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UFO? Dangerous Encounter? Jokes - Books & What I Did with a Pencil


  • My sister has been back in Colorado for over two weeks now and I truly miss her company. Of course we've both been back to our own routines, but each time I have some idle time, I'm thinking of her. I used this last photo that Bud took of us at the airport when she was getting ready to board her plane for her return, and did a pencil sketch of the two of us. It has taken me quite a while to get this far with it 'cause I erased, drew, erased, tried again, and erased her features several times. Over and over, until I was almost ready to throw it out and forget about sketching it all together! Her hand is TOO BIG also! It didn't turn out like I had 'pictured' in my mind. But, still, this is my finished sketch and I texted it to Sharon; her approval was enough for me to decide to keep it in my portfolio...




  • There are two new books I'd like to 'discuss' today. One, I found at Barnes n Nobel when Bud wanted to go there to pick up an ordered book from a few days ago. The newly published book, just put out on the shelves, I found while waiting for him, is of a favorite subject line...the questionable and popular to historians/debators alike...President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. The book: Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings. This book has mixed reviews, and creating somewhat of an uproar...but still of interest and so unique in writing style, I'm enjoying it immensely.


  • The 2nd book, I ordered through Amazon on Saturday just minutes after I left Phil's blog "Another Bird Blog". His personal review of the book so enticed me, I wanted it NOW...as in yesterday. The shipment will arrive this week, and I can hardly wait to delve through the pages in anxious anticipation. The book is of another favorite subject...birds and birdsong. But it's so much more according to Phil and other critiques...a cross country excursion of cycling, a father and son duo travel across the USA, listening for birds singing, recording their song.  Also, promised in reviews,  more of the country, the history, the landscape, and most of all, in some part, my home state of nearly 50 years, Colorado. I was listening online from one of the excerpted sounds the author shares throughout the book of a Lark Sparrow...in Sterling Colorado, several miles northeast of Denver, near the Nebraska border [Nebraska, being where I was born]. Reading more praise of this book, well......did I say I want it in my hot little hands?  Listening to a Continent Sing A 5 star book, published in 2016.

  • As I type this up for the day, there is thunder in the distance. Again? For the last two days it's been sultry and the temps are soaring. But no rain. Without the gray sky, I'm being blinded with the bright sun. LOL Irene, our daughter, texted this to me the other day. I'm sure she found it on Facebook since this is where she frequents in her spare time. Still, it was funny enough for a good laugh even tho the matter of all the rains here aren't laughable, what with all the floods across Texas!



  • Q: What's worse than raining buckets?
    A: Hailing taxis!

  • While out walking the salt flats Monday morning, I was nearly at the end of the 2 mile walk, just before hitting the gravel path to head to the two observation stations where the Spoonbills, egrets and cormorants were congregated...lo and behold, just as I was about to step off the boardwalk, I happened to notice some movement in the high prairie grasses [with the precipitation we've had lately the grass is nearly as high as I am tall]...I spied, moving rapidly toward me on the path I was about to take...a tawny colored creature, being a bit too stealthy for my well being. There are bobcats in the vicinity! I stopped 'dead in my tracks' and waited....thinking as I reached in my pocket, "My pocket knife I take along on my walks will NOT do me any good if attacking me was on its mind!" I froze....watching! As it came out of the tall grass, it was a coyote. "Ya, ya, Anni" I thought to myself, "It's more afraid of you than you are of it!" Uh-huh, right. But, it continued from the grass to the water's edge and crossed in front of me...occasionally watching ME. I took photos....


    ...once it got across the flats to the other side of the water [about 50 yards from me] did I exhale!! And I then turned around and left. Too close for comfort this time 'round!!

  • Extra, Extra....view the UFO
    Or, what is it? I was taking a video of the lightening storm just outside my home early in the morning...when I came back into the house to view it, I saw this white object in the sky...dancing. Is it from another world? Can't be a helicopter, or a reconnaissance plane. Strange things are a'happenin' in Texas' sky!!!

    Here's the link. Remember it's dark outside (around 4am)...so the video will be very dark also. I'd suggest you open it and then do a 'full screen' for better viewing.

    48 comments :

    1. I think you are really talented, Anni. Drawing faces is tough, and you did a great job. I'll look up those books you mentioned, too. Now off to watch the UFO. :-)

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      1. Well, thanks D J. I am still not completely satisfied tho. Oh well. Another day, another drawing. Sometime. The first book is a real keeper in my opinion...but the subject is not for everyone. Tell me what you think it is in the sky if you view it?!!!

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    2. you are very talented

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      1. I've been wondering how you've been Denise. It's good to see you visit.

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    3. Wow, you are talented, Anni. I popped over and read Phil's review. I can't think how I missed his feed that day. Thanks for the link. I love the new school "taxi's". Have a great day. Jo

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      1. LOL...those taxis may work out swell with all the flooding. LOL
        Thanks Jo

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    4. Never a boring post from your presentations. I truly enjoy your outings and what nature lets you enjoy. You do marvelous work on your sketches.

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      1. I love everything in nature! Exception...snakes!! [and mosquitoes...and gnats, and horse/deer flies]. rofl Thanks LV

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    5. I LOVE your pencil sketch Anni. the lightning is pretty cool too but don't have any idea about the dancing white light.

