Monday, March 26, 2012

A New Week Begins

It's a pretty morning after a wonderful dousing of rain late yesterday. I had a mostly working weekend but I did get out on my trusty steed (my mountain bike) early yesterday with my brother and darn, there is still one hill that I just can't do. I got 3/4 of the way up, this one is a killer, I lean over my front tire as to keep it from coming up off the trail it's so steep but I still don't have the guns to make it all the way to the top. What awaits at the top, gorgeous views and another mile or so of steady thigh burning uphill. The weather was cool and cloudy and once we made it to the very top we ditched our bikes in the weeds and continued up higher on a worn deer trail. The sky opened and I saw a kettle of red-tail hawks circle overhead, a sight I have never before observed. I have never seen more than three or four fly together, I counted nine, rolling overhead then off to some other destination. I think I screamed a little WWWWOW!

* I wish I had a camera with me but I don't wear a backpack, maybe sometime I will, I try and go as light as possible, I make my brother carry water for me :)


The garden is bejeweled in droplets a beautiful sight this morning, everything is perky and washed clean from the rain.


Dog beach is being well attend as you can see.



The night sky has been stupendous with Venus and Jupiter tailing the moon in this wiggly handheld shot. As I was standing outside stargazing in the dimming, I heard a fast ticking overhead, I looked up to see and owl brush by, he launched into an neighboring pine tree to scare out another one. One chased the other all the while tick, tick ,tick like a baseball card in the spokes of a fast moving bicycle ( I don't think kids do that anymore, a clothespin being a relic). I looked it up and discovered that owls click there tongues as a threat to scare away other offending owls, a fact I thought you might like to know too.



I added a "Remember to Soar" bracelet to my etsy shoppe. I designed this cuff for myself and I wear mine everyday and it really does help in times of desperation.

Here's to the beginning of a good week!, xoxoRo

21 comments:

  1. Oh Ro..your bike ride sounds fantastic, all those hawks! But oh so steep!

    I had an eye on the sky last night too. We were traveling west from Rhode Island, across NYS, with the guidance of a pretty sliver of moon with Jupiter and Venus. So beautiful.

    Interesting owl fact, thanks for that. ( I used to do the card/clothespin thing on my bike as a kid, fun memories.)

    Love your feather bracelets. : )

    Have grand week too!

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    1. Hi Cinder, That hill is a killer but one of these days Alice I'm gonna conquer it and the hawks EEEEEEEEE, I'm so glad I was right there right then.

      Oh that sky, so glad you spied it!!

      don't you know it, those funny memories..

      xoxo

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  2. I'm so glad you have gifted Etsy with more soar sister bracelets! I love wearing mine everyday too, its just so special! (and SO comfortable!)
    ~
    gosh, all those red tails! That must of been something to see!
    hugs!

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    1. A kettle boiling, it was amazing!!

      Yup you are one of my soar sisters, clank (bumping bracelets, a little spark action)!!

      xoxoxo

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  3. I'm with Debbie on the red tail hawks--wow!! I've never seen anything like that--maybe a family reunion, with a few generations included?? :-)

    Dog beach cracks me up, as usual. Those two work SO hard....lots to do to secure the Darrow folks and property, wears out a good dog....

    Watched those sky jewels myself last night, made my husband come and look for a once-in-a-lifetime view--all I could do was smile at the tableau...art in the night sky.

    You're wonder woman on the bike, Ro--impressive!!!

    xo

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    1. I had to read up Caroline there are places where they migrate in huge flocks, this one was huge to me, weeeeee.

      Aren't they funny flopped in the sun, waking up getting ready for rodent work!

      I knew you saw them with that big sky of yours WOW I look at them each evening star BRIGHT!

      I'm rosy the riveter on the bike, I keep telling myself, I can do it.

      xoxo

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  4. Remember to soar...I just love that. Thank you! Your work is beautiful, and you've inspired me to get my mountain bike down from its racks!

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    1. Hi Amy,
      It's true about soaring, sometimes we forget.

      Thank you for the kudos on my work, I appreciate it.

