Tuesday, June 29, 2010

and the wrens go marching on . . .

Something happened at the house this week that reminded me of another funny 'wren' story that I'd forgotten to share, complete with photos! It happened Mother's Day weekend, and I think I had some blog apathy and then the accident happened, and one thing led to another and . . . well, you know how that can go!

Anyway, Todd and I had been out and about around the camp site -- I think we'd had a group up there -- and as we returned to our site, we noticed a bit of a commotion at the hitch end of the RV. And it sounded a lot like a wren commotion!

Sure enough, as we got closer, wrens became more vocal, and we could see something odd sticking out of the hitch . . .

Just to put it in perspective, I've put a black square around where the hitch is in the following picture . . .

So we got a little closer, and what do you think we saw??

Lots of homely baby wrens!! Evidently, when I inadvertently chased the wrens out of my door wreath (I blogged about it first here, and then again here) they moved their nest to the inside of our hitch! When we found them, babies were falling out of the hitch, hitting the ground fluttering!

Baby wrens are nicely camouflaged when they hit the forest floor. I put a black square around this one little fellow who was doing his utmost best to get away from me!

Mom and Dad Wren were standing sentinel on nearby trees, alternately fussing at us for being there and encouraging the kids to get a move on it!

I was clicking like crazy to get pictures, but these little fellows are FAST! Most of my pictures showed either blurred blobs, or absolutely nothing by forest floor!

So, a month later, at a different location, what reminded me? Well, I rolled into the kitchen one day last week, thinking I was hearing a wren very close by. I went to the window above the sink to see if I could see it, when I realized it WAS IN THE WINDOW! Haha! It had managed to squeeze in through a hole in the screen and was between the screen and the window. No wonder it sounded close!

Three days later I rolled into the kitchen and thought something looked a little funny at that same window, but my flowers were blocking whatever it was . . .

See there, in the right corner of the window, behind the flowers?

So I pulled them out of the sill, and I had to laugh.

Now I understand exactly what that silly wren was scoping out -- a new home!! I guess Todd and I are just people who have 'wren' experiences!!!

That same Mother's Day weekend, up at Camp MACOBA, I stumbled upon these beauties growing at our new site . . .

Peonies! They smelled heavenly, too!!

And finally, of course, my little bit of heaven on earth . . .

He's certainly figured out how to beat this southern heat!!



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

quilting is back in my life . . . !

Well, slowly but surely, anyway! I haven't gotten brave enough to try my sewing machine, but I might this weekend. I had some hand quilting that I'd started on the pillow I'm making to match my very first quilt. I finished the interior yesterday; I just have to do the border now, which I can't until I get the stencil from the RV. Living in one place with the majority of my life at another place is quite interesting!

Since it's the face of a pillow, but because I did want the quilted look, I backed it with plain muslin. I have to admit, though, that I really like the look of the quilting on the white background!

Maybe enough to attempt a whole cloth quilt, someday!

Some time back I blogged about the plants I'd left behind. My African Violet was one of those plants. After I'd brought it home two years ago, and the original blooms died, I could never get it to bloom again. This must be another of those plants that appreciates neglect. When Todd and I temporarily moved back to Hunter Road, this is what greeted me . . .

Isn't it beautiful? I think it likes being in a south-facing window.

And then, of course, what entry of mine would be complete without a photo (or two or ten) of my most darling grandson??? He came and visited with me on Saturday and stayed for a couple of hours. I got lots of holding and snuggling time in!

Sheer bliss!


Friday, June 18, 2010

chronicle of a foot . . .

Okay. So I wanted to chronicle my foot's journey. Nothing is gross (like the original injury), just stitches and swelling. But if you're sensitive to such things, be forewarned now!

Here is the bandages being removed at my first doctor's appointment, two weeks after the accident/surgery. See the two toes I couldn't get to, to remove the polish?!

Here's the stitch job. It looked a lot better than I expected it to!

From that appointment I left in this lovely black boot. Yeah.

A week later I went back to have the stitches removed. My foot was considerably more swollen this time than it was the first time. The doc said this was normal and in fact, that it would get worse!

Here's the comparison photo . . .

Look, ma! No more stitches! And I didn't even cry!

I left that appointment with this lovely purple fiberglass cast!

And I immediately went home and painted the toes on the hurt foot! :)

Okay. So that's it for now. I go back on July 7th and she'll remove the cast, x-ray again, and make a determination from there. Luckily the bones in my heel have stay aligned nicely, and a second surgery may not be necessary!

Since we're staying at the house, we're reaping the benefits of the flowers that are growing there. Todd has been trying to get this beauty to blossom for three years. Isn't the color beautiful? Of course, my photo doesn't do it justice. It was a deep burgundy!

Here's me in another of my Mother's Day outfits!

And of course, my favorite subject, Sawyer!!!

Life is good. God is good!


Friday, June 04, 2010

i'm still around . . . !!

Truly I am! Some days are better than others . . . yesterday was not so hot. Today is *much* better!

These are the rails that my boss had build for our RV, to make it easier to get into the RV. We probably won't be there for several more weeks, but I'll be glad to have easier access when we do finally make it back! Another of our friends built a ramp, here at the house. I'd have not been able to get in and out were it not for that ramp!

Last Friday, Todd drove to Franklin, TN, and picked up a replacement for me! Isn't she pretty?? She's pretty tricked out, too. Todd says we've reached the top of the line in PT Cruisers! After much deliberation, I think I've settled on Princess Buttercup as her name! This picture does *not* do justice to her pretty color!

Unfortunately (for me) it'll be another 6-8 weeks before I'm able to drive her. Ah well, it's a lot more comfortable to be a passenger in her than in Todd's Ranger!

My son and his wife came over twice over the long weekend and brought my favorite baby!!

Sawyer just *loves* his daddy!! It's so fun to watch them together!

Here's me, with my walker, still sporting some lingering bruises. We did go to church on Sunday, and it was really nice to get out! I was able to wear the new clothes Todd had gotten me for Mother's Day!

And another of the cutest baby in the whole, wide world . . .

His foot is up. (Inside joke!)

Here's the handsome fellow dressed in blue gingham. He's quite dapper! And those eyes are just staying blue as can be!!

And here's a little of my own handiwork. I didn't do the other foot, because if I have to have surgery, they'll just want it off again. And I could only reach three of my five toes.

I did go back to the doctor this past week; she cut off the plaster cast, checked the stitches, and took some x-rays. Right now, praise GOD, she is leaning towards not doing another surgery! If the bones in the heel stay aligned nicely, when I go back in next week, she'll opt out. Her concern is infection. I say, good enough! I would just as soon not have to have another surgery. Although I'll be a little sad that I won't have a bionic foot - especially now that my X-Men blades are faded! Ah well, I'll just have to settle for the incredible peace and all the blessings I've received through this ordeal! I don't think Todd's had to cook a dinner but once or twice, and the cards, prayers, and words of encouragement have been phenomenal. It's very humbling, and incredibly appreciated!

I do have some (not too gross) pictures of the foot from Wednesday, which I may post later, along with the new boot I'm sporting. I don't care for the boot. It's cumbersome, heavier than a cast, and is a little on the painful side. I may ask about going back into a cast next week, especially since I'm under strict instructions not to remove the boot under any circumstances! We shall see.

In the meantime, I'll keep on keeping on!!!