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Beloved Birds

Ice Cardinals

It’s been a snow shower and freezing rain kind of day. Not my favorite weather, but the birds didn’t seem to mind as much as me. Lots of birds flocked to my backyard and bird feeder today. These red cardinals looked so pretty against the the winter white of the day.

I really can’t choose a favorite kind of bird, they are all beloved to me. I’ve only been a bird watcher for a few years, but I’m hooked! The more you look, the more kinds of birds you start to see! And, I love looking at them through the lens of my camera because I can zoom in and appreciate the fine details of the individual beauty of each creature.

If you are interested you can find more bird pictures under the birds header at the top of my page. You can see recent posts about my beloved pets Pal and Stripey Boy on my blog. So much to love! Aren’t God’s creatures grand?!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: beloved
And the daily post prompt: creature
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Silent Communication

Sweet Pal

Pal is my super sweet pup. He often uses his bark to communicate, but his eyes can speak volumes! Here, I believe he was saying “I love you! I’m a good boy! Will you give me a treat?” Of course, his non vocal communication was rewarded. Who could say “no” to this sweet face? Not me!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Silence
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Local Cola and More

Local Cola

Local Cola

One fact about my city of Roanoke, Virginia – Coca Cola is local. A Coca Cola Bottling Company has been here since 1902. One fact about me – I start just about every day with a Diet Coke!

I was born in Roanoke. My roots are here and I still call Roanoke my home. To me, Roanoke is just the right mix of suburb living, city venues and country mountain views!

Take a look around!

To see my post and expansive views of beautiful Roanoke from way atop Mill Mountain look here!

To see my post of a closer view of downtown city buildings in black and white look here!

Look no farther than my previous post to see my nostalgic thoughts on the city!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Local

Cat(bird)-One Word Photo Challenge

 

Here is a cool Gray Catbird that comes to my backyard. It really does make a sound that sounds like a cat meow! For the longest time, I only saw a solitary Catbird. However, just this week, I saw two together. My backyard bird menagerie keeps expanding.

I am posting this as my entry to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge: cat

If you would like to see more bird pictures, click on the birds header any the top of my page.

If you would like to see my beloved tabby cat, Stripey Boy, you can click here!

Across The Fence

Fence Chat

Fence Chat

Most of my conversations with my neighbors happen across our fences. We share small talk, mostly about our pets or the weather. It’s easy conversation, friendly banter, sharing obvious common interests. We forge a connection without deep expectations.

Neighborhood bonds seemed tighter when I was a youngster. Now, my neighbors and I seem content with a wave, a smile and a few kind words. I imagine there are different social rules in every neighborhood. What’s it like where you live?

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Posted in response to the daily post prompt:
Fence

My City Buildings in Black and White

Street View-Wells Fargo Tower

Street View-Wells Fargo Tower

Side View Hotel Roanoke

Side View Hotel Roanoke

Taubman Art Museum

Taubman Art Museum

Wells Fargo Tower

Wells Fargo Tower

These buildings are my downtown city landmarks. I infrequently post black and white photos because I love color. However, I was inspired by the buildings theme of Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week and I believe B&W is perfect for these strong buildings. Thanks for the inspiration, Cee!

I will also add these to Jacqueline’s Echoes of my Neighborhood challenge which I noticed when I viewed Kat’s very cool like mercury colliding blog post. It’s nice to take a look around the corner and see the world.

Gathering Plan

Team Gathering

Team Gathering

Okay, here’s the plan. You gather as many acorns as you can, and I’ll gather as many acorns as I can. Got it? Let’s go!

This gathering team is part of the Backyard Bunch that I love watching. You can click on The Backyard Bunch Header at the top of my page for more pictures and posts.

Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Gathering

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. It is a reminder to slow down and count our blessings. I have so much to be thankful for today.

This is my first Thanksgiving without my mother. I am thankful to have had so many years to spend with her, sharing moments together, great and small, that would become precious memories. She taught me right from wrong. She made me feel special. I knew she loved me with every breath. I miss her smile and voice and tender touch. She is still with me in spirit and I am thankful.

The person that understands this the most is my brother. We share our beliefs and prayers. I trust him with all my heart. He gives great advice and lifts my spirits. We think a lot alike; although, he is a million times smarter than me! He is thoughtful and loyal and kind. He is a true friend.

I am thankful for my friendships, old and new. To be able to share laughs, tears and ideas with kindred spirits is a gift.

You may not all celebrate this holiday. Still, I wish you all a day of peace, laughter and thankfulness. And, pumpkin pie too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Catnip Contentment-Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Catnip Contentment

Catnip Contentment

I gave my cat an early Thanksgiving present-a catnip turkey toy! He loved it! Stripey may be seventeen but he still loves to play. You can’t throw the toy to him, that’s no fun. You have to throw it away from him, so he can run full force to chase it, bat it around, hold it down and nuzzle it. Okay, bite it, then nuzzle it.

Here, Stripey is nuzzling his prized toy as he purrs loudly. Doesn’t he look content? I sure love my cat, and I am thankful to see his sweet face every day!

*posted for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Kids or Pets with Toys

Sweet Seventeen

Happy Birthday to Stripey Boy! He is seventeen today!

I love this sweet cat. He is cuddly and loving. The older he gets, the more he wants to sit on your lap or on your chest, resting upon your shoulder. He is gentle but loves to play. He loves to chase catnip mice. Once, he caught a real field mouse in his mouth but promptly let it go without harm. Yes, that mouse was an uninvited visitor in my house, but that’s a story for another day!

Stripey gets along with my basset hound Pal and will sit right by him on the couch. Pal wouldn’t hurt a fly and Stripey seems to know this. Still, Stripey doesn’t always appreciate being slobbered on. He is fast and can run away into rooms where Pal can’t reach him when he wants to be alone.

I have known Stripey Boy his whole life. Here is a previous post, Stripey’s Story, about how he became mine. I have always cared for him. Now that he is older, I need to put a cream medicine in his ears twice a day to help with his hyperthyroidism. And, he gets cans of wet cat food (he mostly likes the gravy) along with his dry cat food. I love giving him his favorite Friskies Party Mix treats. He deserves to be a pampered house kitty!

Extra birthday treats and hugs for Stripey today!

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