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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sentimental Old Me....

Al, of the Bayfield Bunch, writes about saying Goodbye to the cacti, the desert and everything else when he leaves Arizona and heads back to Canada.  Well, he's not the only one who does such things...  it's time for Bill and me to head east again.  It's been 6 months or more since I've seen my son, my brother and sister, my daughter and her family (and just think how much our great-granddaughter has grown since then!)...  and I'm so looking forward to seeing them all again.

Our daughter and son-in-law here in Texas are the most gracious hosts you could want.  They provide us with a full hook-up... watch over our motorhome when we leave it here for months at a time...  and even more important, share their life and all that goes along with that when we're here.

They even have some fantastic birds right here in their front yard...
The bluebirds are nesting just about a hundred feet from our motorhome...  how cool is that?

And...  look what I saw this afternoon...
At first I thought I was seeing another Painted bunting, but soon realized I was seeing a Summer Tanager in it's spring plumage.

But...  like Al and Kelly had to go back to Canada, it's time for me and Bill to move on as well.  I don't do well with "goodbye"s.  

When we left Costa Rica it was sad saying Goodbye to Francine and Greg.  I know I'm not very good at on-going correspondence but a day doesn't go by that I don't think of them and wonder if someday we might meet up again.

I'm just not good at it...  I'd rather slip off in the night and avoid it all...  but the older I get the more I realize that that hug ...  that smile....   that warm feeling....  is so important.  

Even if I'm just walking around the yard checking out the latest flower that's blooming or the birds at the feeder...
Looky here...  even female hummingbirds are magnificent!

And so, tomorrow we'll head east again.  Yeah...  we're thinking of the slow route...  the Natchez Trace.  We've done it a couple of times before and love everything from the laid back (55 mph - 2 lane) way of travel to going slow enough to see the dogwoods in bloom.

Tomorrow morning I'll take down these bird feeders...  wash them and store them in a bin.  The flowers will stay here.  So will the deer and the birds.

We don't have to get an early start...  I'll have time to look around and appreciate once more how blessed we are...  then I'll breathe a deep sigh....  say Goodbye and off we'll go.  And I'll be so excited to be on the road and see more of my family again.

That's All For Today!

18 comments:

  1. So nice to be on the road again travel safe and have fun. We don't like to ever say goodbye, it is like so long, and see you again down the road so glad to get together and glad to meet you.
    Good bye seems so final, we plan on seeing you guys and our friends again down the road again someday.

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  2. It seems you can find lovely birds where ever you are. Have a great and safe trip and post as you go.

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  3. I'm sure you'll find many other birds as you roll to the north.

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  4. Nice, comfortable, safe rockin' chair travels.

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  5. I've always thought that painted buntings seemed too colorful to be real--like a creative kid with a box of crayons created them. It's a shame that they aren't more widely distributed around the country. Chances are slim that I'll ever get to see one in person. Have a nice trip back to Ohio!

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  6. Time to move on to the next group of family members. Safe travels and enjoy the Natchez Trace--even the name sounds exotic!

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  7. Saying good-bye is not always easy so now I say..."see you later" it doesn't sound so final. Love the bird pictures..beautiful!!!
    Enjoy your trip on the Natchez Trace...such a wonderful ride!!

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  8. Did you find a summer teenager that mimicked the look of that Summer Tanager? ;-) You never know when you will be very glad that you said a proper goodbye.

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  9. Hugs and see you laters are so important. And I love yous for all the family. Have a wonderful trip east. We will be going that way (East) in the Fall.

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  10. I wish you safe travels - and hope to see lots more of your photos, and I so enjoy your stories and your sense of humor.

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  11. Goodbyes are hard aren't they. Safe travels--that first bird photo looks like the lazuli buntings we get here in Montana??

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  12. Safe travels as you mosey along!

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  13. Sad to leave but the road ahead if full of adventure and new memories to be made.

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  14. What beautiful birds! Lucky you. Enjoy your travels. I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog. I'll check back in. :o)

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  15. Hi Sharon: I agree, goodbyes are difficult for me too. But even though they're sad, I also know that goodbye always comes before the beginning of a new life adventure. So, I try to look on the sunny side of goodbyes - and what's coming down the pike! Have a relaxed and fun trip East.

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  16. Oh , how I would love those coloured birds here in trelawnyd
    It would be like living a Disney movie every day x

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  17. Hi Sharon: It looks like your first bird may actually be a Lazuli Bunting. It has white wing-bars that Bluebirds lack. But it is a blue bird!! These Buntings are migrating right now, and it's a real treat to see them.

    Packing up to hit the road is always a little sobering, especially after staying somewhere familiar. But you know that Maine will be cool and wonderful and waiting for you!! Safe travels.

    Mark

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