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Ya, Ya, Sisterhood---


Redwing Blackbirds, Blue Bonnet Fields, and wild flowers...










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1.  Thursday marks the first day of spring...to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live? Either or, huh? Well, I like doing both. And around here Spring is the BEST time of year for walking and gardening. Before it gets too blazing hot to do any kind of labor outdoors. Let's see...choosing between back ache and just enjoying a leisure time walking. I think I'll choose walking in the woods. And yes, it's possible to do either, year 'round almost, in fact.

2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)  I can only give you a hint on this particular answer this week, 'cause I'm gonna post about it sometime later when I have more time since I'm trying to catch up on last week's blog visits and such from my weekend hiatus...but someone prepared a dish for me that I'd never ever heard of...it's delicious!!

3.  We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What's something you'd like to start doing this spring? I had to get rid of a lot of rose bushes the past couple of years that perished in the extreme drought we had. Blight. Watering restrictions, etc. So, I plan on beginning a new rose garden this Spring. Hopefully we'll be able to water again since the reservoir is filled to capacity.

4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theater? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching? In the BACK row so there is no one jibber-jabbering behind me!!!

5. When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you?  Liking me for who I am.

6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what's your most often purchased frozen food item?  It's a toss up between frozen orange juice and Red Baron Pizza Breads I always like to have the pizza breads in the freezer in case of days/nights I don't feel like cooking.  They're large and filling...and TASTY.

7. What's something you avoid?  Crowds!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.  This is a LONG random this week.........


For the last 22 years, my sister and I have been setting aside one day of the year to honor sisterhood!! [Reminds me of the movie from a while back Ya Ya Sisterhood, lol] Anyway, long ago, my very own, only sister was having a tough time. As we talked on the phone for hours, she on the western slope of Colorado and me on the front range, I came up with the idea to share a bit of extra attention and loving ways. The next day, I set out to find her something special; beginning with a 'thinking of you' card. I then got the idea of buying two identical fluted champagne glasses. And more little trinkets to send along with her special package. I also, ordered over the phone a bottle of champagne from a local liquor store in her town...to be hand delivered on the day I set up. On the card, I suggested that we go outdoors with our champagne glasses a 8 pm. At the time we were both in the same time zone. Synchronizing our clocks at home, I went out on the deck and faced west. Sharon, my sister, was to go out on HER deck and face east. We then toasted to "Sisters' Love"!!

...and that's how it started. It's now been twenty two years. Times have changed for me a bit. Bud retired. We moved to a warmer climate and Sharon remained on the western slope. We now live in two time zones, but we still synchronize our clocks. I go out on our patio, face northwest, and salute my sister with my matching champagne glass. She does the same. I go out at 8:30PM and she reciprocates the same gesture at 7:30PM. Not only do we toast each other this way, we also send small gifts. Sometimes flowers, other times trinkets, perhaps a book, etc. Just knowing what we both like.

This year, I don't know if it's my age or what, but I went into Mardel's Christian Store in hopes of finding something to do with a Sister's Prayer!! I hit the jackpot!! I found a book mark with a sister theme. Sharon belongs to a book club, so I thought "perfect". Then I perused the store more and found some luscious, very fragrant sachet. Along with that, I found a rear view mirror ornament for sisters and then the only other thing I found was a bracelet with Sister's Prayer!!! The bracelet wrist band has the prayer etched in the silver. The package with the sister's prayer also has the same prayer on a card [billfold sized]. The bracelet, I bought TWO. One for me, and one for Sharon. And on the special card sent along with the gift package --I informed her we're to both wear the bracelet all day...and the years following on Sister's Day.


Etched on the bracelet it reads as follows:
    A sister's love is unconditional. Wants the best for each other. It's a love that will always defend!

