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Canadian Geese on our balcony

A flock of geese leave their lake and take wing, turning to poems in the sky. ~Dr. SunWolf

One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the return of wildlife to the area. Although I know a lot of people find them annoying, I love watching Canadian geese. There’s something lovely in their awkward waddle on the ground compared to their placid swimming and graceful flying.

These two quite large ones landed on our balcony wall the other day. I see them all the time around our parking lots. Two of them even nested on our community’s central patio area last year. But these were on our patio…. the one right outside the french doors in my kitchen.

What made it humorous, however, was that I had just said to our fur-faced child, Sulley, “Hey, do you want to got outside?” He had gone over to that same french door and was patiently waiting for me to come open it so he could go grab some sun time out on our balcony. In that 10-second delay before I reached the door, these two geese came a calling.

Here are my favorite shots:

our cat Sullivan and a Canadian goose

Big Goose, Little Kitteh

a goose at the door

A goose at the door

That was a quack-a-licious close call for the kitteh!

[Note: This post is #17 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button on the right of the page for more information.
Last year’s “Q” post: Quiet Strength.]

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Spring Fever

road sign

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~ Mark Twain

Don’t you just love that sign? My husband took that picture at an intersection not too far from where we live. Some days, as I wake up and look at my calendar, I envision the things littered across it as points on that sign, leading me in varied and mostly opposite directions.

Spring fever, indeed.

Such has been life the past two weeks, hence my absence here. It was the end of the quarter at school, so I was finishing up teaching my graduate class, with all the rush of students valiantly trying to finish their projects at the last minute. This week, thankfully, is Spring Break for us, and I get a moment to catch my breath. Oh yes, of course, and put the finishing touches on the two courses I teach during spring quarter, which starts next Monday! But I love it, the plotting and preparing of adventures for students.

And what’s with this weather? I can only hope that it has been as nice where you are at as it has been here in Ohio. We’re on the brink of setting a multitude of records, including record high temperatures, record high low temperatures, and consecutive March days above 70 degrees. It definitely feels more like summer than winter or early spring here. But the plus side is that the world around me bloomed nearly overnight with early spring trees and flowers everywhere! They pour their perfume across the spring breezes, through open windows, and on rays of sunshine. How can we not celebrate such glorious weather? We’ve been outside in the evenings enjoying the chance to sit outside when it’s not cold, not hot, and with few bugs!

Sullivan rolling on the patio

Sullivan enjoying the first day of spring.

My fur-faced child, Sullivan, loves being a “spring kitten” even as he passed his 11th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day. He goes outside on our patio and rolls around and around, basking in the heat of the sunshine.

Spring fever is definitely in the air — as legs and arms bare to the sunshine, as birds chirp and people chatter outside the windows, as trees look fuzzy green as the leaves prepare to emerge, and flowers of all kinds explode in a riot of color and smell. A welcome return of outside activities, warmth, and the promise of good things ahead.

How’s your spring fever?


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Summer Fun

Keeping cool at the Cleveland Zoo

Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones. ~ Sydney Smith, Lady Holland’s Memoir

You can’t turn on the news or read a blog the past few days without people talking about the heat wave currently locking us into our air-conditioned chambers. Summers are supposed to be a bit hot, but this week has been downright beastly!

So today I wanted to cool off by sharing some pictures of a few of my favorite summertime activities – those wonderful, fun things that make summer such a time to remember.

What’s your favorite summer fun?

The boys of summer at the grill

Visiting state fairs...

...and county fairs, too!

Potlucks and picnics

The local bocce courts

Visiting historical sites and museums with friends and family...

....geocaching and scavenger hunts

Visiting local parks

trying new recipes

summertime treats

Our cat, Sullivan, enjoying a summer afternoon


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My Writing Assistant

Here is one reason why some mornings my word count is lower than others……..   all thanks to my helpful writing assistant, Sullivan

My Writing Assistant (YouTube video)

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On a dime

Yep, life changed on a dime again today. Nothing totally huge, but enough to help me rearrange my schedule the next 12 weeks. We found out that one of our adjunct instructors isn’t able to teach this quarter, so we needed to swap in something else. Based on some of the feedback from our graduate students from the past couple of years, we decided to try one where students can research and create a project (podcast, digital story, historical interpretation, exhibit or something else they come up with) which they will present/display and do a public presentation about. Works on research skills, understanding their intended audience, project management, and lots of presentation skills. Plus they’ll walk away with a decent addition to their resume/portfolio (hopefully). We’ll see if I get enough students to make it fly!  But of course that means I have two weeks to pull together a brand new 10-week graduate course, over and above my regular day job and my writing. But such is life, isn’t it? To keep you challenged, right?

And last night’s recipes? They were a hit. I brought home two empty containers!! Joy and happiness all around. The Gazpacho Pasta Salad was fresh-tasting and colorful; personally, I thought it needed a little extra zip to it (the Anaheim pepper and lime juice weren’t quite enough). But everybody seemed to like it, so most likely it was just me. But the true hit was the Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake bars. Those disappeared quickly!! Everybody raved about them, and I’ve had a couple of requests for the recipe. They are pretty easy, all things considered, especially when you taste how good they taste! Let me know if you want the recipe; I’m always happy to share and especially when they pass a taste-test with flying colors!

I’m headed off to open the windows to breathe in the first night that really feels like fall is on the way — supposed to be low humidity and 53 overnight. In our house, that’s a fresh-air kitten night for sure (so named because our cat, Sullivan, falls asleep with his little nose pressed up against the screen when we have the window open overnight. He’s such a card!).

Last, but certainly not least, I hope you have the chance to keep up with Tara Taylor Quinn’s blog-tour. Today’s post was written by Kelly Chapman, the character linking her upcoming books! Here’s a link, in case you missed it: http://storybroads.com/?p=694#comments

Catch you later!

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