Shattered

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Three of my windows were getting streaked and foggy in between the glass. Since they were new when we moved into our house, the life-time warranty was still in effect. I contacted the manufacturer and sent them pictures of the three windows. They agreed to send me three replacement double glass panes, but I had to pay $40 each for shipping.

I sent them a check and a couple of weeks later three large cartons arrived on my doorstep. When I picked them up to take them inside, one of the boxes had a rattling sound inside. I knew that meant the window paned was broken.  Examining the box, I could see there was a definite crease in the middle that looked like something heavy had dropped on it. I contacted the company again and explained the situation. They are going to send me a replacement.

Double-pane/pain window

Shattered with broken pieces

Glass, Handle with Care

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Photo: Dwight l. Roth

A Nest in My Hat

“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”/hat ― Martin Luther

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I have an old straw hat that I wear on hot sunny days as I mow the yard.  When I am done, I hang it upside down between two shelf braces in my garage. My garage door is often open as I am in and out of the house. Seems my little wren wondered into the garage and found my hat a perfect place to make a nest. Last week when I decided I needed it to mow the yard, I took my hat down and this is what I found. This is the second time I found a nest being made in my hat.

Straw hat inviting

little wren, “Come build your nest!”

Squatter evicted

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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Summer Squall

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Summer Squall – Winslow Homer

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Summer squalls blow through

Nature’s waves of nausea

Unstoppable force

Powerful, yet soon passing

So thankful when things calm down

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Today at d’Verse, Merril presented up with an Ekphrastic Poetry prompt.  She gave us several paintings to choose from to write our poem.  I choose Summer Squalls by Winslow Homer.

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Nature’s Gypsy

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This little box turtle wandered into my yard from the back woods. He looks a little lost. After I took these photos, he slowly made his way back to the deep grass and into the woods.

“Box turtles are North American turtles of the genus Terrapene. Although box turtles are superficially similar to tortoises in terrestrial habits and overall appearance, they are actually members of the American pond turtle family (Emydidae). The 12 taxa which are distinguished in the genus are distributed over six species.”  ~bing.com

Little Box Turtle

Wandering Nomad

Nature’s Gypsy

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Coach K’s Last Game at Duke

Tonight, Duke and Carolina will meet again for coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last game as head coach at Duke University in Durham, NC. His career has spanned forty-seven years, first coaching at Army and then coming to Duke in 1980.

Coach K is a coaching icon. He was offered multi-million-dollar positions with the NBA at least five times, which he turned down. Many of the players he mentored have gone on to play in the NBA. He also coached the US Olympic basketball team as well.

The game tonight as Cameron indoor stadium will be filled with mixed emotions as the two rivals meet once again. For more on Coach K, read the articles below.

Emotions run high

Duke and UNC meet again

Coach K’s sad good-bye

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March madness is almost here

College basketball fever

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Paintings: Dwight L. Roth

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski retiring after 2021-22 season (nbcnews.com)

Mike Krzyzewski – Wikipedia

Chocolate Covered Rainbows

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Valentine’s Day

Our chocolate covered rainbows

Savory and sweet

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Cherry red, tart raspberry

Lemon yellow and cream

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Memories remembered…  love shared

Buried deep in our heartbeats

Our chocolate covered rainbows

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Harmony Guitar Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Happy Valentine’s Day

Silver Wingspread

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When I went to pull the shade on my sliding glass door, the long rays of the sun were shining through the grease smudges on the window revealing this sad, but beautiful image. Another dove took a hard hit and left this imprint on the glass. This happens from time to time. So far, they are able to fly away after the hit. They see the reflection of the woods and sky in the window and don’t seem to realize it is an illusion.

Wingspread imprinted

on sliding door’s illusion

Winter sun shows all

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone at d’Verse asked us to write a Haibun of winter. Lots of birds come to my feeder in the winter months. Doves enjoy seeds scattered on the deck. Sometimes they get reckless. I am sharing this one that happened yesterday. Amazing!

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Saskatchewan Screamer

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The weatherman called it the “Saskatchewan Screamer”! A big weather front moved through the Carolinas today bringing deep snow to the mountains, but only ice and freezing rain to our area. I think it lost all of its scream by the time it got to us.  I filled the open bird feeder with lots of seeds and scattered some on the deck as well. The birds loved it and so did the squirrel. I counted at least ten different kinds of birds that came to eat lunch with us today.

Sleet and freezing rain

Squirrel stuffs himself with my seeds

Icicles hang // drip

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Little birds dropped by for lunch

Crumbs from master squirrel’s table

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

High Rise Condo

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A pair of Squirrels moved into the high-rise condo next door. They are making their nest in the rotting Maple tree at the edge of my back yard. From my window I watch them scurrying up and down and in and out, filling the bottom with sticks and carving out an upper escape route with their teeth.

This used to be the home of a pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers a few years ago. I watched them as well, as they drilled into the tree with their strong beaks. They only stayed a year and then the squirrels moved in making the hole bigger and bigger each year. When a storm blew off the top of the tree, the deterioration set in and it began to decay rapidly.

This year we will have a nest of baby squirrels who will come looking for seeds at my bird feeder. Seems there is on end to squirrels.

New neighbors move in

rotten High-Rise // a good home

for pesky squirrels

I took these photos this morning. I saw them go up into the tree, so I got my camera and walked out to the tree. While I stood freezing in the yard, they stayed in the tree waiting for me to leave. Finally, they came out and went up the nearby tree and disappeared. They will be back.

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Photos; Dwight L. Roth

Seeing Positive and Negative

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This beautiful block print was done by my granddaughter and given to us as a Christmas gift. If you look at it, you can see both a positive and negative rose. This is just like life. Sometimes the roses shine bright and are easy to see. Other times they may be dark and harder to see. I believe it is important to understand the relationship between the two.

Life’s bright roses bloom

While shadows linger nearby

Thorns keep us careful

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Block Print: Molly Roth