Saturday, September 10, 2011

Yesterday, today, and last night

Have you noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately? About a month ago, I said that I was going to try this. I’m making a conscious effort to stay off the computer a little more every day. My life has been so busy lately and this seems to be working for me.

Thank you for your comments in my last post. The rain seems to have {finally} ceased, and today is partly sunny. The flooding didn’t affect us too much in my area of the county, but over in Port Deposit the water is high. It’s nearly as high as it was in 1972 when Hurricane Agnes came through.  All 50 gates on the Conowingo Dam are all open today, or so I’ve heard, and my husband and I were thinking of taking a drive over there this morning but figured there’d be so many sightseers that we nixed the plan.
I have just a few photos to share with you, taken at different times of the week.

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Every night, for the past several months, we have heard a juvenile Great Horned Owl begging for food. I finally got a photo of him as he’s clinging to the branch of one of the highest trees on the property – a black walnut. It was windy that evening and he was having trouble holding on and we didn’t want to get too close, because he’s flown off before when he sees us. I know he’s begging for food because when we first heard the screech sound, I looked it up on the internet. Initially, we had no idea what was making the noise but we knew it must be a bird of some sort because it was so high in the trees.

Owlet calling for food

Scroll down to Great Horned Owl, then click on Nocturnal shriek. He screeches about every 30 seconds.

Although it can get on your nerves a little bit, I much prefer it to the sound of dirt bikes. It’s a thousand times better than that.

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Finches enjoying themselves at one of the bird baths. That’s my froggie sprinkler there. Wish it had been plugged in – that would have been fun to see.

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The moon rising yesterday evening, caught by my husband. The owlet was out there screeching too, in case you were wondering.

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Taken through the window of the breakfast nook as I was having a bowl of cereal. Can you see the daddy long legs?

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I’m not fat, I’m fluffy.

I keep telling myself this . . .

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And now for some questions . . . because inquiring minds want to know . . .
1. What did you have for breakfast today?
2. Do you have a nickname?
3. Favorite new song?
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
5. What are your weekend plans?
See you in the comments, my friends . . .
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Country Girl said...

1. What did you have for breakfast today? Post cereal. Raisins, dates & walnuts, I believe.

2. Do you have a nickname? Not really.

3. Favorite new song? 'Everywhere I Go' by Lissie.

4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? Being with Warren.

5. What are your weekend plans? Family BBQ in NJ this afternoon. Cleaning tomorrow and getting ready for a visit from my two sisters next weekend. Woot!

~ C.G.

Mary said...

"I'm not fat, I'm fluffy..." I will have to remember that. lol

1. Breakfast: Whole wheat bread with peanut butter

2. Nickname when I was little: Markie

3. Favorite New Song: Adele's Someone Like You. Don't know how new it is but it's new to me...

4. Favorite Summer Memory: Hiking to Land's End in San Francisco

5. Weekend plans: Chillin' with my husband. :)

Have fun with your family!

Connie in Hartwood said...

1. What did you have for breakfast today?
Country ham slices on toast.

2. Do you have a nickname?
Not one that I know of. I answer to 'The Rose Lady' a lot.

3. Favorite new song?
Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
Watching an artist friend of ours capture views of our barn and garden. It was wonderful to see our world through his eyes.

5. What are your weekend plans?
Yesterday, we went to the NASCAR race in Richmond. My garden is open for customers today, and we have my brother's birthday party this evening. Tomorrow, my grandson is running in a race, and I have a planning meeting for our canine cancer benefit in November. It's a full three days!

I hope your weekend is wonderful!

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Chrissykat said...

Okay, third time's a charm...

1. Breakfast: Quaker Oatmeal Squares-original, with light vanilla soy milk.

2. Nickname: Chrissykat

3. Favorite new song: "When It Don't Come Easy" Patty Griffin (not a new song but new to me).

4. Best summer memory: That is it almost over! I don't do well in the heat. :(

5. Weekend plans: Taking care of my CRF kitty, crocheting snuggles for The Snuggles Project, watching US Open tennis and having a moment of reflection Sunday morning for the anniversary of 9/11.

Reena said...

Glad you are taking time for you!! But I do miss your pics!

1. Breakfast: Split eggs benedict with hubby.

2. Nickname: Socko

3. Fave song: I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

4. Fave summer memory: driving along the coast of Maine

5. Weekend plans: organize photos, pull some weeds and chill with hubby

Tammy said...

