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February 26, 2012

An Unusual Day

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Yesterday was an unusual day.  An enjoyable day, but different for sure.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it was Meghan’s birthday.  My day started out as it usually does on a day when I am to play hostess:  completing the house-cleaning and food prep.  It was sunny and about 40°.  I went outside to sweep off the front step, when I was distracted by a large flock of some type of blackbirds in a tree across the street.  Abandoning my step-sweeping temporarily, I ran inside to grab my camera in hopes that the 55-250mm lens could see the birds better than I could.

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Alas, it could not.  Even when I zoomed in, the birds were still undistinguished birds of a black color.  I continued about my business.  While cleaning the glass of the sliding glass door out to the deck, I noticed the sunny sky had strange, tiny, white flecks blowing around in it.  “Is it snowing?” I asked dear hubby.  “Yep, it’s snowing,” came the reply.

But it was really nothing – tiny little things, barely visible, the air too warm for it to stick.  I continued moseying about the house, taking care of my chores in my highly distractable manner.

Did I ever tell you that about me?  Maybe that should have been one of my 7 things.  When I start cleaning the house I am highly distractable.  I rarely finish one chore or one room of the house without starting another chore or room, but somehow it all gets done.  I have no idea what causes me to move about from dishes to floors to dusting to sweeping steps and back again, but that is how I do it.  My sister once wrote about having RDD, or recipe distraction disorder; perhaps I am a victim of HCDD: household chore distraction disorder!

Anyway, I digress.  Early afternoon, before the arrival of our expected guests, look what it was doing outside!
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My mother, travelling up from Cape Cod, texted me: what the heck is with the weather? It was sunny and 42 degrees when I left the Cape!

I had no explanation.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of the last party I had and what happened that night!  But then the snow stopped almost as quickly as it began.

The birthday girl and I found ourselves peering out the front window as we waited for guests to arrive, looking into a beautiful blue and sunny sky.  Again I wondered what type of birds were filling the trees.  I took another shot with my camera and I was thrilled to make this discovery:
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at least a few of the blackbirds, which had flitted from my sycamore tree to the trees across the street were red-winged blackbirds!  I’ve been trying to get half-way decent shot of one of these birds for quite a while now.  It looks like I’ve also got a shiny grackle in the lower right side of the photo.

Teddy and Daphne were less thrilled with my discovery.  They would’ve rather been taken for a walk.
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The strange weather of the day continued – alternating sunny, blue skies with windy, side-ways blowing snow that never stuck to the ground.  Our guests safely arrived and our power stayed on.

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Meghan’s birthday party was a success.  Can anyone spot a little mistake with the photo above?  I just realized it myself when I was reviewing pictures today.  Think it over a bit before you scroll down.
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I told you how old Meghan is yesterday.  Did you figure it out?  Dear hubby gave her an extra candle to blow out by accident!  Yup, there are 18 candles on that cake!  Don’t rush our daughter’s adulthood, silly husband!

I’ve been sitting here for the last few minutes trying to think of a witty way to wind up this blog post, but I can’t seem to do it…. seems I am distracted…… 😉

 

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

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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.

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

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I see a bear cub!  No, really, look:

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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:
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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.
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I got a slightly clearer shot (but less of a view of the red feathers) as it got ready to take off:
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Around the corner from the swamp, I found a tree in bloom:
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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:
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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?