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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Life Is Full of Surprises, Some Good, Some a Struggle~

I need to let many of you know once again...I do not use Google Chrome any further than getting my blog post published weekly.  I comment on many of your blogs as I have in the past, but no longer hear from some of you, even though I have sent messages your way.  If you are exclusively using Google Chrome for your blogging, I am not able to use it as I have never understood how it works.  Many of you have left beautiful comments and when I go to your name, it shows you and the groups you are in, but does not give me the name of your blog...huge sigh, as I do not know how to reach you.  
Thank you for understanding~

I had my first 4 rounds of Chiropractic care and therapy this week, and it went very well with Lido L. Petrucci, DC  and his team. I truly do not want to get too far ahead of anything before this program is complete, yet I must say, that I am feeling some relief!

On Wednesday evening, we heard a tree fall in the distance, and then one of our own came down.  We did not lose power like over 10,000 people did in our area.  Thankful that our home did not cave in from under the weight.  I sat all night watching and waiting for part of the house to possibly collapse from the heavy weight of a tree that hit it. We are so blessed, so fortunate, that this very large Oak tree fell into side top of roof and then all of the branches missed the chimneys. The roof of house is covered with the tree top and the limbs stick out over the sides. We had wall hangings get shaken loose and, or tilted, we had some glass items and other collection items fall over, but none were broken. What we do have is some pretty bad structural damage. The weight of the tree evidently put pressure on the upper beams and then pushed downward on them. The Arborist came Thursday evening and it is going to be an extensive operation. Have to lose other trees to be able to even begin to get rid of this downed one. Feeling sick at heart, yet still thankful. After they remove the trees blocking them from the house, they can only remove the heavy branches on the roof back to other side of house. The second company comes in and takes out the heavy tree trunk and we continue to hope that it will not fall and knock down too many other trees in the process.  We still feel so overwhelmed by the fact that this tree, so large at 80 to 90 foot tall did not fall completely through our home. It was as if God's hands took hold of it and gently leaned the heavy trunk against the house. The roof is holding the entire top of the tree and the branches have remained right where they landed. Structural damage, yes, the front door is under pressure and at least 3 windows cannot be opened and the frames holding them in are bowed. The cedar siding is also impaired by the pressure as well on that side of the house. Yesterday we got word that the insurance company will cover all but the $500.00 deductible. They made an estimate and once that payment is exhausted, and the workers finally have a chance to get on the roof and access structural damage and integrity of our home, another assessment will be made at that time and it will also be cover 100%. That is such great news in the midst of this.  Praying for no rain, no more winds. Monday morning phase one of removing top of tree and branches begins and hopefully phase two as well to remove that trunk from the house. We are so thankful for so 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:


Stewart for:

Above both Turkey and American Black Vultures wait their turn to clean a freshly killed White tailed Deer down the lane~ 
Below I took the three grands, children of our daughter Brittany to the park to play and then I took the twin grands sons of my oldest daughter Hillary to a friend's home to swim~

My friend Sandy's dog, so cute~

Dragonflies and Butterflies~

Male Eastern Pondhawk~

Pearl Crescent~

Our backyard friends.  Let me introduce you...this is one of 2 bucks, but this guy is always a whistle call away.  He adores his mom, but she is busy every new season with a young one, or two and she chases him away, but he remains close by and follows her everywhere that she goes.

The buck's momma~

The doe with this season's young fawn~

He was just standing, minding his own business when his mom stomped the ground, gave a slight blow and off she went chasing him.  This happens every day~

Oak tree fell into our home on Wednesday evening~


  1. The deer are gorgeous animals! I'm so sorry about the oak. I hope it didn't cause a lot of damage.

  2. Mary I am so happy to hear you are feeling a bit better and that you averted a lot of damage to your house although it is sad about the tree....fabulous images of the critters. We have gone from loads of deer to seeing only 2 exactly 2 times in a month and no fawns...very strange.

