Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Our Golden Cody


Sue (Big Dawg and Freeway) was writing in her blog the other day about all the Tuckers that have made their appearances on the blogs lately.  It seems there are now three Tuckers.   Two of those Tuckers happen to be Golden Retrievers.  All pets are special and all have certain qualities that make them who they are.  Goldens are no exception.  They are people pleasers all their lives. 


Our Cody came to be a part of our family some 12 years ago.  In dog years that makes him pretty elderly.  Does he know he’s elderly??  Nope!!  His little heart and mind will forever remain a young Golden. 


He didn’t always live inside.  He once owned a huge backyard with his lovely mate….Jessie.  They were inseparable and where you saw one you saw the other.  Jessie loved to fetch anything and Cody loved to stand and look at you like “now why did you go and throw that?”  They remained together until Jessie passed away.  He laid beside her body all night and refused to leave her even after we buried her in the backyard.  He loved her completely and totally.  That is the love of a Golden.  He loves us the same way. 


He came to live inside when we moved into the motor home to full-time.  Mike and I were both a little concerned.  He had never been housebroken, what would he do??  Well, I’m happy to say he did GREAT!!  His desire to please was so strong that he quickly learned that during his walks on the leash were the times he did his business.  He loves to walk with Mike on the leash.  He begins to smile and shake his big body whenever its time for a walk.  He loves to walk!!  He does not love to swim…nope!  Unlike Sue and Doug’s Tucker and Sam and Donna’s Riggs, he would rather walk along the edge of the water and splash a bit but no swimming.  Perhaps this is due in part from a lack of exposure when he was younger but remember, he’s not much on retrieving either!!  His love and devotion to his family is heartwarming and we love him in return.

Age is taking its toll on our Golden Boy!


His muzzle is now growing whiter and his hearing is failing.  He has to be looking at you for him to know what you want him to do.  We have to make sure we are with him wherever he goes….even in the backyard.   At night he still sleeps beside our bed….there is no room on the bed because our other loves are there, Casey and Nick, our Shih Tzus.  


Cody is special…..he’s a Golden!!  


Sunday, September 11, 2011




May we always remember those whose lives were lost and the lives that were given and their families.  We will never forget!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hummer Wars


Hummingbird wars!!  Yes, we have been the host home for some truly territorial wars lately.  We have the best seat in the house….literally!  We are able to view four hummingbird feeders from our sunroom.  The other feeder can be viewed from the dining room. 



It seems arial hummingbird combat is pretty high right now and most likely will continue until the middle of September.  At this time they will begin to realize that migration is about to begin.  They will need all the food they have been eating to be stored as energy for this long journey to Mexico and South America.  They don’t need to be wasting all their energy dive bombing each other.  At this time they will begin to settle down and feed more peacefully with each other.  A few weeks after this occurs most all of these fascinating birds will be gone until late March when they will once again ready themselves for another migration. 






Needless to say these little birds are very territorial.  We have been especially fascinated by one little Ruby-throated Hummingbird that seems to enjoy sitting on top of the pole the feeder is attached to.  He sits on the very top and stands guard over the feeder.  Whenever another hummer attempts to eat from the feeder he dive bombs and chases that hummer off.  Every now and then he allows a particular hummer to eat from the feeder and at times he sips from the sweet nectar himself….perks of the job. 


Do we know this is a male?  No, actually both the male and/or the female can defend a feeder (after breeding season is over).  In fact, several different hummers may take turns defending the feeder during a day.   It does appear that this particular hummer really likes to perch on top so he can observe his domain a little better. 


At times we have observed as many as 15 Hummingbirds flying around on the patio waiting turns to sip from the feeders.  They do chase each other off but they continue to swarm waiting turns to slip in for some food.  Even as it is pouring rain, he still sits on the pole and guards his food…. Nature at its best!! 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Birthday Celebration


A quick entry today!!   Yesterday was Mike’s birthday and in our family we really celebrate birthdays… matter how old you might be.    I got that tradition from my mother and carried it on throughout my career as an early childhood teacher and of course, most importantly, wife and mother!!   Birthdays are to be celebrated!!   So yesterday we had the best part of the celebration…..THE CAKE. 




We have decided to break from the traditional birthday cakes and go with the “decadent cakes” at Publix.  We have tried several different flavors so yesterday Mike chose the “Midnight Fudge Fantasy.”  You guessed it….pure chocolate.  Oh well, you only celebrate this special occasion once a year. 

Today, Saturday, we will continue the celebration with lunch together.  We waited until today because Stephen is off on Saturdays and can join us.  The birthday person always gets to choose his/her favorite place to eat.  Mike chose The Mellow Mushroom.  So the three of us journeyed to Peachtree City, which is about 35 miles from here, to enjoy a wonderful, delicious pizza.  As usual, it did not disappoint.



Since The Mellow Mushroom is located quite close to Wild Birds Unlimited we decided to stop by and purchase another bag of food and a seed cylinder for our feathered friends.  A stop at Barnes & Noble, Belk Department Store and Target and we were on our way home. 


Good food, good fun and good fellowship…..Happy Birthday, Mike!!!