Thursday, April 9, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday


Hello, 


 
I am thankful, hubby and I are healthy. I hope all my blog readers are safe and healthy too. Time is flying by even with the stay at home order. How is everyone passing the time, keeping calm and safe?  We only go out to take a walk or the necessary food shop. Of course, I am always watching my back yard birds, looking for the spring summer and migrant birds to arrive.  

Thankful for the simple pleasures!

Photos taken from my dining room window,  I am pretty sure this is a female Purple Finch, a few id tips are the white line above the eye looks like an eyebrow, the streaking on the chest and a line at the throat.


A pretty sky day, photo taken from our deck.  Love the puffy white clouds. 





4/2/20  I am thankful that the local government did not close down our local bike trail, it is one of the places we can go for a longer walk, more steps and more exercise.  We need to keep moving the joints, circulate the blood and burn the calories. Keeping moving peeps.We only passed a few people riding their bikes, jogging and walking their dogs.




 A pretty sky day during our walk on the bike trail, it was chilly and windy on this day.




These are some of the spring flowers blooming near the NCR parking lot. I love the Narcissus or Daffodils.




Thankful for the pretty blue sky days! 





An update on the neighborhood Great Blue Herons, they seem to be doing ok. Maybe not as many as last year, we had some really cold weather and wind storms after they first arrived. I am not seeing as many nest as before, maybe their nest are more hidden from sight. 






I am thankful to find new recipes on the internet, I did not take a photo but it was my first time trying a Cinnamon Raisin Scone recipe. I am also thankful to Red @ Hiawatha House 
after seeing his post for Rice Pudding I just had to have some. They were both tasty but, I need more practice baking. 


I am thankful for all the books I have been reading. My latest books were: 
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz it is #1 in the Susan Ryeland series. 
The Jasmine Moon Murder by Laura Childs # 5 in the Tea Shop Mystery series.




I am always thankful for your visits and the comments.



Live simple and be happy!  😊 Spread joy & happiness!


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

112 comments:

  1. Hi Eileen, I haven't visited you in so long. Must investigate why I haven't been seeing your posts. I'm happy you have such a lovely place to take your exercise. Just love that shot of the heron, looking so happy perching there.

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    1. Hello Pauline, it is so nice to see your visit and comment. I hope all is well. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  2. Hello Eileen,
    What a beautiful series of photos en collages.
    How nice that you can also take a walk, we can also do that here and we do that every day.
    My husband also does the shopping, and we also stay at home.
    Take care of yourself and stay healthy.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Hello Irma, we will get through this! Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  3. Hello,
    Yes, we are healty here too, and I'm very thankful for it.
    The clouds are very pretty, and the flowers too. Daffodils are always so beautiful.
    Enjoy your day, and stay stafe!

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    1. Hello Marit,
      It is great to be finally seeing the spring flowers. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  4. Fotografias fantásticas minha amiga, gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  5. Hari OM
    Thanks for my breath of fresh air... and then you had to go and mention rice pudding..!!! YAM xx

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    1. Hello Yam, the rice pudding was delicious! Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  6. The funny thing about staying at home, is that we seem to be busier than ever. For one thing my wife has been very busy making masks and donating them, and often we deliver them to doorsteps too. I have a few projects planned that I still haven't got to. But I do get out and bird every day!

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    1. Hello David, it is wonderful that your wife is making and donating the masks. It seems easy to keep busy, always something to do. The birdwatching can be distracting. Thanks for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  7. Por enquanto, nesses dias de quarentena, passeio aqui no teu blog e nas belas fotos! beijos, lindo dia! chica

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    1. Hello Chica, thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    I am so grateful that we have such nice weather here in the Netherlands with summer temperatures!
    I can sit in the garden all day and enjoy my flowers!
    Your photos are very beautiful!
    I wish you a beautiful and happy Thursday!

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    1. Hello Ella, your garden is beautiful, I would like to sit with you. Thanks for the visit. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  9. That looks like a lovely walk, and the finch is very sweet looking. Raisin and cinnamon scones sound good!

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    1. Thanks Juliet! The finch is a cutie! Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  10. ...I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful spring day.

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    1. Thanks Tom. We are having a rainy day today, spring showers.
      Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  11. Beautiful daffodils.
    I am thankful for the blue sky too, it helps during the lockdown.
    Happy Thursday! Be well!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! I always appreciate your visits and comments. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  12. The finch is a beauty. I have never seen them here on the island. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Marie! The finches are cute! Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  13. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful pictures. So nice to see these wonderful places of nature.
    Great shots of that bird and the heron in the tree.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Hello Marco, thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  14. I am thankful to see all your places and birds and clouds that you are thankful for.. so much beauty. this makes me thankful I can SEE

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    1. Hi Sandra, skywatching is one of my simple pleasures. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  15. Beautiful series Eileen, keep safe.

