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Creatures at my Door

Updated on April 13, 2012

Hummingbird Party

Hummingbird Festival - me first!
Hummingbird Festival - me first! | Source

I woke early

I woke early, as usual, this morning. It has become habit first to feed a handful of stray cats that prowl hungrily near my door while it is still dark. I live in an apartment complex in a city that does not care too well for its animals. The biggest problem is that either through ignorance or poverty or both, people do not fix their animals, not to mention a lack of rabies and other shots. These strays are so thankful to be fed in their daily struggle for survival. Oscar is a young male that really needs to be neutered, but I don’t have the wherewithal to do so. Following the death of my husband six years ago, I went back to school, completed my course of study with flying colors, tucked my credentials under my belt, and began searching for a job. Many months later, still looking, I find that I am unable to help many of these animals that so badly need it and which are proliferating before my very eyes.


Night-time Critters

Night-Time Critters
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Zorro gets an Oscar...

Oscar has beautiful olive and gray coloring, a large head, green eyes and an O marking each flank. Then there is Zorro! This white cat has markings resembling a black mask over his eyes and a black cape over face and shoulders and a black tail. He is extremely nervous about anyone approaching him, and the other cats are very aggressive toward him, so he often slinks under nearby bushes and will eat silently and unobtrusively as fast as he can and then disappear before he gets picked on. If the timing is right, he will appear silently at my kitchen door whilst the other cats are at the front door. I never fail to give him food, although he shrinks away from me when I put the bowl down. Yet another newcomer, also male, is white with orange patches. I’ve named him Peaches. He craves affection and is very verbal about it, while trotting after me like a puppy dog when he sees or hears me. It amazes me how he is even aware of me when I walk silently to my car on my way out of the garage. He slides out from under a nearby fence and trots over to me with head held high, eyes bright and friendly (when he hasn’t been in a fight) and tail held high, like a white flag. He oozes his way under my hands and around my legs for the affection he craves when I stoop to fill a bowl (I keep a stash in the trunk of my car!)


Peaches peeks out

Peaches peeks out
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Cats want IN

These cats would all LOVE to get in to my apartment, but most of all, Oscar. The interesting thing about observing these strays, is that now that they are being fed, they are far less aggressive with one another. I stay close nearby to discourage fighting and they respond wonderfully to the situation. Once they have a steady supply of food, there is less need for scrapping! A new neighbor across the way leaves her cat outside for long periods of time. I observed the cat meowing pitifully at her door the other evening. The door did not open. He is an orange cat called Oliver and seems pretty grouchy. I guess I would be grouchy too if my owner left me outside to fend off other tomcats and ignore me for hours as I plead to come in out of the heat. Oliver makes his way to my door to scarf down some food when he finds it, hissing at the other cats and hissing at me as I lean down to stroke him.


Precious and Misty thankful for a feeding

Stray apartment dwellers thankful for a feeding
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Possums are NOT rats

The cats are not the only nocturnal prowlers that come by. I happened to come downstairs at around 3 a.m. one night and heard an animal eating at the bowl outside the front door. I peeked through the vertical blinds and startled an opossum. It was almost as big as a cat. For those of you who don’t know about these mammals, they are extremely strange to look at. They have a tail like a rat, a long snout filled with lots of sharp teeth, and a big body with slow plodding kinds of movements, however, they are not vicious. This animal is America’s sole marsupial. When threatened, they roll over, play dead and emit a smell like a rotting carcass to deter any potential predator from eating them. While people think that they are vicious and evil because they are ugly, they are, in fact, a gardener’s helper. They eat bugs and rotting vegetation and thereby clean up the garden. The possum was startled to see me through the window and scurried away into the bushes. It had been holding the cat’s bowl with its little hands and lapping up each last crumb. Previously, I had seen it lapping at the water which I provide for these thirsting creatures!


For the birds

Dawn. Once the cats were fed and the feeders at my front door were replenished with seeds, I turned my attention to the kitchen. I checked the hummingbird feeders outside. The hummers were already busy and it had just become light. I was determined to get pictures of these fairy-like birds while I had the opportunity. I fetched my camera and began to take pictures. As dawn turned to day, the hummer activity increased. I decided to put up another feeder. I made fresh nectar and three feeders hung invitingly. I decided to clean my kitchen windows so that I could have breakfast whilst watching my feisty friends. I spent a good three hours in the kitchen and was totally absorbed and delighted with the chirruping, whirring and body slamming of these incredible tiny birds as they rose up and up and swooped, circling, stopping in midair, dodging one another around leaves and branches, and zooming in to perch warily at the feeder and lick, lick, lick as fast as they could before they were chased away by another. On and on the aerial dancing went. Darting and dodging, rising and falling, clasped as in combat and swirling away only to part and alight at a feeder for increased sustenance.


