Home Coming

August 15, 2012

Spencer & Ashley
Spencer just returned from Afghanistan

After serving 10 months in Afghanistan, Spencer returns home to waiting arms in Hawaii. Ashley and Spencer will be living in Hawaii where Spencer’s battalion is stationed when not on deployment. We are relieved and thankful that he has returned safely. While Spencer was in Afghanistan, Ashley was here completing her training in Cosmetology. She will return to California to take her State Board Exam. She is just waiting on the date and time so they can make it a vacation to California.

Austin starts his final set of classes tomorrow for his AA degree. Just five weeks to go but then there are no breaks for him as he has already enrolled to get his BA degree in Media Arts and those classes start the day after he gets his AA degree. No rest for him.

Calvin looking for a mate

Calvin has returned to the weathervane and has been calling for a mate hoping for a second clutch but so far he is the only kestrel I have seen in the neighborhood since the last brood and Caleigh fledged. Kestrels have a way of disappearing south into Mexico. The hummers and the orioles continue to brave the heat and feed in the shade of the mimosa tree.

Skyview Apartment Complex update: We have moved to 90% occupancy. It has been a long hard struggle but we are getting there thanks to Roscoe Properties. I also want to thank Janice Veteran who lives in the area and keeps me updated with local news articles on real estate.

All the best,

Carlos, Donna and Austin

P.S. Six bluebirds skipped from tree to tree ahead of me this morning as I walked around the block but what was most interesting was to see a murder of crows drop stolen eggs from a nearby nest onto the road cracking them open for a breakfast feast.

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37 Responses to “Home Coming”

  1. Rosemary Dearing Says:

    Oh so happy for Ashley and Spencer. They both look oh so happy. Thank you Spencer for your service.
    As always Carlos, thank you for keeping us in the loop regarding the Royal family members, the owls and other
    birds in your yard.

  2. Peggy Anderson Says:

    Welcome “home”, Spencer! So glad you are out of there. You two DO look so happy :)

  3. janie2 Says:

    I’m so thankful that Spencer is home safe and sound. Ashley is really a beautiful girl. I wish them many years of good health and happiness. We are all so proud of Austin. He has a great work ethic that will serve him well in the years ahead.

    Janie

  4. monkie Says:

    Thanks for the update Carlos, always look to see if there’s and “backyard” news… Glad to hear Spencer is home safe, and together again with Ashley, and a big congrats to Austin… I sure hope Caleigh comes back for Calvin for a second clutch. As always, your pictures are amazing.
    Hugz

  5. Sue Couch Says:

    Thanks for the update, Carlos. Great photo of Ashley and Spencer. So glad he’s home and they can spend some time together. Hope Calvin finds a mate. He’s too pretty to be alone.:-) Crow behavior is interesting. They seem to be very
    intelligent. Happy trails!

  6. Sherrie aka Sharoot Says:

    I’m so happy for you all with the homecoming of Spencer. A dear friend of mine’s son just returned home after a year’s deployment as well. Ah, such a relief and such happiness! Thank you Spencer and Chris for your service! I’m glad Austin is doing so well too. It’s always a pleasure to hear about and see pictures of “your” birds. Thank you Carlos.

  7. lsinnen@cox.net Says:

    Great News!

  8. Glenn Says:

    Carlos Thanks for the updates and beautiful pictures that you post! Good to see Spencer home and all is well.

  9. flukestail Says:

    Anyone else think the e-mail headline “Homecoming” meant Molly was back? :) Wonderful news about Spencer getting back home safe and sound. Wishing all the troops were on their way back as well. All of you enjoy the vacation time together when they make it over to California…and good luck to both Austin and Ashley!

  10. emeraldcher Says:

    Welcome home and a big ole THANK YOU to Spencer for service to our country. I just wish they ALL were home permanently! Good luck to Ashley on taking her test when they come up and for Austin to do well this next go round in school.

  11. doxielver Says:

    We have owls! My concern will they try and get my small dauchunds? They do fly bys checking them out. I’m nervous. I can’t find anything on web search about that. Can u answer with your knowledge ? Thanks terry. From Oklahoma.

    • Lynn Says:

      doxielver: If they are Great Horned Owls I would be concerned. If so it would be best to keep them on leash or supervised…and especially don’t let them out at night unsupervised.

      • doxielver Says:

        Thanks for the replies. I have 5 that I go out with and supervise but the owl have dived down close. I will probably start now taking 1 out at a time on the leash. Not sure the type of owl but he’s huge. Anyone know if they r year around birds?

      • Lynn Says:

        that sounds like it could be a great horned (GHO)…they are really big…and they are vicious. Please be careful and keep them safe…take care.

  12. erindort Says:

    Donna and Carlos, what a gorgeous granddaughter (and grandson-in-law) you have! Now you can all breathe a sigh of relief with Ashley.

    Thank you, Carlos for the pictures and new about the hummers, bluebirds, and kestrels and naughty crows, LOL. You are kind to share.

    Austin: way to go, sweetie!! It’s so hard to believe you will have a degree in 5 weeks! We all share a great deal of pride for you. I still enjoy the Molly DVDs and watch them every few months.