  3. Dear Mary,
    I'm delighted to hear that your initial Chiropractic sessions are providing you with some relief BUT devastated to hear the news of the damage to your home. Glad to know you are both unharmed by this terrifying experience.

    Very much enjoyed scrolling through your wonderful images images, particularly seeing the grandchildren having so much fun and the stunning Pear Crescent.

    P.S. I don't use the Google Crome browser. l will admit that I have not been commenting so much recently but I have been reading most of your posts.

    Best wishes.

  4. I think you win a prize for the greatest variety of images in a single post! I do like the blurred deer shots.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. Hello Mary, I am happy to hear you are having some relief from the pain. So sorry about the tree and your house, the good news is no one was hurt. Cute photos of your grand kids and I love the deer. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

  6. Wonderful photos! I'm glad to hear you and your house are safe.

  7. I hope your treatment continues to give you relief Mary. My that was a big oak that toppled over and the damage sure could have been worse.
    Fun with your grands too, time spent with them really is special, isn't it?
    I guess the male deer really is a mama's boy and can't seem to let go of her apron strings. :-)
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  8. Lovely shots of natures Mary. But, I love the Deer, fantastic.

  9. Hope you will continue to feel better. Sorry to hear about the tree damage but thankful for you that there was not more damage. Gorgeous photos!

  10. Hi Mary Glad you havesome relief from the pain and that you were OK afte the damageto your home. Now all your photographs are marvellous. I loved the shots of the children having great fun and thelovely Corgi. Gorgeous Deer images. I do use use Google Chromeand love it.

  11. Goodness me! You were both lucky and unlucky. It's great to live with trees but just occasionally when we have very strong winds I do worry about our neighbours sycamore just 30 yards away.

    The main thing is that you are all safe and well.

    Looks like had a wonderful pool party Mary?

    You made some interesting observations about the deer. Such shy creatures here that they simply run away and never allow such close scrutiny.

    Pleased your treatment is having some measure of success. Keep it up and enjoy the rest of your week.

  12. Great selection of images. Really like the butterfly and the Vultures. Hope the house and tree gets sorted quickly for you.

  13. Happy summertime fun!! Beautiful deer images...and wonderful, colorful bits of the wonderment of nature!!!

  14. Great photos - the butterflies and flowers are especially beautiful. I hope your treatments are continuing to give you some relief. I find medical procedures always stressful. I go to my eye specialist for injections in both eyes for macular degeneration this morning. I try not to be too stressed - but - !! The injections have saved my sight from deteriorating any further and for this I am very grateful. However, as you say there is always some risk and with these treatments I always have several days of discomfort and then a few weeks when the eyes are very sensitive to light etc. Thank you for brightening up the beginning of this day for me!

  15. vultures are such delightfully ugly birds. cute corgi too and nice shots of the deer!

  16. Loved this visit. Good luck with the tree. I've been through that too. Ouch

  17. Darling grandchildren photos! How cute they are in the pool! And the deer...awesome! Love the flowers as well.

    I had trouble with Google+ at first and swore for a long time I wouldn't use it. I learned that to connect to someone's blog you have to click on the "About" tab and then close to the bottom of the page that opens up is a list of the blogs and other things they contribute to, and you can click on their blog there. I think it is not very "user friendly" and especially if you don't have someone explain how it's laid out, it can be annoying. Mom was enjoying being on it, so I succumbed (smile) and I do see sometimes that the person has not added their blog name to the list of sites they contribute to, and then you're just stuck with no way to comment. But mostr people know to add their blog name.

  18. Oh Mary, I was just reading through your latest posts about the tree falling on your house! Thank the Lord it wasn't worse than it was and that it is safely removed. I'm sorry for all the damage to your home but you must be so relieved that the insurance is covering it. I enjoyed your photos of the birds, flowers, animals and sweet grandkids enjoying the summer. Glad to know that your Chiropractor is helping with your shoulder and arm problems. Take care. Blessings. Pam


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