I was buzzed

The day wore on and the chittering increased. I stood amongst these ruby red-throated hummers, quietly aiming my camera and clicking as fast as I could, trying to hold my hands steady in midair. The birds flew around me and over my head. I even felt the squirt of one of the diminutive creatures as it zoomed over my head, as if to say, “Beat it, this is MY territory!” I had been buzzed! I turned my camera on to video. Before long, the disk was full. I ran upstairs to download the images to my computer and erase those on the camera so I could film some more. I did this a number of times. I do not have a powerful lens to get up close to the birds so I just had to make do as best I could. I also took pictures from my bedroom window upstairs. By this time, I had strewn seeds on the pathway. To my delight, a squirrel was attracted by the noise and I am sure, could smell the food nearby. That squirrel pounced immediately on the sunflower seeds and nibbled away in delight. By this time, a few neighbors passed by on the path. The squirrel dashed for safety. When all was clear, the squirrel jumped onto the wall to survey the scene, hopped onto the birdbath for a drink of clean water, then back down to the path for more nutrition. I was in my element filming from upstairs.

Hummingbirds vie for their spot at the feeder during the Fall migration

Rockport hummingbird festival at my door

Before I realized that it was almost noon, I had refilled two of the feeders. This was a first for me. The birds were swarming them, to my absolute joy and delight. I had heard that there was a Hummingbird festival in Rockport, an hour’s drive from Corpus Christi. I did not have to make the drive. The hummingbirds came over to my place and graced me with their presence all morning. The festival was all mine! The trees were alive with hummingbirds and I swear I could see the tree outside my kitchen window smiling!

Around 1:30, I realized as I drove to the airport to pick up some friends, that I had lost myself during the entire morning’s activity. I had stopped feeling the heartache of friendships gone sour. I had lost myself in the enchantment of the morning, as I had been totally and completely immersed and absorbed. This realization filled me with hope and uplifted me. My friends were hungry and so was I… after waiting for one last suitcase, off we went and they treated me to lunch. The food was good and the company was better. I realized that the time had come for me to get in touch with my creativity which has been squelched for so long because of all the studying I had been doing, and the stress I had endured. Engaging in fulfilling activity had made the anguish disappear.


Squirrel gets a piece of the action

Squirrel appreciates the seed feed
Squirrel appreciates the seed feed | Source

Nature is the ultimate Healer

After returning home, I filled one more feeder. It was late afternoon and the birds were still swarming to the food. It filled my heart with pleasure. As dusk approached, I came back upstairs to attend to my computer. The bedroom blinds were now closed and I noticed a rosy glow behind them. I went to the window and to my complete delight, saw a rainbow. Once more, I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures. This was a perfect end to a day filled with delight. Thank You, God, I am SO grateful.

As I read the words I have just written, a thought popped into my head. When I was a little girl, my favorite movie was Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” The scenes I loved best were those of Aurora dancing in the forest with all the forest creatures. Although I was not dancing and singing on the outside, I most certainly was dancing and singing on the inside. Nature is the ultimate healer.

Rainbow at Sunset

Rainbow at Sunset  - a Promise for the Future
Rainbow at Sunset - a Promise for the Future | Source

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Precy Anza: Thank you so much for your kind comments! :) If you want to attract more hummers, put up more feeders some distance away from each other. They definitely ARE territorial but they are migrating south, so this is the perfect time. :) I do so appreciate your votes and lovely feedback. Thank you.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading your hub! It was such fun to watch the video of those hummingbirds! You got so many :) I only have maybe 4, and there's this territorial one which driving the rest away from the feeders. Just feeling sad for the cats thou on how their owners had forsaken them. Lucky them they got you, you have a heart for animals :) Voted up and shared!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Travmaj: Lovely to "meet" you. I so appreciate your wonderful feedback and glad that you enjoyed reading. :) I was lucky enough to visit my brother and his family in Melbourne seven years ago and did see some Australian wildlife - it has always fascinated me. Did you know that America has a marsupial too? I have written about it if you care to peruse more of my hubs.... thank you, friend. :)

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      Hello - I was fascinated, happy and sad, reading all this - your love for animals/birds shines through. The hummingbirds are amazing. I have a bush garden filled with wild life - including kangaroos. Thank you - enjoyed reading

