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, October 30, 2017

Ten Days Post Op and the Birds Peeked Inside My Window~

It has been a very long ten days. A couple of days were the worst pain I have personally ever endured, and that includes having had three major surgeries.  Thankfully I am on the far side of the worst for now.  As of this writing, I am weak, but moving in the direction of healing.  Six more weeks in the physical therapy and I should be back to my old self ;) It is a long process, one that tests every emotion, and it is not fun for the kind of person like me who enjoys being outside and looking for slices of nature to share.  To see the beautiful sunlight through the bedroom window, to peek out at the lovely Autumnal colours and to know that just beyond my view were hundreds of one of my favorite birds that only stop by two or three weeks, this time every year.  My camera had only the 70/300 lens attached and I had no other choices when last week I thought to pull back a curtain in the bedroom and remove the screen.  I sat on the seat of my walker and didn't have too long to wait, when to my great surprise came 6 and then 7 Cesar Waxwings, a couple of Yellow -Rumped Warblers and a single Northern Flicker.  Between taking several photographs, I couldn't help but think about how blessed I am and this was just another sign of God's goodness shinning down to lift my spirits and to give me smiles and warmth in my heart...this time next year I will be out among them, but for this season, they came right to my window and I was ready.  They have not been back since, and so I am thinking that it was perfect timing.
How is everyone, what have you all been up to?   
Have you had any special window visitors?

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: 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'


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Cedar Waxwings at my window, too amazing, so happy they made me~

Northern Flicker aka Yellow Shafted Flicker came by for quick visit~

A wee little Yellow-Rumped Warbler peeked in the window too~

My husband was beginning to see my apprehension as we got closer to the hospital facility on the 20th of October.  We were only a mile from the Falls of the Ohio State Park and so he drove up to the top to look around for a few minutes.  It is really a very wonderful state of the art museum and the fossil beds are wonderful.  We decided after out brief visit to plan a trip back as soon as I am able and tour the grounds and museum.  It has been too many years since our last visit~

The Falls of the Ohio State Park

The park includes an interpretive center open to the public. In 1990 the Indiana state government hired Terry Chase, a well-established exhibit developer, to design the center's displays. Building started in September 1992, costing $4.9 million with a total area of 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2).[7] The center functions as a museum with exhibits that concentrate on the natural history related to findings in the nearby fossil beds as well as the human history of the Louisville area, covering pre-settlement, early settlement, and Louisville and southern Indiana history all the way up through the 20th century.


  1. Beautiful photos as always. These creatures are such a gift. We usually get Cedar Wax Wings in the spring who swoop down onto our high bush cranberry bushes and devour every last berry before moving on. Right now it looks like a snow globe outside! Hope your recovery is full and uneventful.

  2. Dear Mary, Wishing you a speedy recovery. Love the water photos.

  3. hugs and prayers for a fast recovery...loved your shots

  4. Hello Mary, I hope you are on the road to recovery. I can only imagine the pain, I hope you follow orders and heal nicely. I love all the birds, The Waxwings are beautiful. I love the Flicker and cute Warbler images. The park looks like it is a nice place to visit, great views. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

  5. How your spirits must have been lifted when your bird friends stopped by for a visit, that's what I call serendipity. Wishing you a very speedy recovery, I've no doubt that your determination to get back outside will get you through and you'll be wandering through Tingsgrove, camera in hand, once again.
    Glad to have you back with us for MM again this week, take care dear friend.

  6. Very beautiful birds and flowers.

  7. God is indeed good to us. A prayer answered. Such beauty - I can never get over the intricate design on a Flicker - the One who owns the patent will surely look after us as well. I am praying for your ongoing recovery.

  8. Stunning bird potraits todsy Mary!

    It's good to read you're on a full recovery mode!!

    Thanks for joining our get together of bird lovers.

  9. Mary, those birds were definitely paying you a get-well-soon call! Absolutel amazing -- (Cedar waxwings are my favorite perching bird of all time.) I wish I could pop onto your windowsill just long enough to say 'we're thinking of you...take care....heal well and completely'.....

    it was so sweet of your husband to stop off at the museum garden to give you those beautiful floral memories and photos to have as you went through all that pain. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty.

  10. Oh dear, that wrap around your leg. Mary I feel your pain. But of course you came through with your positivity and your desire to be back in the world outside your window. It and the family are best healers in the world. That’s some photo of the flicker considering the impediment of that cocooned leg - superb. And of course the warbler, a little beauty.

    By now I hope you are getting around a little more and able to experience the outdoors fully. We have had such terrible weather that I had visions of never getting out. But now into November the wind has dropped and even a few dry days.

    Take care.

  11. Oh dear Mary I hope your knee is recovering well. I see from your facebook page that you have graduated from your bed to the outside, so that is good. There must be so much joy in your beautiful garden. Take care my dear. Hugs.


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