...To the Tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider ...
...the itsy bitsy phoebe flew 'round and 'round the bush!
Down came the snake and scared the bird away...
Out came the ducks; disturbed its focal stare!
...again, the itsy bitsy phoebe, it flitted through the air!!
WILD BIRD NATURE NOTES
Bud spotted the Diamondback Water Snake at the feeder channel to the bay the other day while out birding!! Eventually the birds returned and ignored it.
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1. It's been said that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Do you think that's true? Do you find that an easy exercise most mornings? What's something positive you told yourself today? If you missed that boat, what's something positive you could tell yourself tomorrow? It's always good to be positive. No matter what time of day!! I guess that by telling myself that "if you think your day is going bad, stop. Think about those that have it worse and you'll see the bright side." Something like that.
2. There will be karaoke at the next party you attend...are you in? Or will you be faking a sore throat? I wouldn't attend the party...I've never done this, why would I start at the next party? I'll stick to my own ritual of singing in the shower where the acoustics are much more to my liking!
3. January 29th is National Puzzle Day...what's something you've found puzzling recently? Recently? Why not the entire white house term from the beginning? Now that is a puzzle NO ONE can figure out. And I realize by reading over how I answered some of the following questions, this isn't all that positive...but I can honestly say it is a puzzle, yet I realize other countries have less than we Americans.
4. Jigsaw, crossword, acrostic, logic, sudoku, word search...what's your favorite kind of puzzle, and when did you last work one? I love working on jigsaw puzzles. There is one puzzle that I've glued and had framed, for a personal reason... to remember my recouping from my first heart episode and hospitalization...a reminder of how precious life is. Not the picture, but the working of the puzzle while recouping and getting back to 100%. It's hanging on a wall for nearly 20 years now. Just a personal thing. I worked on this puzzle while mending at home.
5. Recently a writer by the name of Amy Glass ruffled feathers with a post she wrote saying she looks down on young women with husbands and kids and she's not sorry. Among other things, she says women will be equal with men when we stop saying house work and real work are equally important. What say you? Do you think men and women are equal in the 21st century? Why or why not? My thoughts and this Ms. Glass thoughts are from two minds, naturally. What I think and what she thinks isn't important. It's what you feel in your heart. Whatever it is...live by it, and enjoy what you're doing...equality to men be 'dammed'. [by the way, when I was single, a youngster, my parents were equals...Bud and I are equals. No matter if we work outside the home...when it comes to married life, we are half and half... yet a 'whole' team, and ONLY in that aspect are we equals...men and women are different, how in the world do some people consider the two sexes are equal other than partnership? --AND an added note, family is highly important to me.]
6. What's a product you've noticed in the grocery store that you'd like to try, but haven't yet? Well, I've seen this product many-a-times and just yesterday I saw it again...I tried it...it was delicious. Sliced white breast of turkey, mesquite smoked with jalapeno peppers in the meat...dunno how they did it, but it makes a mean, delicious sandwich!! I know the question was 'haven't tried it'...but I hadn't 'til just this week.
7. The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born this week in 1832 (January 27th). Which character from his celebrated novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, would you most like to meet, and why? None, really. So, I'll go with which I like best...it'd be the Cheshire Cat. Its ability to appear and disappear on a whim sounds good. Altho it isn't compared to the Lewis Carroll book, I must admit, in the most recent movie, with Johnny Depp...the character that rocked my world was the Queen of Hearts!! ---"Off with their heads"!!!--- Can you say "Congress"? Ohhhhhhh, sorry. Got carried away. The real reason I liked this character most of all was the make up. The very large head in comparing her body. The heart shaped hair-do. The magic of movie-making! [besides, Helena Bonham Carter is a favorite movie star of mine] Oh and I don't wanna forget that awesome silver suit of armor Alice wore to slay the Jabberwocky, which by the way, I don't think was actually in the story Alice. Correct me if I'm wrong.
8. Insert your own random thought here. We've been doing a bit of Spring yard work the last few warm days. Yesterday, we tackled a dreaded chore. We've been putting it off on purpose. It's a wicked bush. To begin with, this bougainvillea isn't the one we trimmed but one in our front yard...the one we trimmed, I have no photo of...it is the bush that grew and grew and grew!! Yesterday, before beginning, we estimated the height to be about 15-18 feet high. A bush? More like a small tree!! And the growth was dense. Oh it was beautiful each year when the brackets would change color to the deep magenta reds. Did I say wicked? Both Bud and I felt like pin cushions before we finished. It went from its original height to the level of the 6 foot privacy fence. A much needed job since the thorns are thick, dense and at the height it was, the thorns and thick branches were scraping the paint off the eave on the garage AND putting deep cuts in the roof shingles!! A small price to pay for beauty...NOT!!
Courtesy of Google Images
Courtesy of Google Images
PS...for the first time in history the Superbowl will be watchable ONLINE, on your phones...every electronic device available!! Bud and I won't have to go to a sports bar for this. We can watch it on our computer since we no longer have cable TV.
Sidebar Linking to: Nature Notes, Wild Bird Wednesday and Wednesday Hodgepodge