Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I am so thankful...

for a day off from work and to wake after sunrise.

I raised the bathroom blind very slowly and quietly,

wiping the sleep from my eyes.

I stood in the garden tub with my camera to see


an American Robin on the pond. What a delight.

And twenty more, I discovered.


I am thankful for surprises.

Cedar Waxwings joined the Robins for cocktails and a bath (upper left, click to enlarge).

Simple blessings through the bathroom window!


The dogs were still snoring under the covers.




Can a Robin be thankful?


There was a Robin party at my house!


For her black leather nose pasted with rawhide, I’m thankful, and also for


my Gremlin.

I am thankful for a routine trip to the grocery store this morning and taking time to see


glorious color on the big pond.

We have a minuscule amount of time to live our lives.

Let’s also be thankful for…

our senses - to feel, hug, and touch others’ lives, somehow;

the emotions we possess for crying tears of joy, or anger and despair, and for belly laughs, while we are here;

the ability to make someone smile along the way and to love family and friends unconditionally;

those who are compassionate;

our gift of sight for the endless, and often overlooked, beauty on this God-given good earth.


I can’t get enough of it. I’m thankful for life.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

And I'm thankful for a kind-hearted friend like you! Happy Thanksgiving to you too May. :)
(You know, some people really don't think I know your name)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Mary your post was like another blessing on my list of things to be thankful for...Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mary,
That was a lovely post--it brought tears to my eyes. I'm glad you had the day off too and got to enjoy all those robins in your pond. I bet your pups were happy to have you home also.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Mary said...

Dear Linne, we have our own language. My thoughts are with you during this is a big {{{hug}}}, Love, May

Lisa, isn't blogging a blessing?

Ruthie, I hope you have a day filled with turkey loving dogs and peace.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Oh my goodness! You are the Goddess of the Endless Summer! How fantastic, Robins and Cedar Waxwings! Wow! Your Mallard Duck photo is gorgeous! You don't need another camera, you are doing wonderfully with the one you have!
I am so very grateful I have met you. I refer to you as, "Mary, my dear friend in North Carolina", when I tell others about your birds and your drought. I laugh and I often cry and laugh some more when I come to visit you here.
Thank you for your wit and your care of nature.
Many blessings for Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones have a fun day together. Enjoy your work break. The birds love you. Pats and hugs to pups.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with everyone that I am thankful for our friendship! I love seeing those Robins in the pond!

entoto said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! Enjoy the day with your family, your doggies, and your lovely pond.

Bill said...

Great stuff, Mary. You find the beauty in the simpleist most common things! Reading stimulated my mind to thankfulness. Happy Thanksgiving.

LauraHinNJ said...

We had a little robin pond party today, too. Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful, Mary!

Anonymous said...

Well-said, Mary. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Unknown said...

Mary, Mary, I'm thankful to be back to blogging again. For my husband feeling better and wonderful family and friends.
Happy thanksgiving!!!
that first photo looks like a painting ;)

Annie in Austin said...

It seems that your bathtub has the best view in America, Mary. You're kind enough to share the birds with us and we are thankful. We're even more grateful that you share your thoughts with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

kate said...

Hi Mary,
Your photographs are simply lovely. Chloe and Bella look adorable as do the birds on the different ponds.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and may your year continue to be filled with blessings!

Beth said...

Mary - wonderful list of things that matter. Thanks for sharing.

I am grateful for YOU. You make a profound difference in this world, bird by bird, word by word.

Ruth said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mary! I know you will care for all those birds well until they are ready to return to us.

JeanMac said...

What a beautiful post! Are your robins migrating with a thanksgiving stopover at the pond?

Marvin said...

Thank you for sharing the robin party. Have a great Thanksgiving.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a beautiful post, Mary!
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and all the family!

NatureWoman said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Mary! I'm thankful for life, too! What a precious gift.

KGMom said...

It is wonderful how "common" birds such as robins can look so glorious, bathing away.
Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for the small gifts we receive.

Jayne said...

What a very beautiful post Mary. Wow... I've never seen that many Robins in one place, and to be joined by Cedar Waxwings too... what a thankful blessing. I am thankful for blog friends like you who challenge each of us to breathe deeply and appreciate the beauty around us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving friend

Chrissie said...

So many Robins! Ours are very terratorial and I have never seen more than two together! Have a wonderful day :-)

The Quacks of Life said...

happy thanksgiving Mary.

you would never find that many European Robins together, they are right argumentative little fellows. Look as if butter wouldn't melt in there mouths though !

Julie Zickefoose said...

I could eat those robin photos with a spoon, they are soooo sweet. The light is amazing. Keep standing in that bathtub, dear; we're all loving it so much.

Poo on the guy who messed with your wonderful photos of the cadets.

It's so good to be home and able to catch up on your blog. I'm thankful for YOU tonight!

Susan Gets Native said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic!
I'm thankful for you, Mary!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

How uplifting to see such small creatures enjoying a simple pleasure of life--a good lesson for us all!
I, too, am thankful for you--

Naturegirl said...

Mary this was a wonderful post that truly touched my heart! It is indeed a gift for us all to see and have such beauty in nature to behold! I smile each time I come by to visit you! I am thankful of having the pleasure to get to know you and your dear kindred spirit. Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
We here in Cnanda celebrated Thanksgiving in Oct. hugs aNNa

Alyssa said...

Beautifully poetic post, Mary. I think you've summed up how lots of us feel. Savor every moment - there are such wonderful things to see and do! How nice to see all those "spring" robins enjoying your spa.

P.S. How do you sneak out of bed with out the girls leaping up the moment you set your feet on the floor???? I can't fool Thea unless she is buried under the covers at the very foot of the bed!

Have a terrific weekend!

Mary C said...

Mary, I do hope your Thanksgiving was all and more than you anticipated. I'm so glad you had a few days off. I am also enjoying my time off - a whole two weeks off - one week for the New Mexico trip, and the second week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Oh, how I will have to drag myself to work on Monday - but who wants to think about that now? Have a great weekend my friend!

Larry said...

Great heartfelt post-It really got me thinking and remembering-Robins sure do love water don't they.

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

great things to be grateful for. xoxo nita

Mary said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. The Robins look much larger than the European ones.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the sparkles on the water in that last shot, Mary. So much to be thankful for - I like your list a lot!

dguzman said...

Life rocks.