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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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner


We have been so busy lately taking care of Mr. Nick that we have been neglecting our birds.  Well, actually the birds, the flowers, and the housekeeping.  Keeping an energetic Shih Tzu calm and quiet as he begins to feel better is a tough job.  We hate to crate him all the time so we try to give him some “out on the carpet time” and some outdoor time when we are home. 



Anyway, this morning I noticed that most of our feeders were empty or nearly empty.  We had also noticed recently that we have some visitors at our feeders.  Yep, they are passing through and decided to stop for a good meal and visit.  The beautiful Rose Breasted Grosbeak has taken up a temporary residence in our backyard.  The male Grosbeak is the one with the most color…black/white with the bright red breast.  On our last count we had at least five visiting with us.  The Rose Breasted Grosbeak migrates through this area for their breeding grounds up north.  They are just a traveling through!!  It is so nice to have them stop by.  They are just beautiful and fun to watch, and all these pics were taken within the hour we were out.




So this morning I decided that I needed to be a better hostess and place some food in the feeders.  I filled the tube feeders, the platform feeder, the dome feeder and the hopper feeders.  I spread the Birdacious Bark Butter on the little feeder for that and then filled up the peanut tube.   DSC_6304




Mike and I sat back in our recliners and watched the show.  Our friends must have missed us because they all started flying and swooping to the feeders.  We saw the Hairy, Downey and Red-bellied woodpeckers, the Grosbeaks, Titmouse, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Mockingbird, Purple Finch, Wrens, Chickadee, Nuthatch and I’m sure there were some others.  We sat and watched this beautiful show for almost an hour. 






Mr. Nick is improving!!!  Our last Vet visit on Monday had him showing some significant improvement.  In fact, on this visit he only had the chiropractic adjustment and not the laser treatment.  We are beginning to come off the Prednisone.  You have to come off this medicine slowly.  He is still confined to the carpet area in the living room and is crated when we go out and at night.  We actually brought him into the bed with us early yesterday morning and he did fine.  He actually laid down and went back to sleep….not so this morning so we had to take him back to his crate.  Poor baby!!  The Vet told us Monday that it would be another couple of weeks of calm, quiet confinement.  We are so thankful he is improving!!  It has been so sad and stressful to see him in pain and not feeling his self!!   We are beginning to see our little Nick again and it is getting harder and harder to keep him calm and quiet.  A mixed blessing!!


Wishing all our blogging friends a wonderful weekend!!

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.    -    Unknown


  1. Loved all the pictures of your birds...makes me miss our bird feeders and watching to see who shows up.

    So glad to hear Nick is on the mend!

  2. nice dinner guests!..and so glad that Nick is slowly on the mend!

  3. Your little Nick is so adorable and glad to hear he is showing improvement. It's so hard when something is wrong with them and you can't explain it to them.

    The show your feathered friends put on for you must be better than any show Hollywood could offer. Great pics...I enjoyed them all.

  4. Beautiful pictures. So glad to hear that Nick is getting better. The quote is my email signature! Guess we like pups, huh?

  5. happy to hear your furkid is on the mend. Very hard when they get sick since they cant tell us where they hurt.
    Great bird picks, of course the cardinal would be a st louisans favorite

  6. Love the pictures of your visitors! Beautiful! :) So glad to hear that your little Nick is feeling better.

  7. What great pictures! Glad to see Mr. Nick is feeling better. What a great looking feeder for the feathered friends

  8. Nick looks so good and happy.
    I just love those bird photos. How beautiful they all are. Now keep those feeders full so your backyard will stay so bright and colorful. Enjoy your weekend.

  9. We have had those colorful Grossbeaks only once or twice..Right now our Cardinal pairs are in their "courting" phase, he feeds her..I wish Den and I were still in OUR courting phase :-))

  10. What? No squirrels lurking around to ruin all the feeders? Lucky you!

  11. And we get to enjoy that beautiful backyard and its visitors very soon!! YAY!

  12. Hey Nick - you sure have trained your people well.

  13. Hey Nick, you sure have trained your people well.

  14. Nice to see pics of Nick out and about. Great bird photos too.

  15. What beautiful pictures of such colorful birds. I could probably spend the day just watching them! So glad Mr. Nick is feeling better.

  16. The bluebirds have enjoyed their old familiar birdhouse here, and we had a very confused mocking bird singing from 2:30am to 4:30am this morning. I don't sleep much.
    Good to see your pup is on the mend.

  17. good to hear Nick is on the mend.

    You have such lovely birds in your area.

  18. I'm so glad little Nick is doing better. I believe it's harder on us than it is on them, because they can't talk. I hope he's back to normal soon, and you can be free to GO!

    You sure have a lot of beautiful birds in your yard. Great photos. :)

  19. OMG Gerri your photos of the birds are fabulous ~ and what a colorful show! I would LOVE it... Glad to hear Nick is improving ~ it is so hard when a pet is not well.

  20. So happy to hear that Mr. Nick is slowly recovering and getting back to his old self. It is definitely not an easy job to keep them calm and quiet.

    What a great variety of birds you get at your feeders. I love all the colours.

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  21. I loved the action shot in the bird bath! Glad Nick is coming around...tell him he should train his humans to always lift him down from gives them a sense of purpose. LOL


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