Today, this post has been pre-scheduled to publish on Sunday Morning. This past week has been one I didn't enjoy much. Taxes, - 2 hours and 44 minutes on the phone with IRS [most of that time was being put on hold for one reason or another!! Ugh!!!!!] Then, my heart rhythms began acting up one day...called Cardiologist...waiting return calls etc. - I had to get harnessed with a holter monitor again...haven't heard the results of that as of this posting. And to top it off a bout of stomach flu that lasted for a few days. I'm still not up to par; hence the scheduled post since I may not be feeling up to much in the days ahead...
Okay...'nough of small talk...
Since I didn't feel much up to doing anything like driving, birding the past week, I will use some photos in my tale from the previous week instead. I spent quite a bit of time lazing on the couch watching movies and TV series DVDs while recouping from the flu. One afternoon, I happened to look out the glass doors on the back wall of the living room, from the couch, and spied a migrant visitor pouncing along our flower bed stone wall, down to the lawn...even tho the photos are from my cellphone camera and looking through the glass panes, I'll add some here...
Among the ruckus and feeding frenzy of the cardinals, sparrows, doves and red-winged blackbirds....A Kentucky Warbler came to the diner!
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Random photos here that I found in my folders and on the news this week. Oftentimes, I try to see 'objects' in nature that really isn't there...like cloud formations, and a leaf that looks like a heart or a rock that resembles anything BUT a rock....things like that. This time around, I remember walking through the dense wooded area of one of our parks in town, following the song of an unknown bird and trying to spot it, when I looked down to the base of the huge tree and saw this. It made me think of a mud-encrusted elephant's foot after the elephant came out of the muddy riverbed, stepping onto the riverbank. Does it you? Maybe a rhino? You decide...
The other photo I will add today is of a news story I've been following for some time now. It's about a set of triplets that were born in our locality...thing is, two of the triplets were co-joined. They have been taken care of, diligently, by the doctors and nursing staff at our Children's Hospital in the city. For months, the option of separating the twins was imminent. As I followed with bitter sweet updates...the parents, the 3rd of the set of triplets, the family, the doctors/nurses/the news media, the people of the city coming together in prayer for these two little girls...
This photo has become a viral image on the internet. A longer than twelve hour operation to separate the sisters was on a Friday. Both girls survived...one doing well, the other has had kidney problems [one kidney already removed after the 1st operation to separate them]. Now, as of this posting, the little one is back for more kidney surgery to, hopefully, mend and correct the critical situation. I wanted to show you this poignant image. It's NOT MINE...but so worthy of showing it to you. It's of the doctor and nursing staff in prayer, holding hands...just prior to the beginning of the surgery on the little girls.
In the News
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FENCE [more like railing this week]
Near the very same park, across the street, some old, historic houses remain in existence. Most of them are now owned by law offices. Along any part of the seacoasts in America, at one time, the roof structure seen here with the fence railings was added to the homes - most often near the home's chimney. This was a purposeful work to assist the owners with chimney fires....this way they had access to the rooftop and were able to pour sand down the chimney to put out chimney fires. Also, legend has given this structure a title....'WIDOW'S WALK'. Romanticists tend to think this is where the woman of the household would walk the walk in search her longtime gone to sea sailor/lover man of the house...watching for their return.
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Passion Flower & yard cactus blossom
Tree Blossoms & water lily
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A couple of sky images....2nd photo is: Early morning near a boat channel on Mustang Island. 1st photo is: Of course this channel area is filled with fishermen from dawn to dusk, and the brown pelicans know it...looking for hand-outs....