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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Babies!

Hey Friends,

Here it is going on two weeks since my last post! Where do the days go anyhow?

Oh my goodness, have I ever got something special to show you... 
This adorable baby boy is Kendall, our new great grandson. Isn't he simply adorable! Kendall was born July 15th to our beautiful grandaughter Michaela and her fiance, Jacob. 
and since the day he came into this world, I must have said a hundred times, "he is so adorable"!

Been wanting to show you Kendall but didn't want to post pictures without his mommy's approval, so when Michaela said, "Grandma, post all the pictures you want to", Well, I was tickled to death. But I'll try not to post too many tonight. 

And in other baby news...The early part of last week I released the baby dove. Little did I know how tightly that baby bird had attached itself to my heart. My heart has actually ached for him...
So, here's what happened. I sat the young dove on top of a post just outside the kitchen window where we feed the birds. Most days there are three or four doves, along with dozens of other birds, that visit and eat there.

When the little dove realized he was free, he flew up into the trees, then he came back and lit on the ground and ate birdseed with the others. When the others flew, so did he. When night time came, I worried, but he was right back in the yard the next morning.

So he made it through two days and two nights on his own, or was he on his own? Suddenly there were eleven doves in the yard, all around the baby. They didn't chase him away or bother him, but seemed concerned about him. 

Then late in the day on the third day, I watched out the kitchen window as the birds began leaving the yard, just before dark. I noticed that one dove stayed. She sat perfectly still watching the baby dove, almost like she was talking to him. I couldn't believe my eyes when the baby dove walked up to her and when they were within inches of each other, she flew and he flew with her, out across the cut-over. I haven't seen either one of them again, or at least haven't recognized either of them.

I have been at the point of tears every day since, but Poppy says I am worrying for no reason, that the baby dove is safe, and with his mother now.  I am trying hard to believe that. Do you think Poppy is right?

Trying to keep my mind off the baby dove I began scrubbing the back porch...

Who knew a baby bird could make such a mess. It took me a good four hours scrubbing the furniture and mopping the porch floor, but that's okay.
The dappled sunlight on the clean porch lifted my spirits, but didn't take the pain from my heart.
and while I'm at it, I might as well show you the whole porch...
this old cabinet, where egg cartons are stored, needs a coat of paint.
and along the wall above the wood pile hang antique bridles, bits, and other things I don't have names for. :)
sure looking forward some cold winter days and watching this wood burn in the fireplace. Is there anything cozier than sitting in front of a fire on a cold night.

So this is my post, such as it is. It's too long and way too much to read, so thank you for listening. Hope to be back soon and hope you will come back too. And now I have a lot of blog reading and catching up to do. 

Love,
Henny 











74 comments:

  1. Moms always talk about how sad they are when their babies leave the nest, but yours literally did. I agree with Poppy, the baby is safe and sound with his family. And it’s all due to your loving care.

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    1. Thank you so much Denny. I needed to hear that.

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  2. I am sure the baby bird took off with family! Your new great grandson is just the cutest little guy! Congratulation to all! The porch looks real good!

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  3. Henny you have a good heart! I must say, the first thing I thought of when your little dove sat with that bigger one and then flew off together, was that his Mama had found him. You did a wonderful job with that little dove and now you must leave the rest to our creator. And just get yourself busy with other things. Maybe you'll see him again from time to time. In the meantime, just wait for your next great adventure! Peace to you!

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words Diane. I just can not shake the feeling that I sent the baby Dove off hungry. Don't know why because I mixed his cereal and fed him before he left.

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  4. Oh gosh, and I forgot to mention was a cute little sweetie your great grandson is. What a wonderful addition to your family! Welcome to Kendall!

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  5. Your little sweet Kendall IS adorable! I can empathize with you concerning the little dove for I would be the same way. In my mind all animals think just like I do. There's a big name for that, but I'll not try to spell it tonight. Well, as my mom used to say, "There never was an ill wind that didn't blow some good." In this instance, you surely did get a nice clean porch to enjoy.

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    1. Well if you think of that word, I would love to know it. :) Poppy tells me all the time that animals and birds don't think like we do. I love those words from your mom. Going to write them dowm. Thank you so much.

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  6. Ooh Henny, what a beautiful little grandson you are graced with, he will be spoiled I just know it :)
    I have a feeling your little Dove will be in good hands, with his mama, and surrounded by the entire flock.
    Your porch is just so special, with all your collections, it just says welcome, come sit a spell :)
    Thank you for sharing Henny, this made my night.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you so much Jo. I would love to spoil that baby. Hope we get to see him often. Even though we are a little more than an hour apart, people are so busy these days. :(

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  7. Congratulations on your beautiful great grandson-he is really adorable. I think the little dove has found good company and it seems God has allowed you to see that. The little fellow could have immediately flown off-rest in that thought and try not to worry! You did good!! And your porch is so inviting! I love your simple rustic style!