Hope she likes it all!!

linking to: Wednesday Hodgepodge

98 comments :

  1. A lovely post, both the photos and the sister sharing!

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  2. How could she not? What a great idea! My sister and I talk on video chat once a week and have done so ever since her husband died three years ago. I have other sisters, one who is now an angel herself, and others so far removed from me in age that they seem more like nieces. You would be a great sister! :-)

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    1. ...you and I are blessed to have sisters, no matter what age they are.

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  3. i have always wanted a sister...you are both blessed to have each other. i am with you, avoid those crowds...and the reason we love Florida is we can be outside year round. except for yesterday when the sky dumped over 4 inches of rain on us. your photos are wonderful.... and no theater for me in 30 years but one time with our church about 15 years ago.

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    1. ...wishin' it would rain that much here...at least once a week!! Oh yes, crowds bother me...not so much the massive amount of people it's more the 'rudeness' of them when they are grouped together...common sense just up and leaves!!

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  4. Pretty blooms Anni! The redwings will soon be back in the yard here. I would like to go for a walk in the woods on the first day of spring, but I would need snowshoes!

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    1. ...still snow? The wind is blowing from the south here today, maybe soon the tropical warm breezes will get up north for you!!!

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  5. sisters are the best. :)

    we have lots of red-wings these past few weeks but our bluebonnets are very late this year due to the continued freezes.

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    1. ...my sister is, and I know others who have sisters agree!!!

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  6. Aw! Makes me want to give my sister a call.

    I think walking in the woods will be possible here on Thursday, but the gardening is going to have to wait!

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    1. ...Sisters are the best!! [Brothers aren't far behind either for that matter]

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  7. I love the fields of Bluebonnets.I'll be lucky if the temperatures go above freezing on Thursday,but that is ok. It will warm up soon. I like how you and your sister stay connected from a distance.

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    1. Yep, it's a great day for the two of us!!! We're special each and every March 18th. :o)

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  8. The red flash on the wing makes them look so special. From Findlay

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    1. ...thanks Findlay...and their song is pretty too.

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  9. Oh, what a wonderful thing to do, and it became a treasured tradition!! I am blessed with two sisters. Now I want to find the sisters' prayer for them! Thanks for sharing this touching and personal reflection as your random thought!!

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    1. I understand that there are quite a few sister's prayers...of course, I didn't know that 'til I started looking for one.

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  10. I love your blackbird. It's vey pretty. I'm an only child, but I would have loved to have a sister.

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    1. Sisters are a good thing. Sorry to know you missed out in this part of life. Being an only child, tho, probably has advantages too.

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  11. Lovely blackbirds. I have three wonderful sisters. They are a blessing.

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    1. ...indeed your are blessed X3

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  12. Annie, I especially liked the recounting of the special sharing between you and your sis. I like thinking of the two of you toasting each other though you are separated by miles. I'm going out in my woods on skis now, Annie - my garden is still under many feet of snow!

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    1. Oh I do remember those short, very short, growing seasons in colorado. And invariably, the tomatoes we planted [seedlings] would freeze and then have to replant 'em.

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  13. I miss Texas bluebonnets. :( We have plenty of red-winged blackbirds that I'd love to trade for the bluebonnets. I wish I had a sister. You are blessed.

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    1. to me, I guess, being non-native Texan and and implant Texan, sometimes the blue bonnets look purple. :::shrug:::

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  14. Such a beautiful post!

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  15. Love the Redwing Annie, and am I right in thinking the blue flowers are a variety of Lupine.
    All the best Gordon.

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    1. yes...bluebonnet is a lupine native to Texas...Lupinus texensis

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  16. I usually drop by here to marvel at your birds but today it is the Texas bluebonnets that have me drooling in envy. The whole post is beautiful.

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    1. ...thank you kindly Sallie

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  17. Beautiful images. I love that spring brings with itself a freshness, maybe not a fresh start, but certainly something fresh. I love icecream, and besides frozen vegetables, it's the frequently used frozen item in our household.

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    1. frozen veggies...yes, me too. I buy a lot of those.

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  18. I love the new look here!
    I also love your sister ideas. You know how close I am to my 2 sisters, and this would be a fun thing to start up, even though they both live close to me.

