Friday, April 27, 2012

Enjoying the birds to relax

Are your nerves on edge?  If you are like most people, you are juggling multiple things.  It seems like, as a society, we are in a constant rush.  Sooner or later maybe everything feels like it is too much.  I am very busy myself, but I really do try to stop every day and admire something about nature.  It helps my nerves.  Soothing.  Here is what I do:  Just stop.  Take a DEEP breath in.  Oxygen is good!  Breath in even deeper now as you straighten your posture and put your shoulders back.   Slowly exhale, relax and be thankful for something.  
The other day I was riding my bike and I saw THREE hawks playing in the air currents.  It was soooo windy, I can't even believe I was out riding, but there I was, trying to get a little fresh air into my lungs and clear my head.  The birds were playing.  I love to watch the birds play in the air currents.  Hawks are migrating right now so I am often lucky enough to see several at once, although it is pretty near impossible to get 3 in the view finder of the camera and in focus all at the same time.  Well, here is a photo of one of the 3 hawks and you can just see the tips of the wing of a 2nd hawk in this photo.  I just had to stop and enjoy watching them.  Stop.  Breathe.  Be thankful.  The hawks were really amazing and brightened my day.
Also this week - I was sitting in my truck in a favorite look-out spot eating a snack.  This bird was right in front of me and I took a photo and then got to wondering why I have never seen a seagull before with a black head.  So, I send the photo to my sister and ask her if seagulls have black heads?  She messages me back that this bird is a tern!  OK, goes to show how much I pay attention to nature, ha ha.  Well, I enjoy the birds, but I never said I knew all their names!
An osprey circling around the nest, protecting it, as my sister, nephew, their dog and I went for a walk.  As soon as we approached with a dog, the 2 parents flew out of the nest and circled around and around until we passed a good distance.  They make a high pitched cry.
And here is an on-line weblink where you can watch 2 eagles taking care of their 3 chicks.  They are right next to a fish hatchery.  Lots of noise!  Who knew eagles had so many different calls?  Well worth watching!
I hope you all have a good day, take the time to breathe, relax and be thankful for something.  Try to make this ritual a daily habit and it will help you cope with stressful situations.  I don't think we can have a perfect life, per say, but we sure can have millions and millions of perfect moments if we stop to enjoy them.  Take good care, my readers!  I am thinking about you.
Please leave me a comment about what you do to relax!  Thanks!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

March mini-getaway

In March I was lucky to go to NH with a sister for a "mini" vacation. While there, we went to this fabulous yarn shop!  I asked them if I could take some photos and they had no problem with that.

Lots of yarn goodness!
And spinning.
Oh look!  I found the sock wall!  I got yarn to make some new socks, but first I had to finish the ones on my needles.  I was using Paton's wool - nice and warm!  My favorite 3/2 rib all the way down to the toe.  These are my favorite style "hiking socks".  I was in a sporting good store the other day and hiking socks were $15.  I know it is a bit expensive to knit your own too, but really, I just love hand knit socks!  And - nothing like new sock yarn in the knitting bag to inspire you to knit faster on your current project so you can go on to the next!  I am happy to say, that I did get these socks done and am now knitting that new yarn!  Mmmm.  I have almost 1 sock done now.
We had a good time.  Do you think these are mink tracks?

When we got there the ice was pretty strong and the guys were out there ice fishing.  Within the few days that we were there - well things started melting!
And on the way home... I always admire the ice coming out of the rocks on the side of the roads, but I am usually driving.  This time my sister was driving and I finally got a good photo!
It was the perfect March get-away.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beach Photos

I am not really a summer beach go-er, but in the off-season, I love the beach!  In the summer you never can get parking anyway, but this time of year - no problem!  Here are some photos I have taken this past month at various beaches.  I like the beach above because it is a good spot to sit in your car and look at the water!  Not very many beaches have "front-row" parking.  It was actually pretty cold and windy this day, so a great day for sitting in the car!

This beach above was my cousin's favorite beach. I am almost positive that he drove down here every day to take a look. We do that - we like to drive around a take a look at our favorite beaches!  I like think of the tire tracks as him driving and never stopping - just driving out there.  He died a few years ago.  This is low tide.  At high tide the water pretty much comes up to the rock I am sitting on.

I took this photo right after leaving a wake for a young man in his late 20's.  I thought everything about this scene was beautiful.  Over 1000 people went to the wake; it was very sad.  So, this beautiful vista was very calming at that particular moment.  March was a hard month with 3 memorials and several anniversaries of loved ones deaths, including my Mom 13 years ago.  I find peace at the beach.
 This is a nice bay beach on a quiet day.  A lot of seaweed that day though.

The right whales have been right off-shore this past month.  We are looking for whales, but did not see any this day.  It is pretty common to have binoculars in your car in case you want to take a look at something far off.

Another favorite - the Atlantic side with high dunes.  Look at the sandbars this year - next storm will probably wipe them right out!  Can you see the 2 people in the shadow making their way along the dune?  I love these beaches - they have the biggest surf, but they are also a challenge to get up and down toting all your beach gear!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little photo show.  I am very busy right now, but look forward to when I can get back to blogging on a more regular basis again!  Maybe I will just try to do some short "photo posts".  Just to show that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!  Although I do love to stand on the edges of those dunes!

Monday, April 02, 2012

The Night Trip to the Vets

This is my sweet little friend Hopie - she is my sister's dog, but gosh, do I love her.  How can I not love her, she loves me!  When I come in the door she tears around in very fast circles all around the living room.  She bounces off of me.  She smiles.  She laughs.  When I walk in the door, she lets me know that she is happy to see me!  How can a person not love that kind of reception?

She is a lapdog for sure and her favorite place to be is on your lap, especially if you even think that you might put your laptop on your lap.  She is very snuggly and playful.  
So you can imagine how concerned I was the other night when she did not come running to greet me.  No sirree.  She sat on the couch and looked 100% miserable, her ears folded down flat like Yoda.  When I picked her up she wimpered and yelped and acted like she was in so much pain that I promptly thought she was for sure deathly ill and I burst out into tears.  Nothing doing but my sister and I had to bring her to the vet... at night, which is after hours.  Which, where we live,  means you have to go to the animal hospital that is $165 just to walk in the door.  X-rays were $200.  They gave her a shot for the pain which they charged $9 to dispose of the needle.  I didn't see the rest of the bill - my sister read those parts off to me.  Yikes!
The good news, Hopie is fine.  She strained her neck and after a day or two of rest and some pain med, she is back to her job as a very enthusiastic greeter.  I am so happy!  But you never know - she could have eaten something sharp or had a bad infection or something.  Seriously, she was in complete agony.   So yes, it was an expensive vet bill, but we got the good news we wanted - some pain meds and rest and she is back to being her silly little self.  Still, I feel badly for my sister that the charges were so high.

And a photo of my quilt.  I started it in September, put it away when I went away at Christmas and got it up to this stage sometime in February.  I probably will tie this one with wool yarn and maybe just stitch in the ditch or quilt big X's through the squares - I have to get batting at Joanne's, but out Joanne's had a big fire and I do not think that they are open again yet.  I heard over $500,000 in damage and arson is surely suspected.  The fire broke out in the yarn and batting department and the flames were very bit - all the way up to the ceiling.  Glad I wasn't there that day!