The joke's on me!! You see, 44 years ago, I was expecting to deliver a son. The doctors said I was carrying a boy, Bud was sure it was a boy, my mother in law even bet with my father [$50 & a Bottle of Champagne] that it was a boy. All along my father said the baby I was expecting would be a girl. Well, it turns out, come April Fool's Day, we were ALL Fools. Except for my dad. He relished in his crisp brand new off the presses $50. And we all shared in the champagne after I was released from the hospital with my new baby girl. It all seems like yesterday. It's true. An old saying, but for me, it WAS yesterday. My little Irish redhead....
Where are you going my little one, little one?
Where are you going my baby my own?
Turn around and your four
Turn around and you're a young girl going out of the door.
Turn around turn around, turn around and you're a young wife
with babes of your own!!
[And this ol' 44 year old has gifted me with a 24 year old grandson - who will be 24 on May 12th, and the youngest grandson is 17.]
I tellya...time flies.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IRENE!!!
This past week, we've not been home much. Of course, as always lately we've been "Gone Birdin'". It's a very active time of year for all the different migrating birds that are coming through Texas on their way North. So many different species, so little time. One day we drove to Port Aransas in hopes of seeing some migrants. We went to Paradise Pond [which is dry because of the drought conditions...but still some birds]. We saw there, yellow crowned night herons, scissortail flycathers, king birds, black crowned night herons, and cardinals this time. Then, later we stopped at Leonabelle Refuge...there, I was busy with my camera. Moorhens, ruddy ducks, cormorants, pelicans [both white and brown], northern shovelers, Eastern and Western Kingbirds [one is yellow while the other is black and white], pintail ducks and cinnamon teals. Another day, we ventured to another area on the islands, and saw egrets, the snowy, the common AND cattle egrets, herons, and a migrating bird, the gray blue [or is it blue gray] gnatcatcher!! And I got photos of it. The tiny ones are very difficult to photograph 'cause they're way too fast, swift in movement and never land long enough to focus on them. Oh and I noticed the swallows are returning!! Another morning came and we were off again. This time to a city park here in town. Where I spotted a white eyed vireo. I've read online and in my bird guide books that they are often heard but SELDOM seen. I persevered and followed his/her song 'til I finally spotted it in the tree. Very elusive. And I posted the four pictures I got of IT on my bird photo blog!! Driving along Laguna Shores on the outskirts of town one day this past week, Bud spotted an osprey dining on its 'catch of the day'. Posted those photos this week on my photo blog also. Yesterday, on Easter Sunday, we were on our way out for Easter Brunch. There is an I-Hop Pancake House real close to our neighborhood, and we decided to go there and then drive over to Pollywog Ponds and Hilltop Birding/Nature Trail. Both on on the way to San Antonio Texas. At Pollywog Ponds we saw ducks, pelicans, egrets, kiskadees, cattle egret, woodpeckers and cardinals. At Hilltop Trail, we heard quite a few birds, but only saw cardinals and one blue gray flycatcher. Besides it was becoming a bit warm on the trail...there are some shaded areas, but a lot of it is out in the open...hot sun blistering our backsides. It was time to head back home anyway. Now the ironic part of this trip was we drove 40 some miles, and then...just two blocks away from home, there...in the bank of a grassy area...sitting pretty as can be...a lone Caracara!! [A Mexican Eagle] I stopped and took pictures of that beauty too. Sometime soon, I want to go over Harbor Bridge to Portland Texas where there is an area good for birding. Oh, and soon, a walk around the Botanical Gardens just outside town. The gardens have a lot of hummingbirds in the spring. [Butterflies too]
But all this gabbing and I haven't gotten to the point yet. You see, there ARE other things we see and other things I photograph when we're out and about. Some surprises, some not. I mentioned a long time ago, that this Leonabelle Refuge has resident alligators. Two. Named Boots and Bags. Well, a short while ago, Bags [the female] died. And Boots was left all alone. This past week, when we stopped there, Bud spotted with his binoculars TWO alligators!! Obviously they acquired a female for Boots.
In another park close by home on the way to the islands, we stopped and was surprised to see this booger...
Don't know what they were saying to each other, but I'm sure there were some braggin' rights going on. Of who caught the biggest, or perhaps the big one got away from them both!! NOW who's the FOOL?
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By the way, did you know [perhaps it's an urban legend...never looked it up], but the history of April Fool's Day and the "Fool" part goes back in history to the 1500s? Up until the Georgian calender the first of the year was April 1st. When it was changed to January 1st, those that had not heard the news/the change, the ones that were still on April 1st being the first day of the year...they were called April Fools? Now, is that true? Or is it an April Fool's Day Joke?