“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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We've been taking day trips here and there, to try and spot some birds that are beginning to migrate back into our mainland. So, blogging has taken a step backward a bit. I have also been putting out my Easter Egg collection. Gosh, Easter is just way too early this year. I'm used to it being about mid-April and it's just not happenin' in 2013. Thankfully, I made a big three meal dish of lasagna for the week, and we've been chowin' down on leftovers now for the past three nights. Which is good. 'Cause by the time we get back home and shower and relax from our birding outings, I don't feel like cooking much. It's just serving out our portions [me a much smaller portion than Bud's], microwaving them and tossing up an extra large tossed salad, and voilà, dinner is served. Oh, and all the canned tomatoes I used helps me collect my tin cans for the upcoming craft project that will commence as soon as the entire collection is complete!! LOL
The above images are just a partial grouping of Easter decorations. I put out things on the fireplace mantle, the living room coffee table, the dining room has an Easter themed centerpiece, the dining room hutch, the dividing kitchen/dining room counter has several Easter egg cups filled with eggs. Plastic eggs of course. But that part of Easter'ing is done, and sadly, all the pastel, Spring colors in the house won't be up all that long this year. Bummer. I always like the whimsical bunnies and baby chicks for the season.

Speaking of seasons, as I mentioned this is the beginning of Spring of course, and the birds that went South for the winter are beginning to turn up again. We've been to Port Aransas, all over the shores and bays in and very near our city, Calallen, Robstown, Kingsville, Chapman Ranch and King Ranch, Portland and Rockport the past few days. We've spotted a whole slew of different birds returning and some year long residents of course. From Great Kiskadees, Blue Herons, Green Herons, Tri-colored Herons, Yellow Crowned Night Herons, Black Crowned Night Herons, Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Ibises, cormorants, several species of Ducks, Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Common Egrets, Reddish Egrets, Warblers, ONE hummingbird!, Redwinged Blackbirds, Vultures [both perched and soaring of course...they're a common sight], Avocets, Kildeer, Terns, seagulls of course, doves, and so much more. It's been a fruitful week for birding. I'm glad Spring Break is over, we get the area all to ourselves. rofl

In between all this time, I've been doing laundry, cleaning up my messes from unpacking the egg cups, vacuuming, and Bud and I have done a small bit of yard work for the week. It's been threatening rain for a few moments, staying cloudy 'til midday, and then poof...nada, zilch, zero...no rain. And the sad thing is, we're on watering restrictions, so the lawn is parched and looking like it's still Winter. While doing most of the work at home, in between washing cycles, and taking breaks, I've been cropping and framing the 100s of photos taken on the camera for the entire week. A long trek through all of them to be sure. But, it continues to be a fun project; so far, I don't get bored with it. And of course, I will have them for my birding photo blog, eventually sharing these...and perhaps now and then, here on Hootin' Anni's.

I'm still reading Girl Mary...the novel about Mary and Joseph. It's a very good book!!! I'm nearly done with it. I've only been reading just before shutting the lights off for the night; and as tired as I've been the past few nights, not too many pages get read before I begin to doze off. You know how that goes. After this book is complete, I have one book-in-waiting....THE BLACK COUNT by Tom Reiss [September 2012 Amazon book of the month choice]. I've always liked the story The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, and this book, The Black Count, is a biography of Dumas. While waiting for Bud to peruse the book store shelves the other day, coming back from a birding trip, I was reading the first few chapters of "The Black Count" and couldn't leave the store without it. It was that good. Can't wait to delve into that one. While reading the book, waiting for Bud, I read that Alexander Dumas is half black...that I did not know. I hope this will be interesting and give me some incite to one of my favorite classical authors.

Oh, and I just read while getting Firefox booted this morning, that the government is stepping in to force the United States Post Office to continue delivering mail on Saturdays. There was speculation for the past few months to abolish Saturday home deliveries. Of course, the Post Office is going broke, in debt up to their envelopes for years. I don't understand it. But, that's not for me to comprehend. I do know that so many people still rely on important mail delivery....medications, money, businesses...etc. etc. etc. If they keep messing with the system, how can they NOT see the future collapse?!!

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  1. Your decorations look good - as always! My house looks the same as ever - I usually only decorate for Christmas.
    I saw the news on the Post office too. It seems crazy to force the Saturday delivery if they can't make it now. It's obvious something has to change.

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    1. I agree...but I don't think they will be saving all that much money. The carriers work only 5 days a week anyway. No matter if there is a Saturday delivery...six days a week. I think the only thing they'd be saving on is gas. What happened to walking routes? All now drive the jeeps/trucks to their routes?!!!

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  2. I enjoyed your post Anni, made a very nice early morning read with my coffee.

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    1. I'm sure glad you stopped by today Denise, I couldn't see your bird photos 'cause the link was broken at the Bird D'Pot. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Love your Easter decorations! I, too, can't believe it's so early this year. We live south of Kingsville and have had some spectacularly colored birds lately- the green jays act like they're the bosses of the yard.

    Glad you are getting out and about to enjoy it all. I, too, had understood the no Saturday deliveries was a done deal. I guess nothing's certain with government...

