Trouble Afoot

Trouble Afoot

After my car’s oil change, I realized I wasn’t far from Ocean View city park in Norfolk. This is an area undergoing massive redevelopment along the shore of Chesapeake Bay. It has a history of crime, and the city is working hard to remove that scar from its body. Sadly, many citizens are displaced, no longer able to afford housing in that area. 

I shouldn’t have been surprised when a scuffle ensued. 

Apparently, a Ring-billed Gull ventured onto American Crow turf. The squawking could be heard over the entire park.

A European Starling served as referee of this tag-team match. The gull was undeniably outnumbered.

Back-up arrived, created a diversion…

…and the gull made its escape…

…and I got to practice birds-in-flight photography!


Share Your World–2015 Week 23

Share Your World

I missed Share Your World last week. Cee’s mixing things up a bit, we’ll see what she plans for future posts. She has a poll on this week’s post, so go here to voice your opinion on how you’d like to see Share Your World formatted–questions, lists, finish the sentence…or a combination.

Let’s get started with this week’s questions! Are you ready?

1. For your blog do you basically use Mac or Windows applications.  What type of device laptop, desktop, tablet, phone or pad?
I use Mac applications for everything. I prefer to create posts on a laptop for ease of formatting photos. If away from home I may read/comment on iPad or iPhone, or create a quick post with a single image.

2. If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?
In the sense of material goods, new furniture. The real “finer things” are not tangible. 

3. Can you change a car tire?
I know how, but it would probably not be a good idea. (See chronic myofascial pain) Therefore, I have a husband, and AAA.

 That’s it for the questions this week. The fourth was a poll, and I voted on Cee’s post. You can too! I hope you’ll share your answers in a post you create and link to Cee’s blog, or leave your responses in the comments below. Looking forward to hearing from you!



Thankful Thursday–LWCF

Thankful Thursday
Land & Water Conservation Fund

Only recently did I learn of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

This sign was posted in the new city park I visited. Clicking the blue link above, or the sign itself, will take you to the website where you can learn more about LWCF, what is being done in your state, etc. I discovered it supports over six million non-exportable jobs

I’m thankful for the preservation of natural areas, historical sites, employment opportunities, and green space so all of us can enjoy the great outdoors. 




Monday Mania

Monday Mania

That almost sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 

As you know, we’ve had snow. Forever. It didn’t really qualify as snow, it was more like an ice rink. I could hear the birds chuckling as I skated across to fill feeders last week. It was a sold-out crowd for the show that was held over.

This morning, with childish delight, I spied more brown-green than white. The ice rink melted, and a mud-wrestling venue took its place.

The hawk swung by in time for afternoon tea, but it was on a business trip–no dilly-dallying on the fence today. No sunshine to soak up. It was cold, and blustery, and a few more flurries flew. 

The hubby and I ran the week’s undone errands on the weekend, leaving all the weekend chores undone until today. I even vacuumed. It is truly the end of the world. 

Our church hosted a special program Saturday evening. A group of children and young adults from Watoto Church, Uganda, presented a Children’s Choir concert, sharing the vision of the mission there. Each participant in the program has lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS, war, or other causes. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the highlighted links, and attend, should they be in your area. Their calendar/schedule is available on the website under The Choir>See the Choir. You can also request for them to come to your area, to share their message of hope: Rescue Raise Rebuild

It is an amazing story. The Watoto Story

May your week be blessed!



Update on Jade–Good News!

A couple weeks ago, I shared a post regarding a missing teen from France. She has been found alive and is safe in the hands of the French police who found her earlier this week! So many times we hear these stories, but never know the outcome. I’m so thankful and blessed to be able to share this good news with you.

Jade Mullally--missing teen

Have You Seen This Girl?

Please share this, especially if you live in Europe, or know bloggers who do. Thanks.

Jade Mullally–missing teen

On November 24, 2013 Jade took the train from Stuttgart, Germany to Strasbourg, France. Normally, she would have taken the school bus from the train station to her boarding school in Walbourg, France but she didn’t get on the bus.

Her dream was to become a fashion model and we believe that that was her plan when she left home.

Jade has lead a very sheltered life and our concern is that some person(s) might be taking advantage of her naivete and possibly holding her against her will.

If you think you have seen her or might know where she is, please contact me at