Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PROJECT 52 - WEEK 20 - PEP TALK


Just giving myself a much needed pep talk......




Friday, October 17, 2014

THE OWL FOUNDATION - TAKE 4

The female Snowy Owl we delivered November 30, 2013.
Last month we attended our 4th open house at The Owl Foundation. We've been supporters since we learned about the organization and attend the annual open house every year.

We once again sponsored a releasable owl for a friends milestone birthday, this year for our friend, Patty, and she invited a mutual friend, Cori.

I enjoy the annual trip, it's a great way to get caught up on all that has gone on at the organization and with the resident owls over the past year. To learn more about the wonderful work that takes place here, please click here

It was Patty and Cori's first time visiting the foundation, and I know they enjoyed it very much. Seeing so many magnificent creatures at one time can be a bit overwhelming, and trying to remain quiet is sometimes difficult as excitement can get the better of you.

The highlight of this years visit for Rob and I was without a doubt being able to see the female Snowy Owl we delivered there on our first wedding anniversary last year. She's doing well and recovering from her injuries, we are all hopeful for a release. If that is not possible she may remain as a resident and be allowed to mate with a male Snowy Owl, if she so chooses, and their young would be released to the wild in a suitable habitat.

The resident owls there are kept wild, and allowed to mate and have young, which are released. They also play foster parents to injured and orphaned young owls. It really is all quite amazing.

The lady who started it all back in the 1970's turned 90 years old yesterday. Kay McKeever is something else, and it was nice to see her again this year. Unfortunately, work kept us away from her birthday open house yesterday, but I'm sure she was surrounded by many friends and admirers. 

I cannot recommend this book enough to learn about Kay and how the foundation started.
 To read about last year's visit and the others please click here.

Please enjoy a few photos from our visit this year.

A young Great Gray Owl born to resident parents.
A resident Short-eared owl
A young Snowy Owl born to resident parents.
Foster Mama star, Big Red, a Great Horned Owl. She's raised a lot of young Great Horned Owls over the years!
Two young Great Horned Owls raised by Big Red that will be released.
Sponsoring resident owls or a releasable makes a great gift, and will include an invitation to attend the annual Fall Open House for two people. Make sure to sponsor one yourself!




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROFECT 52 - WEEK 19 - CONSTANCY


The above cartoon pretty much sums up how I've been feeling the last couple months. I've been losing and gaining the same 5lbs for the past two months.

I am eating better, but I lack constancy, and the same goes for the exercise. Still too many nights of unhealthy snacking in front of the TV, too many desserts and grab and go lunches due to lack of planning. I'm also using too many excuses not to exercise; I'm too tired, I have housework to do or I just don't feel like it.

I'm not going to lie, a part of me just wants to throw in the towel, and not worry about it. Maybe wait until the new year....but the rebel part of me that wants to prove to myself that I can do this, and won't let me do that. I'm struggling, but I am not giving up.