“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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SUNDAY'S SUMMARY


'Nother quiet week 'round here. I did some work on more photos for my other blog and got them uploaded to my bird photo blog [link on sidebar]. It's been kinda hot, too hot actually, to be doing much outdoors. The humidity is ferocious about now, and no sign of rain yet. Been watching the tropics this week, there was another tropical wave out there in the Atlantic Eastern Seaboard.   By the way, the "A" in the list of names for 2012 has been used [Alberto] -in the Atlantic and now Beryl ... The Eastern Pacific has also had one early hurricane season beginning,  the "B" name is BUD!!  Just hope it's wasn't as cantankerous as my Bud.  [insert wink]  Maybe by the week upcoming, it may still bring us some much needed showers.  Depending on it's force.  It was downgraded to a category 2 before landfall, so I doubt if any moisture will come our way.   Mostly this week, it's been walking early in the morning, and doing laundry way too early in the day for me...but like I said, it's hot, and the washer/dryer combo is out in the garage...calling for early rising and early laundry. My projects are those that are keeping me inside.  I also began working on a project that'll keep me indoors by the A/C vents.

Irene wanted me to comb the beaches for a crucifix fish. I found one weeks ago, and brought it home to prepare for mounting in a glass shadowbox frame for her. First thing to do is soak it for a long time in bleach solution. Then, let the sun continue to bleach it out for another week or more. It's now drying out and I have the frame and the blue velvet background piece so I can mount it and get it shipped to her. I had one when she and the boys visited a while back, and ever since she has kept up the reminders for me to find HER one. There is a legend that goes with the crucifix fish:


    Of all the fishes in the sea
     our lord chose the lowly Sailcat 
    to remind us of his misery. 
    His body on the cross is outlined, 
    The hilt of the sword 
    which was plunged into his side is clearly defined. 
    Look at the back of the fishes bone 
    where the Roman shield is shown. 
    When you shake the cross you will hear 
    the dice being tossed 
    for our Lords blood stained dress, 
    those who can hear them will be blessed.
The other project that is keeping me busy and on the computer a lot, is working on some more genealogy. One day this week, my sister and I talked quite a while over the phone. Our conversation lead to many subjects, she turns 70 this December. Al, her husband, asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate seven decades and Sharon [my sister] told him "I want to go see my sister!". So the plans are around Christmas this year, they will fly into Houston, pick up Erik and drive to see us here over the holidays [which is also the week of her birthday]. I thought after talking to her, I wanted to make something special for her...I am taking all the pages from MY genealogy book I had published last year, and putting all my sister/my side of the family on a disk and now I'm busy researching AL'S side of the family. His father's side is from Norway...Al is the 2nd generation American....his father immigrated from Norway. So, it's a challenge, but I'm getting some response and finding some info that'll take me further to great grandparents and such. His other side [his mother's, grandparents, etc. are Americans for several generations...that'll be a bit easier.] I plan on having a book published for her with her side and Al's side of family history. Wish me luck!!!  Speaking of bird photos, I also took the camera's memory card/photo chip in to get some hard copies made of some of the birds I've found while out and about, walking, the birding trails.  It took me nearly an hour and a half to work on editing and sizing them at the photo center....trouble is with a digital camera with memory enough for 500 photos, it takes forever to go through them!!!  Unlike when we had a film cartridge!!!  Y'know what I mean?  Then, there were 24/36 photo cells.  MUCH faster getting them developed.  LOLOLOL  But, I got it done...they're printed hard copies.  Out of over 300, I saved and had printed 59.  What an ordeal.  And I keep saying to myself...keep up with 'em....get 'em printed more often.  But, no...I never listen. As I type this up, Bud is out mowing the lawn, so I best get out there and snoopervise....edge the lawn - that's my job. Have a great weekend... to all Americans, celebrate the long weekend holiday safely.

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  1. Love how you set little challenges for your week and then document here in such an interesting way! A mammoth task to tack family history! I am in cycles of doing much the same - usually school holidays! Your little shadowy nest is enchanting but the chuckle that lingers is "snoopervise"! I relate!(Sorry Bud!)

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    1. Yes, it can be a grueling job of work, but when something new is found and proven for genealogy, it's all well worth the time.

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  2. I love your shadow shot for the day, Anni, as always! Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy1

    Sylvia

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    1. Thank you so very much for your kindness Sylvia.

