Was that a Bird or Gunshots?

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was good, but busy. We had another birthday party to attend and this one was a 3 1/2 hour drive so that was our Saturday. It was fun and I got to see a lot of my family, but it was also hot outside, something for which we weren’t prepared.

Sunday, our daughter woke us at 5:00 AM, which she has been doing lately. So, Sunday afternoon we all took a nap when our daughter did. It seemed like it was going to be a lazy afternoon in the house until I got the idea to go for a walk in the woods near one of the parks near our house.

All three of us had a wonderful time on our walk. The leaves are just beginning to change colors, so you will see trees with
just a touch of red leaves on the top. So beautiful. On our walk I saw a Blue Jay, which was pretty cool.

(Picture via wikipedia)

I think that’s the first one I spied this year. We have a couple cardinals in our neighborhood, but no Blue Jays.My daughter picked a couple wild daisies and held them in her little hand our entire walk and was still holding them when we got home. It was funny because at one point we told her we were going home and she just turned around and ran in the other direction laughing. I guess she doesn’t need us anymore, sniff.

The only thing that marred the peacefulness of our walk was the frequent shotgun shots we heard in the distance (still loud, though). Someone was obviously practicing for hunting season. Not a big deal, but it did kill the quiet calm a little.

Oh, and speaking of my daughter. She has been trying out string sentences together, even without prompting. She has been saying “Dadda’s car”,”Momma’s car”,”Dadda’s hair”, and “Momma’s hair” with some frequency lately.

Finally, I did no writing over the weekend. I simply had no time. However, I was notified of a Halloween Challenge on the Ficlets site I think I’ll try out. I’ve also begun to think about NaNoWriMo and some strategies for this year. I’m excited. It was announced in an email that Neil Gaiman is going to be one of the “Celebrity Pep Talkers” for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

7 thoughts on “Was that a Bird or Gunshots?

  1. Diane – I grabbed the photo from wikipedia. I didn’t have a camera with me, but if I did the one I saw looked very similiar.

    Michelle – That is very cool. It adds some legitimacy to the whole thing in my opinion.

  2. I found a Neil Gaiman book in the library today so I’m excited to read that!

    Your daughter is sooooooooooooo cute with the flowers! Wah! Kiko’s latest one is waving at me and saying: “Bye-bye, Mummy,” then toddling off on his own. It’s a hard life having the olds dogging you 24 hours a day. These babies are too cool for us!

  3. My daughter used to carry flowers and things she picked up all the way, when she was younger. It is such a lovely habit, isn’t it?
    I’m so glad you are one of those couples who take their kid(s) to the forest.
    It may sound strange to people like us, but yes, there are kids who grow up to their school-time years and have not ever been to a real forest. How sad is that! These kids’ parents are either too ignorant or lazy or are afraid of the things in the forest (!!!) or a combination of all those.
    I might write a post about this, sometime later on…

    I see that you had a cool weekend and so have us over here. Check our photos of canoeing in a backwater of the River Danube – if you have a small fargment of time 🙂

  4. Helen – “Bye-bye, Mummy” is cute. We haven’t had bye-bye combined with our names yet. Also, which Gaiman book did you get?

    SzélsőFa – it is a lovely habit. As far as taking our daughter to the woods, it’s pretty easy for us. We live “in the country” or right near the “country”. We also live in Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) and are surrounded by trees and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Also, I enjoyed your post.

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