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    1. ...oh trust me, it's fun...and fun to look forward to each year and prepare...celebrate where you can toast each other also.

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  19. Anni, pretty shot of the RedWing Blackbirds.. I have been seeing some at my feeders lately.. Unless I use leave, I work Monday-Friday.. If it were possible I would like to have hubby do the planting on Wednesday and go for a walk on Thursday. But, work gets in the way.. I hate crowds too, will avoid them at all cost. Great post, enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. ...yep, I do so remember work schedules. It's not fun. But your time for retiring and birding all the time will come soon enough. Yes, I DO like the idea of hubby planting one day and then walking the next day. Ingenious.

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  20. Really enjoyed this post, love your new header. Your sister is blessed to have you for a sister. She will love everything.

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    1. ...why, thank you very much dear Denise!!

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  21. wow - I got so wrapped in your sisterhood honours that I totally forgot what photos I'd seen before and had to go back. Enjoyed your pics too, but also that page topper is very eye-catching; well done!

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  22. Beautiful shots of the flowers and birds.

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  23. What a lovely post with sweet bird and spring flowers.
    It's getting warmer here and hoping to see these beautiful flowers♡♡♡

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ...thank you so much Miyako

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  24. Nice shots, Anni. Birds and blooms go well together. Love that bluebonnets are coming up. Have seen hundreds of redwing blackbirds recently, They're very interesting to watch and photograph.

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    1. ...only for those that have actually seen huge fields of blue in Texas can appreciate their beauty!!

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  25. I like your idea for sisters day. As for number five I met someone new this past week. I wanted her to like me and I think she did like John and I both. She is from Ohio and I hope we will be seeing her again. Your bluebonnets are lovely. We'll be driving a different direction looking for some pretty fields of wildflowers.

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    1. Hope you get to find some bluebonnets soon...they're popping up full bloom here all around us now.

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  26. Amen to number seven!!! And I so love your sister celebration. It should be a national day.

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    1. You don't like crowds either I take it....A National Sister's Day huh?

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  27. Dear Anni, What a beautiful tradition for celebrating sisterhood. Such a beautiful way to share your love.
    plant a garden, chopped or creamed spinach.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. ...just fresh spinach for me please!! ;-)

      Thanks Catherine

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  28. As you know Spring comes late to Colorado but I can't wait to begin planting flowers again and seing which of the perennials I planted last summer survived and will grow again!

    I think your sister day is a lovely idea. I have one sister but we've never been too close. There is a Mardel's near me--I think I'll look for a few of the items you found and I'll send them to her as a surprise.

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    1. ...yep, late Spring and a lot of times...a short Summer before the first snow hits. Then, a most beautiful time of year in Colorado...Indian Summer!!!

      Thanks Pat. And, if you can't find anything sister related at your Mardel's...they do have an online store!!

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  29. We have Spring here and I am loving it. Of course, we could use some more rain. Sister day is lovely....I wish my sister was around to share. Thanks for sharing your great pictures.

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    1. ...thank YOU for visiting Linda. Ya, we could use a lot more rain also.

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  30. That is such a wonderful tradition you have with your sister. I have a half sister but we've never been close, we didn't even grow up in the same house.

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    1. ...growing up in different homes makes a difference in closeness of siblings to be sure!

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  31. Your birds and flowers make it look like spring over here! We still have some snow left in the back yard so I won't be out in my garden anytime soon yet.
    Happy Wednesday!
    xo Catherine

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    1. birds and blooms...a great magazine by the way. LOL Someday soon, I hope, Spring will arrive in all its glory for you.

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  32. Love the redwing blackbirds! And your sister celebration is such a cute idea. My sisters and I are spread out, so maybe I'll borrow your idea and try something similar with my sisters : )

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    1. ...it definitely is a great tradition to keep year after year after year!!

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  33. What a cool idea for sisterhood day! Also loving the use of the word 'jibber jabber' makes me think of Mr T from the A-Team.

