Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bald Eagle Cam....Priceless Gift

     I was talking to a dear friend this morning and he told me about the live eagle cam in PA where 2 eggs are being cared for by their adults.  I decided to check it out and what an unexpected surprise!!!  When I first got to the site, a mature was sitting very still in the nest.  I watched for nearly 45 minutes with little movement there, yet it was still awesome.  I sat thinking to myself, “Boy, I wish the other eagle (mom or dad) would come along.”  Literally seconds later, it happened!  A second eagle came on the scene, joining the other.  What I saw was the ‘changing of the guards’ so to speak.  Once they both checked on the 2 eggs, the first ‘sitter’ flew off leaving the eggs under the capable and warm feathers of the ‘new sitter’!  Thank you, my BFF!  YTB!  LOL!

     Bright Spot -  I was able to capture this event, so it is my pleasure to share it with you.  If you are interested in keeping tabs on the eagle family, you can view the cam from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website!!!
1 - It's a tad windy today.

2 - Chilly, too!

3 - I could use a little flight to stretch these wings!

4 - Do I hear what I think I hear?

5 - Hmmm...getting restless under there.

6 - Settle down now.

7 - I know you're excited!

8 - Finally!

9 - I'm here...sorry I'm late.

10 - Walk gently...don't disturb them...I just settled them down.

11 - Ok, coast is clear

12 - Get ready...

13 - Get set...

14 - Oh, honey, they look great!

15 - Don't they, though?

16 - I'm ready to take over for awhile. 

17 - Thanks...I'll be back later.

18 - Ok, kids...I'm here.

19 - Let's get comfy!

20 - Almost....

21 - Aaahhh...just right...perfect fit!

Midway Point - Getting Ready to Go Long!

My first ever dragon fruit

A heart...how cool is that?

Wow, it's like an albino kiwi...lol

Ready to add some berries...yum!
     My planned respite and regroup period in MD and DE has reached its midway point.  I’m pretty much on track with completing a list of TO-DO’s in preparation for an extended road trip.  This next span will be the longest to date without visiting family and friends.  I’m very excited about this next phase and almost everything is in order.  I have a physical next week.  My tax info is ready to send off to my accountant.  All speculated needs have been purchased and all other supplies have been re-evaluated and prioritized.   Only Van-Go's oil change and bath and Breeze's release from winter storage and a few other small details remain.  
     My itinerary from March 6 – April 5 has been designed…event tickets have been purchased, visits have been confirmed and lodging has been reserved.  Of course, there are infinite possibilities remaining for all the time that has NOT been scheduled…the sights, hikes, waterfalls, quiet afternoons, U-turns, parks, sunrises, spontaneous pitstops after catching a billboard out of the corner of my eye and beautiful new Bright Spots!
     I am feeling especially blessed in this moment that I am able to experience this incredible adventure!  I am empowered with the gifts of trust, curiosity, gratitude, and desire to live my life to the fullest!  I believe that I have always lived my life with great passion in whatever form it took at the time.  This phase has been no different and it my sincere intention that I continue to find magic in every day and cherish my life with each breath.

     With that said, I’d like to share a bit of what’s been going on these last 12 days…in pictures!!!
Sushi with Matthew

Aahhhh, and let's not forget the saki!

Watch out for the wasabi!
My friend Dena's birthday party...getting
help with all those candles...lol

Bright Spot - Being warm inside your natural winter coat and making friends along your walk on the beach!!!  This was the good news from a beautiful long haired mastiff, who chose to remain nameless!!!  His happy face and wagging tail was an unmistakable indication of his positive outlook on life!!!  It was a pleasure to ‘chat’ with him! 

Bright SpotAt my friend Dena’s birthday party, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Sarah and Glenn!  They will be getting married Oct. 3rd at a beautiful venue in Rehobeth…Baywood Greens Country Club and India is their honeymoon destination.
They met in law school and have been together about three and a half years.    Sarah has always been an avid world traveler and now she and Glenn explore together.  They have been places such as Israel, Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Italy…and the list goes on!   For Sarah’s 30th birthday, Glenn booked a flight to Las Vegas to have their engagement pictures done!  How fun!

