Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You know summer is ending when ...

One of the sure signs around here that summer is coming to an end is when the Canada Geese start flocking. They are around all spring, summer and fall but only start practicing their 'V' formation with the babies now to get ready to fly South for the winter.

I love watching them and it's great because they fly right over our house to the pond that is across in the conservation area. I often wonder how they figure out how to fly in the shape of a V. Of course there is always 'one' that is stubborn ...lol.

The weather has been pretty good the past few weeks so today we are going on a Lake Cruise not far from here. My husband teaches college and goes back to work Wednesday so we have to squeeze a last minute 'summer' thing in.

Here is the next letter of the 'is for' series:

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Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 27 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

HarleyGirl said...

I love to go camping. One time I talked Ronnie into getting some sleeping bags and a small tent and taking a road trip on the bikes. We went to West Virginia. As we were nearing the campground it started to rain, not much, so we hurried and got our tent up. And then it started to really rain. Our tent started to leak, we hadn't had anything to eat but we couldn't go anywhere because all we had were the bikes. The next day was gorgeous so we tooled around on the bikes all day and then as we were heading back to camp you guessed it, it started to rain. Another night stuck in the tent. The next day it was time to go home. It got cold, everything we had was wet....The sleeping bags were soaked so we threw them in the garbage. It was a long, cold ride home. Needless to say that was the end of that and from that day forward it was all about hotels. But I wouldn't trade those memories for anything in the world. If I could just go camping with him one more time. I said all this to say this, cherish every memory you have and make some more. I haven't forgotten about the frames you made me and I haven't forgotten about doing the layout it just will take some time.

Arlene said...

Lessons from Geese :-)

Note: "Lessons from Geese" was transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network and was based on the work of Milton Olson.

As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

(Great pics Lil. Happy last long weekend of the summer!)

Lil said...

Thanks for the info on Geese Arlene! Very interesting! Who would of thought that Geese would give us some good 'life lessons'??