Enjoying Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds (1)I may have mentioned it before, but I am enjoying the hummingbirds this summer.

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Hummingbirds (5)Since I put out three feeders, I see them every day – many times a day.

Hummingbirds (6)In previous years – when I had only one feeder – I rarely saw hummingbirds.

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Hummingbirds (10)They make me smile.

Lydia ~ Tea ~ Sunset Extraordinaire

Tuesday, June 23

Tea, Lydia, to Sunset (2)Our mint tea was getting tall, so I asked our granddaughter Lydia (who was visiting from Maine) if she was interested in pulling the leaves so I could freeze them – instead of letting it go to seed.

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Tea, Lydia, to Sunset (5)Shortly after she began working on the tea, I noticed a bird splashing in the birdbath, and thinking it was bathing, I went for my camera. That’s when I saw that it was a fledging wren that had fallen into the water.

It was exhausted when I put it on the ground.

It’s mamma was not happy with me when I lifted it out of the birdbath, but she was pleased when I shooed it toward her and they were reunited.

Tea, Lydia, to Sunset (6)By sunset, I noticed a beautiful sky and went outside with my camera.

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Tea, Lydia, to Sunset (12)The longer I watched, the prettier the sky got.

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Tea, Lydia, to Sunset (17)I love when God turns the sky into a beautiful canvas.

Gift ~ Dinner Concert ~ Hummingbirds

Saturday, June 13

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The Gift

DSC_4834We were surprised to receive a package from our granddaughter Lydia. It was from Koinonia Farm where she had been serving on a work camp.

It arrived a few days before she did. Everything is delicious, but the Hickory Smoked Pecans are fabulous.

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The Dinner Concert

DSC_4838A friend invited us to sit at the table she had reserved for the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction “Kick-Off Banquet.” This is a fundraiser event to help cover the expenses of the BDRA in September.

DSC_4839The Tribute Quartet was inspiring and delightfully funny.

DSC_4844Duane Ness is retiring as the chairman of the auction and was honored for the many years he served as chairman.

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The Hummingbirds

DSC_4981I was always disappointed to have very few hummingbirds, and mentioned it to our daughter Deb. She sad that I would have more hummingbirds if I had more than one feeder. So I bought another one. 🙂

DSC_5104I saw a hummingbird a few minutes after putting out the two feeders.

DSC_5105Now we see them every day – almost every time we look out the window.

DSC_5474They are difficult to photograph because they are always moving.

DSC_5476Thanks, Deb, for that suggestion. I am enjoying our hummingbirds.

The Sky & A Bird

May 31 to June 8

1Passing storms created some beautiful skies in late May and early June.

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2 (3)The birds are enjoying our beautiful warm weather.

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4 (1)Getting ready to take off.

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4 (3)You again? I thought if I came back on this side of the feeder you wouldn’t find me.

4 (4)Spraying the no-till corn field. Soon we will see the newly-planted corn.

4 (5)One evening we heard that a serious storm was threatening our area.

4a (2)For awhile we thought it was going to go around us.

4bThen it began getting darker.

4cBefore long it looked rather frightening.

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6-8-15 (7)Then we had a downpour.

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6-8-15 (11)Within minutes it was over and some people reported seeing a rainbow.

6-8-15 (12)Because of the thick woods to our east, we sometimes miss rainbows, but I did see a beautiful sunset.

Visiting Mother High

May 10 – Mother’s Day

We visited her after the Lancaster Make-A-Wish Convoy so Ian was with us.

DSC_2431Since Mother has been walking as far as possible when we go to the Café, Ian decided to follow her with the wheel chair.

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DSC_2433When she was ready for the wheel chair, he pushed her and Cerwin pushed her walker.

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DSC_2440When we were finished eating, Ian asked to push me back to Mother’s room in her walker.

We had lots of fun, and when we came to a group of people walking through the hall, they didn’t even smile or give us a second look. I guess they thought I lived here. 🙂

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We usually pray with Mother before we leave, and she loved it when Ian prayed for her.

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As we were leaving, we noticed a mother Mallard and her babies in one of the courtyards.

DSC_2443It’s fun watching the little ones chase bugs.

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DSC_2444It was a long and rewarding Mother’s day.

Bathing Cardinal & Birthday Supper

Wednesday, April 22

1 (1)One of the good things about being home again is watching my birds.

