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Monday, May 20, 2019

for the love of hiking.....

I love hiking! 

 Oh, I've mentioned this before? teehee!

Every time I go, I see something amazing!

Have you ever seen a mushroom as beautiful as this one?

The photo is 'straight out of the camera'! It really WAS this color! And right along the trail where I could see it up close! It was about the size of a saucer too!

And when we went on a 'Mother's Day Hike, we saw a Yucca in full bloom!

That was an beautiful sight!

Someone on a bicycle told us to look for it on the trail ahead! I see a lot of the same people since I hike the Florida Trails so often.

I'm not sure they will recognize me the next time I hike though!

I got a new cap from one of my sons. He said it would match my shirt! (I have 2 Columbia hiking shirts, one is more green and one more blue...I think I need a PINK one, don't you?)

 Look who it came to...Hiker Mom!

Have you had a chance to get outside and walk this week?

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Baby Birds, how we love them!

It's been fun to see so many babies lately. We've taken morning hikes at the Florida Trails and there have been lots of birds to see and photograph. This looks like a young one, all fuzzy on his head! (hike #67)

   Such a pretty woodpecker!

Downy Woodpecker

And 5 or 6 of these little ones greeted me on the Florida Trails another morning (hike #68). 

They were chattering like crazy in the bushes.

 But finally one of them flew into the tree to speak right to me! It looks like a Warbler but I'm not sure what kind! If you know, please let me know!

Update: thanks for your ideas on what he might be but when I looked at my Florida bird books and Sibley's, I still think it is a Warbler....a Pine Warbler. I heard him and he had more of a Warbler sound, he has faint yellow on his breast AND there are always lots of Pine Warblers and Palm Warblers on this section of the Florida Trails.  Maybe I'll get to see them again!

And on the days I don't hike, I usually walk down to the neighborhood pond. (this doesn't count as a hike! lol) 

 Imagine my surprise to see these precious little ones swimming together on the pond all bunched up!

Easy to see what they are when Mama Moorhen comes to collect them!

Wait up Mama....we're going as fast as we can!

 This duck walked right up to me while I was taking pics!

Do you have babies nesting near you? 

One of the nice things about Spring!

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Spring cleaning in 'spurts'!

If it's cool enough in the mornings, I like to go for a hike. But here lately I've had Spring fever!

I've been going 'room by room' and doing a little deep cleaning.  Nothing looks very different but it's nice to have everything in place and dusted.

I put all my cleaning supplies away each day so that I can start fresh each morning and not feel like I'm in the middle of a big chore. And of course I don't clean every day. 

It's more fun to hike or do my art or read or blog....or just about anything else! lol

I bought myself a gift for Mother's Day. I don't usually get a lot of presents and this year was no different so I 'treated' myself! I have good kids that I am very proud of so I'm happy with the flowers, phone calls and cards I get all year round! I am blessed!

I've wanted one of these little toys stoves and had the perfect place for it in my kitchen. But when it came, it was a little too big for that spot so I put it on this bookshelf for now.

 My roses were more beautiful each day as they opened up fully. And for those that wondered...I found out who sent them through a process of elimination.  When I talked to each son, I told them I got a wonderful 'early' gift and when they started 'guessing' what it was, it was pretty easy to cross them off the list, one by one! heehee!

Do you treat yourself with something special sometimes?

 Feels good, doesn't it?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays .

Monday, May 13, 2019

Beautiful flowers!

'Someone' had some fun with me on Mother's Day! They sent me beautiful roses with a sweet note to have a wonderful Mother's day. And then they signed it, 'YOUR SON'! Tricky....with all the boys I have!

I've enjoyed them and every day they open wider and look more beautiful!

I also have bouquets from the knock out roses in my flower beds! 

 I haven't counted how many roses I have in vases but they are everywhere!

 I've never had so many at one time!!!

 I wanted to show a little of my 'art' today too. 

 I'm still painting and sketching some every day.

 I arranged them in little 'mosaics'!

I bought a sketchbook at the big store that starts with a W. And the paper is so much nicer to draw on.

I'm trying to branch out and do some scenes and quotes so I'll share them soon.

 (a sketch in progress)

Art is something I'm enjoying, more than I could have imagined. All the years I've 'created' things, this seems to come natural to me. And I keep everything ready on my desk so I can sit down at any time and draw or paint. Easy peasy! I've been inspired by so many of my blog friends. I won't try to mention them all here because I would be sure to forget someone. But I appreciate you ALL so much!

Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day! I am blessed with sweet 'kids' and grandkids and love them all very much.

 Thanks to everyone that made my day special...including my sweet hubby! 💓

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE 

and Amaze me Monday HERE

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Red-headed Woodpecker

We see so many beautiful birds here in Florida that I usually try to put several into each and every post to keep up with all the photos I take! 

But it's a busy weekend so I'm going to 'feature' the Red-headed Woodpeckers that I saw on a hike this week on the Florida trails.

I've taken 2 hikes there this past week and both have been amazing! 

I love what All about Birds said on their website HERE .

"The gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker is so boldly patterned it’s been called a “flying checkerboard,” with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. These birds don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers."

 I watched three of them soar around like Swallows....swooping and diving! It was amazing! I had to MAKE myself leave! I couldn't stay there ALL day, even though I wanted to! ( I stood in the bright sun so long I thought the sun would bleach my hair white...oh already IS white! ROFL)


 The Red-headed Woodpecker is not one we see very often here in our neck of the woods so it was a fun sighting! I hope you've been able to get out in nature this week and enjoy the sights!

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

'Just Breathe'

I got up yesterday and the humidity wasn't as high as usual. It's already hot here....near 90 every day so when the humidity is low, it's perfect for a morning HIKE!!!

And this is what I found at the beginning of the trail!

It felt great to be back out in nature. 

And there was so much to see!

After the control burn earlier in the Spring, the woods have come back to life! It's amazing how fast they recover here in Florida! 

butterfly weed

And there are wildflowers galore!

Berries ripening on the vine

and even cactus blooming along the fence!

Have you had a chance to get out on a walk this week! It's good for what ails you! 

 And even with the pollen it's nice to 'just BREATHE'!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays .

Monday, May 6, 2019

Southern Magnolias

I drove 'next door' to Sholom Park and walked after I went to the Farmer's market last week. peaceful and beautiful!

Neat trails and lots of flowers blooming.

It was a good chance to get close up and personal with the Magnolia trees!

Aren't the blooms amazing?

So much detail in each and every one! And so fragrant!

It was a glorious Spring day! 

Do Magnolias grow where you live?

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE 

and Amaze me Monday HERE