1. What did you have for breakfast today?
One Egg, Bacon and 1 slice french toast
2. Do you have a nickname?
Tam, Tammy Faye and no that isn't my middle name, somtimes some friends just call me Faye, ugh!
3. Favorite new song?
Nothing really comes to mind, but I'm anxiously waiting for Tony Bennetts new Duets II to come out.
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
I spent most of it dealing with my bladder cancer so I guess my favorite part was when we finally go to go fly fishing a couple weeks ago.
5. What are your weekend plans?
Dealing with bladder cancer and losing a kidney and all this year has turned me into a non-existant housekeeper. So today I have cleaned the bathrooms and kitchen and now I'm about to dust, then vacuum. If I was really ambitious I'd clean out cupboards and the fridge, but hey, that's a bit much to ask, right.

Chocolate Cat said...

Beautiful photos!
1) too early for breakfast yet but possibly will be pancakes as it is Sunday morning
2)No although I have been called 'kitchen pig' by my husband when I cook!! I don't mean to use every dish and make such a mess!
3)I have just discovered Adele and love all of her CD
4)Just coming out of Winter and although it is now officially Spring it is cold and wet! I can't wait for Summer
5)Hoping to go for a Sunday drive so my daughter can get some more driving experience, coffee will be involved too!!

Marcie said...

What wonderful images.
Breakfast? Cereal and tea.
No nickname...:-(
Favorite songs? Nothing specific at the moment.
Best summer memory? Time in the mountains.
Weekend plans? Peace and quiet!!!

Jeannelle said...

Beautiful photos and I love the textures you given them. We used to hear owl hoots and screeches around here, but haven't now for many years. Keep blogging!

Deb said...

1. Deb
2. apple and peanut butter
3. does Insy winsy spider count
4. seeing my little britches start walking
5. Hubby and I went to hear a band last I went to a local festival...tonight we are keeping little britches..

Anonymous said...

1. A nectarine then a bagel with yellow mustard and veggie sausage link.

2. No ~ many endearments from my hubby, but not a nickname, his nickname is Zorro :)

3.It's new to me but an old song ~ the video version of Pavarotti singing 'Too Much Love Will Kill You' with Queen.

4. Spending time with friends and family on a 3 week trip.

5. Hiking with my dog & taking photos. Working on my new website, and maybe shopping for a new couch.

Michelle said...

And now I know what I've heard in the woods at night, too! Thank-you for that!

Hilary said...

1. My husband took me to breakfast, and I had an egg on an English muffin.
2. No nickname....although a few people insisted on calling me Coop......since my maiden name was Cooper.
3. Fallin' by Michael Grimm
4. favorite memory....oh, you know this one.......MAINE.
5. I am just trying to get over a bad cold, and trying to have my life feel somewhat normal again.

GailO said...

Love that fluffy little bird!...and I think he is going to have a nice big daddy longlegs for breakfast:)

1. Thick 0% Greek yogurt with blueberries, bananna, and Kashi GoLean...

2. My grandchildren call me Gigi and it is cute when they shorten it to Geej...

3. Yikes! I haven't been listening to any new music!

4. Too many! I will have to say swimming in the warm ocean with my grandchildren.

5. Hiking today and sailing with friends tomorrow..

Have a wonderful weekend Kate!

JaneK said...

look forward to your posts no matter how often they come :)

1. cereal... today it was Raisen Bran
2. Janie - makes me smile when someone starts calling me that in my adulthood
3. not hip enough to have a favorite new song: not sure what is even out there: I am always so impressed with your film and song knowledge...
4. watching my child go off diving board
5. nothing in particular - ended up going to art museum family day today

JaneK said...

PS: now currently watching "The Black Stallion" what a beautiful film in everyway.... just thought I would pass it along. It is streaming now on Netflix

linda said...

1. breakfast an orange and a bagel. Extra-strong coffee. Yum.

2. "Lou" used to be my nickname at another workplace ~ my kid calls me Mu. ...?why?...

3. I listen to NPR and another classical station. I hear all kinds of favorites but sadly I don't keep track of titles.

4. Favorite memory ~ my brother came home from Roi Namur for a visit. Long trip.

5. Weekend plans seem to involve buying stuff ~ Today I scored a chippy antique garden bench at the only antique fair I've been to in years! I think it might have been mis-priced, it was way less than expected. ~ Tomorrow picking up a bistro set at Lowe's for half price. Yippee! I NEVER spend $$$ so this is a big deal.

Bluebird49 said...

Yes-I have paid great attention to the fact that you are posting less, and it is much to my sorrow. But if it is to your own joy--then I must bow to that--because you have given me wonderful pictures and words here at times to enjoy. So I must give you back your own solace in less words and pictures for now! I hope one day, you'll get back your muse!
1. Ginger Ale (I was sick)
2. My name is my nickname (figure that one out!).
3. I wish--I just can't seem to get into any music right now. That's very depressing.
4. Charleston, SC with our son and his wife and our grandkids. My grandson pulled two large conchs out of the surf in two days. He's something else!
5. Feeling sick--and don't know what's up. (Not too much partying, I can tell you for sure!)

