Bird and Belle's Adventures in Marriage

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Duck, Duck, Goose!

One thing I love about Bird is how many obscure things we have in common. Every now and then one of us says how much they love, let’s say, Japanese Maple trees and the other’s eyes will light-up as he or she exclaims, “I do too!” A long discussion over this shared love follows and then additional dorky research into the topic. By bedtime we are both day dreaming about “one day when we are rich/older/not in Kentucky/etc.” and we will fulfill this dream.

A while back while watching this video we discovered a shared love for geese. Random, I know. But would you expect anything else from us? We gushed over this new-found love and began researching geese as pets. Turns out we are not the only ones that dream of a pet goose. Gobs of research into keeping geese followed, as did an elaborate plan to have my big city comforts while living somewhere rural enough to keep geese. We all need our dreams, right?

It turns out that we also enjoy watching the geese on campus during our  morning walk, ride or drive to work. Our favorite time of the year is spring when the baby geese trail behind the grown geese, eating bugs and grass and looking extra adorable. Yesterday I decided to haul my camera to work so I could spend some time with the geese on my walk home. Much to my delight, they were waddling over to the pond for a swim when I approached. I am taken with what good caretakers these birds are. The babies toddled along while their parents cautiously watched their every move. When one baby plopped into the water a parent goose was right behind. It warmed my heart and I thought I would share a few images with you all. Enjoy!

A baby goose surveys the water and...


... plops in to take a swim.

Parent goose is right behind.

As are more babies and another parent!





One year ago I made the best decision of my life – I married Bird.

Despite tremendous hardships, illness, tears an an unruly herd of cats we have made it 365 days. I feel overwhelmed every time I look at this amazing man and realize that of all the women in the world, he chose me. Despite my ability to fill a year with lengthy posts on food, cats, travels and moldy oranges, I find myself  with only one word when I think of our first year: perfect.

I love you Bird. Happy anniversary.

Song (Wintah, summah, snow er shine)


Wintah, summah, snow er shine,
   Hit’s all de same to me,
Ef only I kin call you mine,
   An’ keep you by my knee.
Ha’dship, frolic, grief er caih,
   Content by night an’ day,
Ef only I kin see you whaih
   You wait beside de way.
Livin’, dyin’, smiles er teahs,
   My soul will still be free,
Ef only thoo de comin’ yeahs
   You walk de worl’ wid me.
Bird-song, breeze-wail, chune er moan,
   What puny t’ings dey’ll be,
Ef w’en I’s seemin’ all erlone,
   I knows yo’ hea’t’s wid me.