Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Of birds and bad moods

V saw quite a sight in the backyard today.  We had a visitor.  We're not sure if it is a Cooper's hawk or a Sharp Shinned hawk.  It was large, about the size of a good sized crow and has more of a cap than a hood so it makes me think that it is a Cooper's.  He shot video of it eating it's little birdy snack but blogger is having issues with me uploading video tonight.  At least I got the photos up.
Hawk lunch
Isn't it beautiful?
I'm sorry I missed it.  We have had hawks visit the backyard before.  I think it's because we have feeders for the songbirds and the hawks are attracted to their version of a 'bird feeder'.

Thanks to all who commented on my last post. I have been feeling more and more uneasy for the past few days.  I had a dream last night that we got our utility bill and it was $732.  I'm glad it was just a dream.  I do worry that things will get much worse before they get better but I hate to be alarmist.  V wants to sit tight where we are and just ride things out.  I'm more of the opinion that we sell this house and find our acreage.  Of course, right now there isn't one out there that we're interested in.  I'm hoping to talk V into at least going to talk to a realtor to see if we can get some guidance on what's available.  Of course, I'm not sure that I would trust a realtor to actually work in our best interest.
J14 is also in a funk tonight.  Her boyfriend broke up with her this morning.  It sounds like he was giving her mixed messages but he wants to try to concentrate on his schoolwork more and evidently she is a distraction.  She is very down.  SIGH.
One last, lighter note. This is a photo of a gift from Roger last year.  It always makes me smile!
My garden stake.
These days I need all I can get to make me feel better.  I hope I can shake this funk soon.  The weather is warming up (although the bottom is supposed to fall out again tomorrow) so maybe that will help.


  1. Hang in there. I commented on your last post, but really, all I can add is that it seems there is no "right answer" - it is just making the best decision possible in the moment, given all the information and insight available *at that time*. I hope you can find something even everyday/small to bring a smile to your face. :-)

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one having dreams like that!! Hang in there - yes, I think it will get worse, but I don't think it will be the total end.....Very pretty hawk too!

  3. Keep your chin up until it is spring and you CAN use the garden as a counselor. :)

  4. Your hawk looks like a Sharped Shinned to me. Glad you are feeling a bit better, it is hard sometimes with things being what they are lately.

  5. Localzone- thanks for the support. I try to find something everyday to make me smile.
    Kris- Yeah, the dreams have been WEIRD lately!
    Christy- I DO use my garden as therapy.
    Farm Mom- Thanks for the ID on the hawk. Those two are so hard to tell apart. What made us think it was a Coopers was that it was way bigger than any Sharp Shinned we've seen in the backyard before. We've also had red tailed hawks before and last year had a bald eagle in the tree across the alley.

  6. SO, so behind and I am reeading backwards through the posts here to catch up, but I can tell you from experience that realtors are not working in our best interest. I'm sure there are good ones out there, but their alliance has switched to what is "profitable" and it is not cheerleading the house they have listed. I'm not sure how it is working from the buying prespective, but i do know that with all the houses on the market, they are still pushing unaffordability on people. I am so depressed over some comments a realtor gave me to "help me" and my own realtor has not once shown our house even though many people have called her about it.

    OK, enough about that. I love the garden sign (I need one! A garden, that is...!)

    Give j14 a hug for me (and you too!)
    Reading onward...


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