1 (2)This cardinal was enjoying a bath. It must have been rain water, because I hadn’t cleaned or filled the bird bath yet.

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1 (7)His lady was on the ground searching for seeds.

DSC_0823Cerwin’s birthday supper at RD’s with Deb, Roy, and his mother, Barbara (who was visiting from Florida).

It was nice not having to cook because catching up after a two-week road trip takes more than a few hours – with lots of laundry and office work.

Also, when I tried to do a bulk mailing, the envelope printer refused to print. When I called Pitney Bowes, he said, “You have a very old printer.” After a few hours, he called and said he couldn’t find a motherboard for it. 🙁 So a new printer is on order.

DSC_0825Deb ordered a pecan pie for Cerwin (his favorite) from RD’s mother.

Pecan pie is not my favorite, but this was the best I have ever eaten!

Road Trip – Part 18 – The Lake

Monday, April 13 to Friday, April 17

The Lake (1)This is Bob and Doris’ back yard.

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The Lake (4)It is unusual to not see or hear water fowl during this time of year.

The Lake (5)Bulrushes that survived the cold winter.

The Lake (6)There were many red-winged blackbirds who perched on them and did everything they could to get my attention with their noisy song.

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The Lake (10)I enjoyed catching the bulrush’s fluffy seed heads in the morning or evening sunlight.

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The Lake (14)When I mentioned to Loraine that I was going to the lake to take pictures, she offered to go along. 

The Lake (15)There were trumpeter swans making a lot of noise as they came in for a landing.

The Lake (16)They landed beyond my sight, so I did not see them in the water.

The Lake (17)During our time there I saw a variety of ducks and waterfowl.

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The Lake (18)I am not an accomplished birder, but I think these are goldeneyes.

If I have identified any of these incorrectly, please let me know.

The Lake (23)Hooded mergansers

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The Lake (24)Wood ducks

The Lake (28)Canada goose

The Lake (26)Pretty Reflections

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The Lake (32)If I lived next to this lake, I would have to retire so I could take pictures all day.

A Birthday Party ~ A Goat ~ A Flock Of Geese

Saturday, March 21

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention Cerwin during my mud sale posts…

1 (1)…that’s because he was at a 75th birthday party for our friend Gene.

1 (2)His and Cookie’s son Mark – in black.

1 (3)Their other son Matthew – center – wearing brown.

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1 (5)It sounds like the guys had a great time.

2After lunch we went to visit Cerwin’s mother and met these Amish girls walking home from the mud sale. You can tell they were there by their boots.

2a (1)Shortly after getting to Mother’s room, Roy and Deb stopped in. Since they had their little goat “Moxie” in the car, we asked a nurse if they could bring her in.

2a (3)The nurse said, “Positively!”

Some of these pictures are from Cerwin’s cell phone, others are from Deb’s camera.

2a (2)Mother enjoyed watching her chew on paper.

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2a (4)Cerwin’s sister Velda and her husband Mel were also there during our visit.

2bNotice Moxie wears a pamper. She would make quite a mess if she didn’t wear that, as it seem she is always eliminating something. 🙂

3 (1)This is the time of year we see and hear many flocks of Canada geese flying overhead – especially in the evenings.

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3 (9)It was a busy full day from beginning to end.

No One Is In Charge Of Your Happiness But You

Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 20

DSC_7069I love to wake up to this kind of morning.

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DSC_7082 (2)Later in the day I happened to be at the window when this “wagon train” went by – a sure sign that the Penryn Mud Sale was happening in the near future.

DSC_7082This is our Amish neighbor taking wagons to the fire company property where the mud sale will be held. The wagons are used to display items for sale.

I posted this on Facebook a few minutes after I saw it, but am posting it here for those who don’t have Facebook.

DSC_7171By the end of the week – Friday, March 20 – we were experiencing snow again.

DSC_7167I thought the following was fitting for my cardinal pictures today.

It is another use of the word cardinal – but still fitting. 🙂

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7 Cardinal Rules For Life

1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.

2. What other people think of you is none of your business.

DSC_71643. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.

DSC_71734. No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you.

DSC_71615. Don’t compare your life to others, and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

DSC_71656. Stop thinking too much. It’s alright to not know all the answers. Answers will come when you need them.

DSC_71697.Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.