An Abrupt Change of Plans

If you follow this blog, you know that we planned an extensive trip to the Southwest and California this winter with our Airstream. We have completely cancelled the trip. Mary has just been preliminarily diagnosed with lymphoma and we are readying ourselves for the final results and the road ahead to recovery. We’ll learn more this week and I’ll likely post something to follow this. I suspect that there won’t be a lot of birding posts or photos here for a while – we have a challenge ahead.

It is comforting to see the local birds at the feeder — the Black-capped Chickadees give us great delight as do the many woodpeckers and nuthatches — even the ravenous Blue Jays that come to our back deck. We’ll soon have juncos, pine siskins, and some of the other winter birds.

Here are a few shots I took this afternoon of our chickadee friends.

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6 Responses to An Abrupt Change of Plans

  1. stonefit says:

    Your strength is the most powerful medicine for Mary. Love.

  2. Judith Davis says:

    Oh Dick and Mary, we are so sorry you’re having to go through this. You’re in our prayers for strength and courage during the long winter of your treatment. We pray for God’s healing love.

  3. Some of us pay an awful price for the long lives we lead these days. Keeping you both in my thoughts with hope that your days ahead will be brighter.

    And in caring for Mary, don’t forget to look after yourself! I know Penny will get you into the woods occasionally, and that’s the most healing activity of all.

  4. Ginny Alfano says:

    Oh my gosh, Dick, I’m so sorry to hear this life changing news about your wife! My thoughts are with you both as you go through this unexpected new journey together. I know that watching the birds at our feeders is often a way to find peace. I hope that will help both you and Mary. The love of our dogs and cats is helpful as well. I’m sure that Penny is a great source of comfort to you both.

  5. Diane says:

    I am hoping that Mary will have a quick recovery. I love following your travels and look forward to your reports of birding again. You are in my thoughts and hope you both take care during this time.

  6. Gris says:

    I’ve been following your blog and Instagram account for a little while and enjoy reading about your travels and wonderful bird images. We send you and specialy your love, Mary a speedy recovery. Keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers. Gris & Tom (@SnugHbrairstream)

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