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      teaches12345: Thank you so much for your comments. I greatly appreciate them. I can watch hummingbirds for hours - they are fascinating. I just had a new animal adventure this evening - will write about it soon. What is it about squirrels that bothers you? Every morning, at the beginning of school, we met in the hall to sing. I so distinctly remember the song: "All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small..... " :) I am so glad you visited my hub and I hope to visit yours as soon as possible.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love how your wrote this story. The animals make it so enjoyable. Your video of the hummingbirds is amazing. I just love those little things. I am not partial to squirrels though.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Mythicalstorm273 - thank you, you're such a love! :)

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      Although I have already read this I couldn't help but come back and read it again. Or look at all your pictures! Nature is so impressive and I just really love how you let it all in to your life!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Prairieprincess - thank you so much for your wonderful comments... and I greatly appreciate the votes. Synchronicity speaks - while you were reading my article, I was enjoying yours! I have just left you a message and voted across too. :))))

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sue, this is wonderful! It's funny because the mention of birds made me think of my Mom and then I saw that it was about hummingbirds, too. These were my Mom's favourite birds and I got her a bird feeder for her birthday one year when I was a teenager. I don't think she ever saw that many birds at it, though!

      What a blessing that was for you, and the gorgeous creatures lifted your spirits and helped to feel hope again. I absolutely loved this hub. Voted up and more.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      SilverGenes: You really made my day. Thank you for all the wonderful comments and I am so glad that my writing lifted your spirits. :) Please visit again soon!

      Melovy: I wish you could see the hummingbirds with your own eyes - they are truly a delight and a sight to behold. I was lucky enough to visit Edinburgh for a day-and-a-half and went to the botanical gardens there. Oh my, how beautiful your part of the world is too! :) Thank you so much for your lovely comments and please visit again soon.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      How lovely that you get to see all those cats and the wildlife. I would love to see hummingbirds as we don’t get them in Scotland. I live in a city, though in a house not an apartment, and we also have lots of wildlife nearby: foxes, birds, frogs and squirrels. It is so joyful to see the animals. Only yesterday we were watching a blackbird bathing in a little pool of water.

      Very interesting hub.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      If a hub can be called "feel good", this one definitely is! I loved every word and every photo! I know that I forget sometimes that there is a whole world out there that can fill the day in ways that enrich the spirit and for me, your hub did that today. Thank you for this uplifting and all round wonderful hub!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Mythicalstorm, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments! :) I have been going through a number of photos I took recently and thinking about a new hub - it's brewing! You're so right... nature is totally healing. I appreciate your wonderful words.

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This was so fun and happy that it made me want to go sit outside for a while. I also love nature and in fact I have a hub about how healing nature is. You really show how true that can be! Amazing pictures and I loved hearing about the nature that you were able to immerse yourself in!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Lesley, lovely to "see" you here! I appreciate your feedback very much and thank you for your kind words and vote up! See you again soon. :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, your words are filled with your love of nature and are a delight to read, how I enjoyed sharing this wonderful day with you!

      A beautiful hub thank you and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Onlooker

      That's so kind of you to say - thank you so much, you made my day! :) Have a superb Sunday.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Susan, your commitment and love for all creatures is commendable. This is a beautiful hub. Thank you!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      LOL, Sunshine! Thank you for saying. Your neck of the woods sounds fascinating! Not sure I care for the alligators but am interested in all the rest. Actually, maybe we gotta give those gators a break...they are part of creation too! :)

      I'm surprised you don't have hummers in FL... might do some research! I wrote a possum story... did you see it?

      Thanks for enjoying, it's so gratifying! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a beautiful hub filled with the joys of nature. I wish I had hummingbirds visit me. In my neighborhood we have deer, Sandhill cranes, alligator, raccoons, armadillos, gopher turtles, rabbits, ducks, dogs, cats, birds and possums, but no hummingbirds. No, I don't live near a zoo. Haha!

      I enjoyed your story:)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Awwwww.... Rahul, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much. :)))) Most grateful for your kind comments. Good to meet you.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I feel positive vibes gushing from your breath taking pictures and spreading light all around...

      Great pictures and thoughts put behind them!

      A great ... literally beautiful hub:)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Mikeydcarroll67, thank you so much.... so do I! :))) Definitely has enriched my life.