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    1. Donna, thank you. I appreciate those words so much. You are right, he could have disappeared as soon as I turned him loose. That would have worried me more. Thank you.

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  8. He is adorable! Congratulations. And great grandmother? You must have had your own children at 4 years old 😲. And in regards to the dove. I think you are looking at the back side of the mirror. Rather than focusing on the loss of a pet, maybe think of the happy life you preserved 💕. He might not be able to come right out and thank you, but critters know a loving heart.

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    1. Thank you for such a nice comment. Hey, what I need to do is update my profile picture. I like to think that I look just the same now as in the picture, but then I walk past a mirror. :) Thank you for the encouraging words about the little dove.

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  9. Oh my goodness Henny your new great-grand baby is so adorable! He is sooo cute! Is this your first great-grand? I know you are proud and you should be.

    Now don't you worry about that baby bird because I'm sure that was his mother he went off with and he is with his family now. I certainly understand you being concerned - I would be too - but just think how happy that whole dove family is now to be reunited and all thanks to you!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. No, Kendall is not our first. Our grandson Joseph has two, a boy and a girl, both young children. I think I've posted their picture. We very rarely get to see them. But they were here last Thanksgiving. Thank you for the kind words about the little dove. I did read that a mother dove will search for her baby for several day after he leaves the nest. She may have known that was her baby on the porch. Animals are amazing, aren't they.

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  10. POPPY IS RIGHT...!!! :)x
    The dove is with his Mum and family now..
    But who knows he/she may still return,
    doves and pigeons tend to stay in one place,
    that's why there known as homing birds..
    Don't worry about it..it'll be just fine..! :).

    Your Grandson looks lovely..And..Yes! The best
    words for him...."he is so adorable"!
    To think..l looked like that once..'l think'..! :).
    Do we call you Grandma now...??? :o).

    The sun's showing it's face over here, last of the
    summer...supposed to be a heat wave, have'nt seen it
    yet..but, it's dry at least..!
    Setback with the virus, as from Monday, no more than
    six people to gather together, and that may last till
    Christmas..and yet, there gonna allow crowds at football
    matches etc..It's mad..! :(.

    I'm off for my morning visit to the bathroom..beautify
    myself for my visit to town, market day to~day, coffee,
    and some of the charity shops have reopened, so a bit more
    to do and shop..! And..l certainly love to shop...! :o).
    🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍁 🍁 🍂
    PS..The dove will be fine..

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    1. Thank you Willie. Your words about the doves and pigeons are so encouraging. Yep, you can call me grandma...or how about great grandma! How did that happen! The years are going by way too fast. Sorry to hear about the virus there, again. It's crazy, isn't it? We have a couple of thrift stores open here now and I would sure love to be out shopping this morning. Hope you find so neat things...maybe in pink. :)

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    2. What is Pink....?
      by Christina Rossetti..

      What is pink? A rose is pink
      By the fountain’s brink.
      What is red? A poppy’s red
      In its barley bed.
      What is blue? The sky is blue
      Where the clouds float through.
      What is white? A swan is white
      Sailing in the light.
      What is yellow? Pears are yellow,
      Rich and ripe and mellow.
      What is green? The grass is green,
      With small flowers between.
      What is violet? Clouds are violet
      In the summer twilight.
      What is orange? Why, an orange,
      Just an orange!
      🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼 🌼


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    3. Thank you Willie. This is pretty.

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  11. I am sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold evening reading your blog talking about cozy fires!
    The little dove sounds like it has actually met up with its mother, so I am sure it will be safe now. You gave it a chance of life and there was not anything greater that you could do for the wee bird. Hugz Mxx

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    1. Oh my goodness, that sounds so warm and cozy. Thank you for the kind words. I love how you say the wee bird. Wish I were sitting in front of that fire, visiting with you.

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  12. I can see why you would be sad but you should be proud you successfully raised the dove to be able to survive in the wild.

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  13. What an adorable little boy! I can also see how you felt an attachment to the little dove, after you nursed it back to wellness. That must have been magical, seeing the interaction between young dove and possibly mother dove. A memory to cherish. -Jenn

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    1. Thank you so much. It was magical, and at the time made me feel good. I think, not seeing him again is the sad part. I hope he is finding enough to eat.

