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







Friday, January 13, 2017

A Winter Day Visit to the Louisville Zoological Gardens



Well I published a pretty descent post on the 27th day of December and attached the post to my favorite memes and then forgot each day to post to all of said memes...has to be the age thing and I am sticking to it... Life does get really quite busy though, even when retired.  Not sure about you, but my days run together so swiftly I sometimes cannot even tell you what I did on a specific day.  What about you...do you have days that just seem to run together and you have to think about what day it is and did you miss anything...
We had our first snow, not a huge amount, but it was quite slick.  In fact my daughter Brittany and her husband had an accident and flipped their car into a creek.  They were thankfully OK, other than aches and pains, but had to escape the vehicle by way of the roof top window.  Their car totaled!

Above and below are some of the visitors that make their way into my yard just about every evening to partake of cracked corn that we offer them, outside the dog yard.  This time of year is extremely harsh on them and several neighbors help care for this herd of 11 to 16.

Hoping that you have a very Happy and safe weekend and week ahead~

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

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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 On a cold Sunday morning I had to get out just far enough to get a newspaper for the husby and since I was already out... well I took a little bit of a long way about getting back home, not too far though, the roads were not great, but I saw the sunrise~



Taken through glass and looking into my side garden I got these captures of the wee little White-throated Sparrows, American Goldfinch, male Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, also known locally as the Rufous-sided Towhee and a wee little Chickadee~








 Our three pup-cubs...Silveit on left turned 4 this week, 7 month old Svetka and 9 year old Meaka~



Our little kit-cat Survhee Pipka, part of the dog pack and a huge part of our hearts~



Svetka had her first fun in the snow this past week and she LOVED it~




4 year old Silveit celebrated her birthday on the 9th~


9 year old Meaka still enjoys the snow, but no longer romps with her sisters out in it~


More of the herd of White-tailed Deer in our yard~




I had to run errands one morning this week and could hear Crows caw-cawing quite loud, even with the windows up.  They were chasing a Red-tailed Hawk from tree to tree, for no other reason than harassment~


 I took the grand-twins to the Zoo while they were still out on their Christmas holiday.  My young nephew Josh happened to be working at the Zoo, and we surprised him.  He is such a kind young man and showed the boys and I some behind the scenes with a few of the captive animals~




I am fascinated by many of the animals that our zoo has and while I enjoy them very much, I also whence inside, thinking that they should have had a wonderful life of freedoms also~


Helen below turned 58 years of age this week, the next to the oldest captive Gorilla~


Twin Kerrick on the right gets a fist bump from one of the Silver-back Gorillas, through glass, of course ;)~


This Puma/Cougar/Mountain Lion depending on which name you want to give it, has only been at our Zoo for less than a month~


We also have two new Canada Lynx that were stunning...captive bred and very accessible for photos~





Snow Leopards are one of my favorite exotic animals.  The zoo had two for a long time and not sure if one has passed on, or if it was just off exhibit.  This beauty was quite active on the early, cold morning that we went by~





I am thinking that I have only ever seen a single Maned Wolf at a time at our zoo, but on this day, they had two on exhibit.  Aren't they lovely, even if through fencing~


Finally the two Bald Eagles...always enjoy seeing this pair, but have very deep feelings about the fact they were injured and could not be released back into the wild.  I always have to stop by and see them~


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Ending of Another Year~




I hope that those who celebrate Christmas, had a very wonderful time with family and friends.  My husby and myself celebrated his 69th birthday on the 18th, mine on the 21st, our 47th wedding anniversary on the 22nd and then Christmas.   The images above and just below are of my little village, town, city, that we have called home since 1978.  Can you see the train tracks coming down the middle of Main Street?  We are one of a handful of towns in the United States that still have this~

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

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Stewart for:




Our Christmas tree has been up since before Thanksgiving and will come down the second weekend in January by tradition~


The naughty kit cat Survhee Pipka...lol, is actually a very good kitty, except she was eating the artificial snow off of the tree fronds of my tree~


My twin grands sang in their school's Winter concert~


Daughter Ashleigh and her husband didn't get home for the holidays but did have fun taking a young man and his mother on a dream journey to the Magic Kingdom and Disney World~


My twin sister and I turned 69 on December 21st.  I am actually two minutes older than her ;)~


Daughter Brittany treated me to a wonderful lunch of Sushi for my birthday~


The new bridge was in the background of the Captain's Quarters along the Ohio River where husby and I celebrated over a nice dinner for our 47th wedding anniversary.  The East End Bridge opened on his birthday and was renamed the Lewis and Clark Bridge that same day~


Many may remember that my father-in-law passed away back in March of last year.  His home had been a part of the family since 1962 and this past Summer our oldest daughter and her husby purchased it and have made it their home now.  It was such a treat to spend Christmas Eve with them in a home that we had celebrated many times with family in many years past~



On Christmas day we arrived to a yummy breakfast with our daughter Brittany and her little family.  Any chance to spend time with family makes everything perfect~



Svetka turned 7 months old today and she is doing really well with training sessions and learning good manners~




White-tailed Deer~


A Great Blue Heron seemed to be sliding, gliding, skating on ice the other day at Crystal Lake~










We recently drove to a nearby area of our county that we only visit once in a long while...why...well you look and see, there isn't much there, everything is falling down~











A sweet little artsy cottage en route to our daughter's home~


One of my favorite gits was a handmade cross...just beautiful.
HAPPY NEW YEARS BLESSINGS to all~