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Fresh Take on Life: Meet Valentino

Saturday, May 04, 2013

First, let me introduce you to Valentino, the male blue bird guarding his mate's nest in our back yard.

And then, my blog:

Spring has really arrived in Virginia now and the last few days have been glorious reminders that new life is returning. I see it everywhere from the leafing of our birch trees—and every other kind for that matter—the vigilant bluebird who is on “high alert” near our birdhouse obviously protecting a nest, and in the return of my son from a wilderness semester in Wyoming.

So it’s time for a fresh “take” on life. Last week I ran to the nursery to buy some new annuals for my garden, named "our" bluebird “Valentino,” for being so loyal and vigilant, and embraced my son at the airport after his three month trek in Wyoming and Utah. Last night I stayed up late listening to his stories and trying to see and hear as much as I could of my young man returned.

From Spring and all of this newness I realize how precious seasons are. This one reminds me that I too grow and thrive as the days get longer and brighter. So I am paying attention and stepping a little quicker. Hurrah, it is Spring! So great to be alive!

PS Valentino is perched on top of our wind gauge. Just in case you were wondering...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CASEYSAUER 5/8/2013 7:43AM

    I saw my first blue bird and yellow finch yesterday! Now I know if it Spring in PA!

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TANYA602 5/6/2013 8:35PM

    Your writing here puts me in such a happy place, as I imagine you must be, as well.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/6/2013 10:14AM

    I'm glad that you are having nice weather in Virginia. It's in the 50's in Georgia. We have really had the rain. I would enjoy one Spring day.
I know your visit with your son was a treat.

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BESSHAILE 5/6/2013 6:52AM

    I bet Valentino is the blue bird of happiness!

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JLITT62 5/5/2013 4:27PM

    Valentino is very handsome!

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NELLJONES 5/5/2013 8:05AM

    Bluebirds used to be creatures of the fields, nesting on the edge, but now they are more willing to join us in suburbia. Enjoy your new neighbors!

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LGAR519 5/4/2013 4:40PM

    Hi Valentino! Bless your Heart!

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SPEEDY143 5/4/2013 4:34PM

    emoticon Autumn has always been my favorite season but as I age Spring is becoming very, very precious to me emoticon So glad your son has returned with many wonderful moments to share with his sweet mommy emoticon

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VINGRAM 5/4/2013 3:36PM

    Spring in Texas also. We have Martins busy, busy! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 5/4/2013 12:48PM

    What a wonderful tribute to spring, TORTISE! And viva Valentino!! Thanks for the beautiful photos :) Susan emoticon (that was the only bird I could find :)

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JACKIE542 5/4/2013 9:53AM

    Very nice blog, love Valentino, welcome Spring. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 5/4/2013 9:52AM

    Beautiful bird.

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RUSSELL1960 5/4/2013 9:50AM

    Beautiful. Thanks. Spring is a wonderful time of the year. I'm eager to get digging in the garden!

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KANOE10 5/4/2013 9:36AM

    Cute bird. How wonderful that your son is back. Nice positive blog!


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MILLEDGE2 5/4/2013 9:07AM

    Thanks for the reminder! Sometimes I get too busy to really live life!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/4/2013 8:33AM

    What a great reminder to stop and notice how precious life is. Time to regroup, refresh and renew.

Thanks for introducing us to Valentino!


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SANDICANE 5/4/2013 8:30AM

    ah, my friend, what a lovely blog...nice reminder of us to appreciate the wonderful, everday things we have in our lives.


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KLMEIRING 5/4/2013 8:30AM

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