Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy World Turtle Day!

For as long as I can remember I've always been fascinated by turtles.  Something about their trusting nature, and kind beautiful eyes,  just gets me every single time I see one.  I hope that sharing my love for them with others,  has helped others to do something good for them.  I have a huge network of turtle crossers now.  Every time someone tells me they sucessfully crossed a turtle, it warms my heart. Every deed no matter how small make this earth a better place.  Kindness never ends with the deed it spreads out into the world.  These two beautiful babies are heading to freedom in less then two weeks.  I will miss them greatly.  I feel so blessed that I was able to spend so much time watching them.  They are hands down the smartest species of turtle and also have the most endearing personalities.  They are curious about everything they see.  It's been a total joy to have these two beings spend the last eight months with me, I want to thank you universe for knowing what I needed to endure the last 8 months of treatment, baby turtles. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nice Visitor

Last night I was about to shut the front light off when I noticed this gorgeous little one on the window of the door.  This is what makes my days for sure.  Seeing anything from our outside world takes me away from the reality of my life as it is right now.  I spend a lot of my time sitting alone at home now.  It's difficult to be the only one with out a life.  If I had the energy I'd be outside all day long exploring and learning, doing what I love with the rest of my life, unfortunately I have extreme fatigue right now, and very low wbcs, and rbcs.  I am also too weak to do much.  I have to be happy with car birding, and watching those that come in my yard. Oh how much of my life is now changed forever.  I miss it all more then I could have imagined.  At least I'm not sitting here wishing that there were things I wanted to do but didn't.  That would be more painful then this is. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vernal Pool!

I finally made it up there!  Yes!  Go Carol Go.  I was completely out of breath and I fell only 1x!  LOL There were tons of egg masses and some of the wood frogs have already hatched out!  So great to be up in one of my favorite places on earth.  Best thing of all.....NYS now has someone who is starting a data base for all the pools in the state!  The NY Natural Heritage Program wants to assess vernal pool distribution and characterize pool diversity statewide. I'm in!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I've always loved walking in the rain.  For one thing, you usually have the trails to yourself, few people are out and about while it's raining.  It is so peaceful and quiet, and the world smells like heaven. 

We are having a glorious Spring.  So many flowers came up in my gardens. All the trees are covered with blooms and the leaves are all popping.  I am blessed to be here and witness all this glory. I have 40-50 Goldfinches eating me out of house and home.  I still have not seen a Hummingbird and my Grosbeaks have not returned either.  I eagerly look forward to seeing all our returning birds.  There is noting like a gorgeous bird to make your heart sing. 

Something that is driving me crazy lately, is how many people take their healthy lives for granted.  So many want days to be over and to get to the weekend or the vacation or the next good thing on their list.  They complain about such silly things.  They don't realize how precious each day they are given is. There are no guarantees that you will wake up tomorrow.   I'm at a point in my life that each day is a precious gift.  Even each breathe I take is a miracle.   I can only live today as I don't know when I'm going to go down hill. I feel like crap 24/7 and yet I get up and LIVE for today.  I am still out there looking for birds and trying to see as much of natures beauty as I can.  I am able to spend quality time with friends and family.  I am able to eat and enjoy food, which is rare for long time chemo patients like myself.  I am fortunate to have lived and done what I've wanted for the last couple of decades, I didn't wait for retirement.  I have an amazingly supportive husband who has always let me be me. I've lived my bucket list.   I guess my strong connection to my own soul prepared me for what I'd be facing at this point in my life.   

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.  Marie Curie

I love the Spring and I'm so glad I am here to see all it's spender.  I never get tired of each precious miracle that Nature has to offer me.  On the home front, most of my "Winter" birds are gone.  I have about 40-50 Goldfinch eating me out of house and home. They make my heart sing, such cheerful pretty birds, but aren't they all?!  My cardinal "flock" has dispersed.  Males have gotten very territorial. I still have a pair of Mallards coming to the pond at least once a day.  I had a single female Purple finch.  Toads have been in the pond singing their little hearts out.  Chipping Sparrows have returned.  I've seen Prairie and YR Warblers. All my bulbs came up for the first time ever.  It's so wonderful to be alive to experience it all!