Wait, wasn’t it just Sunday a day or two ago? How can a week go so fast? It’s time for another Scavenger Hunt Sunday. This week’s words are Vacation, Food(s), Sound, Texture, and Anything.
This week marked the one-year anniversary of my retirement and move from East coast to West. When you’re retired, every day feels pretty much like vacation, at least to me it does. The last actual vacation I took was almost two years ago, a week spent with my daughter and her “El Boyfriendo” in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I went to my archives for this photo of green leaves and flowing water from that trip. Looking at those photos again brought back some great memories.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend and therefore the start of summer, no matter what the calendar might say. I marked the occasion with a root beer float, one of my favorite summer foods.
Friday morning the sound of birdsong was drowned out by chain saws. Our big eucalyptus, which has served as a prop in many of my photos over the past year, died last summer and needed to be taken down. It’s left an enormous hole in our view . . . and in my heart.
High up in that tree was this wonderful Western Kingbird nest, which the men carefully removed and saved for me. I had first spotted it about a month ago, my eye drawn to it by all those colors. Fortunately, the nest was empty, the babies flown. If you click for a larger image, you can see the variety of materials it’s made of. There’s a foundation of twigs, of course, plus twine, plastic netting, yarn, string, horsehair, some of MY hair (trust me, it’s distinctive), bits of what looks like dryer sheet, polyester fiberfill, plant fluff, a Hershey’s Kiss pull thingy, and my favorite, a jaunty little chicken feather. See it? Sticking up in the upper right?
Do you think he can read? This was one of those occasions when I got caught with the wrong lens on my camera, so I had to crop quite a bit. He actually has a lizard in his beak. I love the little lizards, too, but around here almost everything is food for something else. It’s just the way it is.
If you’re having a long holiday weekend, I hope it’s a good one! If you’ve got some time, come on over and check out the Scavenger Hunt Sunday linkup.