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    1. Hi Bob, thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  16. Oh I do enjoy blue skies. So glad you are able to keep up your walking. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Barbara,if necessary I have the treadmill for walking indoors. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  17. you are an inspiration eileen, staying positive, staying happy!! i am able to keep busy also, at the end of the day there are so many things i have not gotten to BUT there is always tomorrow. i am so happy to have my blog and the bird watching hobby!!

    the skies here have been a beautiful blue and we have been having spring like temperatures! i think we are getting rain today!!

    the purple finch looks so much like the female house finch, you have a good eye to notice the details!! i hope the heron nests were not lost in the wind!!

    all of the walking paths here are now closed, along with the bike paths. the only place we can ride now is our neighborhood. it's a difficult ride for me because it is not flat!!! good to know you are feeling good!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, we are having a rain shower right now. It is windy out there too. Not my kind of walking weather. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  18. The puffy clouds indicate pleasant weather. Yes , we have to keep moving. We still have ice to contend with.

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    1. Hello, I hope the ice melts soon! Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  19. You are lucky to be able to get out on the bike trail and into wilder areas. Stay safe, Eileen!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy your day, Stay safe and healthy.

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  20. Gorgeous Sky Eileen!!! Oh and there goes my friend the Heron making me smile again :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care, stay well. Have a happy day!

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  21. to say thank you a wonderful posting and I am happy that you feel the same way out in nature by bike.
    All the best to you and stay healthy!
    Greetings Elke

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    1. Hello Elke, walking or biking, it is great to be outdoors. Keeping a distance! Thanks so much for the comment. Take care, stay well. Have a happy day!

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  22. It's always such a treat to see that heron high up in the tree! We had two jays visiting this morning. I hope my photos turn out. Glad to hear you are enjoying health and walks! Stay safe.

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    1. Hello Ellen, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  23. The days are pretty much the same as before for us, minus going to eat for breakfast. An I am enjoying the break from that. But is a little disconcerting for me to go shopping for food. Yet, I go and I go earlier than I normally would and there are few people there. We live in a small town so I think it is better that way.

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    1. Hello Rose
      I guess we are all saving more not eating out and using less gasoline in our car. Hello, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  24. I'm so glad you can get outside and walk. I walked in my neighborhood yesterday but hopefully tomorrow we can go back on a trail that is still open. It does feel good to get exercise! And it's fun to watch our yard birds. What a joy they are when you're stuck inside...like I am today! Take care and stay healthy! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Hello Diane,
      It is good they have some trails open, I like walking and watching the birds. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  25. Hi Eileen,
    Beautiful pictures of these birds in the foreground and the place around your house is wonderful as a landscape and for walking.
    It must be very nice to live there.
    Beautiful photos of the river and the blue sky!
    It has been raining a lot here and as it is an urban environment it is not possible for long walks. Yesterday I did a little, but I do some exercise with my husband at home.
    Stay safe.
    Hugs,
    Ailime

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    1. Hello Ailime, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  26. That's wonderful that you still can enjoy a long walk and enjoy nature. We are limited to 2km of our house.
    I enjoy seeing all your photos, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful evening.

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    1. Hello Bill, we do not go far for our walks.
      Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  27. Wonderful heron picture - thank you Eileen for sharing where you are walking and from your deck photos. Our weather should be sunny for a week and I have been working on spring yard cleanup this week. Seriously keeping the distance, staying home except for groceries.
    Hugs.
    Joy

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    1. Hello Joy, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  28. Glad to hear you're safe and healthy - same here! I've been keeping myself busy and wrote a little post about that today. I've been out taking some photos of birds too, and will have to do another post soon with those pics.
    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Andrea

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    1. Hello, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a happy day!

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  29. I enjoy visiting your blog.. I love hearing about where you are walking and seeing your beautiful pictures..Thank you for sharing.. We have been taking walks everyday at different times.. We try to go in the morning or after dinner when it is not too hot. I have been reading a lot and spending time on our back porch. Take care and be safe.

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    1. Thanks Anne! Enjoy your day, have a happy Easter weekend!

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  30. Definitely thankful for internet recipes. We have tried several new ones and all were keepers.

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    1. Thanks Dee!
      There are too many recipes, I like the website Allrecipes and Food Network.
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Take care , have a great day!

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  31. Hello Eileen,
    you have been able to take beautiful pictures from your window.
    Her is now really stay at home and take a walk in the neighborhood. I have to go to work and we are very busy there now. Fortunately, we are also all healthy and I hope to keep it that way. you are also healthy healthy.
    Think carefully about your health and safety.
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Hello Helma, yes we are fine here. I hope you are healthy too!
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Take care , have a great day!

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  32. Always love reading your blog, Eileen. Hope you have an enjoyable day :) Mxx

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    1. Hello M, thanks for the visit and comment.
      Take care, have a great day!

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  33. A great post and thank you so much for sharing each and every photo. Very uplifting to come here. Happy day to you and enjoy your weekend ahead.

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    1. Hello Denise, thanks for the visit and comment.
      Take care , have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  34. Good you have that bike trail for exercise and it's near by...I don't see the same numbers of anything anymore...it's a world wide decline of birds is what I understand, mostly it's chemical and environmental disturbances. All my close by county and state parks closed, so I am back to road side birding and yard birding and that is when I do my walking..the WLR is 30 mins away so I will go there as many times a week as I have the gas to go with.

