Showing posts from January, 2010

Call to Action

The images coming out of Haiti are so heart-breaking.  I not wish to...imagine how I would feel if I had a loved one there at the epicenter of the recent earthquake.  What to do?  What to do?  What to do? Pray, of course.  But, isn't there something more I can do?  Certainly there is. 

I can open both my heart and my pocketbook to help.  I chose to go the Yum! Brands website, scroll down the page, and follow the link to donating to the World Hunger Relief program.  As those of you who read my blog know, Missy M is an employee of Yum! Brands, working as an Instructional Designer for the Long John Silver's and A&W brands.  What you may not know is that yesterday, Yum! announced it was directing $500,000 of its World Hunger Relief donations to help Haiti.  If this major corporation has vetted this charitable organization and trusts it to use funds wisely and expediently, I have to believe that my (much, much smaller) donation is in safe...and competent...hands.

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Winter's Upon Us

I've really been enjoying my view from my office-et-keeping room, which overlooks the back yard.  With three 48" wide x 72" high windows forming a bay across the back wall (as shown in the '09 photo to the right), I can see lots of wildlife when I'm at my desk.  The photo to the left is just one of about a thousand (OK, I'm exaggerating a tad...:) that I have taken of the Eastern Bluebirds that are frequenting our feeders this month.  Oh, we've seen them at other times of the year, but not nearly as prominently as in the past few weeks.  There seem to be three that are in a family group that appear at the same time.  Am I seeing different groups of 3 at different times of the day?  Not sure.  We also have at least four different kinds of woodpeckers at the suet feeders:  Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and Flickers.

Then, when I turn the other way (looking into the room/house), I see the fireplace...which I've kept going almost constantly during the current…

Let's Begin Twenty-Ten

It's the first full week of the New Year.  As is most of the country, we are experiencing a Cold Snap here in the Piedmont of NC.  As I write this post, the Magnificent Seven Squirrels are having a fab time in the feeders (yes, there are 7 of them at once in the backyard...:), storing up for the predicted evening snow that is currently making its way across the mountains.  That photo to the left is from Missy M, who writes that she still had to go to work this morning anyway.  B-r-r-r-r-r.

I think this is one of my favorite times of the year.  The Holidays are behind us...along with severely hectic schedules.  Spring, with all its wonder and work, is far ahead of us.  This lull before Lent is just right for catching my breath and doing a little catching up.  So, let me get started already!  (I can't even do s-l-o-w slowly...:)

Before I get going with what's happenin' now, I should close the files on the Finished Objects for 2009.  As I said in an earlier post, my needle…