Happy Blogaversary!!!!

>> Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Blogaversary to me!
Happy Blogaversary to me!

It's the 2d anniversary of my first blog post. I was playing aroung the other night, rereading my posts, and noticed that the first one was May 16, 2008. I can't believe it's been 2 years.

I haven't posted much. But there were a few memorable things that I saw while going back through them. First was 6/2/08...my very young friend, Noah, had given me a big hug and told me he loved me...during the song service that Sunday morning. Gosh...I still get goose bumps thinking about it. It was the sweetest thing. He's getting SO big! He'll be 6 soon. WOW! Ok, gotta stop thinkin' about that.

Next was 3/23/09. Shanna (my sister) making it past her 8th week of pregnancy. It was such a very happy time. I can only imagine how happy she and Jonathan were...cause I KNOW we were crazy happy.

[Rabbit to chase...I'm watching The Owl Box live right now. One of the owlets has stepped out on the perch. I believe he stepped out last night for the first time. I'M SO EXCITED TO GET TO WATCH THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's probably Max -- the first hatched. Two others (Pattison & Austin probably) have their heads in the opening watching. IT IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Max is flapping his wings a lot. I'm sure he loves that since it's so crowded in the box w/3 other owls. They're so much bigger now. It's getting crowded even though it is a big box.

I think Pattison wants to get out there so badly too. His head is out -- it just looks like he wants to hop out there too. This is SO COOL. Have I said that already? LOL.

You don't have to agree with me on this...that's ok. You have the right to your opinion, and I respect that...respect me too. It's just mind boggling to think about how God created/creates every living creature...from the birds and fish to cows/dogs/cats/zebras/[insert any living creature here] AND humans. AND he created all the vegetation too...AND everything else that we know (and don't know yet). And you know He's gotta have a great sense of humor...just look at the platypus. :-) I think that's one of the funniest looking creatures I've ever seen. I'm sure I look pretty funny to them too! Anyway...back to God's creation and owls. Ooooooh, here comes Austin, I think, looking out to see what's going on.

Anyway (again)...it has just been an incredible experience to watch these owls/owlets hatch, grow and mature. I'm going to be really sad when they all fledge. Hopefully that won't be for several weeks. Wesley (the 4th) is still a lot smaller than Max and a lot fuzzier. So maybe we still have some time. Oh, he just went back "inside". hmmm is that Pattison looking out now? I was typing and did see what happened. I think it is. He's got a fuzzier chest. I don't think he's brave enough to come out yet. And they're very hungry. They're calling for food. It's very noisy in there. Oh...one foot out! Now back in. You can do it Pattison. You just watched Max. You saw how easy it was. You can do it. Think you can...think you can. HE DID IT!!!!!!!!! Way to go Pattison! He's on the perch. Yep, consensus is that this is Pattison (2d hatched). And Austin (3d hatched) still in doorway opening.

I think they're hissing for food. Molly & McGee haven't shown up yet with any food. I'd hate for Pattison to fall off if they decided to "drop by" right about now. heeheehee That would be mean.

[another rabbit...ever go camping and have to sleep cramped up? Then the next morning getting out and stretching? I think that's probably what the owlets are feeling like now. They haven't been able to flap and stretch their wings completely yet. That's gotta feel good.]

Well. I guess I should go now. This has been an awesome way to spend a 2d Blogaversary. Maybe next year I'll revisit this and see if Carlos & Donna still have a web cam on their owl box. (BTW, they're going to get in the RV and take a LONG vacation after all the owlets fledge. They deserve it. They've been watching this owl box since January. Thank you so much, Carlos & Donna (and Austin for the technology help). You have given us a precious glimpse into the lives of this set of God's creation -- and your lives too -- and introduced us to so many new people...via chat/Twitter/FB/books/cartoons/etc. What a wonderful community to grow out of your kindness to keep up with Molly, McGee & Co. [Pattison goes in for now. Maybe Molly/McGee will bring some food.]

Ok, one last Blogaversary milestone...9/16/09...me being 3 weeks late in posting anything about Brooke Lillian Burgess (born 8/27/09)! That's ok though. It was time spent WITH her instead on of the computer. She's still the most beautiful baby on the earth, IMHO. Got to spend a little bit with her last night. What a personality! She is SO precious (as only an Aunt can think she is). I can't believe she's 8.5 months old already. I do have to admit that it's been more fun watching her grow up than then owls. Sorry Molly/Carlos. *snicker*.

Ok. Off to bed now. I've seen the owls come out to the perch. I really wanted to see that tonight. I'm glad they came out early (I think it was between 2-3am last night).

Until next time...

TKST ~; }


Molly the Owl

>> Friday, May 14, 2010

If you haven't heard of Molly the Owl yet...check her out HERE or HERE. We're (I should say THEY) are on "fledge watch". The owlets should fledge any time now.

I've watched them for the past 3 months. There was just one owlet that had hatched when I started watching. I didn't get to see any of them hatch...except later on video (YouTube).

It's been an amazing journey watching them grow. There are 4 (of 6 eggs, 1st broke, and 6th didn't hatch). The "parents" are Molly and McGee. They are common barn owls. They've nested in an owl box in San Marcos, CA, in the back yard of Carlos and Donna Royal.

I have to say that Carlos and Donna are the most AMAZING couple. I can't imagine how this owlbox/owls/webcam has truly changed their lives. Carlos talks about it being unbelievable how fast it's spread. Millions of watchers from all over the world. It's truly become a phenomenon.

The owlets are (in order of hatching) Max, Pattison, Austin (for their grandson, the tech guy), and Wesley. I haven't heard if they have been "sexed" yet...if they know if they are male/female. They just gave them all male names.

I just know Max is going to fledge tomorrow night (55 days) -- and I won't be home, watching, to see it. I wish he would fledge right now...I need to go to bed. But then I'd probably still be up watching to see him fly again.

Well -- it's late, AGAIN, and I need to pack up stuff for a crop tomorrow. I can't wait to see my "Friday night" friends! It's been SO long!

I'm going to try to post again on Sunday. It will be my 2 year BLOGAVERSARY!

I'm going before I start rambling again.

TKST ~; }