Thursday, November 15, 2018

Day 3312 - Dig deep .... there's always something to love

Just when you think there's nothing to love, the Universe sends you a magpie ...

I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning looking at the rain outside the window and wondering why life couldn't be a little bit easier.  Why are there such horrible diseases in our world, why is there so much heartache for some, why can't miracles be more widely distributed.  

I was wondering what the hell I could possibly love about life when a magpie came to the balcony and sat right outside our French doors to escape the rain and warbled his lovely magpie song.  It was more like yodeling to be honest and I thought "Cathy would love this".  

My bestie from Pennsylvania adores the Aussie magpie and owns the complete set of McLeod's Daughters simply to hear the magpie song.  

We often send her voice messages of magpies singing as we go for walks or when our neighbourhood maggies come to visit.

I had a "pet" magpie as a kid.  My dad saved him after he fell from his nest and was abandoned by his mum.  He lived in our backyard with our dog who interacted with him and welcomed him to our menagerie.  We had a horse in the backyard for a while and the magpie would ride on the horse's back. But my childhood pet magpie is a story for another day.

Today it's about the wild magpies who remind us to sing yodel in the rain.  

We used to feed them you know.  We raised an entire family of maggies a few years back who then went on to bring their new families back to our home. Now that we have dogs they're not quite so keen to hang out on the back deck, but they do still follow Derek around as he mows the front lawn, collected the grubs as they surface.  

They never swoop us.  As others get swooped in the street and the nearby paths, we get left alone.  They know our faces.  We're pals.  

This week has been shit.  The news we've received is shit.  The stuff we're confronting is shit.  

But ...

We seem to get the magpie song when we most need it.  A visit at the door where they warble to remind us there's always something to love about life.  Even if you do have to dig deep to find it. 

Any other magpie fans out there?

What do you find to love when you're digging deep?

Shall we all get together and yodel in the rain?  

There are things going on in our world that I can't really talk about because the story isn't mine to tell.  But for those of you who have followed me for years, you'll no doubt read between the lines.  We are at a point where we're having to dig deep. Very very deep. 

Cancer is a bitch.  It's 100% F*&ed.  It makes you dig deep ...
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  1. I'm really sorry to hear. You have to dig deep to be the ballast for them, so they can have an even keel. I wish you love and better news ahead.

  2. The magpie is a sensitive bird who befriends humans who care. Dear Leanne: this is you to a T. I am so sorry that life and the news for your family is what it is now. You are all in my thoughts and I send love via this medium now. Denyse x

    1. Thanks re magpie analogy. I've always loved the maggie and have had many magpie friends.

  3. Sending so much love and hope, Leanne.

    SSG xxx

  4. I love what Denyse wrote about magpies. I would never have guessed that but it seems to be very true. Keep doing what you are doing as you are making changes.

    1. I love what Denyse wrote too. I've never understood why people get so upset about magpies. I guess the swooping thing (LOL) but I've always found them very pleasant.

  5. I'm so sorry for the shit you're facing Leanne - life can certainly give us a beating at times. I'm glad you could still find some joy from your magpie visitor - nature can be so calming at times xx

  6. I'm glad this magpie came into your life and warbled his song right when you needed it the most. Sending my best wishes xx

  7. I love the Magpie song - it's so very Aussie and so very home. I'm thinking of you constantly Leanne. Keeping you all in my heart and thoughts and sending you strength and lots of big squishy comforting hugs! xoxo

  8. Sometimes it can be the small, simple moments that give us joy in the midst of tough times, and your friends the magpies knew you needed them at that moment. Hoping that things turn around for you soon.

  9. That is such a cool story. Very lovely and thanks for sharing it with us. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

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