Friday, February 26, 2010

My Hoot Owls

So, Kelly's Korner is hosting a "show us your collection" bloghop this week!! I have started collecting hoot owls...I know, it's a weird thing to collect but here is why.....My Daddy could hoot like an owl (it was a down deep in his throat hoot that I've never been able to duplicate, HA!!). When he'd be out hunting with his nephews, he'd start hooting and they would find their way to him. When my son just started crawling and walking and would try to get into things, my Daddy would hoot and Tyler would stop what he was doing and haul butt to get to his "Boppa". When Daddy would come to visit us, instead of knocking on the door, he'd go to the window and hoot!!! Tyler's face would LIGHT UP and he'd go running to the door (he knew who would be on the other side waiting for him!!). May will be 9 years since Daddy died and he has sent us several "signs" via owls since his passing. I know not everyone believes in that and to be honest with you, I don't know if I would believe in it if I hadn't experienced it for myself several times!! The first of these signs came just a few weeks after he had died. We were sitting in my living room and heard an owl hooting right outside (we had NEVER heard one before this day and never did again after that!!). My mom heard one on Thanksgiving one year (Thanksgiving was our BIG, special holiday spent with my Daddy's side of the family). A screech owl even dive bombed my sweet husband one night while he was out testing with some co-workers....they all cracked up but Kirby about had a heart attack. Kirby came home telling me and I was about to pee my pants laughing.....Daddy was SUCH a prankster in life and I'm glad that is being carried on, LOL!!!! The most recent sign was on my son's 10th birthday. Kirby was driving him to school and they saw an owl. It brought a huge smile to Tyler's face, knowing that his beloved Poppa was thinking of him on his big day. Now, here are a few of my favorite owls.

This one opens up and we keep spare change in him!


These are some of my bigger owls.





And here are some of the smaller ones. Some have been purchased at Indian Reservations in New Mexico, some have been given to me as gifts and several I have purchased myself (and although Kirby teases me that instead of being the crazy cat lady that I am going to be the crazy owl lady, it's the one thing he NEVER gets mad at me for buying!!!).


And here are 3 of my favorites....the lime green one, I bought at Hotel Albuquerque wile attending our neighbors wedding. My Momma bought me the small jeweled one and I just bought the large jeweled one last week. They both open up which I think is so cool!!!




So, there you have it. My owls and why I collect them!!!

9 comments:

Beth McC. said...

I LOVE your owls! Here lately I have started an Owl Love! I Am on a mission to find the retired Stampin' Up owl set! Thanks for sharing!

Hattie said...

That's alot of owls!!! I love owl jewelery. I have a couple of owl necklaces! Great collection!

Cas said...

That is a wonderful collection. Here lately I find myself liking owls more and more. Take a peak at how much!

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Lesli said...

What a beautiful story and a great collection...even though you do have me crying right now.. what a great memory to always have of your daddy! Your children are precious.. I also wanted to let you know that I am having a giveaway this weekend over at my blog. I am lots of cute hair goodies for girls so I thought you might be interested! Please feel free to hop over and check it out!

Thanks so much for sharing your story! Have a great weekend!

Lesli

Crystal said...

These are so cute!!!

Faith said...

How neat! I love your collection too. And, how cute is your little owl blog design? Fun, fun!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog from Kelley's Korner, another blog I stumbled across from Baby Bangs blog!! Anyway, my neice sells "owl stuff" (handmade) and thought you might enjoy looking at some of her creations!

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Crystal Proctor said...

I love your owl collection and can't see an owl without thinking of you and your daddy!!!

Beth said...

wow! that is quite a collection

I won an apron on the cotton wife's blog recently and I picked out an apron with owls!

I bet you are addicted to the owl cam
http://www.sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Live_Owl_Nest_Box_Cam.html