THIS WEEK at I'd Rather B Birdin'
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Pretty ones...Cute ones...
SOME OF MY FAVORITE PICS
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and read a bit of trivia about them!!
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A drive-by shooting...

Highway Rubbish on Tuesday...

...that's what this is....a drive by shooting!!
The island highway is just a narrow two-laner and most times a bit difficult to pull off the shoulder, stop, and take any photos...taken from the car window traveling at 60MPH and having a line of cars behind us...hence, the photo isn't too sharp.
It's on Mustang Island...
...it once was a billboard!! When I pay attention to billboards and business signs jutting up in the sky as we drive the freeways, I always think of our first lady, Lady Bird Johnson....how she worked hard long hours trying to get the 'ugliness' off our highways and bi-ways, instigating a limit on the height of them. It worked while her husband was in office, but now...it's a whole different thing these days...what I don't like are the digital, animated signs...they ARE VERY distracting!!!  If you feel the earth tremor, that's probably Lady Bird rolling over in her grave.


Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday


Our World, Wild Birds, and Nature Notes

Since Corpus Christi is part of the Great Coastal Birding Trail throughout the state of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, there are quite a lot of birding themes...and bronze sculptures along the seawall. This one is just blocks from the beginning of the interstate highway #37 at water's edge. I took photos of it from both sides around midday...

On the left, the silhouette of two brown pelicans as you look toward the Marina and Gulf of Mexico...on the right, the two pelicans as you face the city skyline and begin the journey on the interstate highway that'll take you toward San Antonio.


...and a walk through our back yard--- ---
I have a lot more images, I'll share them later!
These photos I share have mouse-over captions. Just scroll mouse over image and pause...






linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Nature Notes - Our World Tuesday

HODGEPODGE

1. What's something you wanted to do this summer that you never got around to actually doing? We have a huge Bird of Paradise plant that stopped blooming. And for one reason...it needs a trim!! It's grown wild the last couple of years, and way too dense. It needs to be cleaned out, trimmed down and thinned out. But it's been way too hot this summer. We're waiting for the first cool day to get out there and get workin' on it.

2. Share a favorite memory of your own back-to-school days as a child? Kissin' Bobby for the first time on the playground! He was my first love.

3. What's one chore or daily task you prefer doing 'old-school'?
I'd prefer to get on my hands and knees to scrub floors. I do it every once in a while...but usually use a mop.

4. Share something you've learned in life through the 'school of hard knocks'? Parenting. It's the most challenging job ever. Worrying, disciplining, being there when needed to comfort, etc. And even tho my two children are grown and left home years ago, the worry doesn't stop when they walk out the door. Being a parent is a life-time job once they're born.

5. As a child, did you mostly bring or buy your lunch for school? What was your favorite thing to find in your lunchbox? In grade school, we took our lunch. By the time I was in High School, I usually was out by noon, so I ate out at a restaurant before starting work at 1 pm. What was in my lunchbox that was a favorite? When we'd have leftover bacon from breakfast, my mom would make me a bacon sandwich which I requested!! I still love 'em today.

6. Football season is upon us which has me wondering... how big of a sports fan are you (not just football)? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being 'I scream at the players through my television screen' and 1 being 'is knitting a sport?' where do you fall in fan-dom? I'm okay with the sport of football...but I am only a 'team' fanatic!! In other words I support 'my' team...the Denver Broncos...been a fan since the team was lead by Craig Morton as quarterback [1977-]!!!!! But Baseball is my favorite sport to watch and follow the stats up to the Fall Classic each season. As an all around fan rating for myself----I'd be 5.

7. Share a favorite quote you think might inspire students of all ages at the start of a new school year.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~Victor Hugo


There was no 'random' #8 when I copied the questions, but speaking of sports....
8] I love baseball! Living in Colorado...we even followed the Rockies during Spring Break to where they trained in Spring to Tucson AZ. And we followed the AZ Diamondbacks...we even have the DVD of the World Series where the DBacks beat the Yankees...what a thrilling series. Now we keep tabs on our favorite Texas team, tho good?---not so much. Anyway, reading Yah00 sports news and catching up on the team stats, I viewed this image. And they do have links for twitter and facebook and email to share this...so I'm hoping it's not a copyright issue. This was an historic move on the Dodgers against the Padres last week....12th inning, bases loaded...score still tied of course 2 to 2!!! The entire infield came for defense between 1st and 2nd base.  Up to bat --- he swung having the ball fly infield....the player on the L A side threw the ball to home...a sloppy throw. SCORE!!! Padres win!! None-the-less, an historic move that'll go into the history annals of baseball.