Checking in

Checking in

It’s late Monday, I returned home this evening from my weekend stay with the grandkids.  Hubby had planned to go with me, but wasn’t up for a trip after aggravating his back. His chiropractor suggested he take it easy this weekend–and he’s improving. We have an excursion planned, so it’s in his best interest to be roadworthy! 

Rain was my travel companion, Saturday.

Our eldest granddaughter is preparing for a month-long mission trip to Guatemala.

A carful of lovely young ladies.

The youngest ones on a recent race day, Tough Mudder, Obstacle Course Racing (OCR).

photo courtesy of their mother





Willy Nilly Friday 5 #49

Willy Nilly Friday 5

1. Peek-a-boo!

Downy Woodpecker, Juvenile
Juvenile Downy Woodpecker being fed by adult male

2. Thursday’s sky before the storm:

3. The High Mallow finally bloomed!


4. Our new neighbors are moving in.

5. Family time this weekend! 

Linking to Skywatch Friday
Thanks to Yogi, Sylvia, and Sandy.
And Tanya at Willy Nilly Friday 5



Good Fences #66

Good Fences #66 Driving through a neighborhood, my trusty iPhone came in handy again. There were three of these small trees/bonsai, and then I noticed a Good Fence, too! A U-turn was in order. It was a nice setting, however, I failed to notice the trash and recycling bins behind one, then the third threw the balance off the photo.  Next door to the previous photo was another Good Fence and a densely shaded lot. I’ve not seen many old-growth shaded areas in Virginia Beach.   

Linking to NF Trees and Bushes


Wild Bird Wednesday #152 Bald Eaglets

Wild Bird Wednesday

Yesterday, I teased you with the far-away photo of the Bald Eagles. Today you can see them better. 

Hubby and I are fascinated with the Bald Eaglets, and being able to observe them. They’re 14 weeks old now, trying out their wings. Well, one of them is overachieving in that department. It is probably the oldest of the three. Two days ago, one eaglet was in the far left tree all alone. When we saw it today, it didn’t appear to have moved at all! Others have seen them testing their wings, crash landing, etc., but they tend to get back to the nest area so they’re ready when the next meal arrives.

Adult Bald Eagle delivers lunch.
That evening, the one that remained at the nest in the morning decided to join its sibling on the branch. You can see it is considerably smaller, probably the last to hatch.
Around mid-day, Tuesday, I only saw two eaglets, and this one was getting serious.
Look at that vertical jump!
Back to the branch.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday


Share Your World–2015 Week 25

Share Your World

I like Cee’s new format for Share Your World. What are your thoughts? You can create a post and link to Cee’s blog, or leave your responses in the comments below. 

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?
We didn’t like the furnace not staying lit in winter. It was 42F degrees inside the apartment one morning. 

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?
I like to see various types of art; my favorite to create is mixed media.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
I have three OLDER brothers, and I’m #4.

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)
…article of clothing that remains white all its days.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to observe a Bald Eagle nest and three eaglets that will be ready to leave before long, and I look forward to seeing the grandkids soon! 

One of the eaglets can be seen in the tree on the far left. One is still on the nest; the third is on the limb closest to the nest; an adult is perched farther out on the limb. I observed the adult as it moved away from the nest little by little, and the eaglet tentatively followed. 

Teaser–close-up shots to come later in the week.