We haven't been home much over the holiday weekend!! Sorry, I didn't allow myself to be online to visit with anyone this time 'round except for my hosting I'd Rather B Birdin' over the weekend. We have been on a witch hunt!! Birding. Shopping. Country drives. To parks. Dining out. Our favorite local book store had a Labor Day Weekend sale with 20% off everything in the store! A lot of 'this and that'. The traffic in town was horrendous. I thought surely most would be on the beach taking in the hot days and the last 'holiday' of the summer, splashing & soaking in the salt laden waters. But, if they were, you wouldn't have known. Seems like everyone was out on the highways instead. While driving the inner freeways here, two major accidents occurred...we usually try and stay on the outer lane just for that reason...if something like this happens we're not 'locked' in the other lanes without any exit ramp access. One we were caught in, the freeway was closed for over an hour...a rollover, and one vehicle involved was carrying nails and screws!! Literally littered with hazardous debris. And the off ramp, since they closed down the freeway, was a good hour exiting to get OFF! I don't know if there were any fatalities...hope not.
While I was waiting for Bud to get dressed to go out for the day, I sat at the patio bench and watched our humming birds!!
We went birding and spotted quite a few hawks early one morning. They were kind enough to pose for us, too, which I enjoyed and got plenty of photos. Instead of flying high above in the sky and trying to follow their movements with the camera lens, most were perched high atop the trees. Birds spotted over the long weekend were, of course, the ruby throated hummingbirds, swainson's hawks, cooper's hawks, yellow billed cuckoos, green herons, belted kingfishers, egrets, ibis, kingbirds, sparrows, doves, flycatchers, woodpeckers, grackles, stilts, moorhens, ducks, geese, mockingbirds, cardinals, a few migrant warblers, etc. etc.
Anyway, back to the witch hunt. I've added four new ones to my collection...
This one is my favorite find! The old crinkled bloodshot face, thinned hair, and her gown in black velvet, with a bustle in back. Her hat is trimmed in black lace and decorated with a silver spider.
This one looks a bit "Bohemian" to me. She's decked out in a silver taffeta gown with black underskirt trimmed with tatted black lace. Her shawl/scarf is black and silver lace, she's carrying a basket of apples.
This one is green and hot pink with touches of black and purple. Her broach is gold 'jeweled'. Her hat is black with ribbons & veiled. She is carrying a bird cage...with a black crow.
This last new one is decked out in black and orange, lace and satin. A pointed witch hat with voile. She is holding a book of Potions and Spells.
My recent read is one book I have had on my smartphone's book list for nearly a year! I finally found it at Half Price Books over the weekend. And I'm enjoying it. "Becoming Josephine" by Webb. A fact based novel of Napoleon Bonaparte's wife, Josephine. I've only read about three chapters so far, it follows history to a 't' and a very enjoyable, swift moving piece of work. I can't wait 'til it gets to the part where she is 'wooed' by Napoleon. :-)
That's about it for the day. Oh, one more thing. If you're an NCIS fan, you know all about GIBBS' rules. Today, I was happy to oblige!!! I was out on the salt flats on Mustang Island, birding, early this morning. I noticed a sea gull under the walkway, panting and acting injured. I kept walking...then it dawned on me that this is NOT nesting season, it wasn't trying to divert my attention...it needed help. I turned back and when I did, I saw that its wing was tangled in fishing line. This is NOT an area for fishing...but somehow the fishing line and the gull was playing havoc on its wing. I lifted the line, pulling up the gull to the boardwalk. Now here comes the Gibbs' rule...rule #9...don't go anywhere without a knife!! I don't when I'm walking alone...and it came in handy!! I pulled it out of my pocket, cut the line and the gull flapped its wings, still panting...realized it was freed...looked back to me as if to say thanks and flew off. Bud was at the cotillion in the shade, watching me with his binoculars....he met me at the end of the trail as I neared him and the parking lot and was all smiles. He said to me "You saved Jonathon Livingston!" Remember, rule #9!!!!