ON THE ROAD AGAIN…

It has been a long (almost) five months since we started isolating but as I look back, I have seen the way we have lived it, survived it, and many times, even loved it. One of our trips out, we went to the National Wildlife Refuge that we didn’t even know existed here in Texas until the pandemic hit and we had to get creative about exploring and keeping ourselves from feeling cabin fever.

I start out today with pictures from and near the refuge and with the story surrounding our adventure. We didn’t go out that day intending to visit the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. But, what a wonderful find!

We only went out for a drive to a neighboring town that we hadn’t been to yet. We don’t typically get out of the car as we are the kind of people that like to see what might be ‘just over the hill’. And, that is how we saw the sign for the Refuge.

I am intrigued by birds. Our backyard and surrounding trees are filled with many different species of birds. As I write this, I have one sitting on my windowsill looking in my window. Many times, they will tap on the window or gather at the birdbath sitting in the yard in my view.

Birds do not have a worry at all as they go about their daily lives enjoying their beautiful surroundings. It reminds me of a verse from the bible in Matthew 6:26. “Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet, your heavenly father feeds them.” They take one day, one moment at a time and focus on what they need. The birds remind me to enjoy all the beauty around us, only control what we have control over, and embrace our independence and ‘fly’. Yet another thing that intrigues me about the birds…their ability to fly and be free. I get such pleasure and calm from watching them go about their days.

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And, so, that is what we did that day…in the refuge, in 99 degree temperatures, we drove around and learned from the birds, 

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soaked up being around the water and the bright sun…

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waited for the geese to cross the road…

img_5001And, celebrated just being alive. We took time to smell the flowers and make some beautiful visual memories of the beauty all around us.

I have found that I love the geese that we have here at the lake that in the late evening hours or the early morning hours will flock together and fly right above our home honking loudly as they go by.  They seem like such a happy lot making all kinds of noise guaranteeing that everyone around can hear them as they go by. 

Another favorite of mine is the local red tailed hawk. When I am sitting on my patio, he will fly over and cast a shadow as he goes by. Now that is a big bird and he too makes a sound that I find soothing like the sound my sweet owl outside my window makes. One of my most favorite sounds from the birds is the sound the hummingbird makes as he flaps his wings when he flies and ‘gets after’ the wasps that get near his hummingbird feeder where he and his friends come for nectar. 

Back to our trip home from the refuge. We drove through many small towns and found old barns, bales of hay waiting to be transported and one of the oldest churches in Texas with beautiful stained glass windows. 

Lesson learned: fly like the birds, take every moment to just be, focus on our mates…the ones we love, and make your presence known through your voice or your actions. Be well! Remember to not sweat the small stuff and not be anxious about the little things or even the big things we can do nothing about. 

Have a blessed week!

27 Comments on “ON THE ROAD AGAIN…

  1. Well, if anything, I get to read your posts again and see your pictures! So all of this hasn’t been too bad? Lol

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      • I had it on private mode for a while. Nobody was reading so I put it away.

        Hope you’re well! I know I’m obnoxious and I talk a lot but I am concerned for you.

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      • Aw!, thank you😊. Just lots of worries right now. Please don’t put it on private mode. Your posts are so needed right now. You never know how God might use you to help someone else. 🙏🏻 I know yours was one of the first blogs I looked for when I got back on.

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      • I really appreciate that, Diane! I’ve been really discouraged with the blog lately. Contemplating deleting it… just feel like it’s ran it’s course and it just doesn’t seem like anyone cares. I’ve become a very insecure blogger…

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      • Oh, I totally get that but do it for you and for the direction you feel called to go and when you write straight from the heart, I feel it’s meant for someone or many someones out there to see. I’m going to read more of yours tonight and a few others that I love following. It’s easy to get discouraged but I do believe our voice is very important😊

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      • I’ve come to realize that I do my blog just as much for myself as anyone else. I’m honored and pleased, of course, when people like what I post, but writing is therapy! I have fun with it, and it helps to get thoughts out of my crowded head 🙂

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      • I differ on things. I write for myself sometimes. But I post for everyone. In my opinion the point of blogging is sharing your thoughts, ideas, knowledge, etc. and when there’s little to no reciprocation, it makes me feel like the purpose of blogging is null and void.

        Some people can do it and it’s no problem. But it’s just not me.

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      • Does it feel like a chore? If so, maybe change up the theme a bit and write on something else for a change. I do love your bible verses though so please keep them😄

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      • No, I love the service of it. It’s just I’m actually not a people person. And peopleing is very awkward for me. I know that sounds weird, people can be very draining.

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      • Ah, yes, I get that. Are you an introvert? An empath or both? Boundaries are helpful. I’m an extroverted empathic person-highly sensitive…see more, etc. it can be draining

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      • Lol!!! I have no idea what I am! I’m definitely introverted… I just think it’s a fairness thing… I listen to people all the time. I put a lot of strangers first. And it’s not always mutual.

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      • Ha!, sorry, I had to do all those tests when I taught. I can tell you where I am on the Meyers Briggs 😄, what colors i am, what animal I am most like etc. it’s a little overboard, I know. I get what you’re saying. Friendships and connections need to be give and take so a single person does feel drained.

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      • Good grief! lol! I like a lot of colors and I like wolves. But I like a lot of animals too…

        You’re absolutely right!

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    • Thank you! Yes we do need to get out and play and take adventures. The southern half knows how to prepare for them. Hopefully problems will be minimal. Growing up in New Orleans, we used to have hurricane parties when we weren’t told to evacuate😄

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