A bevy of backyard birds

Bill and I were standing in the living room at the back window gazing outside as our son walked by. “What on Earth are you two doing?” he asked. “Watching birds,” we said, in unison. Bill and I then turned and grinned at each other. I added, “It’s what old people do.” We then laughed. Our…

Chickens are undervalued

For all they do in our lives, chickens are undervalued as creatures and birds. I hate what factory farming has done to most things, but especially to animal husbandry. Companies may still advertise the “romance” of the family farm, but most animals are grown in large networks. Egg-laying chickens are kept in buildings in solitary…

True love for Valentine’s Day

I caught these two Northern Cardinals, male and female, posing two days ago. They make beautiful “love birds” on a cold and snowy day. For more information about the Northern Cardinal, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s wonderful website. There is everything from spring behavior to nesting and feeding sites. By the way, the Audubon…

Read any good books lately?

I have, and if you follow me on GoodReads.com, you might have already read my mini-reviews of these two books, but, in case you missed them . . . . Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of Sharon Lovejoy’s work.  For the past twenty years, I’ve read everything she’s written, smiled at…

A dangerous beauty

Yesterday, an inch and a half of freezing rain fell on most of  Oklahoma creating a crystalline and cold paradise. Today, in a repeat performance of Christmas Eve, snow started to cover the ice, and it continued snowing all day.  These photos were taken at the beginning of snowfall.  Beautiful, isn’t it? But, it’s a…

Always Learning

When I go to work each day in my office, or my kitchen, or my easy chair (or wherever my laptop takes me), I feel blessed. After college, I worked first as a legal secretary and then as a legal assistant in offices and firms for over 15 years.  I loved that too, but being…

The Robins Have Landed

For about two weeks, every morning on my way to school, I’ve wished for my camera. Robins, robins everywhere! I’m used to seeing the occasional robin hanging out on the ground eating worms, but there are thousands chirping in the trees on either side of the road. As I drive, they fly back and forth…