A Bird In The Groceries

Yesterday, while Andrew and I were driving home from the movies, we decided to stop in the grocery store next to our apartment for a late night snack.  As we’re walking through the frozen section (which is on the far right in our grocery store – to paint you a picture) we heard chirping up above.  We looked upward, to the left, and sure enough…there was a bird up in the rafters.

Andrew shouted “There he is! I knew I’d see him soon enough.” 

I thought this was odd because I had never noticed this bird before.  Ever. Apparently, he’s been in there for quite some time.  Andrew said he’s seen him many times, flying back and forth, above us all, going in and out of hiding.  Tonight, he was easily heard because there weren’t many of us in the store at the time.   

Most people don’t go to the grocery store after 9pm even though it’s a 24 hour store because they shut off all of the freezer lights and you can’t see anything! Well…I’m sure that’s probably not the main reason people don’t shop there after 9pm, I’m sure it is also due to the sketchy people hanging out in the back parking lot, the drag races that occur and 2am and wake us up occasionally (Seeing as we live next door), the fact that many people are probably already sleeping or getting ready for bed.  

Anyhow, back to the bird.  I felt bad for this bird.  He was all alone, without knowing his way out, without realizing it’s winter outside, with snow on the ground, and all of the other birds have probably flown south.  This poor bird who sees light 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Does he sleep? Does he know what time it is? Can he tell the season? I guess I can be thankful he has a place to stay with regulated temperature and enough food to fill his belly for a life time if he chooses to peck through the sealed bags of sunflower seeds, or whichever food is to his liking.  

I wonder what a bird would choose, had he the option of any food at his leisure.  Would he choose seeds? Chips? Fruit? I think it’s hard to say…and I’ll probably never know. It’s a 24 hour store – does he even find a way to get to the food without anyone catching a glimpse? Is he too afraid to try? 

I wish the best for this little birdie…he’ll be in my thoughts.  Until next time my feathered friend. 

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Everyone Loves Surprises! Especially in the Form of Many Bottles!

Surprise!

Andrew came home baring gifts tonight! An assortment of ciders, meads, and wines compliments of his boss, Brian.  On top of that, he bought me some ingredients to make a new beer to put on tap!

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Right now we have a Nut Brown Ale… Next on tap – Belgian Saison and a West Coast Style IPA!

…Possible because Andrew brought yet ANOTHER keg today and now we have 3!

(My apologies for the bad picture, it was quickly taken with my phone in a whirlwind of excitement!)

Can you spot our photo bombing puppy…

Spring Teasers

It’s about 40 degrees today in MA, give or take depending on where you are, and although that may sound cold, it sure beats the teens or single digits!

I see the snow melting, almost gone, and I start thinking of how it looks and feels like February and Spring is around the corner! And then I remember….it’s only December.

Here I am teasing myself with pictures of old adventures had in the woods

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Remembering life growing out of the dead trees in the Spring

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Taking photographs by the water

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Running across rocks on the beach

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Bonfires!

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Childhood memories of climbing trees! I can do that again right??

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And I throw my shorts on and slide open the balcony door with a burst of energy and a dash of motivation!…

…And the cold air rushes in, and as refreshing as that is, I realize it’s just too cold for this.  I wrap my blanket around me, sit on the couch, curl up with my dog, and go back to my blog….but that name haunts me still…it tells me don’t settle now…

An Introduction

I always wondered if I had what it takes to write a blog.  I love to write, and I’m very passionate about a lot of things, but that’s the problem.  I’m passionate about too many thing.  The best blogs are focused, passionate, informative, and true.  They know what they are and they stick to it.  I tend to be all over the place, bouncing around, trying to learn everything and do everything in every area.  And although it’s worked out well for me so far, that doesn’t seem helpful in a blog, it just seems like it’s a blog without a sense of purpose, without structure.  

Myself, I have a sense of purpose and I have structure, and yet I’m all over the map, too.  So why couldn’t I write like that?  Why couldn’t I just give spurts of knowledge as I learn them and different ideas as they come to me?  If no one reads, then it can be my own online archive of where I’ve been, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve come to love.  

The tricky part for me is keeping up with something, writing every single night even though I love it, exercising every single day even though it’s one of my favorite things to do, inventing all of my ideas even though I have the tools to do so.  I’m hoping this gives me discipline, and a routine I desperately need. 

I’ll take you through writing, poetry, photography, fitness and health, cooking, engineering, traveling, and much more.  

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain