This week:  practicing trumpet for church this Sunday, trying to work on plans for a family coming to visit in a couple of weeks, working Indiana Bluebird Society newsletter, working on yard, taking care of chickens, trying to get stuff done around house, etc etc.   Dan and Jamie are safe out in CO.  CO is lucky!


Bluebird babies

Good morning!  If you’re interested check out that live webcam I posted a few days ago….there is a lot of action as the parents are feeding the babies now!

Life changes again!

We are in Chicago.  Tomorrow we are helping to load a moving van for our son Dan and his wife Jamie, so they can move to Denver.  I was doing ok until I got here and saw all those boxes and it started to hit me again.  I am really excited for the and for Jamie’s family in Denver.  I know it’s going to be great for them.  I am just going to be sad for a while, to see them leaving.  It’s going to be a hot day and a lot of work!  We just had dinner at an Irish restaurant/pub that was really good.  They wanted to take us there to thank us for our help.  Jamie’s mom and dad are here too so it was fun.  I had some delicious authentic fish & chips.

Well, I’m in the chicken business now.  Hopefully!  I met this great lady named Anne when she came in to the Wild Birds store last week.  She was buying mealworms to feed to chicks, and I told her I wanted to get some.  She offered to give me some of the shipment she was getting in!  So today I went and picked up seven from her at her cute farm.


When I pulled in the first thing I saw was this peacock strutting for the chickens!  I was amazed at the sound he was making, shaking his feathers.


I loved this hen and chicks all cuddled up.  Do you see the one peeking out from under her wing?


Some kind of rare chickens I forget the name of.


Guinea hens were running around the yard.


Donkeys and horses.


Here are the new chicks, 10 days old.


Anne had seven picked out for me.


Here is Rob helping me put some cardboard inside the crate, back at our house.


Toby is so curious about these little peepers!


Crate is ready!


Rob holding one of the Buff Orpingtons.


In their new home.


They are Barred Rock (1), Buff Orpington (2), Ameraucana (1), and Austrolop (3.) I think…ha!  I’m a little mixed up but I think I remember which are which!  They’re cute. I hope I don’t kill them!


I found out the Fanimation video is just part of a video in progress, so it’s not finished yet!   Stay tuned.

I got a cortisone shot in my foot today.  That really hurt!  But I think it will help.  I had surgery last year to removed a bone spur on my big toe joint.  That area has really been hurting me and walking has been painful.  So I finally made it back in to the foot doctor today.  He said he thinks it is scar tissue that has caused an adhesion of the tendon.  The cortisone shot will help loosen that up again.  It already seems to help a little but I am going back in a week to see if I need any more.  I hope I can walk pain free again soon.

Tomorrow afternoon I am getting some baby chicks!  About 7 to be exact.  They are about 10 days old.  I will report more about that tomorrow.  I’m up too late again!

Change is hard

Sorry I haven’t updated in a few days…do I always start out that way?  Anyway, I keep up with Facebook, and even Twitter now and then, and come over here and read my subs, but then I don’t feel like writing anything.  Laziness.

I am still enjoying my job at Wild Birds Unlimited and learning a lot.  It can be challenging sometimes but I like it.  I usually have some fun stories to come home and tell my family.

Ed, Rob and I went to the Indianapolis Symphony on Fri night and it was wonderful!!!!  Really beautiful, joyful, moving music.  The conductor was mesmerizing to watch.  One of the pieces was the Overture from Romeo and Juliet, and also Pictures at an Exhibition.  Russian music night.  It was great and it was a nice night out in downtown Indy.

It’s good having Rob home from college.  He is working at Fanimation in the warehouse where there has been a lot to do.  Also he has an interview at Best Buy on Wed.  He needs a haircut, BAD.  🙂

Dan and Jamie are coming to visit on Thurs, for a few days.  I am really excited about that and I’m trying to get the house ready and their guest room cleaned up.  Cleaning, always cleaning.

I have had the joy of finding baby bluebirds in three boxes over the last week, which always makes me happy happy happy.  Mom bluebird has been coming to get mealworms at the feeder in my yard every day and I also LOVE that. There are four babies in the box here at our house.  I am just enjoying the spring/summer green scenery everyplace I look.  Today I accidentally scared a baby bluebird out of it’s nestbox, which I have never done before, and which I am always warning other people to be careful about!  Yikes!  I got him or her back in the box and hopefully it stayed put.  The mom bluebird was clicking at me and divebombing my head.  I feel bad.  Hopefully it will be fine.  This is a box at a nearby golf course, and there was only one baby. When I checked it a few days ago, there was the one baby and one unhatched egg.  I stopped there today to see if the unhatched egg was still there, and wasn’t thinking very well when I poked around to see, and scared that baby and it started flopping and flying around in the box!  Stupid me!  I should know  better and I just wasn’t thinking.  You need to be careful when the babies are close to fledging because you can scare them out too soon.  I think this guy will be ok though.  I’m glad there was only one.

So about the title of this blog.  I am slightly feeling blue about all the change I am still going through in  my life.   I guess it is growth pains. So much has happened in the last year, and I just don’t feel very settled.  But getting used to a new job and all the people is one thing.  Then also the knowledge that Dan and Jamie are moving to Colorado in a few weeks has been hard on me.  They are coming to visit but it’s sad knowing it will be their last time here for a long time.  So I’m trying to remind myself to breathe and live one day at a time.  Time for trusting God and remembering all he’s done for us.

Like, Rob got all A’s in his 2nd semester.  And a year ago I was in a panic over how he’d do in college.  Kind of amazing.