Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Eagle Has Landed - Again

Nearly-Resident Eagle

This photo was actually taken last fall, but either this fella or a close friend of his was in the top of our tall pine tree just on the other side of the driveway again yesterday.  I hadn't noticed him right away, only because I tend not to walk with my head tipped way back to view the top of the tree. But I had Misty outdoors for her 'duty' and kept hearing a strange call. I'm going to try to write it here, and I don't know if it was the eagle or not. Whoever it was made the call over and over and over, with a few seconds between. I looked up 'eagle sounds' on the internet and listened to lots of them, including the one I remembered from the eagle being here last fall and others (or the same one or two) who visited in times before that.

Here's the sound I heard yesterday (and it seemed to be coming from his direction). The first syllable, written below, was kind of staccato, followed by a sort of whistle that started high and then descended in pitch.

CHK...PEEeeeeeeeeeeww.  (The lower-case letters are to denote a descending whistle.)

Got that?  I'm not a bird linguist, so I maybe not be writing that totally accurately, but I think it's pretty close. There were no glottal stops or anything that should make it difficult to write out.

So my wild bird-loving friends, do you have any idea if that's the contented sound an eagle makes or if it was from a hostile squirrel nearby.  Or was it an annoyed cardinal? Whatever it was, I need to know. I'm turning to y'all because I've already spent too much time online listening to bird sounds, and I need to can the green beans.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Returning From Salzburg

Delicious Dark Chocolate Truffles

No, not me. I'm not the one returning from Salzburg. You might think so, for the little I've been visiting your blogs this weekend. Actually, that was partly due to the fact that our daughter and son-in-law, (Texans transplanted from Wisconsin) were visiting. She is the one who had just returned from Salzburg, Austria, where she had attended an opera written for/performed by Jose Carreras. She came back with the most amazing photos of Salzburg, which is now on my list of places to visit. So did I think to grab a couple of her photos for my blog? Of course not.

Aren't they cute!

 Snoozing on the Front Porch

We had amazing weather while they were here. Mid 70's, probably, sunny, gentle breeze - who could ask for more.


 There's about a 10' drop-off on the south 
and southeast end of the porch
as you look straight ahead in the photo

Before the family reunion, a week earlier, Mr. Cranberry had put up a temporary 'railing' to keep the little ones in the family from falling off the deep end of the porch. We still need to put the facings around the posts and put on the ceiling and railing for the steps, but if we never got more than this done, I could easily live with this woven wire fencing. It is perfect! I'm actually considering leaving that and painting it, and not putting up a railing or wall on the remainder of the porch. It's only 2 feet off the ground on most of the porch, and even the four year olds won't get hurt if they fall off that part (unless they're really trying). 

The vintage chairs were found on the property when we moved here and were repainted last summer. The quilt that you see on the single nap bed was a $4.00 find at GoodWill. Who would not love flowers and bird houses? It's a queen size quilt, so I have folded it in half for that single bed.

 North wing of the porch
The berries on the cranberry bush behind the glider
are orange right now, turning red.

The porch is in the shape of an L. This is the part of the porch that we are planning to screen in. There will be a door where the window (see photo above) is currently located. There will be no access to the screen room from the other part of the porch, only from the house. I know all about kids and running the circle of the house. We have that on the inside of our house. I don't need it on the porch as well.

My new melodic chimes, a birthday present!!
And we had a real deluge (about 2" of rain)  on Saturday afternoon.
Can you see the rain pouring off the roof of the porch?



Photo from last November
to show you the L shape of our front porch


I suspect that there are a lot of green beans that need picking today. I hope there are enough to completely fill a canner.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Noah Found Grace

If you're like me, the first thing you think of when you hear the word 'halo' is something like what you'd find hovering above an angel in a pre-Renaissance painting. Some have experienced the other kind, as in the photo below, when they need to have a part of their body stabilized to allow healing of bruised nerves and fractured vertebrae. That is the case with Noah. We are told that he will be in traction for at least a month, with this contraption keeping his neck/head rigid. He is 10 years old. This is no easy thing for anyone, but a ten year old boy? A ten year old boy whose head hurts when he laughs, but who needs laughter to keep his spirits up. Quite a dilemma.

Please continue to pray for this youngster. You can read the full story here on my blog. We praise God for His grace in sparing Noah's life and not allowing any major organ damage. As I said before, I don't know any word other than 'miracle' to describe it.





'We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.'
                                                                         - Oswald Chambers



Colossians 1:3  'We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you...'

1 Thessalonians 5:17 'Pray without ceasing.'

Thank you, friends, for your continued prayers for Noah and his family. 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waking to the Hodgepodge and Good Fences


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1. The best part of waking up is:   God blessing, Darkness lifting, Sun Rising, Quiet surrounding, Birds singing, Coffee wafting.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?

Definitely the lion encounter, while safely ensconced in a lion-proof observation post.

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to?

What I fear about old age is coming to a time when my kids think they're smarter than I am. Oh wait...   Okay, let's reword that: coming to a time when my kids think they know, better than I, what's better for me. That will really irritate me, and they will be made well aware of that fact. I need to practice doing that nicely.

What I look forward to are travel perks, e.g. cheaper airfare, cheaper train fare, cheaper admissions. There better be some.

Shrewsbury Train Station


4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?

No. I'm not a fan of sauce of any kind - at all. But I do like hot food, so I like to spice things up with peppers.

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?

I hope they learn that learning does not begin and end in the classroom, but is a lifelong enjoyment, and that you should surround yourself with good books and fun stuff. I hope they learn that following Jesus brings freedom and joy, not oppression and drudgery. I hope they don't learn where I hide the chocolate chips and mixed nuts.



6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?

Elizabeth I  OR Two Weeks' Notice

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.

My all-time favorite joke:

Two guys are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly clutches his chest and falls to the ground. His eyes are rolled back in his head and he doesn't appear to be breathing. 

His buddy takes out his cell phone and frantically calls 911. Gasping, he cries out to the operator, "My friend is dead!"

"Take it easy and calm down," the operator says. "Take a deep breath. Now first, we need to make sure he's dead."


There was a loud inhale and exhale, followed by a brief silence. Then a shot rang out. The guy comes back on the phone and says, "Yup, he's dead. Now what?"






8.  Insert your own random thought here.


I hate shopping for clothes, so it was with great hesitation that I spent perfectly good money on the dress in the photo above. I loved the fabric. It was wrinkled on purpose, soft, and comfortable. I thought it would make a great travel dress. I bought it big, thinking that like every other item of clothing I put in the washer and dryer, it would shrink.


Although it looked okay on me in the changing room at the store, it didn't seem to look the same on me in front of the mirror in my own bedroom. It looked too short, too young, too everything. Then I looked at the tag to find out laundering instructions (yes, I know, I should have done that at the store. I had just been eager to get out of there. Did I mention that I HATE shopping for clothes?)

The tag attached to the inside side seam of the dress reads:

'Dirty is the new clean: Wear more, wash less.'

Riiiight.

That should have been my  first clue that it was not for someone of my generation.

Back to my gray t-shirts and blue jeans.

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Love those little feet.



And for another fence, see that Shrewsbury Train Station photo - although I think the fence in the photo was around the castle grounds.

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