Sympathy is not on the shopping list!

* Frank passed all the Physical Therapy tests and was released from the hospital.  He is home.  Yay!!  🙂  That said, I had the tree branches trimmed to the hilt AND hid the ladder...  (written 8-24-14) Frank wanted to venture out of

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Hospital Update for Frank

This morning, when I first saw Frank, he looked terrible.  Worse than I left him last night for sure.  He had not slept again.  Uncomfortable.  In pain.  And his roommate had a bad night.  Apparently the man did not want anyone

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Life almost got REAL short

* I decided to post the saga.  I realize it is a few months old, but given it is an experience I will refer back to, and I’d personally like to save the story…here it is… I have ALL sorts

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Bucket List Surprise

Did you ever have an absolutely amazing experience (a check on your bucket list per se) that you didn’t know you had until it happened?  I did.  A magic carpet ride!  Yup.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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A Bird Attack on Halloween

Written on 10/31/14 It’s Halloween.  Charlee is off trick-or-treating with her friend.  She is Mario, her friend is Luigi.  They are too cute, and too excited about all the candy waiting to be collected.  (My dentist is excited too.)  I

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Prompted by a Porthole

I have a serious problem.  My memory is terrible.  Well, sort of…. sometimes I think it’s that I have SO much going on in my CAPD brain – or should I say life – that I can’t sort it to have

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Time for a nature walk!

A lone cormorant, enjoying his fishy feast in a secluded watery-nook.  No ripples, as the wind does not reach the surface – thanks to marsh grass growing tall along the shoreline.  Rich earth is hidden by high tide, as slender wiry reeds gently bend their tips, swaying to even the tenderest of breezes.  Vibrant greens are now mixed with yellows, ambers and browns – a telltale sign that autumn is on its way.  The crisp blue sky accents this real life watercolor portrayal.

With an outstretched neck, the tip of a yellow, sharply hooked bill illuminates as it kisses the sun-ray beaming just over the grass reeds.  A perfect circular eyeball peers at me – he sees me watching him.  Seconds before he was safe in his underwater world.  Now his task of fishing abandoned for me.  He must have been under water for a while – there was no sign he was there until he broke through the glassy surface.  {I am always amazed at how long birds can hold their breath, and how effortless they glide through waters.}

Like a miracle birth, from an inky well, ebony plumage emerged.  Glistening with wetness, he looked weighted to the water.  His head – then his shoulders – followed by a dripping set of wings – rose from concealed darkness. 

Water may roll off a ducks back... but his feathers were drenched through and through.  (Cormorants do not have the ability to stay dry – their dives would be hampered by air bubbles and buoyancy.)

It was mere seconds before he decided to leave.  {Although on the path, I was too close for his comfort.}

Water droplets rippled ringlets from his body – then wingtips – and finally his webbed feet, as they successfully attempted to walk run on water.

{I wish I had captured a photo!  It all happened too fast. 🙁  You’ll have to settle for my mental notes. :)}

As for the rest of my nature walk at the Marine Nature Study Area, here are a few of my favorites shots.  🙂  The rest can be viewed by clicking here -> More Photos  Love to All!  XO  (…and if you haven’t had enough of my nature musings, you can click here – Natur-ally)

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Super Moon – Super Night!

Super Moon. Super high tide. Super night at Nickerson!! Watching the moon rise – a simplistic act – yet nothing short of spectacular. How many months go by where we hardly look to the skies?  Too often it feels why

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For Those Who Dare to Dare

I can’t keep this story to myself – though I will keep it rated PG. That said, it is what it is.  (Sorry in advance.;)  Consider this a FORMAL WARNING – do not continue reading if you’re prone to sympathy pains.

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Voyeur in Central Park

Don’t worry, it’s only natural…. A quick walk in Central Park.  Lots of families strewn across the lawns.  Dogs meandering by their human packs.  Artists line the walkway, while Musician’s are heard further down the trail.  Balloons signaling the party

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