“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


1st Owl of the Year

an owl for love's 19th day
representing real life,
real things.

i love a real, live owl in a tree
in my neighborhood;
i love that there will be more.

i love that i have a neighbor who will call me when he spots them.

i love the washing machine doing what it's supposed to do,
noisy back there behind me,
i love the warm and solid feel of a cat asleep in my lap,
i love hot water coming out of the faucets when i want it to.
i love the smell of my shampoo.
i love blessed sleep
and neighbors who know when to leave you alone.

i love the fact that i am figuring this blog out all on my own,
no help from blogger.
but i am still thinking about square space.

hopefully blogger will hang together till then.

if then.


  1. I'm so jealous....I would love to have owls and if we do have them, we never see them....

    and good for you working through this blogger crisis...want to borrow my boxing gloves that I keep on hand for these kind of kick ass emergencies ?

  2. What an extraordinary capture. I've never seen an owl like this in real life.
    Good luck with your re-working here. It's always 'such a project'!!!

  3. i have only once seen an owl and never had to rebuild the blog. i love the smell of my shampoo and don't have a cat. yet all our lives are so similar and we are all so thankful for the small things.

  4. There will be more owls if we are lucky. They like to come back to the same spot and we had them nesting in our yard last year. It's pretty great!

    :) Debi

  5. what a cute little owl. that's so cool that you have the close by - close enough to photograph!
    i also love the feel of a cat asleep on my lap and a warm bed for sleep...

  6. I love owls. I collected them as a child and my Aunt Wylly who was a children's book author used to give me owls as gifts. I have two of them on my new bookshelves and love your photograph of the sweet little one in the tree.

  7. Sounds like you've found the key to happiness, Gratitude. Loving the simple things that God has provided us, I feel, makes him smile.

    Love the owl pic


  8. you love whole heartedly the simple things and the amazing things like that OWL.what could be more cute?

  9. Thank you for posting this! I really like your blog!!

    Common Cents

    ps. Link Exchange?

  10. How special! I love owls too...but have only had the treat of seeing them a few times. I hope you'll post more pictures of them.

    Happy weekend...(and I've been kicking around the sqarespace idea too.:-)xx

  11. and I love your list. and your owls.

  12. So funny...I was thinking that very same hot water thought this morning. When I come home from the mountain, I am a bit chilled, and I make it worse by having a fruit smoothie as soon as I get in the door...then I am really cold. And the shower just can't get hot enough to warm me up! Well, the water is hot, but it takes a while to heat me up. And just this very morning I was thinking about how grateful I am to live in a place in this world where I can turn on the tap and hot water...wait...FRESH clean water, let alone hot water, is at my disposal, anytime I need it. We are so lucky, aren't we?

    Your blog is looking fabulous as ever...I knew you could do it. :) Who needs blogger anyway?


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