Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Presents

It is a wonderful experience to have a friend who really knows you because they pay attention to what you share with them in conversation. But, it is the most incredible experience to have a friend who, not only pays attention to who you are, but can read your mind!
Since beginning my Bird Sanctuary Dream, I have purchased very little 'stuff''. I don't spend time pouring over Bird Catalogs or websites or constantly talk about this or that gadget. I've only been to the WildBirds Unlimited once - with my friend.
So, on Christmas Day, when we were opening gifts, I was in for the surprise of the year!
My friend gave me a large box, wrapped in red wrapping paper. I could NOT imagine what was in it! When it was time to open it, it was a pretty generic brown cardboard box - no real clues yet, and even when I OPENED the box, my mind could not register what my eyes were seeing. I had NO IDEA for several seconds what I was looking at - it was a mess of unrecognizable 'stuff'. I 'cautiously' reached in to lift out something that looked safe :) - and SCREAMED in DELIGHT at what was in my hand! I ended up tossing the thing in the air in the process!
It was a Nest Building Ball! ! ! and of course, I figured out, in that instant, that the box was full of 'Bird' things! (which was very cool, in and of itself!)
There were 2 Nest Building Balls (which won't go out until Spring), a red Christmas Stocking to be filled with Niger Thistle seed - there was a bag included! - and a Water Bath/Feeder apparatus.
It is amazing that, except for the Nesting Balls, my friend did not know that these were things I was thinking about from time to time, and planning to get someday! I don't think I ever mentioned them to her. "WOW!" Thank you, Rebekah!
The best part is my whole family gets to enjoy these presents too! All of us spend lengths of time standing in the window, watching the birds and their activities at the feeders. So many happy experiences, thoughts and emotions! It is absolutely delightful!
As you can see, it didn't take long for me to get these presents out to the santuary.
Can you tell I'm dancing inside?
OH YES! and don't miss the video that follows this post!
Rebekah recorded it on Christmas Morning. Enjoy!

8 comments:

Leedra said...

Sometimes friends know what we want for Christmas better than family. Love the stocking.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Diane... You truly had a wonderful Christmas. What a great gift from your friend. I love that stocking!!!!! WOW!!!!

Rebekah is a 'keeper' for sure.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Good friends are priceless.Your birds will be grateful as well for all the new spots just for them.
Blessings,Ruth

Jayne said...

How fun! What wonderful, thoughtful gifts for a bird lover. I know you will enjoy them all for years to come Diane!

ivars krafts said...

I love the middle shot through the water container. You have a good eye to catch that!

Diane said...

Thank you for the compliment, Ivars - but it wasn't my eye- it was luck :) But, it is a fun one!

Kallen305 said...

Woo Hoo!! You go girl!! I love new Chritstmas Bird Gifts. You will love the water cooler. I have one and the birds adore it. They look so cute perching on it to take a drink.

Enjoy!

SK and Family said...

Rebekah "did good"!! ;)