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  14. Hi Henny - Your new Great Grandson- wow-isn't he so cute and cuddly- you and Poppy must be so proud- the next generation. Loved your story about the Dove - just amazing how nature takes care of itself. I always like visiting - you've such a great place and lifestyle with time to do things that are heart warming. Best Wishes. KEV.

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    1. Thank you Kev. I appreciate your words so much, and glad you visit.

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  15. Oh, HP - what a post! So emotional! I feel for you too, with the little dove. I will tell you my opinion. I truly believe (esp. after watching my chickens so much) that animals have very effective, intricate ways of communicating with each other. I firmly believe that baby dove and all the other doves there, knew each other and what was going on. I imagine that last night, that his mama was asking him, "Are you sure you are ready to leave here?" And they did. In fact, since he was allowed to eat with them and fly with them those several days, that really shows that they knew him. Otherwise, they'd have viewed him as competition, a stranger bird, and driven him away.
    Your new great-grandson is so adorable! At first I thought he was one of your baby dolls, modeling new sewn clothes :) So sweet and beautiful. Your family is very blessed.
    I LOVE your porch. I could curl up on that cot and take the best nap.

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  16. MK, thank you so much. Your comment has brought tears to my eyes, and I think you are right! I mentioned to Poppy, how unusual that so many doves came to the yard after we released the baby one. We had been seeing only three or four, and then counted eleven around him. That so sweet that you thought Kendall might be one of the dolls. Sorta looks like one of them. :) Let me tell you, that old iron cot on the porch is the best place to take a nap, especially with the ceiling fan turned on low. Sometimes if Poppy is missing, that's where I find him. Thank you MK.

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  17. I know that was heartbreaking to let your baby go. Blessed to have had a surrogate Momma Angel like yourself..says the little Dove. :( :0) ... Your post is always so uplifting.. This one was happy and sad. Your porch looks inviting and Winter by the fire sounds cozy. Thanks for writing for us all to enjoy.

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    1. ps... "oh what a beautiful baby, oh, what a beautiful doll".. blessings from above..Grands. :0) and great Grands :0)

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    2. Thank you ChiChi Mum. Thank you for such a nice comment.

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  18. All babies are loveable, just some are that little bit more loveable. Good news about the baby dove, I can understand your concern.

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  19. What a darling little GGS you have! Hope you get to meet him soon.
    Your loving care of the baby pigeon enabled him/her to be ready to be free to join his tribe. What could be better?
    Love your porch, but suggest you hang the horseshoe with the open side up - to catch the luck, you know!

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    1. Thank you Barbara Anne. I did not know that about hanging a horseshoe. I will be changing them. I think we have three or four on the porch, probably all hanging the wrong way. We need all the good luck we can get these days, don't we. Thank you!

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  20. Your new great grandson is a real cutie. I hope he lives nearby so you can get to see him often. I think your little dove is safe and you can relax now. How encouraging that he was immediately adopted by another dove, The doves that come to our feeder always come in bunches and seem to be very sociable birds. There is almost always one, however, that thinks it’s his duty to chase everyone else who comes near but it usually doesn’t last long and they are all eating nicely again.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I've noticed there is one big dove here that likes to chase the others away. That's funny, isn't it?

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  21. What sweet pictures of little Kendall. I can just imagine the baby smells and the feeling of holding him close. It's been too long since I held a baby. Drat this COVID.
    I believe your little baby bird is with his family. From what I've read of most birds, (and a lot of animals), they would have never let him hang around them and eat if he wasn't part of their group. I think it means a lot that he was encouraged to fly away with them. Maybe you'll still see him from time to time. You have such a caring and sweet heart.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. Oh you are so right about the feel and smell of a baby. Wish they were close enough that I could hold him every day. Thank you for the encouraging words about the little dove. Hope I will see him again. Thank you.

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  22. Hi Henny,
    Congratulations, what a sweet baby. Prayers for baby and family.
    Your story about the dove made me think of my dove that we raised in March. We named him Bird. ;-) He too went off one day. He visited often during April, I knew it was him because he would roost on our deck railing and no other dove did that.
    Love to you,
    Carla

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    1. Carla, I appreciate that. How neat that you raised a baby dove too, and how special that he came back to roost on your deck. Maybe I can stop worrying about him after reading all these nice comments. Thank you.

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  23. Dear Henny, your posts are never too long! You are living the life I wish I could. I hope you don't mind if I live vicariously through your blog. Your new great-grandson is adorable! I'm sure the dove is fine. He's back where he belongs thanks to you and your big heart. Thank you for taking the time to post about your life.

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    1. Thank you! What a nice comment. I absolutely don't mind, and appreciate you so much.

