Friday, February 6, 2015

Notes from My Nest: Healing

1. morning sun 2-6-15-kab cell pic

It’s a mostly sunny but cold day here on Mere Point. I awoke to temps of -10F but now it has warmed up to 13 degrees!

2. frosted windowpanes 2-6-15 cell pic There was frost on the windowpanes when I first got up, but now that the sun is shining it has started to melt. The bird activity has been up and down all day with a flock of 30 redpolls stopping by briefly as well as a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I am seeing the Red-breasted more this winter, though it rarely comes down to the feeder. Today it did, however, and I was so glad to see it!

3. I hang out this window 2-6-15 We have had storm after storm, after snow storm here. With every storm the snow gets deeper and it gets harder to reach the feeders and refill them. I have figured out that I can open the front window and lean out to get and refill my finch feeder so I added another smaller feeder next to it.

2-2-15 finches at feeders during storm During this last storm on Wednesday the birds just gobbled up anything they could find! My Hermit Thrush is still hanging around as well. I usually see it a few times a day.

5. new hair cut 2-6-15 selfie We had family here for Super Bowl Sunday and my daughter cut my hair for me again. I had her cut it in an A-line and stack it in the back which makes it much easier for me to take care of with only one good arm. While I can move my left arm around, the worst thing I could do would be to lift it over my head!

6. snowbank 2-6-15 My arm is slowly healing. I can walk around the house without my sling on but I must still wear it to bed or when I go out in public or for a walk. No walking now with all this deep snow, though I did help Gus fill the feeders on Wednesday evening before the next storm!

7. footprints in snow 2-6-15 cell pic We trudged through snow up to our knees and thighs, but it was only a short distance. You can still see our footprints, even after this latest snowfall! If it gets much deeper we will not be able to fill those feeders at all! I start physical therapy next week and hope that I can get my arm back to as good as new or better!

8. 2-5-15 snow storm

I had my six week post-op checkup on Tuesday and I am happy to report that all is well! I can now do dishes and laundry and vacuum the floors again! Unless there is a problem, I do not have to see the doc again until next year! However, I still will not be able to shovel snow or help move furniture! No more carrying microwaves up a flight of stairs for my mother either. While I hate the restrictions and I feared the surgery, I will now tell you that I am glad I did it. I feel so much better and I realized that my fear and denial let me suffer for far too long.

8a. 2-5-15 blowing snow-cell pic Bird feeder in snow 2-5-15

Speaking of my mother, many of you know that she has battled breast cancer in the past and is battling it once again. I have not been able to go down to Connecticut to help her this time around due to my own medical limitations. I I just talked to mom last night and she had her second round of chemo yesterday. She told me she lost all of her hair last Friday. It all fell out at once. Still, as usual, she is in good spirits and keeping her faith and her chin up. She has two more rounds of chemo to go and as they are 3 weeks apart, there is a chance I may be able to go down and be with her for the next one. We will see.

9. my new haircut 1-1-15 cell pic For now, it’s all about healing. I know I complain and feel frustrated by having to stay inside, but I think I finally got it through my head that I have a serious injury and I just need to heal. So, I decided that is my job; to Heal.

10. blossom's empty bed 2-6-15 And that is not the only healing going on. Gus and I are both still healing from the loss of our little dog, Blossom, after 14 years of our lives together. I am doing better than Gus. It has hit him very hard, but we are both working through it. It was good to have our kids here this past weekend. We all laughed and cried together and then we made pizza! I love my family!

More birds and birding to come!

11. mere point boat launch 2-4-15

Mere Point Boat Launch 2-4-15

Both Mere Point Bay and Maquoit Bay are both currently frozen solid.


  1. Glad to hear your post op visit went well. My best to your mom and I hope she comes out cancer free and healthy once again.

  2. I'm glad you have some family around to help while your healing.

  3. Glad you are on the mend and it will not be long before you are going far and wide birding. In the meantime be grateful that you can see so many birds from your house. Have a wonderful weekend

    1. Margaret, I am very grateful for this very birdy yard!

  4. sounds like you have a lot of things going on...healing all the way around. take care...
    i love the snow pics (easy for me to say, right? i'm in FL) but i DO miss the snow (being from NY originally)
    have a good weekend.

    1. Laura, how nice to hear from you again! I visited FL last year around this time. I sure wish I was going back again. You have such wonderful birds there! The snow is pretty, but I am a bit tired of all the cold.

  5. I am so glad that you are healing Kathie, both mentally and physically. Please give Gus a big hug from me, but only use your good arm! I can only imagine the sense of loss for him.
    I love your snow pictures, even if I don't love the snow :)

    1. Celeste, having a fire in the fireplace would sure make the snow and cold more endurable! I have hopes that the new fix will work. The chimney is getting relined next week and then we will see!


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.