      By all means dust off that bike!

      xo

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  5. That sounds like a great bike ride! To see that many hawks at once must have been amazing! Very interesting info about the owls too.
    That bracelet is gorgeous! I love your work so much :)
    Adorable shot of dog beach too! I've been wondering what kind of dog Banjo is? She's a real cutey!

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    1. I just have to bring a camera when I ride, there's so much I'd like to show you but it also feels good to go out unencumbered though Banjo doesn't appreciate it. I always feel bad when I leave her behind.

      Thank you I really like wearing my feather bracelet.

      Banjo I think has brittany spaniel in her, I found her on pet finders on the internet when we were looking to adopt a dog. Someone found her on the side of the highway in Oklahoma, we adopted her from a local rescue group, she's all mutt and a sweet girl. The little guy is a hand me down too. I like secondhand dogs just fine.

      I'll tell her you think she's cute :) xoxo ,wag, wag, slurp (Banjo)

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    3. Oh, I love mutts! They're the best. We have a super sweet mutt named Bingo. He's part border collie, husky, and who knows what else. I like secondhand dogs too :)

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    4. How funny, my first choice of names WAS Bingo, already having a song an all and I was looking for a *part border collie, I like watered down breeds. :)

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  6. My immediate thought when I saw your first photo was simply, 'Amen.' Glorious. So lovely to see the planetary pic, too. It's been rain, rain, rain, here, so everything is shrouded in grey, and nary a star or planet to peek at.

    Your experience with the hawks sounds amazing. Don't you just love it when nature grabs you by the guts!!

    As always, I'm completely in love with your silvered feathers. Your cuff is at the top of my 'wish list.' (Soon I will be fully feathered!!)

    xx

    PS. Dog Beach. Directions...?

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  7. You northerners probably want to say uncle with all that rain. Ours lasts one day, the news people freak out, then the wind picks up and dries everything back out and the locals say *finally a beautiful day.
    Look for it when the skies finally clear.

    A gut grab, good way to put it! E X A C T L Y!

    Yes you will be feathered soon, I received your box and sweet card, it won't be too long. I made a bunny today for a little change up.

    Turn right at the kitchen, look for the sun :)

    xoxo

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  8. Oh, you betcha, uncle...with lots of 'special' exclamatory symbols! I usually love the rain but this is the annoying type: slushy rain that smacks you in the face and drowns you before you get to the car...and gives you a totally uncool 'Nigel' hairstyle.

    Wow, Mr. Postman must have had his rocket boots on. Glad it arrived safe and sound. My thumb is already twitching in anticipation! (Ooh, bunnies. The Eureka episode I watched last night had flying bunnies.) =)

    Ah, geez. I took a left and landed in another rainstorm instead. *boo*

    xx

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    1. Oh HA! I bet it keeps the neighboring dogs quiet and Nigel hair TOO funny!! I hope it comes here again and leaves you alone.

      The mail never stops, really, it's always traveling even when the p o is closed. My bunny is grounded like the ones sneaking around eating my tender annuals right now.

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  9. Love the image of the bike ride! And I love ♥ how you made your brother carry your water!! ha!

    How interesting about the owl sound - did NOT know that. Thanks for the trip down memory lane too, with the baseball cards in the spokes :o).

    I adore my feather bracelet. I am thankful for many, many things, and that is waaaaaay up there on my "list!" Get to think of you, too, when I look at it, which is *always* nice.

    xxxooo

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  10. P.S. Ha, Ash! "Nigel" hairstyle. Awesome!

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  11. My brother can make it up that hill even with MY water, I need a couple of lower gears. I never look up, I try and concentrate on other things and when my mind focuses back to where I am, I hope to be at the top, so far that hasn't worked but I have broken my personal record, something to work on.

    I thought the owls may have been mating, quite the opposite.

    awwww, thank you my soar sister!!

    I think of all of you when I wear mine.

    xoxo

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  12. One of the things I enjoyed most about Arkansas was that no matter where we went, we would see Hawks, but I never had my camera with me. Love, love dog beach...that is sooooo cute. Also love the new bracelet...stunning.

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