Dreamy Landscapes on a Dreary Day

As you know, if you read my earlier post, I’m a bit hampered when it comes to writing/blogging these days. Since “upgrading” from a plaster cast to a more functional brace however, I am able to navigate with more ease and typing is at least possible. (I’ve discovered the “overdo it” point, too.) As before stated (last post), I shot some pretty neat photos (blindfolded, with one hand tied behind my back, haha, or so it felt!) and decided to share them with you. I shot this album entirely along I-80 between Chicago, IL, and Cleveland, OH, on a cold, overcast day as we were returning home to get my disabled arm tended to. Enjoy.

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These shopped photos are quite a departure from what I usually produce. There is a lesson here! Sometimes an occurrence/event/experience/whatever can actually be the door that opens us to seeing, hearing, doing something delightful and life-enhancing we never would have considered before. Hope you enjoy the photos. :-)

unexpected hiatus! just when i return to blogging!!!!

Oy vey. . .  am typing this “hunt & peck” method with one hand….sigh. In a bizarre accident, i ended up in ER in chicago area 10 mins after arriving at my daughter’s place. i was drugged, arm was casted past elbow, and trip was cut short. back home. mri scheduled, and specialist. I’m somewhat out of commission for a while. following is photo i shot while heading back to ohio…one hand, auto focus, 70+ mph! take care all. i’ll be back when i can.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Thanks to the WordPress Reader, I’ve been perusing other blogs to “catch up” on what I’ve missed while immersed in my studies. I see that this week’s photo challenge is “community.” My first thought was to skip this challenge and jump into it next week. But FrancineInRetirement‘s blog reminded me that “community” applies to many beings and things. So here is a shot that was taken about a week ago that certainly fits the bill. ;-)  Thanks Francine.

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Sunday Post: Christmas Trees . . . . but I don’t “do” Christmas Trees

I completed graduate school on Friday. So I am jumping back into the blogging world with both feet and shouting and singing Glory Glory Glory! Sooooo…. thinking I would pick up with what was formerly my regular Sunday Post, I checked out this week’s assignment, and lo and behold it is “Christmas Trees.” Well, I would do something Chanukah-ish, but we have already done that this year. Instead here is a photo of a wintery scene that I hope will pass muster for this assignment!  (Yay! I’m back!!! A more thoughtful, reflective post about the past three and a half years of following a dream is soon to come!).  Enjoy your holidays whatever they are, stay safe and stay warm. :-)

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Breakfast Served!

Yesterday “gifted” me with an unexpected day at home. Due to weather (snowy, windy, arctic cold) and it also being the day before Thanksgiving, clients cancelled appointments en masse! To be honest, I did not mind. Having met all my internship requirements per hours of required direct contact with clients, I welcomed an extra day off. So, what did I do with my free time? — I watched the birds! I still have papers to write, discussions to post, “assignments” to complete for my site supervisor, end-of-quarter forms to fill out, etc., but I chose to watch the birds in my backyard instead of keeping my nose to the grindstone. Smart move. :-)

Now that the Cornel University Lab of Ornithology’s FeederWatch program is fully underway, I’m back to watching and counting the birds that feast at our backyard feederstation. Yesterday was not a “count day” for me, but I watched and was mesmerized by my aviary friends anyway. They flock in by the dozens for breakfast each morning–Mourning Doves, Sparrows of all kinds, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Cardinals, Blue Jays, European Starlings, Downy and Red-Breasted Woodpeckers, Finches, an occasional Chickadee or Nuthatch, and others that I have yet to identify. While the birds were feeding yesterday, I was able to get a few photos that I thought you might enjoy. :-)

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Last night we lit the first candle marking the beginning of Chanukah, and today is Thanksgiving Day for those of us in the US. Enjoy the holidays, and take time to feed the birds, a simple pleasure for which I am thankful. (That, and I’ll be DONE with grad school in two weeks! :-D

 

 

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365 Grateful!

This will be a quick one. A while back I started another blog, Perpetual Gratitude, which was inspired by a woman who overcame depression by photographing one thing each day for which she was grateful. Although I have been lax in keeping up with my blogs (due to grad school demands), my life continues to be filled with gratitude. Today I took a few minutes to check out the blog that started it all, 365 Grateful, and decided to share the link with you. I urge you to check out this magnificent, inspiring, uplifting blog and consider how you can cultivate gratitude in your life. Once I finish school, I plan to return to regular blogging and sharing gratefulness with you!

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BE GRATEFUL! It will change your life. :-)

Late Night Musings

Summer of 2013

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Hello! Y’all have been on my mind a lot lately. I am swamped in studies, writing, deadlines, clients, etc. (and loving every minute of it) but I’m getting anxious to get back to a routine that allows me the freedom … Continue reading

My Daily Entertainment!

All work (or studies) and no play makes for a very boring life! On the other hand, a walk in nature, listening to the sound of a babbling brook, or birdwatching are the types of activities that nourish the soul and rejuvenate the spirit. Fortunately I don’t have to go far for any of these pursuits. As to the last, it has been a joy to be able to look up from my desk (the dining room table) and peer out the window into our back yard to watch the birds and their fledglings flit about all day. I have paused from time to time to take a few shots of the back-yard flurries, and decided to share some of the photos with you. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

One that got away....and has taken up residence in our back yard, much to our delight!

One that got away….and has taken up residence in our back yard, much to our delight!

Taking a rest on the powerlines to our house.

Taking a rest on the powerlines to our house.

 

Ooops....this is no bird! But I had to go out and have a talk with her when she began nibbling on my Asters!

Ooops….this is no bird! But I had to go out and have a talk with her when she began nibbling on my Asters!

Nothing like a dip in the birdbath!

Nothing like a dip in the birdbath!

Birdbaths sometimes work as reflecting pools, too. :-)

Birdbaths sometimes work as reflecting pools, too. :-)

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There's gotta be a way....

There’s gotta be a way….

 

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I said I'm HUNGRY!

I said I’m HUNGRY!

Maybe if I look the other way, she won't know I saw her.

Maybe if I look the other way, she won’t know I saw her.

Finally the food is here.

Finally the food is here.

 

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OUT OF THE WAY! I DON"T KNOW HOW TO STOP!!!!

OUT OF THE WAY! I DON”T KNOW HOW TO STOP!!!!

 

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