Tuesday, April 12, 2011

At times, I can accomplish much

On Saturday morning, I had a few things to do before I left to spend the weekend at my sister’s place. One of them was an early morning walk, which I accomplished. At the end of the walk, as I was going by this birdhouse, a bluebird flew out and nearly collided with me.

So I decided to get a chair and my camera with the long lens and see if I could capture the bluebird when it returned to the house.


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I waited for awhile, mentally ticking off the numerous things I had planned on doing this morning before I left.

But it was such a beautiful day, and I was glad to be outside in the fresh air. I could wait until the elusive bluebird returned.


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I took photos of one of the other birdhouses, further up the fenceline. I bought this one last summer for my husband when I was visiting blogging friends in Mathews County, Virginia.

I was still waiting for that bluebird to return.


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My husband walked by.

I got a photo of his back just for good measure. I will add it to my collection.


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A beautiful cat posed for me. This is a rarity, I will have you know.

And still, no bluebird. I went inside to get coffee in order to have something to do while I continued my vigil for that bird. The hell with the vacuuming, I told myself as I splashed in a nice dollop of half and half.

I took the coffee outside with me, sipping it while I waited for the bird to appear.

And then, through the lens, I saw my little friend.


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He’s bokeh here, as I focused on the fenceline.


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He sees me.


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He gently drops his frisbee, and doesn’t seem quite sure what to do.

I am not saying anything at this point, only sitting there with the camera.

And then I think I giggled.


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Mama! Mama mama mama mama!

I believe I began laughing at this point.


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The laughing makes him run faster. Mama! I’m comin’, mama!

I luuuuurve you, mama.


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I believe that one of the best things in this world is having a dog that, at the sight of you, gets so darn happy that he just wants to kiss you.

Yep. That’s the best.

Needless to say, I never did catch that bluebird Saturday morning. But I do have a bluebird photo taken by my husband in February, 2009.


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Such a beautiful little bird.

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends.

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At times, I can accomplish much. And then there’s all the other times . . .

52 comments:

Hilary said...

Ah, yes, the love of a good dog. It just doesn't get much better than that.
LOVE the ears, the expression. It truly is priceless, this crazy love

texwisgirl said...

yup, pups fill our hearts with just a look or a wag or a lick sometimes!

Deb said...

much better than the blue bird...your hubbies back...your cat...and your dawg...perfect morning...

michelle said...

ohh that doggie I just want to gobble him up he is so cute!

becky up the hill said...

JoY! Loved this blog. Made me teary.

Fine Lines said...

What a fun post this is. I'm still laughing!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

That George is somethin' else.

Yvonne said...

Made me laugh too!

Mental P Mama said...

I hope Char is okay....

Rural Revival said...

Puppy love, it's the best! The bluebird is so pretty. I don't think they're very common up here, but I could be wrong. It's been known to happen. : )

My husband and I had a conversation about blue birds (as in birds that are blue), just the other day. What we do have around here is lots of blue jays and it struck me that besides birds and dragon flies and maybe some other insects, we couldn't think of any other animals that are blue. When you think about it blue is a strange colour for an animal. Maybe?

That's all!

~Andrea~

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a great post! I know what you mean when the dog sees you! It's the greatest feeling! Darn bird!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

That, I think is the reason that dogs are man's best friend. George is one handsome dog!!

Dar said...

Thanks for todays smile...I once sat in my garden crouched with the camera, until my legs fell asleep, then my butt, until finally, I got Mr. Bluebird delivering dinner to his family in flight just before he hung on the outside of the box...isn't nature a wonder?
BlessYourHeart and Love the Love your pooch gives.

beth said...

what would we do without our furry loves who truly love us more than anything else in the world ?

and oh my sister has bluebirds and of course when i was there the other day watching them fly all around me, my 70-300 was back at home.....arrghhhhh

TSannie said...

Darn uncooperative bluebird!

Good wishes to Char.

(We're goin' back to the play - Conchata Ferrill is in it! - hope you come!)

Deb said...

This post is so sweet. My dog does that too and I love it. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Donalyn said...

Nothing makes Riley happier than seeing his people. And the barn swallows are back here, so the bluebirds won't be far behind...

tj said...

...This post had me laughing out loud! Thank you for that! lol... I do the very same thing as you, so funny. lol... :o)

...Our Choc' Lab named "Maggy" does the same thing George did to you. I have a photo of her on my Flickr page where my husband was plowing snow and Maggy was up there with him and I just happened to be out and about snapping photos of the beautiful snowfall when I aimed the camera her way and she saw me and she did the exact same thing as George and I did the exact same thing as you - giggled. hee,hee,hee It kinda gives your tummy butterflies when it happens doesn't it? lol... ;o)

...Thanks for sharing and I love that you have another photo of your hubby's backside to add to your ever expanding collection. I bet it's funny when you view all the photos together of all the different angles, times, days, etc...that you photographed his backside. *giggle* ;o)

...Blessings girl...

