A Day of Feeling Blessed

Thursday, February 8 – My 74th Birthday

Following a stop at TFC’s International Office, Cerwin took me to Gus’s for lunch.

I got a cup of mushroom soup – delicious.

Cerwin got chili – and we shared a BLT.

Shortly after we got home from an afternoon appointment, this box arrived in our garage.

It was fun to open and see what was inside – and who sent it.

It was from Roy and Deb.

A teddy bear, body cream, bath tea, candy, and tulips.

We went to Outback for Josh’s and my birthdays.

He agreed that we should take everyone else along who was staying in our house.

We told Josh that he could get whatever he wanted – the others had to settle for hamburgers or something not so expensive since it wasn’t their birthday. 🙂

A waitress offered to take a picture of everyone.

Dessert was free for Josh and me. Whatever we wanted from the menu. I chose cheese

Mourning Doves

Tuesday, February 6

A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight.

Mourning Doves eat roughly 12 to 20 percent of their body weight per day, or 71 calories on average.

The Mourning Dove is the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America. Every year hunters harvest more than 20 million, but the Mourning Dove remains one of our most abundant birds with a U.S. population estimated at 350 million.

Identification: They are about 12″ in length; gray-brown; long pointed tail; black dots on wings. Male has light gray crown and iridescent sides of neck; female is evenly brown on head and neck.

The oldest known Mourning Dove was a male, and at least 30 years, 4 months old when he was shot in Florida in 1998. He had been banded in Georgia in 1968.

Primarily a bird of open country, scattered trees, and woodland edges, but large numbers roost in woodlots during winter. Feeds on ground in grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards, and roadsides.

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Those were some interesting facts about the mourning dove – from the internet and my Stokes Field Guide to Birds.

Amish Wedding in the Neighborhood

Tuesday Morning, November 14

We knew there was going to be an Amish wedding in our neighborhood, and when I heard the sound of horses and buggies I knew, November 14 was the day.

By 8:00 am I began seeing the Amish arriving in vans.

Those who came from a distance hired van drivers.

By 8:30 our road was quite busy.

These two came on scooters.

They probably rode these for several miles.

Later in the day I went by their house.

By evening they were headed home. I only took one picture. I didn’t think you needed a repeat of the arrivals. 🙂

Supper with Jordan

Wednesday, October 4

This meal was a gift to Jordan for his 2017 birthday – which was in August.

I like to take at least one posed picture of our grandchildren per year – for their birthdays and for my refrigerator.

It was a nice evening and he was at our house early – so this was a good time to get his 2017 picture.

He chose Johnny’s for his supper with us.

I love catching up with our grandchildren and learn what is happening in their lives.

He lives nearby, so we see him many times throughout the year, but not often one-on-one for a few hours.

My meal

Cerwin’s steak and baked potato – also came with a tossed salad.

Jordan’t meal

Jordan’s crème brulee

Cerwin shared a few bites of his cheese cake with me.

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Loved spending an evening with Jordan.

Traveling to Elk County ~ Part 2

Tuesday, September 26

After the large bull elk sighting, (previous post) we drove over several back-country roads and saw a variety of elk grazing in yards and fields before going to the Visitors Center.

Marlin, Chelsey, and Nancy walking toward the viewing area at the Visitors Center.

We knew there was going to be some action because we heard the bugling of at least one bull elk.

To our delight a bull elk was gathering a harem of ladies.

I expect there were something between 100 and 200 people watching the elk in this large field.

We noticed a whitetail deer on the edge of the woods.

It looks like the bull (left) is going after another lady for his harem.

He found one.

By this point he had about a dozen ladies.

Then it got a bit more interesting when two large bull elk came out of the woods.

The original bull tried to chase them away but they kept returning.

When the other males arrived the herd became restless.

A few more bulls came out of the woods and we heard people around us saying they couldn’t tell if there were 7 or 8 male elk because of all the moving animals.

By this time it was quite noisy with all the bugling.

It appeared that the original elk had lost his control of the herd with the arrival of the other bulls.

After the herd had been milling about awhile – and the bulls did not engage in fighting, we moved on toward our vehicle.

I noticed five cows at another viewing area and moved there to get some closer shots.

Shortly after I arrived, many others joined me and we soon heard the bugling of another male coming in from the left.

He seem rather pleased to have a harem of five and bugled to the guys in the other field.

The ladies pretty much ignored him.

After a few minutes we moved on to our vehicle to look for elk in another area.

We didn’t have to drive far to spot another one.

We also had another good sighting of a deer.

We were quickly loosing light, but knew there had been an elk sighting when there was a traffic jam like this.

This bull (in the distance) had gathered a harem of close to a dozen.

However, there was another one coming to challenge him.

We saw several more after this but it was getting too dark to get good pictures. My sister, Nancy, was recording our sightings and came up with a count of 70 cows and 15 bulls. We teased Marlin, “…and you worried that it may not be a good evening for elk viewing.” 🙂

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Pennsylvania’s elk heard covers an area of 3,000 miles, but the largest herd is in Elk County. There are estimates of about 900 in Pennsylvania at this date.

It was a delightful and fun evening. Thanks, Marlin and Nancy for taking us along.