Birding, Goals

Half. Way.

As I said in my last post, this month I participating in NaNoWriMo. This mean that nearly all of my free time is devoted to hitting my target of 1667 words per day so that at the end of the month, I have a short novel. What I will do with said novel is anyone’s guess, but I will have…

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Birding, Pets

The best (and the worst)

Sometimes (most times) I feel like Facebook doesn’t give a very even picture of an actual event. For example, this weekend… Friday, Key and I loaded up in the car to head up to Camano Island, Washington (north of Seattle) to do a nosework (NW3) trial. This is our second trial in the last three weekends (in other words, of…

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Birding, Travel

Milestone Wanderer

Last Friday (Dec. 20), I took off on an epic trip to Monterey, California, and back. 1500+ miles of driving in 8 days. The main goal was to a) avoid the holidays, and b) see birds. I managed to do a spectacular job at both. Day 1 – To Redding This day the goal was to cover miles. According to…

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Birding, Painting

Gotta catch up…

Hello all! I’m alive! And back to blogging! At least, that’s my story. First of all, thank you everyone for your lovely can kind words about my last post. In spite of the somewhat gloomy nature of that post, the last month (again, sorry) has been a good one. NaNoWriMo My main excuse for not writing a blog post is…

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Birding, Travel

The camera got a workout

Back in September I wrote a post about a weekend down at the beach and promised to post photos of one of the adventures, a whale watching tour, “the next day.” Sincerely apologies. Life got away from me. To recap, on September 13, I went on a whale watching tour with Whale Research EcoExcursions, who I have been out with…

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Birding, Family

Something is better than nothing

It’s been a few weeks since I posted, and the reason is a bad one: I forgot. I have mentally started on a couple of posts, but then it all just slipped away. This weekend I went down to the beach and made a determined effort to just “have fun.” Friday I went whale watching (more in the next post),…

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Birding, Goals, Painting, Personal

Seven months was all she wrote*

August marks seven months since Mom’s death, so I’m more than halfway through “the official year”. And because I’m a planner, I’m starting to look ahead to what 2020 might bring. August will also mark what would have been Mom’s 72 birthday. I’m not someone who normally marks that kind of thing, but it does make me sad. It seems…

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Birding

Birding Arizona

I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, but so much has happened. I had to block out four blog posts just to get caught up, and that’s just the basics. I’m starting with the prettiest of the planned posts, my trip to Southern Arizona for a painting workshop sandwiched between some birding. Buenos Aires NWR On November 15,…

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Birding

Aloha, Hawai’i

Apparently, I have trouble with the vacation concept. I run around doing stuff and adventuring and having a great time, but I’m TIRED when I come back. So today, my story is that I relaxed. I didn’t do much. That’s my story. I got up and went for another snorkel at Two Step and it was amazing. I came back…

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Birding

Three adventures (with clouds)

Today is my second to last day on the island and one I had been looking forward to since signing up for the Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds. It was the day that I went to Kaloko-Honokohau for the guided bird walk. All told, we saw 18 species of birds, though except for the Wandering Tattler, I had seen most…

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