Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Birds In High Places

Because I am still not able to get out and socialize, it is good to join up with other bloggers who have Wednesday Hodgepodge in common.
Thank you Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond for bringing us together.

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?

My dad was a hunter but he mostly hunted for squirrel.  And yes, we ate it.  He also tried raising rabbits for food, but we had trouble chewing those sweet little bunnies.
Hubby enjoyed going duck and pheasant hunting with friends a few years back.  We enjoyed eating all that too.
Son used to like deer hunting when he lived in the south and has the mounted deer head to prove it.  Thanks to avid deer hunting friends, we have had tons of venison.  I guess the only option mentioned that I haven't eaten is goose.

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?

Masada south of Jerusalem, Israel is probably the most memorable high spot.  Amazing!
3. Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

Yes, I have several Andrea birds that are beautiful decorative pieces and an Audubon plate.  These are my favorite ones.

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'?

A few minutes ago?  I have to conserve trips so am learning to kill several birds with one trip using the walker.

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?

There were several good "Bird" songs from the 1950's - 70's, such as "Rock'n Robin," or "The Wings of a Snow White Dove."  But, "Yellow Bird" by the Kingston Trio is probably the most memorable.

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

Yesterday a friend shared with me how the Lord had recently revealed His will for her in a matter.

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

No plans other than to have some candy at the door for little neighborhood kids.  No costumes for this one!
As a child growing up in rural south Louisiana in the 50's and 60's, we did not go house-to-house but celebrated times like this more as a community.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have not pulled out the canvas and paints since the end of July, but am ready to try my hand at painting again.  Since I can sort of maneuver myself short distances without holding on the 4-legged walker, I think its about time.  But, something has happened to my confidence.  What is it about not doing something for a while that creates doubt about one's ability?  I read an interesting article the other day that I could have written myself had I been so gifted.

Anthony Doerr told a story about a Halloween costume experience as a child where he failed miserably to create the costume he envisioned.   He went on to fast-forward that experience to adulthood and I could so relate.

I see this beautiful sweep of paint on a blank canvas or a blog post that no one wants to stop reading - and in the end they are all mere shadows of what I had hoped them to be.  I can't ever really create that masterpiece or articulate those initial thoughts in my head.

Doerr referenced this quote by Flaubert in Madame Bovary:

"None of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrow; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars."

There will probably always be a great chasm between what we want to make and what we are able to make.  The important thing is that we try.

I love this quote from Anthony Doerr's article, and yes I wish I had been able to express it just like he did:
"I have to remind myself that the beauty is not in the result, but in the attempt.  To build our castles in the clouds - to sew a quilt, to start a painting, even to write a single satisfying paragraph - we need to live with the fear that we will stink, that no one will pay any attention, that we will fall like trees in an empty forest:  the fear that we are going to take our glorious, flawless, nebulous ideas and butcher them on the altar of reality."

Not only is it okay to try and fail, risk being made fun of by stepping out to do something different, or whatever is challenging; it is necessary.

So, I am going to pull out that blank canvas and the paints that speak to me and risk making a huge mess because it is important that I try.


  1. I love your birds. And that view! I've never been to the Holy Land, but would love to make that trip one day. I read back a little to catch up here. I can relate very well to the control thing : ) When you are a doer, it it humbling to have to rely on others for everything. I had very significant hand surgery a few years ago and couldn't hang up my clothes, tie my own shoes, fasten my bra, hook my watch, drive, or do any number of tasks I take for granted every day. For months. It was a big learning curve for me, and one thing God taught me during those months was that sometimes my need to control can deny somebody else the chance to use their gift of encouragement or hospitality or just plain old practical help and kindness. I'm not at all implying this is where you are, just sharing something I learned because I sense from reading here we have a similar outlook on life : ) I hope the foot continues to heal well, and you are up and around again before too long. Take care!

  2. Oh I soo get what your saying about fearing you won't be able to do something you want to, or at least be able to do it well. That is soo me on this whole quilting thing. For years and years I avoided it because I was sure I'd never be able to do it. So what was the point in trying? To emphasize that I can't do it? lol. But the truth has been something very different. Where I can't still do it the way I'd like,and I am very certain the "masterpiece" I see in my mind will not happen (at least anytime soon) I still have loved every minute of finally doing it, and realize now I only cheated myself by waiting soo long to attempt it. It's so true...MUCH of it is in the trying! Sooo whip out those paint brushes and paint away. I LOVED what you did before, and who knows what might be still waiting to be created. Hope your healing continues quickly!

  3. Life seems to be getting back to normal. I knit and when I couldn't knit the world was cockeyed so if you can paint again your world is righting itself and you are healing.

  4. I just can't think about eating squirrels or rabbits. They are so darn cute although I don't like the bunnies in my yard eating my flowers. What an amazing view! Love your birds. Yes a very memorable song. Glad you getting around better. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. My Dad and Grandpa hunted rabbits and squirrel for food in Arkansas. I am so glad that growing up I did not have to experience that.
    The picture of Masada is a very memorable high spot indeed. I will never forget when we visited there. It was incredible to me that they were able to build all that up so high and the story of Masada is just heartbreaking.
    Your birds are beautiful. I remember Rockin' Robin but not Yellow Bird.
    I read your Hodgepodge this morning before I left for BSF. I decided your random thought was way too deep to just glance over. Beautiful thoughts and quotes. I hope you get in there and take that risk and someday we will see the end result of it.
    Happy healing.

  6. Your collection of birds is beautiful!

    Oh, you can paint! My hat is off to you! I have absolutely no artistic talent, but I admire those who do! I'm sure it's like riding a bike. Get that canvas and those brushes out, and have fun :)

  7. I hope you will show us what you create on your blank canvas. I admire your willingness to try. Just have fun with it and let those creative juices flow!

  8. Great post, Libby! I'm not a fan of venison. Hubby went deer hunting several years ago; and we had a deep freezer full of venison. I think we ended up giving it all! Hope you're still on the mend!

  9. Libby, I look forward to seeing what you create on that blank canvas.

    And, I think of you daily as I run around and know that you are likely more than ready to be over this foot surgery.

    Hugs to you!

  10. It's good to see another like-minded friend!
    I love eating wild game, and that does include squirrel.

    It has been fun re-visiting all the old `bird` songs.

    Enjoy painting soon, my friend!


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