Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Thursday, December 18, 2014

~ Joyeux Noel ~



~Merry Christmas to all whom celebrate the season~

Also this week... 
My husby has a birthday today.
Mine is on December 21st.
Our 45th wedding anniversary is on the 22nd.
It is going to be a very busy week for sure.

Some 34 years ago, I spotted my very first Carolina Wren and fell in love with them.  
Thinking back, they may have been the beginning of my love of birds and so on this my first of 2 final entries for this year, I wanted to begin with them.  
These are some of my personal favorite shares from this past year for these two blog posts.  There were already so many shares from our past journey last September and this season with the Red-Shouldered Hawks, that I decided not to include those at this time~

~Note~
For all of those who have inquired. 
My pain is slowly, yet surely subsiding. 
I am dealing with the tightness of compressed nerve endings now, and began my physical therapy Tuesday.  
I must remain hopeful!
All of my entries the last couple of weeks have been done from either sitting, or lying down...
A huge sigh.  
I want my life back and am moving in that direction.


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/


Above is a Red-Shouldered Hawk that hunts often down the lane from our neighborhood.  It is not one of ours that I follow.
Below is the beautiful Barred Owl, that I had a few opportunities to photograph this past year at Anchorage Trail.
They are absolutely stunning birds~




It had snowed and my daughter and her fiance were taking me to see engagement rings, when I spotted this barn.  
I shot the images through the windscreen~


Wood Duck strutting at Foxhollow Farm~


Pie-billed, Horned and Red-necked Grebes were just a few that I was introduced to this year for the first time. 
Grebes are such lovely birds~ 





A Coopers Hawk at Draut Park, did not seem to mind me for the longest time~



Everyone was looking for and missing the Great Horned Owl and young owlets, that we had been alerted to at the Anchorage Trail one day and THEN, I got very lucky~




The old general store in Skylight~


A handsome White-tailed Deer greeted me at the far end of Anchorage Trail one morning before my walk there~


As well as the Great Blue Heron~


One Sunday morning, I was astonished to come upon 2 battling Canada Geese.  
A third goose was frantically trying to break the fight up across from Henry's Ark in Prospect~


Another outing at Anchorage Trail and another close encounter with the Barred Owl.  
This particular morning it was hunting for itself, following a long period of nest care~





More images of our Christmas tree, and the cherished adornments~



One of our beloved favorites turned 7 on December 2nd.  
Meaka Von Warfenburg~



My favorite Christmas Carol, sung by one of my favorite singers~



Celine Dion singing "Oh Holy Night"


Our beloved favorite affectionately called Silveit...
Silvie Aleit of Von Haus Dettmer will turn 2 on January 9th~






I could not complete this share without adding in my charming kit-cat Survhee Pipka, who was being my Christmas helper ;)


Merry Christmas to all.  
May you have an abundance of good cheer and much love and blessings~


My neighbor Linda gave this to me last week.  
I had never heard of these before.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Playing Catch Up~


The mosaic above...is a wreath that I made, using feathers pine cones and also a few
 pretend berries for bit of a pop of colour~

I want to begin by saying thank you so much for all of the well wishes. You all are so wonderful!

Diagnosis is: Cervical Spondylosis without Myelopathy. It affects us as we get older, sooner, or later... Dr. Hodes took me off of the muscle relaxers, but upped the pain management for 2 more weeks, as he was not pleased with the regimen the hospital had used for the severity of my case.  Beginning next Tuesday, I will have traction and PT twice a week for a month, as well as traction therapy done in my home and then see him January 20. If things improve, that will be great, if not, he can perform a Laparoscopic surgery, that is 90% effective, but he, nor I feels I am ready for that.  
All in all, I was very relieved to hear what he had to say and I feel hopeful. 
I appreciate the kindness of your hearts very much~


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/


Remember this old general store that I shared a few weeks ago...then we got a spot of snow.
En route to get my twin grandsons from school one day, I spotted 6 American Kestrels along the way and was able to take images of 3 of them through the car's windscreen~


I am so embarrassed as I forgot to make note of who I got this great idea from.  
Maybe she will see it and let me know.  
I used old aqua coloured jars, and Epsom Salts to create these and then used battery operated candles inside~




These are from the garden across the lane from where we live...Mona's garden~







My Marble Poinsettia~


The American Coots are back and in fair numbers~





Having fun with my sisters flowers~






Horse country...Kentucky, near our home~


On Thanksgiving Day morning, tradition here is to watch the Macy Day Parade in New York City.  
This year we had a family brunch and so I missed a lot.  
When they announced Mr. and Mrs Claus were arriving, I took out me cell phone.  
I placed our 2 dogs in the mosaic below, with the images from the tellie~


Red-tailed Hawk being chased by American Crows~


I got this last year at the hospital gift shoppe. I just love it~



My friend Laurene lives in Commacks, New York and she created this lovely Santi Hoho for me...
My Survhee Pipka loved the box and tissue wrap it came in.
You all better be good ;)



A glorious sunrise about a mile from my home a few weeks ago.
All of these mosaics from past 2 weeks were created a while ago and I am just able to place them now, so it is not such difficult work for me, while I begin the journey to heal~