Monday, May 2, 2016

Fledgling (Fearless)

For some reason, I decided not to use a sidewalk (at work)
but to cut a path through a lawn, and that's where  
I found this helpless baby 'crying'.
 In fact, a groundskeeper was nearby on a riding lawnmower. . .

I spent some time searching for its nest, but only
located a nest with a bird sitting on one egg.
Instinct told me that wasn't his/her place
and my heart told me to do something crazy.....

  to raise the bird!

Always hungry!

I got very good at making nests.
Learning how to perch.   I named him Fearless.
 Getting used to the outdoors - temps, wind, sounds, sights,,,
Yes vultures are up there.

Stormy weather outside.
Practicing flying....
Good morning, Fearless.

 I've chopped up countless mealworms, 
warmed catfood, prepped & sprinkled egg shell calcium on food.
Even took it to work with me for one week!

Graduated the nestling to fledgling.
Transitioned from heat lamp to covered birdcage at night.

I've learned so much about birds!
It's a great commitment to raise one.

I think its a Song Sparrow, but not sure if male or female.

I think my biggest mistake is that Fearless
has imprinted on me now - thinking I'm its parent.
 We just like each other so much.

I'm currently waiting on her to eat on her own,
hoping she'll switch to seeds soon.
The plan is to show her the food source outside 
and release her...

We'll know when it's time.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Remembering my father today… my heart is so tender. 
I've held on to this dear Ken shirt from the early 70's because it reminds me of dad.
 I want to laugh and cry. You never know the gifts our departed leave behind.
 I have a short story - it is intertwined with my Heavenly Father's goodness…. 

I added my father's info on Find A Grave (on the web) - I was able to settle him with his other deceased family members in this way. I also learned a lot about my ancestors. 
Fast forward two years… this February, my other sister and niece found me
 by also researching ancestors on Find A Grave.  My love doubled.
 I already have a beautiful sister and niece (Michelle and Danaye), 
and now I have two more beautiful souls in my life - Deborah and Sara.  
When I was little, I always knew I had a half-sister from my dad's previous marriage. 
 I treasured the picture that I saw - a black and white photo of teenage Deborah
 with brown shoulder length hair and thick bangs, 
with eye's like my Father's behind thick rimmed glasses…
 my half-sister, never forgotten.   Forty years later we finally connect. 

I have no words, only tears of gratitude to God. 
Some things take a long time, and then there's no such thing 
as 'time' anymore - we'll just all be together again.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A few days around here in no particular order….

A humble Passover Seder with my friend Laura.
I'm raising this nestling!
Excited to find Cleavers in my yard!!

"There is so much beauty here and
 you have the power to feel it."  -web

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Here on Prairie Hill….

Ragwort is like a bouquet of sunshine! 

My gigantic Cleavers corsage!
I'm trying to get outside at every opportunity.
Big breathing, clearing space.
The sun is sublime.
The moments are ripe.
Flowers are friendly.
Cleavers (Velcro Weed) is still edible!
There are so many gifts and dangers right now. :)
Fires, rattlesnakes and micro chiggers in the field.

Dried Cleavers makes an amazing "green tea"!

  Faith             Hope            Love          and           Spring!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

summing up M A R C H

March was a beautiful month.  It brought more daylight (and more walks).

and the rest...

Favorite movie: In the Heart of the Sea
An opera: Eugene Onegin
A concert: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keane
A trip: Texas Hill Country & Austin 
A birthday: #48

 Favorite foods:  Rhubarb cake and papayas!!

I read two books on eyes (anatomy/health).  
I had two more trips to the opthalmologist this month.

The good: The uveitis was still clear.
The bad: Both of my eyes got very dry.
The good: My right eye's vision finally returned.
The frustration:  It's a day by day thing with dryness and vision acuity.
I ditched eye drops, even homeopathic ones (with mercury included as an ingredient!).
The 'preservative free' tears - they made me gag.
It's like eye drops are not an option for me.
I learned about  palming, eye breaks and applying coconut oil
all over my lids/lashes before going to sleep each night.
 These natural means are helping.  I'm still taking Lutein,
Eyebright herb, and increased omega-3 oil on top of the
fish and brightly colored vegetables that I already eat.
I'm spending time in the sun - and my body is making Vit D.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but the point is -
I'm still in the Eye season.... I'm ok, I'm much better.
A lesson:  I have to choose what to look at and for how long
and everything is not worth my glance. My sight is precious.
Eyes are miraculous.

Blue Star (not an edible)

I was able to wild forage for spring plants like Henbit, Cleavers, Shepherd's Purse,
Dandelion leaves and Chickweed.  Oh, and Stork's Bill!

Finding lots of Cleavers (Velcro Weed)  for tea and juicing & sautéing.

Zody this month:

The vet removed the hideous growth on Zody's little head.
I've watched it grow bigger and bigger over the past 2 years.
It should have been frozen off some time ago; so at this point
he was practically scalped.  And what about those staples! 

Here's how he looks a week after stitches were removed.
Just as coconut is helping my eyes, I'm applying it to his
skin and it's helping the healing process.  His fur will
be back in no time and I will be able to pet and kiss the
top of his little noggen without having to be careful.

I've been working on jewelry (enamel painting or beading).
I'm joining the Medicine Park Art Walk again this year
and getting a head start on items....

To lose patience is to lose the battle. - Ghandi

Guard me as the apple of Your eye. - Psalm 17:8

The mountains call, but sometimes the birds are louder. - SD  

I'm so glad Spring is finally here!!   

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 26 - A cake and a hike

Carrot cake/whipped cream/sprinkled with Stork's Bill

I baked a carrot cake with the works for my birthday.
Almond flour, lots of grated carrots, pecans and raisins.
The wildflowers are a little slow in coming this spring but there's
plenty of Stork's Bill growing in my yard right now.  I thought
the tiny Stork's Bill would make for lovely decoration.
It's totally edible too.   

Can you see Greg?
Can you see me in the cleft of the rock? 

March 26 always has a 50/50 chance toward warm or cold!
A two-sided coin,,, heads won.  "I" got a perfect 80 degree,
sunny, wind-behaved day!  So we headed to our neighboring
wildlife refuge for a hike!   

Greg wanted me to recreate that picture (above) with him,
but for some reason the cool flare wouldn't reappear.  lol
I told him that I couldn't help it that God loved me more. ;)

My 48th mile marker was absolutely special.

Cherish youth, but trust old age.
-Pueblo Saying