Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Backyard Friends





IMG_3368_1 Red Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal



Last week it was like summer here, but on a March day. Usually we still have snow and lots of it. This winter we hardly had snow at all and when we did it didn’t stay very long. I got off work early and decided to grab my e-book, my camera and something cold to drink, heading to sit and relax on my back deck.

It wasn’t long until I heard that sweet sweet sound of a singing Cardinal. I looked around and finally spotted him in a Spruce tree in my backyard. I slowly picked up my camera and took this picture. I waited all winter but didn’t see or hear a Cardinal in my yard until a few weeks ago. I was so excited and it has been coming back ever since. A few times he has brought his female partner with him. It has only been recently that I have been able to capture him with my camera. If I hadn’t been sitting there waiting for nature to come to me, I would have missed this opportunity. It was a perfect afternoon, and I really did need to just sit and relax for awhile. Just to be Still … Something that is so often taken for granted. For me it was something wonderful, just to sit and be still with a good book, my camera, a cold drink, and oh ya ; my little dog Jesse by my side keeping me company. :)




IMG_0635 Male Northern Cardinal

He decided to stop long enough to pose for me, and have a bite to eat at my Backyard Café.



Hope to find you all well and wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.

Love and Care

Dianne :)

And I can’t thank you enough for all your thoughts and prayers for my mom , my family and I. God Bless each and every one of you, and I know He does.


Dianne © dsphotocats


Friday, March 23, 2012

Mom’s Is Home :)


I just want to give a quick update on my mom to let you all know that she was discharged from the hospital yesterday, and is feeling much better than she was 3 weeks ago tonight. I want to thank those of you who keep mom in your thoughts and prayers. She has an onward battle with kidney disease , but has won this battle, and thanks to the Lord who answered our prayers.
God Bless you all and have a wonderful weekend. Much appreciation, Dianne :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Beautiful March Day Down By The Bay



2012-03-16 Down By The Bay On A Beautiful March Day

This photo was taken with my Mobile Phone


I got off work early on Friday, and the weather was unbelievable for this time of year. I remember past years in March I was still cross country skiing. Seems we hardly had winter this year. I am not one to usually complain about the weather. I just take it as it comes. Seems each day just goes by too darn quickly.

I had already made up my mind that morning while at work that when I got home I was taking my pony (bike) (for those who don’t know me), for a ride down to the Bay. Hubby had it out and ready to go. I grabbed my camera and off I went. Felt so good to be riding again. It gave me a sense of freedom from the cares of life, with the breeze blowing against my face. It was a warm, sunny day and I felt it’s warmth.

As I road along the Bay I saw geese and ducks flying by, and heard my first Red Winged Black Bird. Lots of turtles lying on driftwood, and rocks sunning themselves. I stopped and listened and admired the view, and then went on my merry way. Some of you would asked did you take a picture. To be honest, not at this time. I was just enjoying the ride , the view, and Natures Songs along the way.

I did finally stop at my Special Place and sat on my favorite bench and looked out over the Bay. The place where I sometimes like to capture the sun rising. It was so quiet accept for nature itself, and so peaceful. It felt wonderful to be sitting there just enjoying the moment.


IMG_9107 My Special Place copy


I did take a few pictures but to be honest I think I am a little out of practice. Ha! Well I did get the dust blown away off my camera, and hopefully will find more time to use it in the near future. :)

My mom is still in the hospital but making progress, and starting to feel better. We are hoping in the near future that she will be home again, and enjoying this wonderful time of year soon to be called Spring. A time for new beginnings. A time of renewed health and strength for her I hope and pray. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement along the way. It means so much to me. More than you will ever know.

Well it is another beautiful sunny warm day. Hubby just made brunch, and now I need to go get ready to go for a little drive, and pack up the cameras just incase something catches my eye. Got to seize the day!

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Love and Care

Dianne :) 

I will come and visit and do some catching up when I can. Sorry I haven’t been by and hope you understand.

Many of you remain in my thoughts and prayers , and I am thankful for your friendship. xoxo D.S

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Prayer Request


My mom is back in the hospital in ICU. She went into the hospital Friday night with a irregular heart rhythm and shortness of breath. They were concerned that she may have a stroke or a heart attack. The drug they gave her stabilized her heart .  Tomorrow they will do a cat scan as she has fluid on her lungs. They are not sure what is causing that. My mom has chronic kidney disease. I would ask that you would pray for her, and the Lord’s will for her life.

Thank you, Dianne 

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