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      I love your assortment of different animals that you have been collecting!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Harrissaeed... thank you so much for saying. I am so glad I could bring some peace to you and I can assure you that bringing creatures to your door can only enrich your life greatly. :) Good to meet you!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi emilybee... your name fills me with glee! Thank you for your lovely comments - I also love the photo with the creatures' eyes glowing in the dark! When I first arrived here, there were virtually no creatures here, including birds! It felt very lonely and sterile. I began by getting a bird bath and feeders and slowly creatures came. I had a squirrel yesterday and got a GORGEOUS photo of it and will write about that shortly! I'm so glad you have birds gathering on your porch. It's a little feather-party! Lovely to meet you and will hop over to your place soon. :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Omigosh, Stephanie and sgbrown! I just got back to my computer and I'm so touched at both of your comments. Stephanie, I LOVE watching the hummers and what began as a trickle finally became a fiesta over the years I have been feeding these marvellous creatures. I realized that I have probably seen my last of these jewels because I will be moving to Canada soon and will likely miss the next migration! Thank you so much for your vote across the board and I appreciate your congratulations. It's wonderful to meet you.

      sgbrown: It takes one nature love to recognize another. I am so glad to meet you here also and look forward to visiting both of your pages. Many thanks for the lovely congratulations and the votes!! Have a wonderful day and weekend. :))))

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      This hub is awesome! Great photos! I especially like the dark night one where you can only see the creatures eyes. That is so wonderful how you are helping so many animals. You have so many! Our apartment complex usually only has squirrels out and about :) and a few birds that gather on our porch in the morning.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful hub! It is obvious in your writing that you are a nature lover and a good caring person. I am glad to meet you here on HubPages and I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Congratulations on the Hub Nugget nomination, I am sure it is well deserved. Voted up and awesome. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Your photographs and your writing are terrific! It must have been amazing to see so many hummers at your feeders, and what wonderful pictures you have of them. Your sensitivity and compassion for animals shows in your writing, which is so enjoyable. Congratulations on your well-deserved Hub Nuggets nomination, and welcome to HubPages! Voted up across the board!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Lisa, thank you so much for the warm welcome and wonderful comments - both are much appreciated. I just stopped by your place and like what I see very much! I am delighted to be meeting so many talented and like-minded people... just what I need at a most challenging time of my life! I LOVE the arts and am delighted to find your writing... also going to look at your healthy eating ideas...

      Pamela, thank you so much for your lovely comments and I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos, too. I have a little Canon powershot and have always wished I could take remarkable pictures, but would need better equipment, particularly for nature photography! I am so glad you understand the difficult lives feral cats have - they have to work so hard to survive. It can be heartbreaking for sure. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading - it's powerful to share! Thank you so much.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This was so beautiful. Your photographs are terrific. I have loved many a feral cat, too. It can be heartbreaking at times, though.

      I really enjoyed reading about your day.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Hi Suelynn! What a wonderful hub! Welcome to HubPages! I think you will truly love it here and you are on your way to meeting some amazing and talented writers. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination! Keep up the great work! Lisa :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Annette. Thanks so much for saying and it's a pleasure to meet you, too! :) I appreciate the congrats and so glad you enjoyed my article. Grinning to you and very flattered for your vote up and awesome. Hope to pop over to your page as soon as I can... need to get up and away from the computer and do some grocery shopping... wish I had a robot that took orders! LOL!

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      Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Suelynn. It's a pleasure to meet you here, and congrats on your HubNuggets nomination. I truly enjoyed your article and photos. Voted up and awesome!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Talullah, thank you so much for your wonderful response! I appreciate your comments and vote up. :))) I hope to see you again and pop over to your spot too...

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      A beautiful hub written by someone who really cares about the other creatures that share our planet. Lovely photos, too. Voted up!

      Congratulations on your HubNuggets nomination; it's well-deserved!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Jenny... thank you so much for your comments and interest. I have so much to write about, I'm trying to figure out which ideas to tackle next... :)

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      This is a fabulously written article. Loved the pics as illustration. Looking forward to your next story.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      So glad to see you both, Magaroonie and Lintie... thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. Means a lot to me. :) Mags, I appreciate your comment about the photos.

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      Lintie 5 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed your writing, Sue-Lynn. You are very observant and have an easy way with words. Keep it up.

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      magaroonie 5 years ago

      Loved the account of your day, Sue-Lynn. Great photos too and an excellent video of the humming birds. Glad you have found an outlet for your writing here.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Good morning, ripplemaker (your name jogs my imagination in the best possible way)... I am so blessed by your response. Thank you for your kind words. I just realized what you said and I missed it when Pamela99 said it... Hubnugget nomination! I am touched and extremely grateful for this!! I will check it out right now! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Love of nature and life itself is a gift indeed. Thank you for sharing this. It's a blessing!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Celebrate nature and the Hubnuggets by reading and voting: https://hubpages.com/community/Saturday-Night-HubN...

