Trapped in a Rabbit Hole

House Finches, immature

I disappeared for awhile…I’m in northern Indiana because my mother is in a rehab unit after a fall and we’re deciding where she will go afterwards. She wants to go back home so that is what we are hoping can happen.  I’m an only child and know next to nothing about this town or navigating any of these healthcare/assisted living/bureaucratic issues. It’s a sucky time all around, for sure.

So this was my yard before I left AZ. I miss my husband, my cats, my house, my birds, my friends, and Arizona. Tony is taking care of the kitties and birds. Someday I’ll be back…

Curve-billed Thrasher

To make matters even worse, my t-mobile hotspot that I have just for visiting Indiana (since my mother doesn’t have wifi) is not working well because t-mobile is upgrading their cell towers in this area so reception is sporadic and poor. Right now I’m using the next-door neighbor’s wifi (with permission) so it’s nice to be able to get online again.

Abert’s Towhee

European Starling

Northern Mockingbird

We have the quinfecta of doves in our yard:

Mourning Dove

White-winged Dove

Inca Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

And my newest yard bird, #40 (although I’ve seen this bird around for quite awhile):

African Collared-Dove (Ringed Turtle Dove)

These birds are usually escaped captive birds that don’t do well in the wild but this one seems to be doing fine. There’s also a chance that it’s just a very pale Eurasian Collared-Dove but several birders ID’ed it as African Collared so I’m going with that.

Anna’s Hummingbird

Fiery Skipper

I hope to get out and go birding a couple times while I’m here but I don’t have my birding lens with me so I may have to rent one…the one I have with me just doesn’t work well for birds.

So…wish me luck, I hope things go smoothly and we can all get back to a more normal life pretty soon.

Sorry if I haven’t visited your blogs, I’ll be trying to do that in the next couple of days.


13 thoughts on “Trapped in a Rabbit Hole

  1. Caregiving is a very hard thing to do and is not anything we are trained or prepared for. Every single day is something new that you have to learn about, but you will be amazed at what you can do. I took care of my mother for ten years, the last three of which she lived with us. It was stressful and at times so depressing, all I could do was cry. I know you have no siblings to help, but I have two older brother and, trust me, they weren’t much help. But you’ll get through it and you’ll grow and you will appreciate the time you have with your mom. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again. My best to you, my friend. If you need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, give me a shout.

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  2. Oh, Candace, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s accident.
    Being a caregiver can be hard, and I’m sure it’s even more difficult for you since you have no siblings.
    I hope that she has a speedy recovery and that you can be back in AZ soon.
    Sending good thoughts your way.


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