Karen said...

1. A blueberry scone and an acid reflux remedy...2 tbs. apple cider vinegar and 1 tbs. honey, dissolved in hot water and sipped like tea.

2. Nope.

3. My favorites are oldies.

4. Riding my horse in a field on a beautiful cool summer day.

5. To relax. Which doesn't happen often.

msdewberry said...

1) Home made Oatmeal with chopped up apples cooked with it, brown sugar and cream on top. Coffee to wash it down!
2) My Hubby calls me Ska, which in Lakota means White.
3)I mostly listen to old blues or classic rock. So no new songs here.
4)Being invited to visit a Hudderite colony in Alberta, and being given the tour of the colony and invited into her home for home made pie and yogurt. Hudderite colonies are very much closed communities so and invite was a special privelege.
5) Today was seeing a huge classic car show, tomorrow is just hanging out at home and puttering around doing odd jobs, and relaxing!

alphabet soup said...

Hello Fluffy Kate...

Screech owls over dirt bikes every day!!

1. What did you have for breakfast today?

STRAWBERRIES on my yoghurt and muesli.
2. Do you have a nickname?

People seem to drop nicknames off once you get old and decrepit. When I wa a kid my mother used to call me Sport. I never did ask her why. Or if I was being particularly slow in responding it was Lightning - no explanation needed!!

3. Favorite new song?

I'm a bit out of the song loop right now.

4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?

No answer required - we've just finished winter.
5. What are your weekend plans?
More of the same.

Ms Soup

karen said...

1. It is a sunday morning, so my Dear Husband is making his delicious baked apple pancake :)

2. my family calls me Kar, or Karenlou

3. If I die the Band just has a catchy tune...

4. Would have to be surprising my wonderful husband with a 60th BD dinner with some close friends!!!!

5. Just R&R...recovering from foot surgery...

mudmaven said...

Gorgeous pix, as always! Love the fluffy birds and I wish I had an owl.

1. What did you have for breakfast today? - egg sandwish
2. Do you have a nickname? - not since I was a kid
3. Favorite new song? - The Great Remember by Steve Martin
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? - my glorious month aboard Belmira with hubby
5. What are your weekend plans? - getting house ready for return of hubby from his 4 months aboard Belmira

Thanks so much for sharing glimpses of your life with us! I so look forward to your photos and your posts.


beth said...

i totally see the daddy long you think the sweet bird was watching it ?

1. cereal and a breakfast bar
2. yep, it's buffy
3. you and i by lady gaga
4. actually enjoying the time i've been spending with my son, now that things seem to have leveled out
5. we have no plans and are just winging it as we go

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

The weekend is almost over and I'm just commenting!

1. What did you have for breakfast today? Didn't get around to it until 10:30 so it was sort of Brunch! Homemade bread toasted with apricot jam and coffee.

2. Do you have a nickname?
My husband sometimes calls me GEB which was my "old" premarriage initials.

3. Favorite new song? Sweet Life by Catie Curtis (give her a listen!!!)

4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? Seeing my youngest son graduate from college

5. What are your weekend plans? Packing for the move. Packing. Packing. Packing. Did I mention that I have been packing?!

Alan said...

Greenback Bogie by Ima Robut
Reconnecting with old friends
Remembering 911 by dropping off breakfast to local Sheriff's dept. and dinner to local Fire Dept., then Steeler Football and dinner with sister June

sharon said...

1. What did you have for breakfast today? cereal
2. Do you have a nickname? clint eastwood once called me sunshine.
3. Favorite new song? the only song that comes to mind is "Chicken Fried"
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? watching my daughter in a song and dance production that she worked so hard on.
5. What are your weekend plans? go see The Help with my friends.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

1. breakfast was cheese melted on bread

2. my family calls me Sissy

3. favorite new song is Tequilla and You by Kenny Chesney and Allison Kraus

4. summer memory: playing with Teddy in the garden

5. weekend plans. baking bread

now i am off to watch your auld lang syne video...again..

hugs to george

sending love,
kary and teddy

Country Girl said...

I love reading these.

Marcie, Christinemyoung, JaneK, MSDewberry & Karen:
I can't respond personally because your e-mail is not enabled. If you want, and only if you have a blog, you can enable it by following these easy instructions.

Loving your answers!

~ C.G.

grammyscraps said...

