Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Flying High, Flying Low

DSC_0016 Sandhill Cranes-KAB Sandhill Cranes January 3, 2013 Whitewater Draw

January started out very busy for me with kids still here and me trying to do a Big January. For the first week I went out birding almost every day with Chris Rohrer because he was still on vacation. Once he went back to work so did I, trying to get caught up on housework and such and saying good-bye to my last child and his wife on January 8th. However, just when I thought I might start to get caught up with my blogging again we were plunged into the crisis of Gus’ vision loss. We spent a week waiting for him to have cataract surgery and worrying it that it would not work. Thankfully it did and Gus is now scheduled to get the next eye done. Vision is so precious!

However, in the way that life can just come at you so fast at times the same day Gus had his surgery my father-in-law was rushed to the hospital with a bleeding ulcer. After spending a week in the hospital I am happy to report that he is back home and on the mend. However, I came down with the flu on Saturday and have been dragging myself around the house ever since. I have been too tired to go out or count birds other than in my own backyard. During the last week we have had numerous rain storms and temperature fluctuations, but nothing like the brutal cold snap in the middle of the month!

In spite of all of this I did manage to get out and go birding at numerous places. I have the largest Big January count I have ever done, mostly thanks to Chris who pushed me to go, go, go! I have finally started processing the thousands of photos and hopefully I can use this time spent at home playing catch-up with my blogging!

So, in a month that has seen many highs and many lows, both emotionally and temperature-wise, I am starting to get my wings back and I hope to soon be flying high once again. Then maybe, just maybe, you will see a blog post here more than once a week!

P.S. Big January results will be seen here soon!


  1. I'm sorry to hear about Gus and your father-in-law. Congratulations on putting together your best January list! If you want me to put a link to your list then let me know which one to link on to and I'll post it to the bottom of my current posting.-Same for Chris or anyone else who did a Big January.

  2. Larry, Gus is doing much better now that he has had cataract surgery. As for my Big January List, I hope to post it soon. I would love to have you add it to your list! Thanks! I'll tell Chris that as well.

  3. Hi Kathie

    The New Year has been fairly stressful for you I am glad things seem to be calming down a bit. Your photo of the Sandhill Cranes is lovely.


  4. I'm sorry your year has gotten off to such a bad start. Hope things are better now. Lovely photo of the cranes!

  5. Wow, you have so much going on lately, I hope you are feeling better.
    I had cataract surgery, both eyes, about a year ago after rapidly declining eyesight and I am happy to report that my vision is better than it has been in decades. I hope your husbands experience is the same.
    Take care.

  6. Glad things are getting better for all. Get some rest. Love ya.

  7. January has certainly been a busy month for you. Sure glad Gus' eye surgery went so well. No wonder you're sick between all the excitement and stress. And yet you've outdone yourself with this Big January.

  8. Great capture of the cranes in flight!

  9. The only way is up now Kathie.
    I am glad that things are getting better for you.

  10. Hey Kathie, I'm sorry to hear about all the trouble this month, but it's been great to follow your and Chris' adventures over face book.

    Thrashers in the future!

  11. So happy to hear that everything is going in the right direction now and that Gus and his Dad are doing well Kathie. Very stressful time you've had there but what a wonderful start for the year with your birds. And we get the benefit too. Onward and upward Kathie :)

  12. Hope you are feeling better Kathie! Glad everyone else is on the mend.


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.