Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Been a Long Time

It's been awhile since I have posted, but not from lack of stories to tell or photos I have taken. When blogger went down over a week ago my computer got infested with a horrible virus that stripped away my Picture Project Photo files and my Live Writer with all the stories I had ready to go. Until my computer is cleaned and restored, I cannot use it to blog or do anything. I have a tech scheduled to come on Monday and we will see what happens.

Meanwhile, I am currently down at my Mother's house in Colchester, CT after having hurt my back earlier this week. I spent Monday in the emergency room and then my Mom drove up to Massachusetts to help me out. On Wednesday I had to appear in court for a case involving a person who has threatened me. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was let out on probation, so I decided it was best to leave town for a few days.Thus, this is why you have not heard from me and I have not been writing! So sorry, because I miss you all and I miss blogging.

The truth is, I have been in too much pain to watch birds all week until this morning. I fell asleep last night to the gentle sound of rain outside and awoke to the sweet songs of birds singing. I hobbled to the kitchen window with my cane and gazed out through the wavy glass at cardinals, catbirds and sparrows. This afternoon I saw a white-crowned sparrow for the first time ever in Connecticut. My Connecticut Life List is now up to 117 species! Yay! 

I don't know if I will be able to go beyond my Mother's yard while I am here and I did not bring my camera because it hurts my back to even lift it. I hope to be well soon and be back to birding as normal. I am thankful for this chance to use my Mother's computer but I cannot sit here for long. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and I am still in good spirits and I still love the birds!

One nice thing happened in the past month is I was the featured blogger for Birding Dawn Fine did an excellent job and you can read her article: Featured Poet-Bird-Blogger by clicking on the link.


  1. What a stressful time for you! I hope your back heals quickly and that you can be out and about birding again. Your bird count is very impressive.

  2. What a string of misfortunes! Hope you'll feel better soon! I took a leave of absence too but under far less trying circumstances. So I hope things cheer up for you soon.

  3. Ouch! Heal up've got birding and bird-bloggin' to do.

  4. I hope you are feeling better soon. There really hasn't been much going on except rain, so it was a good time to be down.

    Good luck the court thing, I have been wondering how that was going.

  5. Sorry to hear that you have not been well Kathie.
    I do hope you fully recover soon. Keep your spirits up anyway.

  6. Hi Kathie

    What a lot to deal with. I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. Hopefully you will be back on your feet soon, I know the birds are rooting for you.

    Warmest Regards

  7. My goodness Kathie you have been having a tough time. I do hope things are getting settled with the beast upstairs once and for all. How wonderful that you are able to be with your Mom whilst you recover. How did you injure your back? I am heading down to AZ next week for a couple of days so I will say hi to the mountains for you :)

  8. Ruth, I hope my back heals soon also. I cannot imagine a life where I cannot get out and walk!

    Hilke, how nice to see you again!
    I have wondered where you have been!
    We all need some time off now and then.
    Hopefully all will be back to normal for me soon!
    (I realized after I typed that it was almost a poem!)

    Birding is Fun, you know it!

    Sandy, there has been a lot of rain but the warblers are here and I want to see them! I was in Maine on last Friday and saw my first ever Canada Warbler in Norridgewock! So exciting! So beautiful! Thank you for your good wishes. The court thing is over. I used the wrong word above. The guy is on probation. We agreed to a plea deal. It is all for the best. He agreed he was guilty and I did not have to testify!

    Roy, I am doing much better down here with my mom where I can relax for awhile and be at peace. I have not ventured out of the house much. Today we went out in the yard for awhile until a thunderstorm chased us inside! Thank you! I have missed visiting your blog.

    Guy, you are so kind. thank you for thinking of me. I have missed my visits with you also.

    Celeste, it has been tough but I have been tougher! (I think!) Nice to get away and be with family. Hope the computer guy can save my photo files. Sure wish the beast would move out. Gus cannot WAIT to move back to AZ! Me, I am enjoying my family and New England birds for as long as I can, but I can tell you, I do not like black fly season or humidity. Enjoy the sun! It has been a rare sight around here lately!

  9. Oh no! You poor thing...back pain is horrible. i've been there. Hope you're back at it soon.. :-)

  10. Oh my gosh Kathie, so many things going on besides having to deal with the pain in your back. I am so sorry. I do hope all will be well soon and that you can get back to normal. Sending lots of cheer your way, along with my wishes for a speedy recovery.


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.