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

Great story line and beautiful photos as well

Dayle said...

I relate to the doggie thing. The best. As for getting things done some days, and all those "other times," let's just say it's generally the "other times" that make the best memories.

julie moore said...

I love the dog! I have 3 babies who love their mama. Yes there'snothing quite like the love of a dog.

Gone Country said...

I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning!

Ya just gotta love George! I think I would have been giggling too as he watched you for clues as to what he should do! Love how he ran faster!

Low Tide High Style said...

Aww, a happy puppy beats a bluebird picture any day! And yes, GMTA, love your textures!

Kat :)

spindrift,me said...

Oh, that was priceless! I'd say you accomplished a good deal, and the most important things, as well. Loved your cherry blossom post as well. Bluebirds are scarce here. One of the only ones I've seen was in a cemetery I used to walk through every day. Glad your sis is better.

Caroline said...

Love this post!!! Classic...I can't believe you waited for it...but at least you skipped the housework and got a cup of coffee. You are my kind of girl!!!

missing moments said...

Love this post .... nothing sweeter than a smilin' dog! And a story that makes me smile! Thanks Kate!
Reena

JackDaddy said...

You're never gonna see that bird smile at you like that! :)

Oliag said...

This post just made me smile:) I loved watching George run up to you:) and I am pretty sure that I will see some bluebird photos in the future....

Hilary said...

What a fun post. That dog.. I want to hug him. Beautiful George.

cat said...

Beautiful series of pictures. I love my puppy children.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Aww, that sequence of photos of George is beyond cute. Even just looking at the photos you can totally see his happiness and it makes me laugh too. :)

Cabin Fever in Vermont

Dyche Designs said...

Where would we be without our furry friends, they love us so unconditionally.

Nurse Nancy said...

So sweet...one of the things I miss the most having just lost our furry friend. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

Even without the bluebird the bird house photos are wonderful. I just love that George!

The Japanese Redneck said...

With a B&W, it don't get any better!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures of George running to you. I only have a point and shoot camera but I am going to try to capture that with my dog.

Love the peacefulness and humor of your blog. It is hard to combine the two. :)

Debbie from Illinois

Kacey said...

George. I love him! (sorry about missing the bluebird. We don't have them around here. They are so pretty!)

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post. Yes to have my Miggy so happy to see me and greet me is the best thing, nothing like the love of a dog. Wonderful photos. Have a great day !

Carolynn said...

She is a beautiful little bit of sweetness, that bird.

My cats both come running to greet me at the door when I come home and they constantly follow me around the house so that I feel like I'm leading a parade. It does warm the heart.

Mary said...

Awwwww, he is just so darned cute! And this is just the sweetest post imaginable -- perfect for this icky rainy day!
xoxo

The Weaver of Grass said...

What is a bluebird compared with that darling dog!

Daryl said...

Oh those elusive bluebirds .. ah sweet mystery of life ... and George smilin' .. love it

Bluebird49 said...

Oh I'm so glad you got it. My mama's favorite bird was the bluebird. She had a glass collection of them--one very special one that she gave to my daughter many years ago. My grandson has it now (I HOPE he still has it!) Whenever I see a bluebird, of course, I think of my beautiful little Mama with the cornflower blue eyes.

lisa said...

I have three wonderful Aussies, who make me feel like the most special wonderful person in the world when they see me. It will make even a bad day good.

Rachel Lynn said...

I agree! Every day when I get home from work, I walk in the door and the dog is sitting there wagging his tail and practically shaking with excitement, waiting for me to take off my shoes and coat and pet him.

mrs mediocrity said...

He is beautiful. It's those little things, those moments when you stop and cherish life that mean the most.

A New England Life said...

Waiting for a bird is akin to a watched pot never boils. Ha!

Looks like there were plenty of other things going on though!

Gale Wall said...

Oh but you did accomplish something...something great. His love for you as he spies you and scrambles to reach you. Hope you gave him a smooch!

Kerri said...

Sweeeet post Kate! George is a heart stealer :)
And I LOVE your bluebird!

maccandace said...

Your pup is precious!

Sharkbytes said...

I DO love the little bluebirds!

Lili said...

The bluebirds are definitely elusive here, I've never even seen one! The photos of George running toward his mama are shear joy and they kind of got me choked up a little. xo ~Lili