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    1. Hello Sondra, our state has some parks closed and some open. Luckily the bike trail was open for us to walk. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care , have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  35. Hi Eileen! So much to be grateful for! Happy Easter!

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    1. Yes we do, thank you! Enjoy your day, have a happy Easter weekend!

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  36. I wish I had your views from my house - love the birds at the feeder and the gorgeous blue skies

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    1. Hello Carol, thanks for the comment! Enjoy your day, have a happy Easter weekend!

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  37. Glad you have a longer trail you can get out on to walk. here have been some gorgeous days, haven't there? But wow! This afternoon the storms moved in - high winds, thunder, rain. We lost power for a bit...not too long. As always, love your pictures - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Vera, I heard the high winds later last night. Sounds like a train coming, the trees had to be swaying. Take care! Enjoy your day, have a happy Easter weekend!

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  38. Hope we can all stay healthy. My mom used to say that if you have good health you have everything and that seems to be true.

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    1. Hello, great quote by your Mom, so true too. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care , have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  39. I'm envious of your beautiful bike trail! Such a beautiful place for a nice long walk. All of our local and regional parks are closed, so I'm left with walking on the sidewalks around the neighborhood. Better than nothing, but not terribly inspiring. Stay healthy!

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    1. Hello, it is a nice trail. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  40. Lovely photos. Glad you are able to get some good walks in.
    Sad to say my sons girlfriends uncle from Timonium died of the virus.

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    1. Hello, so sorry for the loss! I do not know anyone personally who has been sick or died. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care , have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  41. I am thankful for the example you set in being appreciative of what we have. Yes, we have to keep moving. The alternative is not very attractive.

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    1. Hello Yogi, so true! Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care , have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  42. Oh, so very much for which to be grateful here. The birds are just fabulous. I'm glad you can still enjoy so many.

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    1. Hi Jeanie, I do get easily distracted by the birds. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  43. I love the very last photo of this post of the heron in the tree - I think it would look cool blown up and framed. We do have lots to be thankful for in these strange times. It's important to focus on that instead of being negative. Wishing you good health - stay well.

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    1. Susie, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  44. Great that you are keeping well - things always seem better with the sun shining and the daffs out don't they. You are so lucky to have access to your bike trail and to be able to hear the little birds sing! Thanks as always for your lovely visits to my posts.
    Take care Wren x

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    1. Hello Wren, thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  45. It's good to see you're getting out and about Eileen. As you say, keeping fit and watching the calories is a must. But now we can't win with warnings of "crashing the economy" if we don't get out to the shops. Stay safe.

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    1. Hello Phil, I do try to keep moving. Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care, have a great day! Happy Easter weekend!

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  46. Glad to hear you and your are healthy and happy...
    I love daffodil too....pretty flower

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  47. Gorgeous nature photography ~ love the little feathered friends ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  48. I always enjoy your nature shots. You are right, time is flying!! Around here it is bees, housework, farm chores and general daily things. I am enjoying this time as much as I can. Thank you for linking up and stay well.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Time goes by quickly when you are so busy! Happy Easter weekend!

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  49. Glad the local trails are open for you to take walks and refreshing the mind from covid 19 worries and lockdown feelings. Nature is a great companion and I too feel more nature these day and listen to more birds. Lovely photos!
    Take care

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    1. Thank You Jeevan. Take care, happy weekend to you!

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  50. Dear Eileen,
    this is a very beautiful post with many beautiful landscapes.
    You really live in a beautiful area!
    I wish you a happy Easter from the bottom of my heart despite the bad times.
    Stay healthy!
    Warm greetings from Germany
    My Sky ...

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    1. Hello Jutta, thank you! I wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Easter!

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  51. Just stopping by to say hello and wish you a Happy Easter! The daffodils are just beautiful! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Happy Easter to you!

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  52. I love rice pudding (warm or chilled). Yes, you certainly had a week of beautiful skies! Here it's overcast (again). It's great to have some trails open for exercise. Our city did close ALL parks for Easter...to keep big crowds out.

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    1. Hello Anni, I love warm rice pudding, it is the best. Thanks for the comment. Happy Easter to you and yours!

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  53. the simple pleasures are so important right now. I hope we remember them when we get through this. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Jill! Take care and stay safe! Happy weekend to you!

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  54. I would love to actually see a pelican and get some photos. Love rice pudding so will check out the recipe you mentioned.

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I appreciate the comment and visit.
      I love seeing the pelicans, they are another one of my many favorite birds.
      Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  55. Hi There, Hope you all had a Happy Easter.... Even though it was different and we missed being with family and friends, we made the best of our day and it turned out good. We watched some services on TV in the morning --and I listened to some awesome music (on You Tube) all afternoon.... Other than all of the storms around us yesterday, it was a very nice Easter...

    Stay Healthy and Safe.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  56. Mais uma publicação, que nos permite passear, e respirar, por entre tantos encantos daí!...
    Adorei em especial as imagens dos lindos Narcisos, e a última foto com a garça!...
    Mais uma partilha de excelência, Eileen! Beijinhos!
    Ana

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