Image taken last week at Cave Hill Cemetery~
No matter if you celebrate with us in the United States of America, or not, I wish you a Thanksgiving day every day. My heart is thankful for so much in my life, much of which I often times take for-granted. One very important thing to me is my family and friendships. You all are my friends, many of which I have never met in real life, but have learned to know you very well on here as well as many on Facebook. I appreciate each of you and it is a pleasure to take a peek at what is happening in your part of the world and what you have been seeing and photographing.
We won't be with family this year for the holiday dinner, but we will get to spend time with them during the weekend. My husby and I will have a wonderful meal at a restaurant that overlooks the Ohio River and then on Friday I will prepare our traditional Thanksgiving day meal because I love to do the cooking from scratch and enjoy the aromas as foods bake and roast, and the leftovers are such a wonderful thing after the big feast.
I have a request...
Even though we have never met one another, never spoken, I have known of this man since I was 16. He was my father's son from a previous marriage. I only learned information about him 5 years ago and he would now be 86 years old. He lives in Paradise, California where the recent Camp Fire burned up nearly the entire city. The devastation, the loss of lives, the fear they had to have gone through, those people who are listed as missing, pray that they will be found alive and well, for every day that goes by without word, makes it much more frightening for those searching for them. The loss of homes, land, domestic animals, wildlife, it's truly something that I am struggling with in a very big way. I cannot stop thinking about it. Please pray if you pray, lift up your very finest thoughts if you don't pray for all concerns for these who have lost everything. As for my half brother, we just don't know anything at all~
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I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
Blue-headed Vireo...a big first for me, and right here on our property too the end of October~
We had a few of the Golden Crowned Kinglets visit us too~
Yikes and another new one for my list, also on our land, a Bay-breasted Warbler ;)~
This may be the same one, but it was on the far side of the property...also Bay-breasted Warbler~
We had a whole lot of regulars with the Chickadees~
One of our favorite visitors the Yellow-rumped Warblers stopped by too~
The American Robins are always near by, but when it is Autumn berry season, they are in large numbers~
The famous Budweiser Clydesdale Horses came to town last week. Many were disappointed that the whole team had not come according to advertising images, but for me I was thrilled to just see the two that did come. They are just gorgeous and gentle creatures. Two of our grands Braden and Maci and I got to pet one of them and that was a nice treat. We also had a surprise snow fall while en route and during the quick visit that we made into the city to see them. It made for some lovely snaps to share~
And then ... we had an ice storm, and it was mean to us.
We lost many hundreds of small branches which are miserable to try and gather on such a large patch of land. In some places they are knee deep and some still frozen together. Then there were a bunch of very large fallen limbs from huge trees. We couldn't make it past losing another monster tree behind our home. We are so very thankful that it fell away from the house, but it also took out two other smaller trees~
I did seek the beauty in the mess for the ice covered property took on lovely scenes as I trudged around checking on the damage done. We don't hire out, we do the clean-up ourselves and I take on much of the task myself, other than using a chainsaw...oh no way. It's going to take months and one tree that was attached at the base of the larger one now fallen is in a very precarious position and it's facing the land that I have been working so much the last 4 years. You cannot control nature, that's for sure~
This younger buck was at a nearby park that I drove through a couple of weeks ago~
Northern Flicker, also sometimes called Yellow-shafted Flickers~
Top left to right and then lower left to right...
Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing...I only saw them one day this season and took 5 pictures was all... Chipping Sparrow and Mr. and Mrs Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers~