Just Checking In

Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. School is going well and I am pleased to announce (for those who don’t already know) that the paperwork, interviews, hoop-jumping-through has paid off and I am approved to begin my fieldwork beginning in early April! Yay! I’ll be working with elderly clients who are dealing with depression, and facilitating a group of elderly people in partial hospitalization with mental health issues. It sounds interesting and my supervisor has years of experience in the field and in supervising. I’m a happy camper at the moment.

In addition to pouring my energies into coursework and completing the application process for fieldwork, I have been participating in the Cornel University Lab of Ornithology Feederwatch program for backyard bird watchers! It only requires a few hours each week and I derive great joy and relaxation from it. I have learned a lot about birds by participating in this program, plus I get to contribute data for Cornel University’s research on winter bird migration. It is great fun and quite interesting. At the end of this post I will post a few photos that were taken at the feederstation we set up in our back yard.

Time to get back to the studies. Papers are coming due, discussions need to be posted, and research has already begun for final projects of the quarter. Enjoy the photos. 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Just Checking In

    1. Thanks for stopping bym nuvofelt. I am content. Life is good. I hope for you, too. I’ll keep folks posted as I go along. If all goes according to plan, I’ll finish my studies by mid-December. Yay!
      Have a great day. Sending you good thoughts. 🙂

  1. Hi Celia, I think working with the elderly is a great choice. They gave so much to society but as they become old it’s amazing how society turns their back on them. And when govenments need to make cuts in expenditure it is always the old and the vulnerable who are hit first. Good luck with your field work

    HUGS from across the ocean.

    1. Thanks PiP! This was my top choice for fieldsite because I wanted to work with this population for some of the very reasons you mention. Once I get started I’ll pop in now and then to let folks know how it’s going. It is so exciting to be to this point in my studes! Yay. Thanks for stopping by, and thangs for the HUGS!
      Hugs back atcha from the Great Lakes! 😉

  2. Oh Cecelia! First if all, so lovely to see your comment on my blog today! Secondly, congrats on your latest news about doing fieldwork. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point in your schooling. Loving the birdie photos and the fact you are doing a field study for Cornell. Gosh, you are a busy lady. Take care!

    1. Margie! thanks for stopping by. It is good to see you. Yes, the studies, the birds, the occassional trip to the nature reservation, and more do keep me busy. I’ll get back to blogging more regularly after I graduate (I hope!) Hope your winter is going well and that you are managing to stay warm. 🙂

  3. It is such a relaxing project!!! We look forward to it each week and find ourselves looking out the window even on non counting days. Beautiful pictures!

    1. Wow! A fellow feederwatcher! I am watching ‘my’ birds everyday, always looking for one I haven’t seen before, enjoying their antics. It is a most pleasurable past-time. Thanks for stopping by. And glad you like the photos. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Annie. I have a series with that squirrel and Mourning Dove. It was a challenge deciding which one to print. This one is not the ‘best’ but it showed just how close the squirrel got before the oblivious Dove took notice! Richard and I were laughing uncontrollably watching the scenario play out. Considering how hard I was laughing, it is surprising how well the photos turned out.

    1. Thanks pattisj. The birds remind me to stop, look and listen. Very relaxing. And before you know it, graduation will be here!!! Then we will see what is next on the horizon.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jo. Yes, times are really busy right now but the goal is worth it. Glad you like the shots. And the squirrel!!! Once in a lifetime shot! My husband and I were rolling with laughter as we watched the scenario play out.
      Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the update, Doris. Yes, I am good but very busy with coursework. I will be soooooo happy when I am done with school, hopefully in December, 2013. I am off of facebook for a while, too. Once my studies are complete, I’ll jump back into everything. Again, thank you for keeping me updated. I enjoy your site and I am only sorry that I can’t visit more often during this time. Hope all is well with you.

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