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      1. I would like to know what it WAS. But that remains a secret I guess. Thanks Felicia

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    6. love that sketch, you are soooo talented.. and woo hoo on the photos of the coyote. we have seen 2 of them twice here in our neighborhood, but no photos since it was 5 am and dark... i watched the video but did not see the UFO, just lighting blinking..and a street light.. i would have left to after the close encounter with the coyote. but would love to see one... your life is so full of adventure... keep on keeping on

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      1. Full of Adventure...well, it's certainly not my middle name, and I sure wasn't expecting THAT kind of companion on my walk along the boardwalk. Just glad he wasn't hungry for a human steak breakfast!

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    7. I love your video. Your ufo flutters like a big butterfly, a night moth. The lightningf is great.

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      1. Well now, it could very well BE a night moth of some kind. But I'm wondering just where the light is reflected from?!! Thanks!

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    8. Thank you for the smile this rought

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    9. I like your drawing, I especially like your eyes. I always like to see a coyote when we're out and about the ranch. Don't ever see them here in town but do sometime hear them.

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      1. I love to hear them howling. One time in Tucson, early in the morning again....I had a coyote follow me home from walking. Out of the desert pantano it came and walked with me on the sidewalk. Thanks Paula.

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    10. Love your pencil sketch of you and your sister. That coyote may be more afraid of me than I am of it but that wouldn't have stopped me from being a wee bit nervous about being that close. Awesome pictures of it

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      1. Thanks Ann....I really, now that I'm safe at home, don't know what I would have done if it came toward me instead of crossing the water...I guess I wouldn't be here to reply to your comment.

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    11. Your sketch is beautiful and touching. That coyote would have scared me too!
      That white light is strange indeed!

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      1. I wish I knew what it was...a bug reflecting light is out also since it went so far up and disappeared in the cloud.

        Thanks Mari

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    12. I read a book quite a few years on Sally Hemming and Thomas Jefferson. Coffee is on

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    13. Hi Anni.

      First of all, thanks for linking to my blog. No wonder you wanted to read Listening To A Continent Sing, it sounds highly personal to you and I'm 100% positive you will enjoy it. The sketches in it will inspire your own artisitic endeavours - the sketch of "sisters" is wonderful. By the way, look out for a message from PUP about the book.

      That's a spot on joke about your recent rainfall amnd I hope things have improved.

      As to the coyote that would have given me a real thrill seeing a real life animal that I only saw (or heard) in Western movies. Remember those cowboys sitting around the campfire and the coyotes howling away in the distance?

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      1. They've been known to attack humans, but I'm thankful it went the opposite direction of me. I had no defense if the critter came in my direction!! Thanks Phil.

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    14. That is a lovely sketch of you and your sister!
      We hear the coyotes down in our woods, but rarely see them.
      Thankfully, the only bobcat I have seen here is the one our neighbor killed when he was turkey hunting.


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      1. Thanks Lea....I have a 'love hate' for coyotes.

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    15. oh anni, your sketch is beautiful! i know you are critical of it but i do not see one thing wrong with it! you are very talented! my goodness your walk had me on the edge of my seat, you got some great shots of the coyote but i can see how that would have been a scary encounter! and wow, that "ufo" video is interesting...i wonder what it was? you should send that to the news station! thank you so much for linking up with willy nilly this week and have a great weekend!!

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      1. Thanks again, Tanya. And thank YOU for hosting.

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    16. I only remember seeing a coyote once, on a golf course in Connecticut.

      I'd love to get a pic!
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      1. They're quite abundant around here. Sadly, most of them are road kill.

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    17. Beautiful pictures. I love the coyote pictures. I've never seen one! It's wonderful what you can see while out walking. I love the drawings. You are very talented.

      I'm off to see the 'ufo'

      Have a great weekend!

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      1. Did you see the UFO? Some spotted it and some didn't. Thanks for the visit, Sharon!

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    18. You certainly have a rare talent, a wonderful sketch.

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    19. Hmmm, well I thought it was a helicopter until it started dancing around up there. What was that? I love your drawing...you are very talented! I love visiting with my sister...we do not stop talking until we part.

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      1. At first I thought the same thing....a helicopter. And there wasn't enough light around to be any insect. I really don't know what it is. Thanks Terri.

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    20. Your drawing of your sister is wonderful, I am glad she liked it! Sorry you are missing her, but glad you had the time together! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday. I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    21. Oh, I love your sketch, Anni - what a nice keepsake to remember your visit! The 'Texas school bus' was priceless...funny, but not funny at the same time. We have coyotes here, too. That one is big and he looks rather thin. I'm glad he didn't decide to get any closer. I've lost cats to coyotes..... :( Your UFO is interesting. I've seen plenty of strange things in the skies here, too. One was just above the treeline at dusk with a light ray that ended halfway down in a cylindrical shape, not like how a flashlight fans out. Got the heck out of there fast.......Lol! Hope you have a good weekend with no more scary sightings! x K

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      1. How interesting about the 'ray of light'. Thanks Karen.

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    22. Great drawing! Your bird photos are so fearful. Love your new " school buses".


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      1. LOL on the school bus comment. You made me laugh all over again. Thanks.

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    23. Ok that was a bit too close for comfort but wow wow wow

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      1. I haven't had nightmares about it .... yet. lol

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    24. Your sister is depicted perfectly in your sketch! The only coyotes we see here are the ones that are dead. It seems to be a popular hunting thing and I hate that it happens. Coyotes have to eat and feed their young the same as all. They don't kill for sport.

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      1. Well....if this one came toward me, I really don't know what I would have done. 'Cause I KNOW I wouldn't have been able to outrun it.

        Thanks Ms. G

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