As I talked to each of them, it was clear that there is much more to be excited about than their amazing adventures around the world.  It is their adventure together!  They were both delightful and it was apparent that they genuinely love being with each other.  Best wishes and safe travels!!!    

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maryland Means Grandkritters

   I realized last week that I had created a serious error in the grandmother department!  I have neglected to create a post showing off my grandkritters as part of my stops back here in Maryland!  I vow to take more pictures when I'm in Maryland and display them so that I can avoid being disowned…tee hee!

Canon - Matthew's kritter

Rachel training her kritters

Leon - Rachel's kritter

Loki - Rachel's kritter

Loki and Leon sharing water

Gia - Rachel's kritter



Meaty - Nicole's kritter
As you might imagine, each of them have their own very distinct personality and likes and dislikes!

Leon is a snuggler and loves the cold air.
Loki loves to play fetch and go airborne!
Gia is a premadonna and drinks from the special faucet.

Canon loves going for walks and jumping over grates and being close to you.

Meaty is a nut and he stomp-jumps when he gets excited!


Albuquerque Welcomes Me...WOW!

     I flew directly from San Diego to Albuquerque…from 2 weeks of amazing sights to a week of taking care of the storage issue and trying to see a few friends…so, I thought!!!!
     My week in Abq turned out to be much more than I could have anticipated!  First, my rental car experience was perfect!  I performed amazing feats repacking my stuff into a smaller unit! Next, my friend Christine and her hubby welcomed me into their home for the entire duration of my stay.  Thank you guys…it was wonderful hanging out with you!  Our talks, laughs, outings, etc…just the best! 

Christine wasn't able to come to dinner
so I brought her the drink umbrellas
which she immediately
 put to good use!!!

Christine and her teddy! 

Thank you Stewart...WOW!

Thank you again for my tiny friend!

  Then there were my visits!  Alorah was first on my list.  I was blessed to see her again as well as meeting her love, Gordon in their new home!!!  The house was delightful and so were its residents!!! 
Thank you Alorah and Gordon!
If that wasn’t enough, Gordon led us in a beautiful meditation and I received a wonderful gift of a butterfly and flower print! 
Thank you both for your hospitality and love.
     When I lived in NM, whenever any of my kids came into town, I’d invite friends to have dinner with us at a local restaurant to celebrate their arrival!  Every time I did, there was a great turnout and a terrific time was had by all!  It always meant so very much to me that my “new and growing family” supported me and my kids in that way. 

Thank you Lori for creating this gorgeous
petrified wood necklace...you really know
me...it matches my new earrings perfectly!!!

Thank you Cora for my wonderful
happy bling!  I love it!

 I was reminded what a spectacular family I have in NM when so many loved ones came to have dinner with me at the Hacienda del Rio in Old Town while I was there!  The smiles, the hugs, the handmade birthday hat, the gifts, the words…the love was more than I could have expected!  I love you all very much and your presence in my life has truly made a positive impact on me.   To those who wanted to come, but were unable….I love you and missed you dearly.
I caught a balloon sighting
on my way to Jean's
 I participated in a half day Shamanic journey workshop at my friend Jean’s home which was a wonderful experience and I was able to see additional friends.   Jean surprised me and brought tears to my eyes when she presented me with my dearest friend, Frazzle Fur (my teddy bear extraordinaire that I thought I lost forever)!!!  He had fallen from my luggage when Jean took me to the airport the last time (10 months ago) and she rescued him!  My friend Susan and I snuck out afterwards and caught up over a late lunch!  Later that day, I got to visit with Christopher and Tiffany from my youth group and their mom and new little brother Anthony!
Jean delighting in her newest grandson
What a treat they were!  Arianna, I missed seeing you!!! 
     Another visit that proved to be a delightful time was when I went to see my other two amazing kids from the youth group, Aidan and Liam and their parents, Crista and Shane…all of whom I adore!  The boys grew so much in the last 10 months…WOW!  It is difficult to express my gratitude for having had the opportunity to be a small part of their lives while I was living there…and it was just as sweet seeing them during my visit!!!  Crista crocheted Minion mittens for my grandson and they are adorable!  Cameron put them on and wouldn’t take them off!!!  He loves them!

     What a memorable visit to my beautiful southwestern home!  I am truly blessed!