You give them root, you give them wings…

So I took Celia’s advice and got back out there on my bike and I did it!

happy dance

It wasn’t a fast ride though I did have a few stretches where I went fairly fast and I stood up and peddled once for a brief second.  Those were my only real big feats.  Other than that, I took my time to get to know the bike and get comfortable with the brakes and the gears.  You know, the important things.

I took the lead and MacGyver road behind me the entire way.  I actually left him on the way home because he had to stop at the bike station and repair one of his gears and that worked out better because I was more confident.

I rode 9 miles without incident.  It was awesome.

I do have to tell you that because I have a sense of humor and I believe the best way to get past anything is to laugh through it, I ordered this shirt for myself.

my new shirt

I think it’s appropriate.

Several weeks ago my neighbor brought me a sweet little guy we named Larry Bird.

Little Larry

His nest had fallen out of a tree that was being cut down and he and his brother had fallen, he survived but sadly his brother did not.  We had the pleasure of nurturing and raising little Larry Bird and watching him grow and thrive.

We watched him as he learned to all on his own and then to hunt his own food.  We watched him as he flew up to the top of this cage and then as he flew across the lanai to the top of the screen.

Larry Bird

This morning we released Larry Bird and we watched as he flew off far up into the pine tree in the back of the yard.  I hope he comes back occasionally when he has a craving for a meal worm or two.  He really does like them.  I hope he finds a wife and makes a family and brings them down to see us.

That little Larry Bird really left an impression on me.

Have you ever rescued a wild creature?

Larry

My neighbor is a beekeeper.  She goes out and removes hives from trees all the time.  I don’t mind bees in general but I”m highly allergic so no thank you.  Fortunately, if I ever have a problem with bees, I know who to call.

Bees knees

Poor little bee….

Recently my neighbor was removing an angry hive out of a large tree as it was being cut down.  She noticed that a nest had fallen on a nearby roof.  Two birds were in it.  One survived, sadly, the other did not.  She tried to located the mother to no avail and then, she called me.

Meet Larry.

woodpecker

My name is Larry Bird and I am a woodpecker.

Larry is a teeny bit bigger than Woody was when we rescued him but he still needs to be hand fed.  He’s strong though and we’re pretty sure in a few weeks he’ll be able to fly out into the wonderful world of birdom.  Yes, I’m aware it’s not a word.

Until now, he’s in capable hands, literally.

Larry

Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.  I’ll just be over here birding.

What are your plans for this weekend?

Have you ever rescued an animal?   Tell me about it, please.

Animal updates!

A little later this afternoon MacGyver, the dogs, the bird and I are all going to pack into the truck and head down to Nokomis for the weekend.  It should be epic.

Hillbillies

But I didn’t want to leave without first giving you an animal update.

First, I’ve recently gotten a few emails from some people asking about Boomer.  Some of you were wondering how he’s been doing and what he’s been up to lately.  I can tell you that he’s been pretty busy,

sleeping.

Boomer Sleeping

Woody is growing at an alarming pace.  I can’t even believe how fast this bird has grown.  He’s tripled in size in only three weeks and he can fly for a few feet now.  He still doesn’t really have any major flight feathers but don’t tell him that.  He thinks he can soar through the sky!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

He knows his name too.  He comes when you call him.  He is also starting to get the red coloring on his head which is clearly evident in the next picture.

You can see the red just at the top behind his head, or not, depending on how closely you look but it’s there, I swear.  He’s so darn cute.  Have I mentioned that?

Did I mention that Boomer is still the champ at sleeping?  Or that he’s also cute?

Boomer's philosophy on sleep

“When you’re this good at something, there’s no reason to quit.”

And it wouldn’t be an update without a status report on this little guy who is, you guessed it, also a cutie pie,

Hank the Dachshunds

“Psssst, single adoptable male here, loves women! Not afraid to share the bed or my toys, just not with other dogs, cats or birds! Looking for a new family, preferably a sane one. Currently taking applications.”

I don’t know why he would say that, he loves it here.  He might be a tad bit jealous is all.  Maybe I could get the in-laws to pecker sit this weekend so I could give the wiener some extra attention.

hmmmmHope you have an excellent weekend!

What are your plans?