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  3. Interesting chat today, Anni! Hope you have a great weekend. My mom is visiting, came to help take care of ME! And I am loving it...

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    1. Hi Linda....I'm not going to visit anyone today...busy day on the computer and no long time online at all. I had to drop by your blog to pick up the Wordless Button for next week.

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  4. The now abandoned nest is a testament to the construction of the birds who managed, without formal training, to build the perfect home for the family fledglings...that is a fish I hadn't seen before, a sculpted being that looks like great art.

    Bud is cantankerous?

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    1. ....well, he CAN be cantankerous. But, I'm sure he'd say the same of me - at least at times. LOL

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  5. Hey honey as always I find your post so interesting. I love it when I have a spare moment to come by and say hello.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Love
    Maggie

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    1. Maggie....it's always a pleasure to have you stop by and say hello.

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  6. Such a sweet nest... and shadows. I enjoyed your journey through getting pictures printed out. I'm not doing that these days, and I hope I won't be sorry some day... :-)

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    1. I just don't do it like I used to do...it's the sign of the times.

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  7. I like your shot of the nest. That sounds like some project you've got going for your sister's birthday. I bet she's going to love that.

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    1. Just hope I can find some stuff on Al...and to keep it a bit on the secretive side, just to surprise her with it all.

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  8. I'm totally taken with that crucifix fish - I've never heard of one! The nest is interesting, too. The shadow makes it look deeper than I imagine it really is.

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    1. Ya, you're so very correct in assuming the depth of the nest.

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  9. The crucifix fish is very interesting.

    Shadow Shots I have, come and see.

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    1. yes, it IS quite a piece of art by nature.

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  10. Very interesting shell. You are a great sister! they'll be so happy with that book.

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    1. You mean bird nest? I just hope my sister likes it. In fact, to be more specific about it,.........I hope I can finish it.

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  11. I hope you will be safe from the hurricanes this year! I have never seen such a fish or heard the legend, it is quite something. You know how to do this with the fish, it must be like a secret art or something, how would someone learn such a thing?

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    1. ...as you are awesome Denise.

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  13. such a lovely shadow shot, anni!

    very nicely captured.

    have a great remainder of the weekend, and a very happy memorial day!

    xo

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    1. Thanks Betty....and thanks for taking time to visit.

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  14. I enjoyed this post...
    I'm the same with photos and I know we should edit and print them right away instead of later. I'm trying to be better about that. Edited the ones I uploaded this week already and now need to print out some....before I lose them on the computer....I need to take some time to go back over the ones I have on here but I keep putting it off. Most are nature shots but I'd like to make hard copies of the people ones.
    It has gotten hot here too and looking at the weather for this week, all it says is 20% chance of showers so not much chance of a good soak.
    Have a good one,
    Mama Bear

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    1. Hope we both receive some much needed rains!!!

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  15. That fish is absolutely the coolest! I'll it looks great once your done with the mounting. Your genealogy work still sounds so fascinating. As usual I meant to start tomorrow...I fear I will get so wrapped up in it I won't have time for anything else! Happy Memorial Day weekend Anni.

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    1. Genealogy does take a lot of time, driving, researching, Googling, visiting state's records, etc. etc. etc.

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  16. As for pictures - I have so many that I printed in the past (not so many lately), that I haven't done anything with - need to get busy putting them in albums.

    You have been busy in spite of the heat. How fun that your sister is coming to see you. Where does she live? Dwight will be 70 in July, but we have no big plans for a party. We'll actually be in Maine that day, and we're taking Hayley with us this trip - she is BEYOND excited.

    My irises are so beautiful this year, after wonderful tulips. I need to do a post of just pictures of flowers - I have been posting them on FB - one each day for several weeks now.

    Love that crucifix fish - amazing.

    It's been two weeks since I wrote or read any blog - sorry I just can't seem to get words to form lately, even when I have a topic in mind!

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    1. Dawn, just glad to see you. You've been missed.

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  17. How can one live almost 75 years and never hear of a Crucifix fish ??

    Great shadows...
    xo bj

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    1. Well, I never heard of it 'til we moved to the Texas Coast.

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  18. The interior of the nest seems to go on and on and on...

    Empty Horse Corral

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  19. Aren't bird nests amazing - they are constructed so perfectly - starting out with one twig. Love, sandie

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    1. .........except for White Winged Doves...I can hardly call it a nest. No symmetry to it at all. In fact, I don't know HOW it stays together.

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