Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Monthly Summary

We started January with a family breakfast. John and Lindsey went to a church function on New Year’s Eve and I had to work, so Papa Jimmy had Mason to himself. I am sure it was the first of many times to come. They spent the night at our house so we had us a big breakfast, and spent most of the day together. A great way to begin the new year.

We received our passports the 2nd, and started making plans for a trip to the Panama Canal. We leave tomorrow morning to Florida to board the ship on Tuesday. The cruise will last 10 days, then we will go to our time share in St Pete Beach for a week.

I started my new blog this month and am still working on cleaning up my original blog. I want to make it easier to find photographs worthy of framing and using in my greeting cards. So I first used bloggers new export/import tool and sent the whole blog to my new blog (the one you are on) and then started removing some of the post from the original blog. All of the post are staying on the Photos For Fun blog. I have also prepared post for the 3 weeks we will be gone, so I hope all of you will visit and leave comments while I am gone. I will catch up with your blogs when I return.
This month Shelley has given us all a big scare about our photos stored on our computers. I have gotten all my photographs transferred to the external hard drive. That was quite a job, even with the majority of them already there. Just hope it doesn't crash. Now I am thinking maybe I need two external hard drives, surely they wouldn't both crash at the same time.

The house in Rockwood is finally livable, Jimmy spent his first night there on the 12th. The following weekend we spent most of the weekend there. On Saturday Jimmy and I went to Ozone Falls, which is located between Betsy and George and our house in Rockwood. Come spring we will have to meet them there one day. I was surprised as cold as it was the little parking area was full of vehicles when we left. Guess everybody was like us, they wanted to see Ozone with some water tumbling over. Came home late Saturday evening so we could go to church on Sunday. After an afternoon with the family we went back to Rockwood.

I have seen lots of birds at Rockwood, it may turn out to be my bird haven.
So far I have seen and photographed…
American Goldfinch
Brown Headed Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Bluebird
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Mourning Dove
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Siskin
Carolina Wren
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
The last 4 are new birds to my lifer list.

So this month has been a very exciting birding month.

I did some photography assignment work 3 different days for
This afternoon we will be celebrating Mason's first birthday with a family party.
He was sick on his birthday, but has improved enough that we all plan on having a great time. He has been taking a few steps by himself, maybe he will take off today!


Denise said...

Leedra, such a beautiful photo. Have a wonderful vacation.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Well my Friend, I'm excited FOR you and Jimmy. This is a perfect time to take a cruise.. I'm sure you will come back with TONS of new pictures--not just from the cruise but from St. Pete.

You have had a great month for sure.. Seeing the Sapsucker and Waxwing would be so special. Maybe someday I'll see those also. I've seen all of the others you listed.

You are SO organized.. I don't think I could work --and keep up with all of this blogging, along with everything else we do!!!!

Have a wonderful trip. I'll keep up with your blogs while you are gone.

Lots of Hugs,

Dorothy said...

You've have a good month! I'm enjoying your new blog! You have a long list of of birds you have seen and photographed!

Diane said...

Wonderful Leedra! ! ! Be filled and refreshed and blessed!

George said...

You've had a busy month. Please think of us while you're enjoying the warmth of sea and of Florida. Bring some of that warmth back with you if you can!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A busy month indeed,but it sounds like you had fun,that's the most important.
Hope you have a gret vacation,looking forward to see pictures of the area.

Susie said...

I hope you enjoy your wonderful sounding cruise. My husband and I love cruising and I am envious.

Look forward to seeing all the wonderful photos I know you will take.

troutbirder said...

A teaching friend of my did the Canal cruise several years ago and said it was wonderful. I expect you will have the same reaction. Bring back lots of pics to share with your blogging devotees!

Carletta said...

Have a wonderful vacation and be safe and have fun!
I'll be dropping by to see what you decided to share with us.

Rose said...

Too late to wish you fun on your vacation, however I do hope you are having a wonderful time!

Pam said...

I would definitely call Rockwood your Bird Haven with all those birds. Keep up the great photos. We like seeing the different birds.