Wednesday, February 1, 2012


An article in the paper by our local bird expert gave me a hint of a place I could go to find bald eagles.  Even though they're not uncommon in our area I haven't yet been able to get a good photo of one.

Fortunately the stand of cottonwood trees along a slow stream where the big birds were supposed to be hanging out was in a very rural area because I was driving along at about tractor speed and gawking at everything except the road.

I nearly drove into a ditch when I saw him.

 I stopped and took a few photos through my grimy windshield.
 (Why didn’t I wash my car windows first?)

 The big hunter was giving me The Look 
as I slowly got out and shot off a few more pictures.

 Finally!  My very own close-ups of an American Bald Eagle.

 Then another bird swooped in.

A small hawk decided the big raptor was encroaching on his nesting territory.
  The size of the eagle didn’t seem to intimidate him at all. 
He flew straight at the tree where the intruder was perched.

 I got a few more photographs as the eagle lifted off…

 …giving me a good stare-down as he flew by.

 The little hawk took over the spot in the tree.

 The Eagle left singing……

I'm all----ready gone 

And I'm feelin' strong 

I will si------ing this vict'ry song 

Woo hoo hoOoo. WOO hoo hoo!

Okay, just kidding about that part.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


 I don't know about where you live but where we are, when we go to eat
at a fast food restaurant, usually the soft drink is self serve with
no limit on refills.  They just hand you a disposable drinking glass when you pay 
and you help yourself to ice and your preference of refreshing beverage from the machine.

They give you a choice on the size of drink.  Small is around $1.50.  Medium 
runs around $1.80 and a large is usually a little over $2.00.  

My question is:  if there are unlimited refills and you're staying there to eat,
 why would you pay for a large?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Liebster Blog Award, originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved.

Almost a month ago Button of "Button's Thoughts" was kind enough to pass along this award to my blog. Buttons' is one of my very favorite places to visit.  Although we've never met, (we don't even live in the same country) we seem to be family.  She and her Hero are full time farmers.  She puts in long hours beside her man caring for their land and animals.  She hikes through the woods and fields near her home in Ontario, Canada and posts photos of the beauty there.  It is sometimes a  raw life but she lives it well. Thanks, Button for the award.

"This award is for blogs with fewer than two hundred followers. It is for bloggers that put their heart and souls into their blog and have not yet been discovered. I'll pass this one along so others can see these wonderful blogs. This is very hard as some of you have already received it before and there are just so many wonderful blogs out there."

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun! 

I know passing on awards can be time consuming and sometimes a hassle but I want to share with my readers some bloggers who have made me laugh, educated me, and often made my day.  So, nominees, consider yourselves awarded whether you pass it on or not.  Here are my choices to receive this award.  

1.  Small Works in Wool  Susan is another one I would choose as a sister.  She creates unique and amazing works of art in wool and sells them in galleries and shows.  Her drawings are clever and enlightening and so is her writing.  I'm a proud owner of one of her prints and a copy of her latest poetry book. 

2.  Circles of Rain  Sarah lives in London not far from the venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics.  She posts about her life as a teacher of amazing youngsters and her travels about England and other places.  She is also very artistic and has beautiful cat companions.

3.  Textilosophy  Pam lives in Adelaide, South Australia where she also works in teaching and is very clever and creative.  She works mostly in textiles but also posts her photography which she often enhances with special effects.  Not only do I enjoy her writing but I like learning about Australia and enjoying reading about the opposites in weather in the Southern Hemisphere.

4.  Just~One~Life Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada. Her writing has a contagious love for life.  She is a runner and a triathlete who spends as much time in the outdoors as possible.  Her photography of her home in the Canadian Rockies just blows me away.

5.  Carrie On Carrying On  Is another Canadian who has a hilarious and quirky view on life.  She is also a published author and illustrator plus a straight man for an energetic young lady named Roz.

So to these five friends, consider yourselves awarded.  To all my other friends not on the list, I only left you out because I'm way over time here.  I highly recommend any and all on my Bloglist on my sidebar.

Isn't blogging just the best way to make friends and learn about the world?!!