Morning Moments

Nature Altering Her Robes

The chill of Winter is beginning to set into the Deep South, and I just want to sit by my window and watch Nature alter Her robes as I drink my morning coffee. It is interesting that as She removes Her coverings we increase ours, and as She envelopes Herself with heavier layerings we decrease ours.

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Buffalo Spirit Tree
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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This morning as I scanned my small corner of Creation the leaves were dropping from my Buffalo Spirit Tree. I soon realized that leaves just don’t drop that heavily. That is when I spied a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing my camera. Thanks to Audubon’s website I was able to identify him and find out what a wonderful companion he is for my garden and trees.

 

 

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Pileated Woodpecker
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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Pileated Woodpecker
Darlene Callahan Hohensee
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“A big, dashing bird with a flaming crest, the largest woodpecker in North America (except the Ivory-bill, which is almost certainly extinct).

Excavating deep into rotten wood to get at the nests of carpenter ants, the Pileated leaves characteristic rectangular holes in dead trees. This species became rare in eastern
North America with clearing of forests in centuries past, but has gradually increased in numbers again since about the beginning of the 20th century. Where unmolested, it even lives in parks and woodlots around the edges of large cities.”
~ Audubon Guide to North American Birds

May your day be equally and more abundantly blessed!

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Elderberry Promises

Having a very good morning today! While getting ready to meet with a friend for lunch and some shopping I was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful site.

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Such wonderful promise of a large elderberry harvest.

For the first time last year, I made Elderberry Syrup and used it during the winter months to keep my immune system in high gear. I am amazed at the benefits of this delightful bush.

In an article from the University of Maryland Medical Center, that is no longer available on their site, the benefits of Elderberry were listed and explained. Thank goodness I saved a pdf file containing that information. It was stated in the article that,

Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied
to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold
and flu. Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries
may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, including the sinuses, and
help relieve nasal congestion…

Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may
help prevent damage to the body’s cells. In fact, elderberry outranks
blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol
content.” Elderberry _ University of Maryland Medical Center

Of course, before you decide to use any natural products check with your physician for any interactions with your current medications.

Naturally, the dreaded disclaimer:

Any content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker.

Wishing you all a very blessed and beautiful day!

Morning Moments

Morning Surprise

As I was enjoying my first cup of coffee this morning my cell phone announced an early morning call. As I picked it up my foggy morning brain tried to make sense out of the fact my husband, Bill, was calling me from outside. So I answered the call with, “Hello, what’s up?”
He replied, “You better get out here, there’s two baby goats running around!”
Well, needless to say, I ran to put on my boots, unlocked the front door, and sped out to the front pasture. What a beautiful sight! Two healthy and, at times, bouncing baby Nigerian Dwarf babies. My sweet doe, Mocha, did a marvelous job without me. I have been hoping for doelings so I can add to my herd and she didn’t disappoint.
Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. What do you think of these two sweet baby girls?

Boots and Boogie saying “Hello”

Four black ‘Boots’

Sweet ‘Boogie’ face