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  24. Wonderful pictures of an adorable baby in your family! Thanks for sharing.
    I feel sure the baby dove found his lost mom and they will be just fine.
    Best for him to be with a group of his own instead of alone in your yard.

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  25. That is a very sweet little grandchild!
    Put your heart at ease. The baby dove found it's mother and has flown the coop, just as it is supposed to.

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  26. What wonderful news - a new great grand baby. He is ADORABLE!!!
    I'm sure Poppy is right and your baby dove and her mother are back together again. Such a happy and wonderful story!!!

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  27. Your new great grandson is adorable! Congrats to all!
    I like your porch. I think Poppy is right, they seemed to recognize each other. Sorry for your aching heart though. Those animals do become dear.

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  28. Beautiful baby boy! New life is such a wonderful event! Congrats to you and also to Lynn on being a grandma and to the new parents! Andrea

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    1. Thank you Andrea. You know, I meant to tell everyone that my daughter Lynn is the proud grandma. I even had a picture of Lynn to post, but went right on and published the post, forgetting to go back. I will mention that in my next post. Especially, since most of you know sweet Lynn. Why she is the reason I have a blog. :)

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  29. Henny, just had to look the word up...anthropomorphize which means to ascribe human form or attributes to an animal, plant, material objects, etc. Around here everything thinks just like me, especially plants and animals. :~) I am sure your pet dove is thinking about you right now!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you came back, with that word. What a word! That's me exactly, and you too! :) Thank you so much. I'm going to leaarn how to pronounce that word and remember it.

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  30. Oh but that little baby boy is so sweet. I can't imagine you as a great grandma.
    I feel sure your baby Dove found his family otherwise why would he have taken off just like that.
    You never know, he might be back looking for birdseed one of these days.

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    1. Thank you Granny Marigold. I keep watching out the window, thinking I will recognize him in the crowd. Maybe one day.

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  31. Of course Poppy is right. I've seen it happen quite a few times. I know how a little critter that needs help can capture your heart. Right now I have that with our little Billie (Goat) who has a broken leg. Every since the day we brought him home he has been special to me and now even more so. Love your porch!
    xx, Carol

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  32. Kendall----Such a sweet looking little fellow.

    I feel sure that Poppy is right and that Mommy bird talked Junior into joining the flock and heading off into a new adventure. You raised him to be a big strong Dove and he will be fine.

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  33. Your great grandson is so gorgeous. I think Poppy is right his mother found him. I love your porch it looks so pretty and cozy. Absolutely perfect. Your friend Judy

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  34. Congrats!---that is one ADORABLE LITTLE GRANDSON THERE! Yes, i think the baby dove found it's mommy for sure!! It will be ok. and it will appreciate how you were kind enough to care for it.

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  35. What a precious little boy! My goodness, it seems like just yesterday I watched Michaela and her brothers grow up via Lynn’s blog. I know she’s a wonderful mom and this little fella will be loved by all! Sounds strange to say - happy fall!

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  36. Oh, how blessed you are! Kendall is adorable. I wish I could hold him.

    I came here probably the day after you posted, but was on phone and just have such a time typing much of a response on it...some times are worse than others for mistakes. (I was at Indianapolis with daughters and did not have my computer. I do believe your dove is okay, and I honestly think that might have been its mom.

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  37. Do you think that was his mother and she recognized him? I would like to think so. Who knows what they know. I think you may be remembered in Dove folklore. 😊

    Adorable babies...both of them!

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  38. I'm new to your blog, but wanted to say as a fellow Nana congratulations. Your little grandy sure is cute :) They are the joy of our hearts for sure. I also loved what you shared about the little Dove - what a delightful story, it was just precious. Thank you and God Bless ~ Linda

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  39. Welcome to the world, Kendal. xo I loved this post. You and I are so similar in our concern for wildlife including our birds. I absolutely love doves and have many here on our property. When we released our starling I had to put my faith in God that it would be ok; happy to be with the other starlings. I still think of it often. Hope life is going well for you both and love to all the animals. Sending hugs to all.xo

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  40. I would feel the same as you about the baby bird. You have such a big sweet heart. I love your porch with that comfy looking daybed. I think I would be out there all days of Autumn. Pretty place.
    Beautiful great grandbaby. Sweetest looking little baby, so tiny and so perfect. Congratulations to you and family. I haven't posted a picture of my great grand daughter yet that was born March 21 this year. I miss seeing her as she lives in West Virginia. Not terribly far and I must head up there soon. They were here to visit in May.
    Hugs Betsy

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  41. Oh your new great grandson is adorable. What a precious bundle of joy. As for your baby dove I think Poppy is right...he is fine. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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