  13. Sherry Kelly Says:

    Great news! So happy for Spencer and Ashley!
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  14. Ruth O'Neil Says:

    Adding my thanks to Spenser!
    And Carlos, I was at the Long Beach quilt show and saw a quilt from Pflugerville!!! I thought, “I know where THAT is!!” ;0)

  15. Jo-Ann Says:

    Welcome home Spencer… Enjoy your home leave with Ashely!!! So nice to hear…You both look so happy.. thanks again Carlos for keeping us up to date (as always)

  16. BJ Says:

    So glad Spencer is home and with his loved ones. Thank you for your service.
    Austin – congratulations on your earning your degree…wishing you the best in your business ventures!
    Our family wishes the Royal family the best always.

  17. Ginny Says:

    Thanks for all the news. It is always great to hear from you.

  18. mandozee1888 Says:

    Thanks for the update Carlos: Great pics. Spencer thanks for your service. Auston, do all you can while your young and can handle the nonstop lifestyle. mandozee1888

  19. Patti Says:

    Welcome home Spencer, thank you for your service.

  20. Judy Sackson Says:

    Carlos, we all really appreciate your updates! Spencer, thank you for your service and welcome home!
    The pictures are always special….hope Calvin finds a mate soon.
    Austin is an amazing young man! Keep up the good work, you’ll do well in life!
    Keep the good news coming!!

  21. CAequuslvr Says:

    Yes, I too thought “Homecoming” meant Molly was back, but Spencer getting back safely is also great news. My father was career Air Force so I very much appreciate the sacrifice our troops make.
    Thanks for the updates, Carlos. Austin, keep up the good work.

  22. June Schafer Says:

    You must be so proud of your grandkids. They are doing so well. Especially glad that Spencer made it safely home. Please give him my thanks for all he does for us,……and Austin….well one of these days we can say we knew him when he and Grandpa were videoing owls!!! Thanks for the updates! We love keeping in touch.

  23. doxielver Says:

    Carlos we love the updates. Happy travels.

  24. Morganminpin Says:

    Carlos,
    Thanks so much for your update on Ashley and Spencer, they look really happy. Hopefully he won’t be deployed again soon (or ever!) We always like hearing about your family, both human and animal.
    Morganminpin

  25. divomad Says:

    How wonderful, what a lovely family you have! All the best to the Royals! Gwen from Australia x

  26. casey Says:

    Ashley and Spencer certainly make a handsome pair. And, Spencer, thank you for your service!!!

  27. Holly Sue Says:

    Dear Carlos,
    I’m thrilled for Ashley and Spencer~what a beautiful couple! Congratulations to Austin for his achievement and future studies…he is one busy young man! Thank you for the lovely photos and the backyard update. The crows are resourceful, though not good neighbors to their bird community. I’m glad to hear about the Skyview success story!
    Love to you and Donna and all the family!
    Holly Sue

  28. Jodimaher Says:

    Amen Spencer made it back ! I am so happy for those two, they are just darling! Great job Austin ! Keep up the hard work! It will be over before you know it.
    So I have to ask, have any of you ever heard of a bird called Cedar Wax Wing? We had baby birds (what I thought were Robins) all over the parking lot this morning and so of course I had to rescue them because I thought they were too small to be out of the nest. We’ve never had them nest in our trees before.

    I did take them to a rehab facility close by so they could get food. They were on the ground and waiting for them were about 5 of the local neighborhood cats. I know momma will be sad that I scooped them up but the good news is that we do get to release them when they are ready back at home. My daughter and I will be picking fresh blackberries and delivering them to the South Sound Critter care facility for the babies.

    Normally I would not interfere with nature as Carlos always says, but I could not watch these lil guys get scooped up by the cats. It all started with me finding the first one last night at twilight in the middle of the driveway. Little did I know this morning that I would find more. Wish me luck!
    ps. around 5:30 this morning, one of our local barn owls flew overhead to wish me a nice day :)

    • CAequuslvr Says:

      Jodi, you did a good thing. Sometimes Nature needs a helping hand. How wonderful that you will be the able to release them back at home.

  29. flukestail Says:

    I agree with CA…you did a good thing. We wouldn’t leave human beings on the ground helpless and in danger. No reason to change that because they’re baby birds. We share this planet. You did a good thing, jodi.

  30. Elizabeth Mason Says:

    Thanks for the info and the update. It’s lovely to hear that everything is going well for you and yours.

  31. jodimaher Says:

    Thank you CA and Fluke ! Babies are doing great and loved all the blackberries that we delivered. I thought of McGee and Molly – how they have changed my life and made me a better person. I am fortunate enough to work from home 2 days a week so I will become a volunteer at the south sound critter care facility. ps. when I brought the berries, they let me tour the facility, they are rehabing a barn owl ;) xoxox love you guys !

  32. texasgrandmadarlene Says:

    OMG! Was that a Molly t-shirt that Celo Greene was wearing on “The Voice” last night? He was sporting a white t-shirt with a beautiful barn owl on the front!


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