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Pamela99.... I love synergy and I'm so glad you enjoyed my writing... I'd love to see your indoor Oscar! :) I will certainly pop over to see your stuff! The nice part of connecting through writing is finding the person behind it and making new friends. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I love animals also and feed Humming birds and many others also. I also have an indoor cat named Oscar. I enjoyed your hub and the pictures. Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Nell, thank you so much. I love how writing pulls us together through our shared experience. Your Red Kites sound wonderful, what a thrill that must be! I am so glad I have joined Hubpages and that I am getting to meet so many lovely and like-minded people. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Welcome to Hubpages! I loved your story of your day with the animals, I live near an allotment, overlooking a school too, so I have loads of wildlife, out the back I can see Red Kites in the tree, and they fly so low with a wingspan of five foot, and there are squirrels too, along with loads of other birds, so I totally understand what you mean about the calmness that the birds and animals bring, nell

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      I have made a couple of changes to this hub, which I think will improve it somewhat. I will be glad to have any feedback. :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Neil, smiling as I type!

      I see that you made the point! :) 2 - 2.5 hours is just long enough to let some anticipation build, but not so much as not to be manageable. LOL!

      Thank you for pointing out your phone number (I did notice), and I appreciate the invitation to call if I somehow become diverted (my attention certainly is!) Dinner (on you) sounds lovely...

      Totally enjoying this connexion. :))))

      It's weird to think about how satisfying virtual hugs can be, but they certainly are.

      Hugs reciprocated again for sure - which somehow completes a beautiful circle. (flutter of eyelashes!)

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Suelynn - flying from Toronto to Winnipeg is approx 2 hours ... maybe 2.5 hours ... notice I remembered the point LOL

      My phone number is on my bio - if you come this way call and dinner is on me. You are delightful too... I am quite enjoying the dialogue and vibe connection here.

      hugs again

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thank you so much, LuisEGonzalez, that's kind of you to say. :) I've had fun so far...

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nice article, sentiment and photos.

      Welcome to HubPages

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Neil, life is most interesting! Yeah, I wondered about the 205... 20.5 makes more sense... I assume that's drive time! Flights from Atlanta to Johannesburg are around 17 hours depending on whether you stop off on the bulge of Africa or not... :)

      Thanks for the feedback about the earnings. I was getting SO excited about writing because I have SO much to write about, but you're right, it will take time. Naturally the benefit is connecting with people such as yourself. Thanks for the vote of coolness (very appropriate considering where I'm headed... LOL) and may I return the compliment?

      I could turn into an EXTREMELY prolific writer - I have had hundreds of thoughts spinning through my mind since I uncovered the ad for HubPages yesterday. Woohooo!

      Big 'Ol Hugs to you, delightful new friend.

      Love - Light - Laughter to you, too (just LOVE that!)

      Suelynn

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Suelynn - I made a typo in my comment to you in my own hub - Winnipeg to Toronto are 20.5 (20 1/2) hours apart. I missed the point.... LOL

      Cool -- no doubt you will earn fatser with a temp than here on hubs - it takes a long time and lots of hubs that are "high earning potential" - to earn here.... you can find hubs that explain how to earn here.

      I'm here to meet cool people like you and share some thoughts - personally I'm not here to make much money as it takes too long - it has to be fun -- and it is -- so i am here but not too prolific at writing LOL

      hugs again my new friend.

      Love - Light - Laughter

      Neil

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thank you so much, Neil Sperling. The way nature resonates for you, it resonates for me. I KNOW I will love the nature I find in Canada... and I am hearing all about the good people, too! :) I have indeed begun uploading videos to youtube in order to post them in HubPages! I have so many photos and videos I want to share. Isn't it interesting, Neil... the minute I immerse and engage in HubPages I get a call from the temp. agency I called last week... question is... how soon would I get revenue from here over working to earn some dollars doing temp. work while I wait for my papers to come to Canada?

      If I am in Ontario - as it neighbors Manitoba, I would LOVE to see the twinkle in YOUR eyes... and discover their colour!

      Hugs right back,

      Sue

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      I enjoy your love of nature.... you will love Canada for the Nature aspects and good people. have you thought of uploading your videos to youtube to add to your hubs?

      if you are ever in Ontario - look me up - I'ld enjoy looking into those warm eyes I noticed you have.

      hugs

      Neil