Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Looking Back — Looking Forward

I won't say that I am wishing winter away just yet,BUT I am looking forward to warmer days and the arrival of the birds.
Yes,I know that it will still be a month or more before we can expect these things to happen,but I also know that I can look back to last year and see what I have to look forward to.

 In a few short weeks the rays of the sun will bring enough warmth to start melting the ice on the ponds.


Will I see this many Bald Eagles in one place again? Who knows? I do know that each Eagle is a thrill to see and I look forward to watching them soar over the Pembina Valley.

Once the sun has begun to melt the ice on the lake the sunsets will take on new beauty again.


Before long,this is what we can expect to see over the valley.Bring it on,I can hardly wait.

Of course as the weather warms up,there is work to do as well.
Last year my granddaughter was inspired to give her bike a good cleaning,so she would be ready to ride alongside her Dad again.


Closing Thought:
Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time.
It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it.

Even as I look forward to spring,I am thankful for each day and the blessings that come with that day.

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving us these things to look forward to by sharing your beautiful photos that enable us to look back.

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  2. A very wise thought. Thank you.

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  3. Gorgeous captures Ruth....Always something to look forward to.....

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  4. Wow, what a great shot of those 4 eagles. That is a blessing.

    Every day is a gift, with something to enjoy and be thankful for.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  5. Ruth, while you are looking ahead to the longer, warmer days of spring, I am hoping for rain although we still have a full month of hot summer to go. The soil is dry to a number of feet below the ground and the constant heat is depressing. Sorry I sound so gloomy.
    Wishing you a beautiful end of winter!

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  6. Your blog is always inspirng.......How neat to see so many eagles in one place!

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  7. and your photos can take you back in time at any given moment. the bike washer brought a memory from about 30 years ago, when we had a drought and the cars had to be washed by bucket only. a lot harder than a bucket wash of a bike. she looks so cute

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  8. Love your closing thought... SO true... We need to be grateful--even through the hard times... It's fun to look ahead --at what we'll get to see once the weather warms up. Like you, I'm not ready for winter to END yet ---but I still am always looking forward to spring. OH--how I love the four seasons.... Great set of pictures, my Friend.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Oh, yes. We must remember to be thankful for what we have. It places my trust in God, is less stressful, and helps us heal faster. Have a beautiful day, Ruth. Diane

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  10. I do appreciate the beauty each season brings but after days of rain & more rain & dark skies I am wishing for spring!
    Your photos are beautiful!

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  11. I'm a fan of all four seasons and love your closing thought, Ruth!

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  12. You are so lucky to have Eagles to watch. It's a real treat when I get to see one. I think your spring melt will come before mine!

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  13. Those seasons keep on rolling around. : ) I'm grateful for all of them.

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  14. Some great words of wisdom Ruth.

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  15. Yes indeed!!! It's always a new beginning and there are rays of hope for a new birth on this planet when Spring arrives. The birds show us just how to live and survive, if only others would watch and learn.

    Your granddaughter's photo is so sweet!!!
    And those eagles...if only I could see ONE here in South Texas I'd be happy.

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  16. Ruth, I'm with you! Though it's been quite mild here, it still has been very wet! It's said we will see some snow next week :<(

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  17. Beautiful photos and a terrific closing thought.

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  18. I am thankful for the different beauties that every season brings. God bless you.

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  19. i adore and enjoy each season....as you have shown us, each has it's own individual beauty!!! i can't even with those eagles, i am so jealous!!!

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  20. so many eagles. wow that is cool to capture. looking forward and backward at the same time that is tough on the neck. just kidding. glad to see your granddaughter keeping her bike clean, that is smart & very responsible. i enjoy folks taking pride in their possessions. ( :

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  21. Ruth....come on down here to Texas.....Suppose to be almost 80 by the weekend. We have had no Winter. Your little one is sure growing up!! Y'all stay warm and keep on taking those gorgeous photos..

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  22. Oh, I daydream about spring too as I enjoy the whites of winter! I can only imagine what it would be like to see so many bald eagles.

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  23. An excellent post with beautiful photos. There is something about that time that is so special. It is always good to see winter winding down with the promise of the spring to come.

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  24. Hi Ruth, I love the photos of the eagles. They are so special and I'm sure you will be seeing them again this year. I love this post because you remind us there is a lot to look forward to and yet we should be happy with what we have. I work on that daily and I believe it is one of the keys to happiness. I surely admire the way you weave a spiritual element into you blog! Thanks for sharing and thank you for your kind comments on my blog. By the way, congrats on your new header photos and that new profile pic as well ... all very nice!

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  25. I have to admit that this hasn't been a bad winter around here.. so far. And I don't expect it will begin to warm up here as soon as you are anticipating.. still, the thought of spring has me sighing. And so do your always-inspiring images. Thank yo for these.

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