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    1. ...I remember Mr. T. Long ago. Wonder now, what he is doing these days.

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  34. I absolutely love how you and your sister nourish the bond you share...so very sweet! I always wanted a sister growing up.

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    1. ...as you can tell, we two have fun on our 'special day'.

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  35. I hope your new rose garden will do well!

    Love your bird blog design! So pretty.

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    1. ...so do I. Let's just hope I can get the gumption to even begin on replacing them.

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  36. What a lovely idea! Don't let Hallmark know because they would then try to commercialize it. Have a good week.

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    1. ...thanks...and, have a good week yourself!

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  37. Your Random Thought is very touching. Would that everyone had a devoted and loving sister as you. May God bles you for you devotion.

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    1. ...thank you, that's sweet.

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  38. Loe the birds and flowers. I too hate crowds. Your random thought made me tear up. I ended up being an only child and would have loved having a sibling. I do have four girl cousins that act like sisters...but it is still not the same.

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    1. ...I agree, there is something about having a sister comparing to girl cousins.

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  39. My sister and I are from different planets and not close at all. You are very fortunate to have such a nice and enduring love for yours. Birds! Flowers! Ahhhh,Spring. Fine set of photos here.

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    1. Erik and his sister are about what you and your sister are...different planets. I saw it from the very beginning and it's never changed with those two.

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  40. Hey Ms. Anni mom sprung something on me today and she will pay...I'm thinking a 2am bladder jump.
    We hope you had a nice visit with Erik
    Hugs madi and Mom

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    1. Well yes...what with knicker day, she DESERVES a 2am bladder jump.

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  41. I enjoyed your 'Hodgepodge' answers, especially your random thoughts about how you and your sister honor and celebrate 'sisterhood'!

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    1. ...we do enjoy our day!! Thanks Kathy.

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  42. That is the most beautiful and creative tradition I've heard of. I wish I had a sister that I was that close to.

    Thanks for the visit and invitation. I'll definitely link up soon. I tend to participate in only one linky per post because I have limited time to visit everyone else, so please don't be offended if I can't link up every week.

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    1. You're more than welcome Jen. And if and when you decide to join...the other birders will appreciate your sharing!

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  43. wow that is awesome :) love the birds and flowers great job. I never had a "real" sister (only sisters n law) it is not the same :( I do have a lot of girl cousins. The closest I have to a sister is my best friend in the world, we share secrets that usually only secrets share. ...I think it is cool how you and your sister, hit sisterday and celebrate ^5 to you Ms Anni....

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    1. ...thank you! You made my day.

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  44. What sweet sister mementos you have there and your Spring flowers and Red-winged Blackbirds are splendid and hoping colour arrives here soon! Hmm read over those always interesting questions, and in December I got a call that I never anticipated. For 50 years I knew I had 2 half brothers, one I had met. The call was telling me that my other half brother was located and I have made brief contact with him. He never knew about me and he is 83, so very slow going~

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    1. ...but it's still great to know of your half brothers!!! How awesome. Better late than never they say.

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  45. I do like the red-windged Blackbirds - they are a very smart bird.

    I don'r buy much frozen food, but I do make frozen water to use with lemon, tonic and gin now and then!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: thanks for the comments about the email and such like - I just think I was shocked by the whole episode!

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    1. in words of my mom...you have to take the negative thoughts [in this case an email that was nasty] with a grain of salt. Don't fret over it. You're a treasure of a host Stewart!!

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  46. Love the trill of the Red-winged Blackbirds in the spring. The bluebonnets are so pretty!

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    1. I agree...bluebonnets are very pretty.

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  47. Great sister memories! Red Baron Pizza-kept in my freezer, too.

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  48. Love the sister talk as I have a sister and all the birds... Michelle

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Michelle

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  49. Lovely blooms, Anni! Crowds bother me too .

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    1. ...it's like they are sheep and follow without knowing what's going on. LOL

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