Posts tagged ‘birds’

June 26, 2010

Five Senses: June 20-25, 2010

Taking a page out of my girl Cerella‘s book, I’m collecting my thoughts from this week and filtering them through the senses. It’s such a unique way to capture a single week of life. Thanks, C!
seeing new life smelling tangy sweet touching the screen
A single young dove keeping watch on my balcony, and an unhatched egg in the nearby nest. There are always two baby dove born at one time. For two years I’ve been watching pair after pair grow and leave the nest. But this time there is only one who will venture out. I wonder if he feels the absence?
The distinctive ::ping:: of metal bats while watching the College World Series. I love baseball with a passion that easily rivals my love of movies and television, and college ball is by far the most enjoyable. The players play for love of the game, with heart and joy that is sometimes lost at a big league level. The CWS brings the best of the best together, and the joy for fans isn’t always about who wins but about seeing great baseball every day. Now, that’s not to say I don’t have a favorite this year. So let me just say, Go Tigers!
The tangy sweet (thanks for the phrase, Cerella!) aroma of balsamic vinegar sprinkled on fresh bruschetta — half of my lunch from the Italian restaurant on the first floor of our downtown office building. I begin to smell the beginnings of the lunch menu around ten each morning, but I force myself not to partake often so that each dining experience is delectable. And Mama Emilia’s bruschetta is delectable. Thick, handmade bread topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, sprinkled with the vinegar and topped with shredded parmesan and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Even though the bread begins to get a little mushy from the liquids, letting the bruschetta sit for a short time allows the flavors to meld together, and each bite is remarkable. But it all begins with the fragrance of that balsamic vinegar.
Burgers and cheese fries at Fuddrucker’s to celebrate Father’s Day with my parents. It’s always nice to just get away together to share a meal with just the two of them, and it’s especially nice when none of us has a schedule to keep. We just sat for a while and caught up, talking and laughing and enjoying a leisurely meal. I treasure these times most of all. And the burger was pretty good, too!
The screen of my phone on numerous texting sessions throughout the week. First on Sunday night with Cerella while both of us were enjoying the return of Leverage on our respective TVs in Philadelphia and Texas, then again on Friday afternoon as we both took work breaks at the same time. In the middle of the week with my friend Meredith as we attempted to make plans for a movie night around her unexpected trip back home for a funeral and my unexpected day of dizzy. And then with my dad as we watched TCU come back to win an elimination game in the College World Series. These impromptu conversations are definitely one of the greatest joys of each day.

Five Senses is a regular weekly series by my best good friend, Cerella D. Sechrist, who borrowed the idea from Abby Powell Thompson and Shari Altman.

June 18, 2009

one word: today

  source :: typoGenerator
Today I awaken from sleep, rather than find myself being awake without it.
Nope. That one didn’t take.
Today I will complete all but one small task on my work project, allowing me to take a much-needed break from the computer.
Today I dream of my next Unplugged day and how I can be creative without spending money.
Today I don’t even care if I never see a single movie at the cinema this summer.
Today I am shocked by the state of my flat and wonder just when this “bachelor-style” living began?!!
Today I am craving a pineapple cake that I know Mom is making this weekend!
Today I have newborn baby dove on my patio for the second time this summer.
Today I am halfway through this month’s scripture memorization, and I finally see the difference in two verses that have been tripping me up. [Thank you, Lord!]
Today I am praying for my dear friend and her challenging living situation.
Today I am thankful that my sisters’ families live nearby and that my parents are sticking around for an extended time.
Today I know that June’s freelance work will yield enough payment to cover next month’s bills.
Today I have all that I need but…
Today I finally feel ready to move forward.

This post was derived from the list of inspiration words gathered on Ali Edwards’s blog
and from the concept of writing about one word.

June 4, 2009

I can relate

   I can relate to these baby Fraggle birds. It took me a long time to leave the nest myself.

Fraggle babies


May 29, 2009

How many Fraggles can fit in a nest?

While I know the bird stories may be getting very, very old by now, I still find these little guys so weird amazing and can’t believe the way things seem to change daily. Tonight I found this:

nest of Fraggle birds

At first I thought it was the parents sitting inside the nest and crowding the babies. Until I got a better look in Photoshop:

nest of Fraggle birds

I’m pretty sure those are the babies! Do you remember how they looked only a few days ago? Seriously! What are these fraggle birds eating?! The good news is that they’ll soon be leaving the nest, which means I can reclaim my doorstep and have management do some industrial cleaning.

And speaking of cleaning, I set out to take away the empty dove nest so that I don’t begin to see an infestation on my balcony, and look what I found:

not so empty nest

I haven’t seen the dove in days but now there’s a single egg in their nest. What in the world is going on?!!!

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