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Friday, November 25, 2011

Our silly Thanksgiving tradition and Wood Storks

This is our daughter Barbara with hubby yesterday!  Ever since the kids were little, Bill has taken the netting that comes around the turkey and put it on his head to make them laugh!  Yesterday, was no exception.  We celebrated with only our youngest daughter as everyone else was out of town and she couldn't wait to see her Dad wear the net for pictures!  Ha!  Our hero!
Multiple Myeloma has taken a lot from him but not his sense of humor!!  We had a very nice day and were justifiably stuffed with good food.  We were watching our two "granddogs" for our oldest daughter while she is away and here they are with their favorite guy.
It is really hard to see loved ones suffer with an illness and we are thankful for every moment we can still share with this wonderful man.
 The wood Storks hung around the little Lake in back of the house all week and we were so excited to see them.  One day one of the wood storks came with a huge Great Blue Heron.
They both hung out on the other bank in the sun for an hour at least!

Here is the Wood stork preening.
And here is the Blue Heron preening.

They were about 10 feet apart.

To see our fall Robins of this last week, please go to Two Happy blog, thanks!  Hope your holiday was special!

Thank you so much for stopping by and do come again soon.  
My wild heart to yours...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Beautiful Fall Swan Morning!

The wonderful swans have been hanging out in our little lake and we are loving it!  They dunk for the aquatic plant life in the pond and stayed overnight last night.  I went out after dark and there they were just floating serenely on the lake.  When I awoke this morning and opened the blinds in the den, there they all were preening and dunking.  What a wonderful sight.  One young adult still has his brown colors on the wings.

 All of my photos were taken through the den windows.  We are so blessed to see these wonderful graceful Swans and other water fowl right in our own backyard!

What a great time of year!  All the seasons are beautiful but Autumn is my most favorite time of all.  Loving Life, Life is Good!

My Heart to Yours...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

God is saying good night...

You all know how much I love sunsets!!  I chase them round the house outside and there is never too many for me, I love every single one! 
It feels like God is saying "Good Night"....

Thank you for this beautiful day Lord!
Reflections of the setting sun November 8th, 2011.

And my beautiful orange and yellow Mum plant comes back every year, trailing right out of the pot with the weight of the blossoms.  So beautiful!
They look as though God painted them and made every petal perfect!

What joy we find in nature with the changing of each season!

And last but not least, here is my begonia that survived blowing into the lake behind the house, eaten up by turtles, rescued and now flourishes!  Nature is so resilient!
My heart to yours...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sounds and colors of Fall

Don't you just love the Fall?  There is a painting to be born when I look out every window in the house!  Blue, Blue sky with lovely gray branches and orange leaves against it, V's of Canadian Geese flying in both directions and the rustle of leaves under my feet as I rake the yard.  Ahhh, to be a kid again and jumping in the leaves, and smelling their aroma!

And butterflies still come as beautiful as ever!
First Halloween and now it is the Month of Thanksgiving already!

Below is a great Recipe for left over turkey that I found!

Rice with Goodies

"This dish is a great way to use up leftover turkey. All sorts of goodies - sweet and savory - are tossed together with bacon, turkey and rice to create a wild flavor sensation. Get creative and add your own goodies

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup cooked, chopped turkey meat
  • 1 teaspoon chicken soup base
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.
  3. Mix the onion, celery, carrot, peas, mushrooms, almonds, raisins and apple into the skillet. Slowly cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
  4. Mix in the turkey, chicken soup base, soy sauce, parsley and pepper. Mix in the rice. Serve hot.
Have a most wonderful Day!
My heart to yours...