Poetry Sunday-Taking Back A Life



Taking Back A Life



There is a change coming

Riding high on this mighty wind.

A soulful stirring

A door opens

I stand upon a threshold

Pausing now-

Eager to cross yet fear holds me tight in place.



The scent upon the breeze stirs my every cell

Filling me with a joyful excitement

Brushing my skin-tingling-

I am awakened.



Toes stirring, ready for this chance

Taking back a life full of promise.

Not knowing where we are headed

Is the best part of this journey

Coming alive.



So here we go!

Taking – that – first – step

Toward my destiny…. no looking back!



©Donna Donabella 2017




This poem came streaming out of me after I finally let go of my fears and attended a writer’s conference.  I knew this was going to be a big step towards fulfilling my destiny, and that once I entered, and crossed the threshold, there was no turning back!


The pictures here are hummers visiting the garden this year…they represent pure bliss and joy!


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up, Poetry Pantry, for poets who blog.


I leave you with a few additional words about taking back a life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-August Muse


August Muse



August seems such a strange month.

The weather shifting in and out of season.

And those glorious golden days,

The hot sun still parching my garden.



Flowers fading, fruit ripens

And my thoughts turn a bit melancholy.

As the raucous noise of summer fades,

And friends depart for their long journeys home.



 © Donna Donabella 2013




When August rolls around in the garden, it is a bittersweet time as we watch the garden bloom and fade.  And while I love August and all the bounty it brings, I am saddened as I know it will be gone too fast, and I will be longing for its return.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 






Special Note:  The pictures here are of one of the last bird ‘friends’ to leave our garden at the end of summer…the ruby-throated hummingbird.  These are pictures of one of the sweet females, who worked hard raising a brood in spring and summer, getting ready to fly South soon.




I leave you with a few additional words about August Muse.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

august muse

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Wildlife Lessons-Hummingbird Wars


“may my faith always be
at the end of the day

like a hummingbird…returning
to its favorite flower.”
― Sanober Khan



Every spring as the garden renews, we wait in anticipation for flora and fauna to return.  And just as we know that when the trees begin to leaf out the orioles will return, we know right on their heels will be the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds returning.



There is something so magical about this tiny bird that we do everything we can to enticeDSCN3492 them to live here for the season.  I plant many native flowers that they love including monarda, and bulbs like gladioli that will keep them happy and nourished with nectar.  And we make sure spider webs and garden debris are still around for their nests….they also love to use the lichen on our trees to camouflage their nests.



Most importantly, we put up a feeder.  In fact we keep the oriole feeder and hummingbird feeders next to one another as the hummers will grab a quick drink from the oriole feeder as well.  So just as the trees sport their new coat of green, two feeders are filled with sweetened water, and placed on the shepherds hook just off the patio in full view of our back windows.



And right on cue, the orioles arrived followed in a day or two by the male hummingbirds coming back to where they had found food sources before.  Soon after the females returned to their nesting sites to once again spruce up their old nests and begin again.



Hummingbirds never cease to amuse us, and they each have their own personalities it DSCN3534seems.  But the most interesting behaviors, are those of the first males staking out their territory.  And there are no birds quite so territorial about food sources than male hummingbirds.  In fact, we often see one who will dominate the feeders, lurking in the big trees nearby to swoop down and chase any other hummers from the feeders.



But this year was most unusual as we witnessed an epic battle as soon as two male hummers found the feeder.  I must say I thought it was going to be a fight to the death as the battle raged on for a couple of hours with neither bird relenting.



DSCN3496One male had made it to the garden first, and found and claimed the feeder.  It was his, and as all others discovered he was not sharing.  The fight started when a second male was taking a drink from the feeder.  Soon after, the first male swooped down, and attacked the male at the feeder.  In the past when a male hummer attacked others at the feeder, the other hummers retreated quickly not wanting to go to war over the sugary liquid.  They would then wait until later to go to the feeder, or find nourishment amongst the many nectar-filled flowers.



But this time was different.  The second male was not thwarted.  As the first hummer went to the feeder and was drinking, the second hummer came back and attacked the first male.  And with that action, the fight was on.  Each bird swooping down to attack the other once they came near the feeder.



You can see in some of the pictures, that the birds would crane their necks and look DSCN3506carefully before they tried to get a drink…..I don’t think I have witnessed a display like this since seeing 2 year olds fighting over a toy…..or a swarm of people fighting over money dropped into the street.  You can see the damage inflicted to the back of the one of the birds here.



The hummers took many breaks in the viburnum bush nearby.  It was funny to see them both sitting in the same bush, and resting for periods of time like in a boxing match.  After watching on and off for a couple of hours, the battle ended with one bird the victor.  Although I have not witnessed one dominant male attacking others at the feeders since the battle, so perhaps they limped off calling it a draw, but not likely.



And while we hope all nature lives in harmony in our garden, there are battles that are waged for the critter’s survival and not because they are greedy.  And so it is with hummingbirds.


hummer war

Here are some interesting facts about Hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds are a symbol of love, but do not seem to live in peace and harmony with each other.  Of course there is an important reason for the hummers being so territorial:

  • The male hummer claims a territory and then breeds with several females.  The females then use the territory to nest and raise their young.
  • The males will chase off all other males to protect their females and the nests.
  • And they lay claim to this territory for food for themselves and their large extended family.
  • Interestingly, males have nothing to do with making the nest, caring for the eggs or raising the young.  No wonder the females look exhausted.




I did try to get a short video of the birds but once I figured out how to get the camera to focus, the battle had ended.  So you can see the birds swooping each other, but they are not in focus.


With this wildlife story, I am joining in the meme Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina@My Gardener Says that happens the first Wednesday of every month, and with Saturday’s Critters hosted by Eileen@Viewing nature with Eileen that happens every Saturday.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every week.





I leave you with another thought about nature and all its wonders.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

hummer wonder

All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-15.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.