Saturday, March 25, 2017

Texas Longhorns in Florida?


I saved this photo of an Anhinga that I took at Rainbow Springs last month. I thought he needed a special post just for him. (no ducks, hawks or goldfinches! heehee)


 We have a lot of cattle here in this part of North Central Florida but don't see the longhorns very often.


These cows are Brahma I think and in a field between Sholom Park and the Farmer's Mkt. Don't you feel like sometimes you could visit me and know right where everything is?


 I took these out my side window with my little Nikon that I take with me everywhere. 


 And don't worry, there was NO traffic on this road!

One more photo of the Anhinga since he's so beautiful!


 I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

 Thanks so much for the continued prayers for my husband. He still doesn't have a positive diagnosis but they have increased his medication and that is helping with the inflammation which in turn is helping with the pain.  I appreciate the words of encouragement, too. A special thanks to Jan at Low Carb Diabetic for her suggestions on high calorie nutritious foods. My husband has lost quite a bit of weight and he didn't have any 'spare pounds' to lose so we are trying to increase his daily calorie intake while keeping it healthy. It seems like all of the healthy choices are low calorie.






30 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

So glad your husband's pain is doing better...pain is hard to deal with day in and day out. My dad had some brahmas for a while but he found out the calves were harder to birth so he got rid of his brahmas and stayed with holstein and black angus.

Vee said...

So your Anawhatta has to share his space with cows? 🤓 Glad that Ron is getting some relief and feeling a bit better. Here's to getting back to excellent health very soon.

Happy@Home said...

You do see some of the most interesting birds in Florida. I wouldn't have expected you to be seeing longhorns though.
I will continue to pray for your husband. It is good to hear that his pain is being controlled better, but I know it must be so stressful to you both to not know what is causing it.
Sending hugs your way, Diane.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You take the best wildlife photos! Sending you big hugs!!

Cloudia said...

Nice place you have there

Linda H said...

Lovely shot of the anhinga! What a beautiful bird! I've never been lucky enough to see one. Glad your hubby is at least getting some pain relief. Hope you get some answers soon!

Jeanie said...

I never thought about the dilemma of HIGH calorie nutritious foods. You are right -- most seem to be low-cal. (And if anyone ever put me on a high calorie diet, they'd probably be sued for malpractice!) That is such a terrible way to be losing weight, being ill, so I hope the diagnostics come back soon and with a clear treatment plan. The pain must be grim but I'm glad he is getting a bit of relief.

The bird is fantastic.

Sam I Am...... said...

I've never heard of that bird but he/she is gorgeous for sure!
When they messed with my thyroid I gained weight....like 40 lbs and I have never gotten it off but I must say I don't try hard either. Mostly because I was like my Mother...about 100 pounds and when she got sick she went down to 80 pounds ad they couldn't operate on her because they didn't think she would survive it at her weight plus she was in her 80's. So, I always feel like maybe it's not so bad to carry a few extra pounds as we age! I'm active and flexible and strong so it doesn't interfere with my activity level. I try to eat healthy but I still use butter, eat bacon and eggs (more eggs than bacon)and I have dessert but like the Greeks always said...."everything in moderation". I have found that eggs for breakfast really fuel my day and give me lots more energy than other breakfast foods. I hope they find out what it is so he can get relief both physically and mentally.
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Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane:) What a stunning bird and beautiful pose.:) If he didn't have the long tail, he would look a little like a Cormorant! Nice action shots of the cattle too! I do hope you see some improvement in hubbies health very soon. Wishing you both well, and have a nice weekend.

podso said...

I know it takes a lot of patience to wait to learn a diagnosis and then treatment. I hope the diet helps him to feel stronger. I'm glad there is more pain relief. Great photos, as always!

Mildred said...

Such lovely photos of the Anhinga. Fun to see the cattle, too. I continue to remember you and your husband in my prayers. God bless. xoxo Mildred

Linda Walker said...

Diane,
Love your photos of the anhinga and cattle...that bird is very beautiful! Never heard of it but he strikes an impressive pose here in your photos! Great photography! Also I am glad to hear your hubby is in less pain. Still keeping you both in thought and prayer my friend!
Relax and enjoy the weekend!
Sending love and hugs,
Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

I've never heard of this bird. He is a unique fellow, isn't he? And such a striking bird.

~Sheri

Gina said...

Diane, I am glad that a change in medication is helping with your husband's inflammation. Continuing to pray for the doctors to be knowledgeable with their diagnosis and treatment.

And is it me or are those cows really skinny?

happyone said...

What a beautiful bird. I've never seen or heard of it before. Great photos.
Thanks for the update on your husband and pray that they found out what is wrong.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh my, Diane, that Anhinga is a glorious specimen. Stunning.

The Brahmas are a sight to see in the field so close to your window. Wow.

And I am sorry to hear that your husband has not been doing so well. I do whisper a prayer for strength and peace and restoration... for you both at this time.

Wishing you a pleasant weekend.
Brenda xo

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I don't think I've ever seen an Anhinga. So funny to see a longhorn in your area, Diane. Very enjoyable nature photos from your neighborhood. I'm continuing to remember you all in prayer. Take care. ♥

Rose said...

There used to be a few longhorns near here, but they are gone now. I know of no place to go see any. And I so loved seeing them. Hope something can be found soon to give your husband a lot of relief.

Cherdecor said...

I have never seen an anhinga! After seeing a bird as beautiful as that, I have to believe in a Creator! You have the most interesting sights outside your window. I am afraid that if I lived in your house, I would not get much done but look out the windows. I love this post, Diane!

Stacey said...

Bless your heart. I know you are so worried about your husband. This sounds weird but the doctor suggested milkshakes made with Ensure, ice cream and protein powder. It's loaded with calories and tastes great.

BeachGypsy said...

I love that bird picture!--looks like it should be on a calendar...or maybe a pretty Florida postcard?! Thinking of y'all......and hoping to hear good news and hope the pain is lessening.

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

Beautiful!! Even tho I'm Texan by residency...I favor the Brahma breed!
And yes, your anhinga is stunning.

I hope your husband continues to improve and they get the correct dosage that helps.

Ps...I will go add this link for you at I'd Rather B Birdin' since I know you have other issues that takes precedence over all.

NanaDiana said...

Great pictures. I hope they can figure out what is at the root of your hubby's health issues. If he can tolerate the taste of it- Ensure and Boost are both higher calorie foods that will keep the weight on. John lost 82+# last year so we have been in the boat with you. Blessings and prayers. xo Diana

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Always enjoy your critters :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, great shots of the Anhinga. I love the cattle, especially the Longhorn. I am glad to hear your hubby is feeling some relief from the pain. I will keep you both in my prayers, sending my get well wishes. Thanks so much for taking time to link up, I know you have more important things on your mind right now. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

magnoliasntea said...

Love, love the photo of the Anhinga. It's gorgeous. Long horns is Fla. makes me want to chuckle - I hope they work them on horseback, those horns could hurt. lol

Dianna said...

I am glad that even though your husband doesn't have a positive diagnosis he does some medication that helps with the inflammation, which helps with the pain. I will continue to pray.

Florida has some very interesting birds. This one definitely did deserve his own post. :)

xx
Dianna

Linda said...

The anhinga is beautiful! Best wishes to your husband as he works to recover.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Diane and thanks for the mention.
I hope things may be improving a little for your husband.

Take care you are in my thoughts

All the best Jan

PS I loved your photo's.

edenhills said...

That bird is gorgeous! Love hearing all about the different critters around your part of the world.