One Liner Wednesday – Countdown to Spring

My winter fat is finally gone, now I have spring rolls.

I am so anxious for weather warm enough to get out and enjoy some outdoor exercise. I love my house, but this isolation has helped me pack on a few extra pounds. Enjoy the gallery of spring trying to find its way.

One liner Wednesday is beought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit her blog to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!


Consider the Birds

They were always distant and cautious. For two years they built a nest in the old wooden birdhouse, raising two broods each year, but they never approached our feeders. They never made their way to feast among the others, always content to dine on what nature provided. Two years ago they fled their nest, eggs abandoned. Last year none nested here. What posed the threat I wonder.

It has taken five years, but this year three pairs of bluebirds are feasting daily. They feel at ease pulling the mealworms from the feeder then leaving nothing but a flash of blue in their wake as they fly through the barren trees.

Yesterday I saw a pair darting in and out of the new birdhouse. It stood empty last year. Maybe it takes time to trust what is new. Finding a safe place to raise their young must be a tremendous challenge. Is it fear or wisdom guiding them?

Sometimes I think we could learn from them. They are cautious but optimistic. They take their time before planting roots, knowing every place is not hospitable. They have an innate sense of danger and take extreme precautions before selecting a nesting site. Every decision is centered around the chance of survival.

I learned the female bluebird lays one egg a day until the clutch is complete. She will not begin incubating until the clutch is complete insuring all eggs will hatch around the same time. Once incubation begins, the eggs must be kept warm and will not be left unattended for any length of time.

Incubating the clutch is the sole responsibility of the female. For 15-20 days she will stay in the nest, leaving only for minutes at a time while the male stands watch over the nest. Predators are everywhere requiring extreme vigilance.

Once the hatchlings break free of the eggs, both parents share the responsibility to feed their young. Every 20 minutes during daylight hours the tiny gaping mouths must be fed until they are strong enough to fledge. Imagine the strength it requires to feed hatchlings every 20 minutes for almost 20 days.

After the hatchlings fledge, the parents will continue to feed them for another 20 days. This is a lovely and caring sight to witness. I am fortunate to witness such tiny miracles just outside my window. Observing this microcosim of life, we see our own lives played out in a compressed timeline.

When the world seems all crazy and out of control, the birds bring me peace.

On a day like this, I can’t imagine anything better that might happen in a person’s life than for them to start paying attention to birds—to become aware of this magical world that exists all around us, unnoticed by many but totally captivating for those who know its secrets. This kind of spring day, with its bountiful myriads of colorful sprites just arrived from tropical shores, has to be one of the greatest gifts of life on Earth.
Kenn Kaufman


The Last Photo – February 2021

Bushboy has asked if we would care to share the last photo on your camera or our phone for the moth of February. No explanations necessary. Here are the rules:

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 28th February.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo” or #LastOnTheCard

Here’s mine from my iPhone:

Blueberry muffins


Share Your World – March 1st, 2021

C7D018A9-43FB-4E9D-B21D-A8E1035F7F25 It has been a while since I participated in Melanie’s Share Your World post. Thankfully, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind I feel comfortable popping in when the spirit moves me. Please be sure to check out her page for this feature and read how others have answered these probing questions.

Here are the questions:

Is every piece of truth worth telling?   (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one)

I think the truth is always worth telling if it is your own personal truth. Other peope’s truths are nunya business. That being said, I think lies trip us up and what we may try to avoid by telling one, usually comes back to haunt us. I am all for little white lies that protect people and spare them from unnecessary hurt.

Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince?  (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question.  It’s cool).

I know who they are so I’m clear to answer. I have never been ‘attached’ to entertainers. I cannot miss someone I never knew. I feel sad at the loss, especially when the loss is tragic. I can miss their music or their impact on my life and the world. The music and the videos stay with us, even if the flame of life is extinguished. I might also miss the fact they cannot create new music.

If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you chose?  

That would be horrible. I would kick and scream and throw tantrums, but if I had to choose, I would choose text. With text it is easy to send a quick video and see and hear the people I love. To see them and hear them would be divine. I would fear with email people would not take the time in this fast-paced tech life we lead to compose and send an email. That would be very lonely.

Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity?

Give me the creepy motel.

Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week:   What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required.  You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”.  You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”).



GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021.

Covid conversations, I have reconnected with old friends and even my children a little more. We are now having nice hour-long conversations (and more frequent ones) which helps lift the veil of this crazy pandemic isolation.


Monday Missive – My WordPress Anniversary

It is a foggy and misty morning. I am driving down to The Kolache Factory this morning to pick up some sweet and savory kolaches – a Czech filled pastry of puffy dough.

  • Wordpress anniversaryYesterday I received a message from WordPress celebrating my 11 year anniversary of signing up for a WordPress account. My early experience with WordPress was designing websites for my web design business. I had several iterations of blogs on this platform and others, but it took retirement to become a consistent blogger.
  • I sent an email requesting a spot in Mary Smith’s online workshop “Mining Memories”. To say I am excited for the possibility is an understatement!
  • This past weekend we watched videos to learn how to prune our overgrown blueberry bushes. We are hopeful it will help produce a larger and sweeter berry when harvest time rolls around.
  • The first day of spring is only 19 days away if you are counting. I realize that does not mean a switch is thrown and spring flowers bloom overnight, but it definitely heralds a change in the weather.
  • Easter falls on April 4th this year. We will have had our second vaccine and the two week wait for the maximum protection will have passed. That does not mean we have the green flag to visit our families because most of them will still not have been vaccinated. The U.S. is starting distribution of a third vaccine that requires only a single shot which hopefully means more of the population will soon have some level of protection.
  • My Monday morning mental jukebox has Seals and Crofts on rotation. If you know it, sing along. Have a great Monday and a wonderful week.