Wild Bird Wednesday #106–Downy Fledgling

Hubby went outside to do some yard work and found a fluttering fledgling Downy Woodpecker in the yard. It had made its way to the ground, but was unable to fly. I snapped a couple quick pictures and left it at the base of the oak tree, thinking it might be able to creep its way up. I couldn’t find it the next morning, so I’m hoping for the best. 

At first the twig seemed to be an obstacle.

At first the twig seemed to be an obstacle…

...but with a little fluttering of its wings, it appeared ready to take on the tree trunk.

…but with a little fluttering of its wings, it appeared ready to take on the tree trunk.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday


Share Your World–2014 Week 29

Cee has great questions for this week’s Share Your World. Won’t you join in the fun and share your answers, too? 

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to?
No, I have not, and it has truly never crossed my mind. I suppose if the opportunity presented itself, I might have to check it out.

Are you a listener or talker?
I would say more of a listener, but I do my share of talking. 


Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter?   Anything with your peanut butter?
CRUNCHY! If it’s on a sandwich, preferably with Welch’s Grape Jelly. But a spoonful is fine all by itself. 

Have you ever been drunk?
No, I’ve seen others in that condition and I’m not the least bit interested.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We got to spend the entire weekend with family, and Saturday at an obstacle course race in which several participated. It was a great time. Muddy, but fun. (I shared it in yesterday’s post.)

I’m looking forward to having my biweekly devotional in by tomorrow’s noon deadline. With that said, I’d better get back to it! 

If you want to answer the questions in a blog post, be sure to link to Cee’s blog. If not, please let me know your answers in the comments below. 



Randomness on Monday

Sharing a bit of randomness from our weekend at a BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race (OCR). This is a new series of OCRs, designed by U.S. Navy Seals. Our son-in-law ran the 5K with 13-year-old daughter (her first race); then he ran the 15K. The next four, aged 4, 7, 8, and 9, participated in the Tadpole division.

1. We didn’t get out of town soon enough, Friday. It took us well over an hour to get through the tunnel and on our way. Normally, that takes about 15 minutes.

2. That night we checked into a hotel in the area of the race, and got about five hours sleep. Next time, we’ll leave earlier in the day!

3. We arrived at the venue, Tomahawk MX, around 7:45 a.m. under cloudy skies. That turned out to be a blessing, as it made the temperature more bearable for both athletes and spectators.  The U.S. Navy Seals demonstrated rescue operations twice that day. You can see how overcast the sky was. P1090381

4. On their way to the 4th (I think) obstacle, Peyton lost her shoes in the thick mud. She got them back on her feet and she and her dad were running again. You can see where the mud was up over her ankles. Then they were off into the woods, and we wouldn’t see them until the last few obstacles.P1090308

Meanwhile, the Tadpoles were warming up for their event. Clicking a photo in the gallery will bring up a slide show.

5. After a day’s hard work, it was back to the hotel for some pool time. No one seemed to mind that the water was c-c-c-cold. IMG_1650

I have photos of the obstacles that were visible to us. Are you interested in seeing more of this?