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 15, 2016

Snow Pup-cubs and Snow Birds~

I wanted to thank everyone who wrote messages of encouragement this past week.  I read each one and took mental notes as well as a few written ones too.   We all need people who are positive and uplifting to get us on the right track to better health and life change, especially as we get older.  While I have a very good support system, not everyone knows how to translate their thoughts  into positive encouragement, but rather the opposite and all you want to do, is run and hide under the covers, though that is not my style.
Take this blog for instance, I have made so many friends and you all are so supportive, but my family very rarely sees my blog posts.  It is not that they do not care, they do, they just do not take the time.
Time...I am tardy every week in getting my visits made to many of the blogs that I keep up with and I have only the truth, life just gets busy.
We need to take time to encourage as often as we can, it does make a difference!
Thanking you all again so much for everything.
We got our first snow, just at 3" and it was bitter cold 9' and so I took the photos of birds through the window, looking out into the side garden.
Have a wonderfully blessed week~

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

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

Above, the opening selection is of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  Beauties and also quite naughty to cedar wood homes, likes ours.
Below is a male Cardinal.  They are the state of Kentucky bird~

Mourning Dove~

Black Capped Chickadee~

Tufted Titmouse~

Large buck walking in my back yard after having eaten corn I place in trays. He was limping.  Hopefully he will heal and be OK~

Downy Woodpecker~

White-throated Sparrow~

~These fun pup-cubs~

White-throated Sparrow trying to stay warm~


  1. It is the same with me and my family. Do they purposely avoid it? Or just don't think to visit? It hardly matters.
    Whatever the case, I love and crave the kindness I have found in blogging. The best part is, I keep meeting new people! That is something I find very difficult to do in the face-to-face world.

  2. muchly enjoyed all

    nothing much cuter than two GSDs playing in the snow :)

  3. That cardinal in the snow is just so striking and gorgeous! But of course, my favorites are of the pups playing in the snow. Sigh.

  4. That cardinal in the snow is just so striking and gorgeous! But of course, my favorites are of the pups playing in the snow. Sigh.

  5. adorable fluffed-up birds. the cardinal surely steals the show!

  6. Beautiful Cardinal and lovely images. I always enjoy seeing your dogs. Great post, I hope you are well. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  7. Oh my, what beautiful images of our little feathered friends! The male cardinal is a very handsome fellow! We don't have them here so I am always amazed to see them. Your pups are cute too. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Visiting from Judith's Mosaic Monday.

  8. I'm back for Mosaic Monday and never tire of your beautiful shepherds.

  9. Beautiful birds and the dogs surely love the snow! I wish you energy and well-being to this week and beyond!

  10. Love, love, love your photographs, especially of your sweet little dog. So much snow! We had a flurry here in my part of Virginia on Sunday, and they are promising us more in a few days. Wishing you a Very Happy New Year :)

  11. Chubby fat birds mean cold weather...and they are so cute when they puff up! Your pups love that snow. We had a foot last week and 2 more today...coming down hard all day! My family sometimes reads my blog but I never know it...neighbors and friends , the same...Most don't read it.

    Donna Donabella@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

  12. Hello Mary,
    This is great.
    So nice to see these beautiful birds in that snowy area. Amazing pictures!!

    Many greetings,

  13. This week is a new week:) My family rarely reads my stuff as well and that actually be a good thing:)Love all your snow, but naughty birds? Never:)

  14. Isn't it wonderful to find a male cardinal against a snowy background? I hung a peanut feeder from the eaves in front of the big window in the kitchen that faces the backyard and both male and female cardinal visit every day.
    So nice to see your babies enjoying the snow, my little guy runs out to do his thing and wants right back in.

  15. What wonderful snowy shots! I can't wait to get some just makes everything else those lovely red cardinals! Is there anything quite as eye-catching as a deep red cardinal in a snow covered tree? Wonderful photos and mosaics!

  16. The Red Cardinals against the snow are stunning. I also love your dog.

  17. First of all, you have the most uniquely beautiful dogs I've ever seen. This must be a rare breed; I had never heard of it until your blog posts. And your birds as always are wonderful. Cardinals always make my smile and I know I've told you how my Kentucky-born mother always talked about them (where we lived in the Pacific Northwest and never saw them). So I kind of get teary seeing them now, whether in pictures or in real (only occasionally). So anyway I loved this post, everything about it.

    Except ... You know I love to get comments, but it makes me kind of sad when bloggers apologize for not 'getting around' to comment on other blogs ... I have times when I don't make it to all my favorites, because of real life! We all do. Or most of us anyway. I don't think we should think of this as a 'job'. For pretty much all of the blogs I regularly visit, it is a hobby and sometimes you are just able to devote more time to it than at other times. (If we knitted sweaters as a hobby, we wouldn't apologize to anyone because we set the project aside for a few days, would we?) So get back to your favorite blogs when you can, post your beautiful pictures when you can, and always know that your readers take great pleasure in seeing them, even if we don't always have time to tell you so! And come look at my poor offerings when and if you have a few spare minutes. And don't feel guilty!

    Thanks asalwyas for all your beautiful posts.

  18. Beautiful snow-birds! Beautiful dogs in the snow too. I wish my family would look at my blogs as well. The only one who does is the person who got me started blogging 8 years Mom! That's because she's still blogging. I'm slow answering back with people, too, and miss a lot of their posts and always feel so guilty! I always love your photographs! You are so talented!

  19. Meaka and Silveit sure seem elated with the snowfall! The woodland creatures know what to expect, I guess, and thus, they appear quite calm amid all the pouring powdery puffs of white! I can almost hear the deer, quietly making its way through the skinny trees; what a romantic routine it has!

    Gorgeous images, as always, my friend.

    Thanks for sharing your winter wonderland with us.

    Sweet hugs!



  20. thank you for these delightful pics of the birds in the snow. These red cardinals look like a Christmas card and remind me of a book I had as a child. Don't worry Mary, my family never look at my blog either. They would probably learn a lot about me if they did. So I love the friendships and words of encouragement I receive from my blogging friends. Take care of you. Hugs.

  21. Is it bad manners to say that your cardinal photos make me drool? Uncouth perhaps, but none-the-less true. We don't don't them here in northern Colorado, nor do we have the tufted tit mouse. Your bird photos are always marvelous.

  22. Those cardinals in the snow are post-card ready if post-cards still exist! I really like them.

    I treat my posts as a kind of diary that my family may read one day!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  23. I thought of you when I posted hawk pics this week. I love your snow birds and beautiful dog. Stay warm. hugs, Diane


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