Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Wrap Up

1. I'm back from a writer's conference and my head is a-swirl with all manner of new ideas. What fun to meet with other writers. What fun to be inspired and motivated anew by experienced authors as they share their own writing journeys.

Sande @ A Gift Wrapped Life
2. Sande over at A Gift Wrapped Life is celebrating her 100th posting this week by presenting a 'gorgeous giveaway' from her on-line store. To find out how you can participate, click here for details.

My garden in the backyard, 2009
3. The birdy flurry of the past few weeks has died down. Our backyard is quiet. I miss not only my family of tree swallows, but the flocks of birds who came to visit every day. I feel a little forlorn, as feeders and birdbaths sit mostly empty. Yet, the odd chickadee still whistles his cheeky songs, so who can stay forlorn for long?

4. It's hard to believe we've used up the whole month of July already! As the days persistently march their steady 24-hour rhythm, I'm reminded of something Mary Oliver once asked:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

To make the days count for what is important to you, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and precious life in August? I have to think about it. For the rest of Ms. Oliver's poem "Little Summer Poem Touching the Subject of Faith" please click here.

Practicing to load my first photo on my new Facebook page

5. I finally took the plunge and signed up for Facebook. In fact, this was one tip our writing conference speaker suggested we do when we got home because it's a great place to hook up with people all over the place to make your name and work familiar 'out there'.  If you are on FB and you want to 'friend' me, click here.

On that note, I'm off. Have a wonderful weekend.
May your days be pleasant and your hearts alive with love and joy!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Evening -- Tree Swallows Leave Nest

You may recall from previous post, we've been watching the comings and goings of a pair of tree swallows this spring and summer.

First, there was the courting and choosing of a suitable apartment, then came the nest-building and egg laying. Later came the rebuilding and starting over after another bird got in and destroyed the first clutch of eggs.

Time passed. We started hearing baby cheep-cheeps and as the young ones matured, they began poking their little heads out for a look at their new world, always waiting with open beaks for the next tasty insect.

Today hubby was in the right place at the right time to actually see the inaugural flight of the two fledglings as first one, then the other launched from the box, taking to the air like pros as they followed their parents up into the blue yonder. We didn't catch it on film, but I just had to tell you!

Such a special day,

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday SkyWatch...Two Birds in a Bush

The Red-wing Blackbirds in our area have trained their young families well. Everyday we have a little flock arriving for snacks at the bird feeders. The adult males always announce their arrival when they land in our yard, while the females slip in quieter ... and more shyly.

We sighted a pair of young ones resting in the mountain ash as we were sipping our morning coffee earlier today. As soon as I caught them on camera, they flew off. Just like babies, they know when to pose!

It's a beautiful summery day here in northerly Alberta. The morning calmness has worn off as lawn mowers roar off in the distance and my vacuum cleaner has a small workout closer to home.

Soon it will be time to sip something cool on my lounge chair in the garden with a stack of books. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Linking with Friday Skywatch

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Busy As A Bee...

Bees work for man,
and yet they never bruise their master's flower,
but leave it having done, As fair as ever as fit to use;
So both the flower doth stay and honey run.

~ George Herbert

It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy.
The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.

~ Mary O'Connor

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Steady as a clock, busy as a bee,
and cheerful as a cricket.

~ Martha Washington

Here's wishing you a day that's productive and beautiful!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's Raining, It's Pouring....

I like people who smile when it rains.
~ Unknown

Not sure if you can see the raindrops on my window in this photo. Believe me, it's a most welcome sight, as we've hardly had rain all spring. We were starting to look desert-y along our highways and ditches as fields and grassy areas were quite brown. But, this week we are wet... and if I were a duck, I'd be happily puddling in it today.

With umbrella in hand, I'm off to visit family today. My brother and his kids are in town. It will be lovely to see my young nieces and nephew, and see how tall everyone is this year. I have a feeling that when I stand next to my nephew of 13, I'll now be shorter than him! Oh well, us five-feet-ers have our place too... ha ha.

Wishing you a wonderful day,

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Simply Sunday

"We desire many things, and He offers us only one thing.
He can offer us only one thing -- Himself.
He has nothing else to give.
There is nothing else to give."

~ Peter Kreeft
Heaven the Heart's Deepest Longing

Friday, July 03, 2009

Something to Ponder

"If being peaceful and loving are
among your primary goals,
then why not redefine your most
meaningful accomplishments as
being those that support and measure
qualities such as kindness and happiness?"

~ Richard Carlson
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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Wishing you a beautiful day,

Thursday, July 02, 2009

In the Garden

Come and sit a while....

The Woolly Thyme in bloom

"Three Men in a Boat"

Our Mock Orange

Serene Oasis

Oriental Poppy

Happy Day!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command
With glowi
ng hearts we see thee rise,
The True North st
rong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on
guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.