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

Monday, December 3, 2012

You Just Never Know~

You just never know, what may come your way...

Saturday morning, I had walked to the end of our driveway, to take a look-see at our neighbor's Crabapple tree...
There are usually a few songbirds there this time of year. 
I saw what I thought to be, either a Raven, Crow, or maybe even a Vulture, and clicked off a few photographs.
Later that evening, when I had uploaded them into my photo program, I was elated, for those images, which I had come so very close to just deleting, turned out to be an immature Bald Eagle...
In over 31 years of living here, I had never seen one near us before!

You also just never know, about how life changes on a dime as well.

Our baby grand-daughter Maci, born November 19, evidently had some abnormal markers in her blood work that was done at birth. 
We are hoping and praying that it will be a false positive, but more testing was done and the results will not be in for 2 to 4 weeks. 
Please do lift up Maci and our family during this time.

Then yesterday, I learned that my twin sister had been in the hospital all night Saturday evening and her oxygen levels now require not 3, but 4 liters of oxygen. 
Haze had been a smoker for 36 years...while I never have smoked a cigarette in my life.
She got to go home from the hospital yesterday.
 I had only just learned this, when my husby told me that his father had fallen in church yesterday morning, and was in a different hospital some 25 miles away. 
And if all of this were not enough, Maci's momma, our daughter Brittany ended up with a severe infection and is in the hospital near our home.

One must accept these life changing events, these struggles and then hope for good outcomes and miracles.
I believe in miracles! 
My father-in-law and daughter are improving, and will hopefully be home by Wednesday. 

I am linking up with Stewart at:
Wild Bird Wednesday



I did find a Tufted Titmouse in the Crabapple tree though, a bit insignificant compared to the Bald Eagle, since we have dozens of these beauties all year round.

There are still plenty of assorted berries for the birds to collect before winter sets in~

An empty Milkweek pod...
I wonder if any Monarch Butterfly caterpillars paid a visit to this stem this season~


  1. envious of your eagle sighting!!!

    i am so sorry for the added medical worries for your family! when it rains, it pours...

  2. Mary, I'm sorry to hear of all your troubles this past week. I will pray for your precious granddaughter, Maci. Wonderful photos of the eagle. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Thank you for your wonderful post and images. Coincidentally, I saw an immature Bald Eagle on Friday.

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    - Wally

  4. Exquisite photos - I love the silhouette ones of the Tufted Titmouse - they are stunning, and that Eagle is fantastic - what a lucky experience!
    I've just peeked at your previous post and seen your beautiful new grandaughter - isn't she the cutest! Your family are in my thoughts and prayers - I pray you get the test results you want for dear little Maci.

  5. I am terribly sorry for you and your family, I hope things will turn out. So you caught a Bald Eagle, you lucky thing, I'd love to see one in its natural world.

  6. Such wonderful pictures! The silhouettes are extraordinary, Mary.

    I am so sorry to hear that your family is under a spell of not so good news. May they soon get better!


  7. Geez. I certainly pray everything turns out well for your sister, daughter, and Maci! That's a lot to happen all at once.

    I know what you mean about the eagle. My first and only photos of an eagle in the wild were of an immature Bald Eagle.

  8. What a treat to see such a magnificent bird Mary! And to think that you were that close to deleting the photos!
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  9. You are right Mary, life brings so many unexpected things - some good, some bad, some indifferent, but often the seemingly bad things often turn out to be not as first feared. Your family luck doesn't seem to be good at the moment. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything will improve soon for you. In the meantime your photography and wildlife interests must sustain you as much as possible. Best wishes, and make the rest of the week as good as possible.

  10. I am glad you got the photos of the eagle and I hope that the health of your family members improves soon.

  11. GREAT EAGLE SHOTS, hope your woe's improve too.

  12. It is always a treat to see the Eagles, great sighting. Your family members are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish them all well. Great photos!

  13. Beautiful shots! I like the coulors in the ones of the grass...and so great to see the eagle in the sky! :)

  14. At least you had your camera and were able to get a couple of nice captures. Recently a mature bald eagle was perched in a tree right over the county road I travel nearly every day. I nearly fell out of the car. Alas, no camera handy. I hate it when that happens.

  15. Good luck to the family,have them read your blog for a few hours that will cheer them up.... I hope!

    Lovely post, I like the images depicting the change of season... very well done

  16. Haven't been able to photograph an eagle yet, but today a Red-shouldered Hawk was sitting right outside my window. I only wish the window had been cleaner!
    Hoping your family members are doing better.

  17. Nice pictures!

    "delete in haste, regret in leisure" or something like that!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  18. Beautiful shots, Mary, and how wonderful for you to see a bald eagle.
    I hope your family's health problems turn out okay.


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