1. What did you have for breakfast today?
Chicken Noodle soup...I know, I'm weird. But it's good and it's easy.
2. Do you have a nickname?
Other than Grammy, no.
3. Favorite new song?
Listen to music but don't really "hear" it, so, none.
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
Everything from our summer in Montana.
5. What are your weekend plans?
Still trying to get back into some sort of routine after being gone all putting things away that we've brought home from the 5thWheel.

Lili said...

That moon shot is such a cool collaboration between you and Andrew. You have so much inspiration on here tonight, I love each and every one of your captures. Would love to get a shot of an owl around here, now I know what to listen for!

1. What did you have for breakfast today? a date filled cookie and 2 dark chocolate almond Dove candies (hey, I'm being honest!)
2. Do you have a nickname? LI-LI (pronounced lie-lie) given to me by some younger co-workers back in the day when they saw how my name was spelled, and it stuck, and it still cracks me up!
3. Favorite new song? "If I Die Young" but I don't know who sings it AND it's probably not even new I just happened to see a video one day and had never heard it before.
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? Spending a week with our kids/grandkids right here in Sorrento.
5. What are your weekend plans?
Spent time with an old friend all week long and she just left to go back to LA this morning.

abb said...

Fluffy...that's what I am! Whoda thunk?!?!?!

Mental P Mama said...

OMG! These shots are so fantastic that I cannot concentrate on answering any stinking questions.

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm really fluffy! ;) And your pictures are always!

1. An English muffin with organic peach preserves and some walnuts.

2. I have several, but the weirdest one is Wowser...don't ask!

3. I never know the names of the new songs...sheesh, I should pay closer attention.

4. When my daughter came home for the weekend so all my little chicks were under one roof again, I love it when we are all home together!

5. A wedding shoot on Saturday, another shoot on Sunday, and finishing up the last minute details at my parent's house which closes next week!

I hope you had a lovely weekend!!

Kat :)

P.S. I realize I have an !!! addiction and use them too often, but I swear, I can quit whenever I want!!!!!!!

The JR said...

I didn't see the grandaddy until you pointed him out.

Kanelstrand said...

I too have been making conscious steps towards spending more time unplugged and it feels really refreshing and recharging. I am loving the photos with the finches and your frog... almost like the fairy tale, only wonder what the frog will turn into!

1. What did you have for breakfast today? -- I had an apple and a slice of bread with cheese.
2. Do you have a nickname? -- No.
3. Favorite new song? -- Better Together, Jack Johnson
4. What is your favorite memory from this summer?
5. What are your weekend plans? -- Pick apples and make apple jam!

Jeanne Walker said...

Yes, I noticed that you weren't's kind of bittersweet...miss hearing from you, but I understand and don't blame you for it!

As to your questions, I maybe a little late in answering...but I'm going to let my alter-ego respond who lives a more exciting life than I do!

1. What did you have for breakfast today? I had my personal chef make Crabmeat Eggs Bendict, accompanied by freshly bake rosemay bread, and served with freshly squeezed pulp-free orange juice.

2. Do you have a nickname? Yes, my nickname is 'fabulous' because I am!

3. Favorite new song? I anything by Michael Buble' or Adele.

4. What is your favorite memory from this summer? My summer abroad cruising on my private yacht in the Mediterranean!

5. What are your weekend plans? Savoring the sweet smell of the spruce trees in my multi-million dollar mountain home in Colorado and listening to the sounds of the rippling water in the stream following through my backyard and listening to the melodies of the mountain songbirds! Oh, my breakfast is ready! Gotta go!

How's that for dreaming?

Have a great week my friend!

mrs mediocrity said...

I missed the questions, but I love the photos, especially the daddy long legs one, hope that bird doesn't like to eat them!

Carolynn Anctil said...

I really love the bird photos here - lovely tones & texture.

1. Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, lentils & half a tomato. The Frenchman and I are on a health kick at the moment.

2. No.

3. Rumour Has It - Adele

4. Memory?! Does that mean it's over already...? *sigh* Sitting on the dock in our favourite little fishing village, enjoying the sunshine & watching the boats in the marina.

5. Going to the country to do a little more work on our new home!!!!!! And celebrate a friend's 50th Birthday while we're there.

Jill of All Trades said...

I too have been laying low on the blog/computer thing lately. Just have too much on my platter lately.

1. Breakfast - Protein bar & coffee
2. Nickname - really the only one I can remember is Crip from grade school when I broke my leg
3. Fav song now...I really don't have one lately. I've been listening so much to books that I've neglected the music world
4. Fav memory from summer - hmmmm, I've been too busy for anything enjoyable except maybe the ongoing construction on my house
5. Weekend - YEAH! It's the annual "Hanging of the Bras" weekend!