Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bird Watching on the Outskirts of Holland MI


Taken from Lil's kitchen window.   Dried fall leaves scattered on the hill contrasted by two simple bird feeders made glorious by the lovely denizens who came to feed.  You have to have a sharp eye and a fancy camera to catch them.  I am not so fast and was using my HTC phone camera so there were plenty little chicadees I missed since they were flying in and out like Navy jets on a carrier.  Nevertheless, I caught some including that  handsome fellow all dressed in red with a cute little black fringed beak.

He was the charmer by far!




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Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan


This Thanksgiving Break I had the wonderful opportunity to visit 5 states.  I drove through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and then fly to Michigan. Not an easy feat!

When I finally got to Michigan, I had just finished driving home from Camden, arrived at 10:45 P.M. to only catch four hours of sleep and then hop on a plane and fly to MI the next morning.  Once there, I was so tired, I would doze off in the middle of a conversation, something I never do.  The next day, my daughter, son-in-law, and I drove to Holland to stay with his wonderful family and one day while the weather was a chilly 50 degrees (Florida standards) I strolled out to see Lake Michigan.  I could not ignore that since it was only about 500 yards away.  I was not disappointed. The pictures testify to that as you can see.

Another thing you might be wondering is about that last picture, right?  What did that have to do with my trip? Well, the day after Thanksgiving, my daughters and Lil,  also ventured out on Black Friday to a Joanne Fabrics.  When we got outside it started to blow and then snow started falling with so much energy. So in the span of a week, I got to see fall weather,  vibrant leaves, as well as, snow! What were the chances of that?




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Monday, December 10, 2012

Artificial Snow, Anyone?

 On a recent trip to Greenville, South Carolina, I spotted one of the loveliest arrangements on display.  As you can see it was mostly in red and gold with the tree itself being artificially covered in snow.  The snow looked so real, I thought I had to try doing the same thing and give my tree some new life.  Well, I tried.  I went to Lowe's, CVS Pharmacy, and Walgreens and none of them had artificial snow.  Does anyone have any idea where I can get some of this spray snow?
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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Thinking about Puerto Rico

 Thinking about El Yunque, the beaches, my family, and all the beautiful things this island is contrasted by the rampant crime.  Sadness about the killings on the island covers the island like a blanket reaching every family with grief.  My country weeps.

Dios mio ayuda a Puerto Rico a arrepentirse y clamarte a ti desde la profundidad del llanto por tu misericordia.  Perdonanos Senor por estar pendientes a vanidades y no por las cosas eternas. Perdonanos por la mezcla con el mundo y por apartarnos de ti y de tus preceptos.  Ayudanos a a recobrar lo perdido.  Ayudanos a orar y orar.

It's time for prayer and more prayer for Puerto Rico.
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