FLY away.....

Monday ~ watched 4 Baby Wrens, leave the birdhouse!
{this makes Family #5, which nested successfully in this birdhouse!!}
The funny thing is ~ birdhouse was for "decorative purposes" only! It adorned my Porch for years....until I needed a replacement.
What the heck...never realizing that Mamas would "like" the place!
{Marc n Stacey, gave it to me, years ago.}
History is ~ Wrens, Chickadees, Bluebirds, 2nd Chickadees (missed outing!} & this Wren bunch.
Busy wittle house!
It is so much Fun, to watch the procedure of leaving!
This time...there was like 10min. between, 2 out & 3rd to join....another 15-20 min. before that last wittle one flew away.

I took pics of all 4...they all "look" the same! Some slight difference, but not much!
Mama had to come back 3-4 times, to fetch those last 2 buggars!
Then....Tues....1 baby came back to the house, went inside, then flew away! Haven't seen any returns since then.
Nature is Beautiful.

Agony of DEFEAT!!

MAJOR decision made today.
After years of ENjoying my bird garden...things must Change.!!
Will NOT be "seeding" the ground any more.
Our Pretty flying birds, will Still find their feeders & water as usual. {It means....Redbirds n Doves, may leave.} Sad.
Since Eric moved --these have INcreased in numbers. {3 - 6}Come in early a.m., stay till dark! Sit in place & scarf up Sunflower seeds!
3 of these - - sm., med. & large. THEY are the reason...we NO longer get Beautiful "traveling" birds. Bless 'em, they found "safer" eating locations.
(made Nest @ end of driveway)
The "LAST" straw.!!! CHIPMUNKS. In the beginning....2-3, and they were cute.
NOT ANY MORE. They have OVER-populated.!! At least a DOZEN now. ugh. It takes very little time, for that quantity to- - Suck Up, Pack Up, and Leave w/ALL the seeds on the ground!!{they never Eat, just Go n STORE!!}
Leaving Nothing, for the Beautiful birds.
These above pictured creatures have ma…

DAY our BLESSING was born!

Mar. 31st, 1942
Lamar was born on this day.....76 yrs. ago!
GOD picked this man, and brought him to our family.
Backstory ~ The 2 of us, lived within 20mi. of each other...Lamar went to a sch. w/David! Lamar said, he visited places I did, while! But. We never met.
Seven loooong yrs., after my divorce, I met Lamar. He's been our "rock"....since that time. We all Know....we are wonderfully Blessed. It's been 37yrs. of marriage, and thanking GOD, every day for Lamar.
Our lives have truly been a roller-coast ride, these last few years.!!We've learned, together- -to cope, endure and remain Strong --as a couple, on this Life journey.
Lamar is THE best mentor, for the boys & Donnie. Kind, loving, generous, w/a sense of humor - -and they give him the Respect, he so deserves.
A few of my fav pics follow --

This man Is our Blessing, and our "Rock". Hoping Lamar feels our LOVE...during his Birthday, and Every day. HAPPY  Birthday to Lamar!

AIR.........ummmmm OK!

Yep. Bought us this little ditty! Got a great deal on it....Less than retail, ofcourse.!!
1st experience tonight. Cooked ground chuck "steaks" + French Fries.
CONs {my opinion} If doing more than 1 thing... you must Clean in between cookings. (annoying..LOL)
The STEAM frm this guy....wOw! filled the kitchen+dining room.!!!! Now. {I Know, George Foreman don't do that!!}....Had to open window! and let some smokey stuff Out!
My nemisis -- Digital controls! Gonna take some "learnin" to conquer that mess.!!LOL
I found, meat wasn't "done" just added 10 extra min. No problem. Meat was tender and good....NO grease!
Fries ---Crunchy, gOOd! Lamar & me both liked that...again, NO grease.
I think, I will actually ENjoy using it....when, I Master the digital thingy. LOL
IF you have one, what's Your opinion of the Air Fryer?
Happy fryin folks.....

ANNIVERSARY, # 37 !!!!!!

Jan. 3, 1981 A lot of changes....many gOOd, others...tough health issues. But. WE are still fighting, as ONE. We make a darn gOOd Team! {some days....our 2 brains, kick in, and work as 1 complete unit!!} LOL Age has crept up on us...since this pic! GOD brought this man into our lives. We All know how Blessed we are, to have Lamar... The SONS + Donnie, have THE best Role model, Mentor and Friend. And me -- well. I got THE best Husband, Provider, Friend, and DAD for our boys. We both have "slowed down", more than we like to tell! But...we DO still have FUN & enjoy each other {most of the time...LOL}

These are a few of My fav pics of us.  I Am THANKFUL....for every moment, and year Shared. (Looking forward to hitting that #50 together.!!)

Christmas JOY!!!

I am so HAPPY w/these 2 beautiful Butterflies! L side --bought Myself, near my birthday; R - Eric&Pattie gave me.
The "boxed" chains are so Cheap n Thin! I was Afraid to wear them...don't want to lose the butterflies! (Even had chain clip replaced on L one)....{my ol' fingers can't hook them bittie suckers!!} Eric&Pattie's was a better clip! {both were a bit short--for my "fat" neck!!}LOL
Today....Ronda & me were @ Kohl's. I was busy, watch shopping {a weakness!}, while she was buying something...fairly close to me.
I asked her if she found something....she said yes....but nevah offered to show me! Hmmm....
We get into the car...she hands me this box, and says Merry Christmas!
I was so Surprised! Ronda bought me this BEAUTIFUL, sturdy, Sterling Silver chain --for my Butterflies!!
Now. I'm not easily left speechless!!!....but this "took my breath" for a moment.! It IS Awesome....
Now, I can wear my beautiful Butterflies…

Saturday LESSONS......

Guess, 'bout 4-5" of this white stuff/aka SNOW!! Started Fri. am, finally stopped Sat.
Hard times....lead to Hard Lessons in REALITY 101!
We woke up Sat. morning...NO Power. It was already COLD in the house.
Our Oil lamps do provide some light relief!
As a young child....we lived places, where there was NO insulation....warming front body side, then the "backside" front of Space heaters. Nights were spent bundled/huddled well into overnight heat! I DO remember...
Waking up COLD, was a really big SLAP, into a past life!
I immediately began piling on clothing! LOL  LotZa them! and finally, found some warmth.
Later in the day.....Marc found us a propane Heater, to use, if power stayed off. late afternoon....Power came ON, Lamar got his TV back, and I was on FB....catching Up. LOL
Talk about taking things for granted!!! I do. {for a brief few minutes, we got Power.....Heat felt gOOd....then gone again!}
The wonder is....what did w…