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May 8, 2011

My Mother’s Day Melange

Photo-heavy post ahead!  I’m having a nice Mother’s Day (hope you are too!) I have a variety of shots I feel like sharing today, so here we go.

I woke up this morning to find this pretty hanging basket along with a card (calling me “one hot mama” LOL!) from hubby.


Meghan got out of bed a little later, looking quite proud of herself, and presented me with a gift bag that contained this charm.  She went out and bought it herself, no assistance from her dad.  I was really touched.


While I was taking the picture of the Mom charm, I remembered the other cool charms I received for my birthday a couple weeks ago and decided to throw a shot in to this post.  Left to right: Red Sox charm from my mom, hearts charm from the girls, sparkly and camera charms from hubby.

After lunch, I decided to take my “furry children” for a walk.  My neighbors’ trees are gorgeously in bloom right now:

While I walked up the street, I saw this pretty, puffy cloud.  What shape do you see?


I see a bear cub!  No, really, look:


When we got into the woods, I heard the song of a bird I’d been hearing around the yard.  I hadn’t been able to identify the bird yet, so when I got this picture today, I was very surprised to discover its identity:

It isn’t the clearest bird picture, but it was enough for me to realize it was a catbird.  I was surprised because last summer, it was also a catbird that I found somewhat annoying with a screechy type of call.  I discovered the reason on a website I’ve found very helpful and interesting this year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  If you scroll down about halfway on this page, and click on the “typical voice” you can hear the pretty song I’ve been hearing in the first half of the soundbite, but in the second half, you’ll hear the screechy call I mentioned last summer.  Turns out these birds are related to mockingbirds, and like them are able to copy other birds calls and string them together to make their own song.

As we approached the swampy area on the walk, I saw a red-winged blackbird sitting in a small tree close to the edge of our path.  The dogs were dallying in the stream that crosses the path, so my picture came out shaky, but I was happy to have gotten my first picture of this bird.

I got a slightly clearer shot (but less of a view of the red feathers) as it got ready to take off:

Around the corner from the swamp, I found a tree in bloom:

The blossoms make me think it is some type of fruit tree.  Maybe a crabapple?  Any thoughts?  Here’s a closer look at the blossoms:

Whatever it is, it is pretty!  I’ll have to keep an eye on the tree later into the summer.

How was your Mother’s Day? Or your wife’s Mother’s Day?


  1. I love your pictures. I think your weather is about a week ahead of us so I love getting a sneak peak of what things will be like soon!

    Comment by mylifeincny — May 8, 2011 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Deb – and once again welcome to the blogosphere!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful photos! Looks like a crabapple or apple tree to me. BTW, I got a Keurig — OMG, you were right — it is amazing. Thanks for all the positive things you had to say about it — it made me finally jump in and get one and I’m so happy I did. Yum!

    Comment by Andrea — May 8, 2011 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Andrea! And I’m glad you are loving the Keurig! Isn’t it fun???

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  3. Gorgeous day yesterday, wasn’t it?! That’s so cute that the cloud looks like a bear cub, you’re absolutely right! I kept looking at the empty space in the middle, trying to figure that out – but then when I saw the next photo, that’s exactly what it looks like! 🙂 Glad you had a good Mother’s Day – mine was good, too! 🙂

    Comment by Photo By Holly — May 9, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply

    • Thanks Holly – glad you had a great day too!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  4. Ha ha ha – love the bear cub outline! Perfect.

    And I concur – crabapple.

    Comment by JenniferA — May 9, 2011 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  5. Wow…I posted a photo of a catbird today from the very place you referenced.

    Looks like you had a good Mom’s day. I could hear the joy in your words and see it in your photos.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 9, 2011 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • I’ll be popping over to read your site very soon!
      Thanks Scott – nice of you to say.

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  6. Quelle belle journée en photos, Karen ! Très heureuse pour toi et les tiens, tu es une super-maman :)Merci de la partager avec nous. J´aime le petit “nounours” dans les nuages (bear cub).

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — May 9, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • Merci, Isa. J’espere ton “Jour de Maman” a ete merveilleux.

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  7. What a day! So glad yours was this awesome!

    Now, I do not have human children, just one furry daughter and you know what?? She didn’t get me anything! No matter….I love her to pieces anyways… 😉

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 9, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • Oh and did I mention hubby cooked dinner last night and Sarah did the dishes and folded the towels? Topping on the cake!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  8. So glad you had such a nice Mother’s Day 🙂 I love your bracelet, and I saw that bear cub in the clouds right away, before I even read it.
    See, you finally have all these beautiful signs of spring, and there’s NOTHING left here… and the temps are already in the 90’s, yuck!

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 9, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • Spring seemed like a long time coming this year… now I’m getting ancy for summer, LOL!
      Thanks Michaela!

      Comment by Karma — May 10, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  9. Cat birds can be so confusing, I have one around here (that I’ve never seen) and I know what you mean about having different songs. Saw the bear cub too…very cute! Think the tree is a crab apple…and the gifts of charms from your family are lovely! Happy belated Mother’s Day to you!

    Comment by Dawn — May 12, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply

    • Same to you, Dawn. Thanks so much for your comments and for stopping by!

      Comment by Karma — May 12, 2011 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  10. Sounds like a great Mother’s Day! Did you walk where we went earlier this spring? I bet it’s looking a little different. I’m sorry I didn’t reply to your text on Sunday. I had my phone stowed away and didn’t check it until after the game was over. My brother-in-law said he couldn’t see us. We were so close. My sister and I yelled happy birthday to Adrian Gonzalez and he thanked us then went up and hit a home run! How cool is that? Are you going to another game this season? We don’t have one planned but sometimes, like Mother’s Day, they fall into our hands. I love Fenway, esp. when they win! 🙂

    Comment by Becky Sue — May 12, 2011 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

    • I did my shorter walk in the woods, so I followed part of the trail we walked. I figured you might not answer your phone at Fenway. Good game you got to see. No more trips to Fenway for me this year 😦 If any more tix should fall into your hands and you need someone to go with, I’m your girl!

      Comment by Karma — May 13, 2011 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

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