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HUMmer-DINGER of a shadow!!

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Tho there are TWO hummingbirds in the photo, I thought the shadow of the one feeding made a GREAT shadow image on the tree's bark. By the way, the park has dozens of hummingbird feeders all over the area, thanks to volunteers who keep them replenished during the migrating season.... photo taken at Hazel Bazemore Park in Callallen, Texas [the Hawk Migrating area I posted about previously this week]. CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ SUNDAY'S SUMMARY Not much happenin' this week. Too many hours spent revamping and renewing the computer to tell you the truth. I think most of all the glitches are finally getting cleared up. At least the cpu is running a bit more smoothly now. Other than that, laundry, cooking, plumbing problems solved [outdoor water line], a little bit of birding...and TWO days of RAIN!!! [not all at once tho, this past Monday and then last night into this morning]. Every little bit helps. Of which I'm very thankful. But now,

PLEASE...knock before entering.

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When you gotta go....you gotta go!!! [it's a bit blurrred, 'cause I was rushing to get this photo onto the cellphone before Winston left the litter box...I don't think he was finished with his business, but Tahoe barged in. No privacy whatsoever. And yes, there ARE two litter boxes in our home, but both always prefer to use this one for some reason.] _ _ _ WEEKEND FUNNIES [This was sent to me via an email, so I really don't know just who to credit....but it's worth a share, if you ask me.] Perhaps you've read it before. Laughing is the best medicine, but this is some serious sh!t here.... Speaking of When you gotta go, you gotta go---------- When you have to visit a public “Restroom”, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it’s your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied. Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman l

Fragmenting my week so far...

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Pulling weeds in the front yard, after doing some lawn work, I happened to notice a large amount of water just 'sitting' near the shut off valve for the house water/piping!!  Oh dear.  Dang...more plumbing expense!!!  Called the plumber, he showed up [later than promised; as always], and got the leak repaired.  If it isn't one thing, it's another.  Sometimes, owning a house isn't all it's cracked up to be....oh to be a renter at times like this!!  But then, I figure renting [tho the landlord is responsible for all repairs, big or small], to me anyway, is just like throwing money down the drain....nothing to show for your investment.  Perhaps that's becoming an 'outdated' way of thinking any more as so many choose to rent these days.  Guess there's advantages in both scenarios. This weekend, I plan on the task of unpacking Halloween decorations Watched NCIS season 10 opener episode online this week.  I was thoroughly quite disappointed in the

Who Will Rescue Me?

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NOTE:   I've been having a bit of a nasty time on the computer for the last couple of days....I can boot up, but then just minutes at a time, and then it crashes, reboot and it runs really slow .  I'm upgrading everything as I type this, and doing a thorough virus/malware/spyware scan, hoping to find the problem[s].  So, if I can't visit your blog you'll know why... I thought of this song right away, in fact by the time I got home, I was humming it....From the movie: The Rescuers. Altho the song is mostly instrumental, near the end of it there ARE lyrics. This past week, when I was leaving the drug store, at the exit I nearly stepped on an injured, small bird!! [perhaps a Tennessee Warbler?] I didn't want ANYONE to step on it and kill it unintentionally, and I didn't want to just remove it from the doorway and place it on the grassy area near the parking lot 'cause there is a four lane street just inches away. I was afraid it may hop into the street

...shore action [mouseover captions]

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CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ HODGEPODGE Joyce, our fearless leader of Hodgepodge, has these questions for us.... * * * is a bit political in terms of my 2 minute spiel. #5 1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week falls on John Chapman's birth date. He's more famously known as Johnny Appleseed...what's your favorite variety of apple? Jonathon apples!! Crisp, tart, and juicy!!! Not only great for baking, but excellent for salads, raw!! 2. When did you last say 'ick'? I honestly hafta say, I never use the term 'ick'. My term for disgusting is "yuck" [and yes using the term spelling with 'ck' is the proper way...yuk, as I've seen so very often, is only a variant of yuck!] 3. Do you think there's a generation gap? Explain. Of course there is a generation gap....but we older ones are slowly coming around, but fear we'll not ever catch up. Especially when it comes to electronic/computerized ga

Jock-a-mo...

