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February 20, 2013

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

I had big photography and blogging plans for this week, my winter break from school.  Here it is Wednesday, mid-week already, and do you think I’ve followed through?  You can probably guess the answer from the title of this blog post!

I fully intended to participate in the Great Backyard Count like I did last year, and I even had a list of the birds that I saw this past Saturday afternoon. I looked for it Sunday morning and >>POOF<< it was gone! Don’t you hate it when that happens? With the loss of the list, I decided not to participate, but I did still take a few bird pictures.
downy woodpecker and carolina wren

downy woodpecker and carolina wren (2)

The little downy woodpecker (the bird on the left) has been a very regular visit to the suet cake. Now that I’ve identified the carolina wren, I seem to notice them all the time. Does that ever happen to you? You identify something new that you are interested in and then you see it all the time? Best example I can think of for this phenomenon is when you are thinking about buying a new car. You start researching the possibilities that are in your price range and decide what you think you are going to buy, then all of a sudden you see that type of car everywhere. Or is that just me?

One of my other so-called excuses for not getting out there to take pictures is getting ready for my daughter’s 18th birthday party this coming Saturday. I’m finding it difficult to believe that I will be the parent of a legal adult! Did I ever show you any of her senior portraits?

Image (2)

We are also awaiting workmen in the house this week. I have a double gas wall oven that I have loved for a long time.
Goodbye old oven!
We actually re-did the kitchen when I was pregnant for Meghan so many appliances in the kitchen are also 18 years old. You probably remember my dishwasher woes from Christmastime, right? Well, the top oven stopped working last summer. To make a very long story short, it made horrible high pitched beeping noises and the control panel has been melted in our efforts to muddle through. We’ve been using the bottom oven only for months now. Replacing this oven has been quite the ordeal because apparently double gas wall ovens are now a rarity. To find one comparable in size to the one we have would cost somewhere in the ballpark of $6000! No, that’s not a typo on the number of zeroes there. So, we’ve had to purchase an electric double wall oven instead.

Of course you can’t just shove an electric oven in where a gas one used to be. We’ve been jumping through hoops to find an electrician who would run the line for us at a reasonable price and finding installers who would cap the gas line and coordinate with the electrician for a time to pull the old oven out. We had an appointment at 8:30 this morning for workmen to arrive. It is 10:00 while I’m typing this post – we’re still waiting.

The sun is out today and I’m hoping perhaps the wind will be less brutal than it has been over the last few days. I’m still hoping to get out photo-hunting. If I do, I’ll be back with another post before I head back to school on Monday.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about the whole car thing. When I bought mine, I’d NEVER seen on the same style and colour, and within weeks there were two others driving around our little island!!.. I console myself in the fact mine was first though, maybe. Lol. Great shots of your wee birds too Karen. 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — February 20, 2013 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Brian. Isn’t that weird about cars? I guess it’s because we are suddenly more aware of a particular style, but for you on your island that is definitely odd.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2013 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  2. Oh wow. $6,000. Yes. Switching to electric seems the only way to go. Good luck with that.
    Love the bird shots.
    Your daughter is lovely.

    Comment by Sybil — February 20, 2013 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil.
      Step one is completed: the gas line has been capped and the old oven is removed. Step two, running the new electric line, is supposed to happen today.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2013 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  3. You are so right about the seeing cars, birds, anything all over the place. My husband and I even talked about it, saying the same thing. Crazy. Your Meghan is beautiful, congrats on her turning into an adult. My Meghan is 19, and it kills me that she’s that old already. Weren’t they just tots this morning, holding our hands and pouring in the chocolate chips into the cookie dough?

    Comment by Kate — February 20, 2013 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

    • And asking to lick the beaters too! LOL. I don’t know where the time went – I know I’m certainly not old enough to be the mother of an adult! 😉
      Thank you Kate.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2013 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  4. Well this was cool. I’ve never actually seen a Carolina wren, so that was nice. And your daughter is beautiful! Congratulations on her 18th birthday to her and of course you. Good job Mom! The oven thing…geeze….for $6000 you could reframe the wall. But I think you’ll like the electric oven once it’s in…as long as you have a gas stove top still! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — February 21, 2013 @ 7:12 am | Reply

    • Oh but you did see a Carolina wren – when I introduced you to Jimmy and Judy in the post for Scott’s assignment last month! 🙂
      I’m sure the electric oven will be fine – it will probably be the gas broiler that I’ll miss. And I do still have the gas cook top; I’d never want to go without one of those. It is nice to still be able to cook when the power goes out.
      Thank you Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2013 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  5. Appliances should never ever die. Mechanical things should never ever fail. Workmen should always appear at the scheduled time. But then reality intrudes! Love the bird pictures – we did have a few birds at our feeder yesterday, but today we have none again. I think I don’t understand.