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    1. ...those green jays are misnamed...I think they should be called mockingbirds or something in that category. They can make themselves sound like other birds calling so often, they fool me.

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  4. You are very busy and can't wait to hear what birds you are seeing!

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    1. Well, I listed most of them here in my post. But haven't had enough time to watermark them to post yet.

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  5. Your Easter decorations a great. I enjoyed each one. Now, I must figure out how to put up some Easter decorations for the kitty kids and me.

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    1. ...I'm always pleased when you stop by Nick.

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  6. It's funny but just a couple of days ago I saw on someone's blog where they had purchased egg cups at a thrift store and thought of you. :)
    Easter is way too early for me.

    FYI: The mitten bird feeder in my post was a gift from my Mom two or three years ago. I'm sure she ordered it from somewhere. I just don't know where. If she can remember I'll pass the info along in next week's WBW post.

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    1. Okay...I love the whole idea...the rain [if we ever get any any time soon] will drain out...it's a great idea!!

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  7. I'm currently out of town and when we arrived on Tuesday, we saw a gaggle of 6 wild turkeys cruising the little settlement in which we're staying. Haven't seen them since Wednesday though. My husband and I went for a hike yesterday and although I didn't see them, I know I heard 2 woodpeckers in 2 different locations, unless it was the same woodpecker and he just flew to a different tree. lol

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    1. Oh, being in the country and hearing the birds [even if you don't see them] is so soothing.

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  8. Morning Anni....WTG taking your day trips and living life to the fullest...we are always here when you return ready to see your beautiful pictures.
    Your Egg collection is amazing. Do your resident felines like them too?
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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    1. ...they're both so lethargic 'bout now with the extreme heating up of the day, they don't bother with the eggs/egg cups.

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  9. very funny hot cross bunny quote!!!

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  10. Your decorations are so adorable. I did not get around to putting as much out this yr.
    I would love going birding along the beach in my barefeet.
    Barefeet here would be a little foolish right now.LOL
    We got about 2" of white stuff and are in a storm watch for the weekend. I am starting to think our spring decided to go south with the birds.
    Hugs

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    1. I swear, I go barefoot year 'round. And yes, I used to be the same way in Colorado years ago. I love shoes, and that's ironic 'cause I like barefoot best.

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  11. sweet bunnies, love 'em
    our gov't pulls its weight about the wrong things these days...so frustrating

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  12. Boy, you have certainly seen a lot of birds! I love those day trips. Hubby and I do them as frequently as possible. Those little trips wear me out, too! I was so excited to spot an American Goldfinch with his bright yellow breeding colors this morning at the feeder. Woo hoo! The government. Whatcha gonna do? They're like a legal mafia in my mind. Don't even get me started. lol

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    1. Ohhhhhhhh, I bet it was gorgeous. You're lucky...all we get in our yard are the 'drab' birds...gray ones. LOL

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  13. Your decorations are all just adorable!!!! I do not care if Easter is early, I am still leaving mine out later!! Texas is supposed to be the best state for birds, more kinds than any other state. The Post office will stop all letter delivery on Saturdays starting in August. They say it will save tons of money. But now the press is all worked up because the postmaster general and lots of others went to or are going to a postal conference where they are playing golf and doing lots of other fun things, and it will cost millions!!!!

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    1. Well, Corpus Christi has been voted the birdiest city in American 10 years in a row.

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  14. I love your decorations.

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  15. I like all your Easter decorations. I haven't pulled any of mine out this year and it doesn't look like I will either.
    I wish I could make one big pan of something and have it for 3 days in a row. I'm lucky if I can get Wade to eat leftovers once

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    1. Bud likes leftovers more than I do, so he's always pleased. Of course, it makes it easier on the dishwasher...which is HIS job. Maybe that explains it.

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  16. You have darling Easter decorations. :) We'll be at sea on Easter so will have some there, but it's not quite the same as putting out the bunnies and coloring eggs at home. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Where are you going for Easter?

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  17. Your header bunny is very cute. This is the first I heard about the government forcing the Post Office to keep Saturday delivery.

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    1. Really? It's been 'in the works' for some time. Keep up. rofl [kidding]

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  18. Happy Week before Easter! Anni, please do me a favor and remind me what model camera you have. My wife is looking for something better than she has and I want to use yours as a starting point. Thanks!

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    1. Golly, I can't recall the camera's #s to be sure, it's in the trunk right now. P150 I think.

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  19. I feel like you, Easter is so early this year and we had snow again, quiet unusual for Belgium. I am really not in the mood to take Easter bunnies out ! You are lucky that your post is delivering on Saturdays ! Our service is getting worse and worse. When we moved in the mailman came twice per day, and on Saturday mornings, now since years he shows up once a day and of course never on Saturdays ! The service is more than lousy ! I sent a Christmas letter to Boston a week before Christmas and it arrived beginning February (per airmail !)
    BTW I wrote about Feedly today and referred to you post, because so many bloggers don't know what to do !

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    1. Personally, I think they should give the blogger a choice to keep it or dispose of it...Google Reader that is, but what do I know?!!!

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