Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

February 3, 2013

Just Winging It!

Hey there! It’s been a while! My last post was almost 2 weeks ago now, and the blogging muse in my mind has had enough silence. So what’s been going on you may ask? Life, the universe and everything has sent me on a bit of a roller-coaster ride.

Meghan actually did get to go on several rollercoaster rides! Last Saturday morning I dropped dear daughter at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT for a school computer and technology department field trip to Disney World! She was gone for three nights and came home Tuesday. They got to stay at the Disney Port Orleans Resorts

participate in two Disney Y.E.S. programs

and visit all four of the major parks.

While she was in Florida, the temperatures were in the mid-70’s. Around here we were in the middle of that nasty cold snap when the daytime temps struggled to get out of the teens. Needless to say I was just a tiny bit envious!

After I dropped Meghan at the airport that morning, I travelled north on Interstate 91 back into Massachusetts and stopped to visit with my sister for a while. The previous day she had pretty much the same surgery that A-Rod, reviled NYY player, had recently. She’s been couch bound for over a week now, and this, I believe, is a rather regular daily view for her:

That’s Ozzie, her faithful cavachon, which is a mixture of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise.

While Meghan had a wonderful time in Disney World, life continued here. I made some more progress on Sarah’s birthday quilt:
quilt progress
Um, yeah, Sarah’s birthday is in August, and, uh, yes, that was supposed to be a 15th birthday gift for her. So far I’m only 6 months behind schedule…got something to say about that? 😉

When Meghan got home from Florida, New England weather was showing its weird side again. We went from bitter cold to strangely warm temperatures, had rain and thunder and wind, and even lost the power in the middle of the night during the windstorm. I got up and went to work the next morning, hairdryer in tow! It hadn’t come back on by the time I had to leave so I went to work with a wet head. Thank goodness the bitter cold hadn’t returned just yet.

I don’t think all the wild swings in weather did Meghan much good. She had been fighting a cold before she left, but seemed to be getting better. Upon her return she didn’t sound good to me. Off to the doctor’s office: upper respiratory infection. I felt bad for her one evening and on a whim made her a cup of hot peppermint tea. We’re not really tea-drinkers in this house, but on this occasion it seemed like the thing to do. And what do you know? She gratefully took the cup and seems to have taken a liking to it.
daughter's discovery

The cold has returned, and so have the birds to my feeders. I’ve been practicing some more with my heavy new lens, and I’ve been doing okay. I have to shoot in manual focus on this lens because autofocus doesn’t allow the focus ring to be manually adjusted – one definite downside to this lens – and that adds a bit to the challenge of quick moving birds!
dark-eyed junco
Dark-eyed junco

white-breasted nuthatch
White-breasted nuthatch

sparrows
Sparrows

A birdy conversation?
Male house finch and sparrow

Male House Finch
Male house finch
That finch looks like a friendly chap, doesn’t he? It almost seems like he could strike up a conversation. How about you? Strike up a conversation in the comments section if you’d like!

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8 Comments »

  1. I love how birds tilt their heads at you, it really is like they’re talking to you! Hope your Meghan is feeling better by now—won’t it be nice when we can open the windows up and let in all the warm spring air and chase all these germs away?

    Comment by Kate — February 3, 2013 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kate – Meghan is definitely recovering. I think she was so kind as to share her germs as I’m not feeling all that great now – thanks a lot dear daughter of mine, lol!
      Yes spring can’t come too quickly for me – Puxatawny Phil claims it will be early this year! 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 4, 2013 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  2. You are doing a dandy job with the manual focus. Love the bird shots and your sister with the fluffer-nutter on her lap. Dogs make being laid-up bearable … great company.

    Comment by sybil — February 4, 2013 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. Fluffer-nutter – Ha! My sister would be amused by that comment about her dog, I am sure.

      Comment by Karma — February 4, 2013 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  3. Hope your daughter feels all better soon! The tea is bound to help. Love the birds! And of course the pup! Hope your sister feels better soon too!

    Comment by dawnkinster — February 5, 2013 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Dawn, for your very kind thoughts.

      Comment by Karma — February 5, 2013 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  4. We have those same birds at our feeder. I love the juncos, and they tolerate me trying to take their photos much better than the nuthatch (who is very skittish!). We, here in central NY, have about the same amount of snow. And it’s still snowing this morning (Saturday). I’m going out shortly to see what kind of photo ops abound in this deep freeze.

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — February 9, 2013 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • We may have a bit more than you now, Tamara, not sure. I honestly don’t know the snowfall totals and it is hard to tell from all the drifting. The snow plow is yet to come down my street, so it will be a while before I can go out exploring.

      Comment by Karma — February 9, 2013 @ 9:59 am | Reply


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