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IKO Iko!!! Mardi Gras Indians have been parading in New Orleans at least since the mid-19th century, possibly before. The tradition was said to have originated from an affinity between Africans and Indians as minorities within the dominant culture, and blacks’ circumventing some of the worst racial segregation laws by representing themselves as Indians. According to some accounts, the tradition began as an African American tribute to American Indians who helped runaway slaves. These slaves married into the tribes on occasion. An appearance in town of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the 1880s was said to have drawn considerable attention and increased the interest in masking as Indians for Mardi Gras. In the late 19th century and early years of the 20th century, the tribes had a reputation for brawling with one another. This part of Mardi Gras Indian history is immortalized in James Sugar Boy Crawford’s song, “Jock O Mo” (better known and often cover versions as “Iko Iko”). As t

...a day in the life....

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Found: Sand Dollar on Whitecap Beach - Padre Island, Gulf of Mexico _ _ _ MONDAY MORSELS If you've read the few most recent posts, you know that during the month of September through the end of October, there is an area just north of town, on the outskirts of Corpus Christi, in a small suburb called Callallen, Texas, there is large area of land, now a park, that was donated to the city/county by a woman who long ago was an avid birder. In her stipulations of granting the city the land it was to remain a wild area for migrating and year 'round birds. There is the Nueces [pronounced new ACE ees] River that borders the northeast side of the park, along with a large pond in the middle, with a couple of smaller ponds just to the other side of the larger one. Upon keeping this area a remote area, and yet making it birder/family friendly, the city and county has added several amenities...picnic tables along the riverbank, several observation decks hidden in

Shadows at the Marina...

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Early in the morning, there are days Bud and I walk along the boardwalk at the Marina, downtown. It's especially fun to watch the most silent of pelicans and seagulls flying and cackling high above in anticipation for the shrimp boats to come back in. The anticipation is for all the refuse of the small fish from the shrimping nets that are not wanted and the shrimpers toss it all over the side of the boat...then the ruckus!! And bird bickering. When all that scene has calmed down and the shrimpers set up their catch of the day to sell to all us humans who want to buy the biggest and the freshest, Bud and I continue our walk...along the multitude of yachts that are moored; amongst the many shadows that are cast around us. I love to hear the gentle lapping of the water slap against the hull of the yachts, and the clinking of the lines and hardware tapping against the masts....steady and consistent; a bit relentless, but never oppressive. To me, it's a tranquil, peaceful

Escape from Alca--traz--pond!!!

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photo taken at Paradise Pond, Port Aransas Texas CONNECTING TO: September Photo Hunt Challenges 1st * Quiet 8th * Stuck 15th * Hairy 22st * Escape 29th * Dodgy

...it's true!!! Up on the Great Divide...

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As I worked on scanning some photos for my most recent genealogy project, I came across these photos and wanted to tell you a story this week for ThemeSong.... A note added on OUR experience of driving over Wolf Creek Pass years ago, found below. I hope the embedding works so you can HEAR the song as you read the lyrics; it's nearly a 'must' to hear it and then read what our trip over the pass was like........ C.w. Mccall - Wolf Creek Pass Found at Wolf Creek Pass on KOhit.net Me an' Earl was haulin' chickens on a flatbed out of Wiggins, and we'd spent all night on the uphill side of thirty-seven miles of hell called Wolf Creek Pass. Which is up on the Great Divide? We was settin' there suckin' toothpicks, drinkin' Nehi and onion soup mix, and I said, "Earl, let's mail a card to Mother then send them chickens on down the other side. Yeah, let's give 'em a ride." [Chorus] Well, E