but we ended up eloping and were married in Dallas Texas at the smallest wedding just about ever, but I like to say we are just as married as any of the Royals~



One of my most favorite photographs ever!  
We were so happy, and yes that is a little wiglet atop my own hair...didn't it match perfectly ;)~




Our wedding was in Dallas, Texas in the Criswell Chapel that seated around 100, at the First Baptist Church, with myself, Bill, our friends Kris and her beau, as well as Rina and Joe who all lived in the same complex I had.  There was of course the minister and the janitor stood in the doorway and watched.  That was it, that was all, our little wedding party~





Our first German Shepherd was named Belite'.  Now we are on numbers 5,6 &7~


Our changing faces over the first decades~







~YEAH~



A Pileated Woodpecker in our backyard~





The sunshine rising and reflections dancing in the windows~


First year Red-Shouldered Hawk down the lane~




Sweet Muff~




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's December, What Happened With November~



Our Christmas card insert above~
It has been a really crazy past 7 weeks and more is on the way.  I have been feeling on the low side and just dealing with one day at a time.  This has not been easy, but I love life and I always make the best of it...thinking positive is much healthier than thinking negatively.  It's just doing life and doing it well...keeping the faith and enjoying each day as it comes~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Stewart for:



Our Christmas tree was up and adorned before Thanksgiving which is our tradition~









More Knee Surgery~


This morning I sat and read over the information that my DR gave me yesterday.

He has mentioned capsular thickening.
He is going to do an Arthroscopic procedure called Capsule Release surgery on the 29th of this month.
He is suspecting Plica Syndrome which can be suspected when you have my kind of symptoms. I looked it up on the Internet to better understand and it states that in some patients, particularly those who may have had injuries, or multiple surgeries over the medial aspect of the knee, (I have had two) the medial synovial plica may become very thick and fibrotic and may catch over the medial aspect of the medial femoral condyle.
I am confident that this will take care of and resolve any further issues with this silly knee. It's as it would be that when you have had 7 years of problems on and off with one knee, that eventually the other knee is going to take some force...the force has landed softly and I want to keep it that way. Looking forward to having this all taken care of and on the mend, once again.

It worked out beautifully as on the week of the 18th, my husby turns 70, and then on 21st, I will.  Our 48th wedding anniversary is on 22nd and then Christmas on the 25th.  I am so thankful that my surgery comes after the festivities~



The husby and I went down to the Ohio River and had dinner the other week.  This was right at sunset~



   
A week ago this past Sunday on my way to Bible study and this handsome White-Tailed Deer/buck was making his way across the frost and fog covered Bluegrass lawn.  There was enough colour left in the trees, to make the images pop~  










I had taken the images of the Red-Shouldered Hawk above on my way into the city for PT the other day and on my way back home, stopped again...
LOL I was thinking what kind of bird is that...is it even a bird...
No...it was a Red Fox Squirrel~


My weeks are filled with three days of driving into the city for my Physiotherapy appointments as well as checking on some of the local birds that I can see this time of year.  This stunning Red-Tailed Hawk was in a tree just a mile from returning to our home...love the beauty of this one~




 We have quite a few Buffalo/Bison farms in our state and this is a new one near where we live.  I stopped by the other day while driving home and noticed one of them had gotten a branch caught over one of'his horns.  I watched until it got the thing off as well as traffic had begun to move~



A Doe was running past a break in the fence along the lane and ready to leap over the fence in front of her when I snagged this quick glimpse~



The pair of Bald Eagles that I have been keeping up with for the past three years had used that same nest.  A large part of it fell away this past July and they have been working on one in a tree right next to old nest.  Someone had been getting way too close to the nest, even taking up to sitting in a chair some 100'~from nest with a HUGE camera...I am so sorry, but you just don't do that.  I had a little chat with him and I am hoping that he will honor my request.  The Eagles had been missing for some 10 days after his two day visit and then on Monday morning I captured these from a good distance.  One of them was breaking a branch to take up to the nest...still building it up and I feel so much better now~




Some of the country lanes, there are still little spots with colour~


Bah Bye little Shrew. A very hungry...I believe to be a first year Red-Shouldered Hawk because it still has a splash of the dripping rufous feathers running down it's chest, and has already earned it's red shoulders  was wire hunting as I came home from the market this afternoon. I had stopped in a parking lot to observe and I had barely gotten the car turned off and it went to the ground, bringing up a tiny Shrew and devoured it whole in less than two minutes from it's capture. The hawk held tightly to it when an American Crow tried a dive bomb, hoping it would drop it's meal~







The image above was taken before the heavy clouds took over the evening before
I got up super early to go and get a good spot to photograph the Super Moon the other day.  Where we live there are just so many trees that get in the way of nice views.  Once I arrived at the selected spot, I parked the car, put down the window and nothing but heavy cloud coverage...oh well, I saw it, did you?


Dawn following the Super Moon setting~