    Comment by Carol — February 21, 2013 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

    • If only that were true, Carol. I think my kitchen is choosing to revolt against me recently.

      Comment by Karma — February 22, 2013 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  6. Your daughter looks so pretty!! Such beauty she is! You’ve captured her well 🙂 My best wishes for her..
    So you are almost through your holiday week right? Time runs fast, and you’l be back to school.

    Comment by sonali — February 23, 2013 @ 1:28 am | Reply

    • Thank you Sonali, but I can not take credit for those photos. We had them taken by a professional last summer.
      Yes, just today and tomorrow left and back to school Monday.

      Comment by Karma — February 23, 2013 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  7. Karma, can you really be the mom of an 18 year old? No, you can’t. Your daughter is very beautiful–if she wants to hear that from someone older than her mother. You mustn’t blame yourself for not accomplishing things during break. That’s the definition of a break: “the time when accomplishments cease to matter as much.”

    Comment by Kathy — February 23, 2013 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. I really did have high hopes for getting out and trying to take some nice pictures, whether I managed to blog them or not, but here it is Sunday now and I’ve got to get back into the routine of getting ready for a week of school >>sigh<<
      By the way, I have a funny story for you: yesterday was Meghan's birthday party and we were surrounded with friends and family and had a very nice day. In my dreams last night, YOU were at the party! Isn't that funny? Maybe it came from the comments the other day about the 1000 miles between us and meeting near Niagra Falls!

      Comment by Karma — February 24, 2013 @ 9:24 am | Reply

      • It was a lovely party, Karma! I so enjoyed myself and it was fun meeting Meghan (and you, of course) and all the rest of the friends and family. Let’s get together again soon, shall we? tee hee…

        Comment by Kathy — February 24, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  8. Great bird shots and your daughter is beautiful! Wishing you a smooth transition back to school.

    Comment by Becky Sue — February 24, 2013 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

    • Honestly the hardest thing about back-to-school is getting up in the morning! Thank you Becky.

      Comment by Karma — February 27, 2013 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  9. Those are lovely portraits of Meghan. The birds are darned cute too. I can’t even think about what appliances cost these days.

    Comment by Gerry — February 25, 2013 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gerry. Cost of appliances is ridiculous and far too many of mine have been turning against me lately!

      Comment by Karma — February 27, 2013 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  10. Hello again! For some reason the phrase “woulda, coulda, shoulda” keeps popping up. I’m wondering if we could start a petition to ban it. lol…

    Comment by Kathy — March 2, 2013 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

  11. “Woulda, coulda, shoulda” ? Je me demande comment mon professeur d’anglais nous aurait expliqué ça 😉 Très jolies photos d’oiseaux. Et ta fille ! Quelle beauté ! Très beau portrait. Bon courage pour la reprise des cours.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 4, 2013 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa. I don’t think I can explain “woulda coulda shoulda” in French, but here’s my best explanation in English: it stands for “would have, could have, should have ” – a sort of lament about all the things we would have, could have or should have done, but did not. I hope that makes sense.

      Comment by Karma — March 9, 2013 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  12. The portraits of Meghan are beautiful. Your little birds are so cute. I hope the oven situation is all fixed now. Stay warm. I see another winter storm is headed your way. It looks like you all will get more snow out of it than we will.

    Comment by Robin — March 5, 2013 @ 7:57 am | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. Yes, the new oven is installed and working fine. The last round of winter storm didn’t do too much around here, but other parts of Massachusetts got a lot more. It is supposed to be fairly warm this weekend, so luckily it won’t stick around for long.

      Comment by Karma — March 9, 2013 @ 8:09 am | Reply

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