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Got a good reason For taking the easy way out




Babies R Us

I'm gonna go out on a limb here [lol], for Rubbish...
Once a 'home', now rubbish!
linking to: Rubbish Tuesday

It's all about a couple of babies this time 'round...

...cardinal at a city park
...cardinal & mockingbird
...mockingbird in our backyard





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1. Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking? I really can't say...but on the other hand, I can say when I'm riled, my thinking cap falls off completely!

2. Are you a risk taker? What's one big risk you've taken? The biggest risk would be marriage. It has worked out well. 46 years and counting [to one man!!]

3. Some of the most common phobias according to the National Institute for Mental Health are-fear of spiders (arachnaphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), heights (acrophobia), fear of spaces from which escape is difficult (agoraphobia), fear of thunder and lightening (astrophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), injections (trypanophobia), social situations, flying (pteromerhanophobia) and fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia). True phobias affect only about 10% of adults, but of those listed which would you rate as your greatest fear? Definitely SNAKES!!

4. Are you settled or do you feel the need to move somewhere new? Very settled.

5. What is something you find annoying when dining in a restaurant? Loud, unruly children.

6. Daffodil yellow, sunset orange, spring green, or sky blue...your favorite color this time of year? From early Spring to early summer, my favorite color is Lilac, and the powdery-blue, dusty lavender of the plumbago blossom.

7. If you were going to take a holiday all by yourself, where would you go? Birding! I'd love to go to Australia [some like the Lady Gouldian Finch, Galahs, the Australian Magpie. Regent Bowerbird to name a few], and the Columbian Tropics [Columbia has the largest bird population in the world! -there is one drawback to my 'dream' for the Columbian adventure...see #3].

8. Insert your own random thought here. Previously, I mentioned that I was in the middle of 'painting & redecorating' the living room. After tearing down everything, taking off the center molding along the entire room, then painting, I finally finished the job. Only to have our 52" TV burn out two days later! Which meant: buying a new one and then, the whole spiel of having to 'rebuild' the entertainment center!! The unit was custom built by Bud, and it was wide open in the center to accommodate the huge tv. We decided since our 'tv' watching is limited to only playing a dvd movie or seasonal programs on dvds, we didn't need such a large tv...but, this time, a flat screen of course. We went from 52" to 40" screen. Besides, I've always wanted a television on a shelf with an open area below it. Anyway, the plan of working into the dining room after painting the living room was halted!! We had to stop, buy the tv, draw up a new and very simple design and work on the tv/entertainment center! That took us three days: drawing a plan, going to Home Depot/Lowes to purchase wood and equipment, stain the measured wood, put on a finisher and then rebuild after a day of drying. That's now done and I plan on working in the dining room. I have taken all the pictures and fixtures down in there and worked as far as re-plastering the holes from nails on the drywall. Painting will begin soon! In the meantime I share the 'finished' living room.



...the quality of the photos are poor 'cause from cellphone camera.
before


after

86 comments :

  1. Congratulations on getting the living room done. Very nice drawings Hootin' Anni.

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  2. We have Blue Tits nesting outside our back door... I am looking forward to seeing the babies and hoping that the cats don't get them

    Mollyxxx

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  3. I love the babies! It is very bittersweet to think that the birds nest, raise young and then abandon the nest. There is something poetic there.

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    1. It seems quite lonely to me.

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  4. How wonderful to be able to see wildlife grow. Nature at it's finest!
    Have a happy week.
    xo Catherine

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    1. Have a happy week yourself Catherine.

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  5. Now that's some nice rubbish. And I think you made the right decision in your living room. Nice work! :-)

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    1. ...lonely rubbish...abandoned.
      Thanks, I do like the living room MUCH better.

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  6. Bird rubbish is definitely better than the manmade kind. Your living room looks gorgeous btw!

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  7. Sweet bird photos! We find lots of old nests around here this time of year. When our trees finally leaf out they're out of sight.

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    1. ...the winds eventually take the nesting materials to the ground around here.

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  8. Well, where to start ... I guess with the baby birds. They are adorable. Your Cardinal baby has passed the ugly stage ... I always wondered how such a beautiful bird could produce such gangly, big schnozed babies, but in the end, they become beautiful birds as well. I love the Mocking birds. We don't get them up here often, but when I was growing up we always had one singing their three repeat songs in the yard ... I miss that.
    Your rubbish is wonderful. The raptors often take over nests of other birds, but they would require more size, so I guess this one is doomed.
    As for the living room ... it is marvelous, refreshing and I love the color. You are a women of many talents. Have a wonderful week in you Dining Room, Hootin' Annie.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. ...thanks Andrea. Today, I'm just about finished with the dining room. It's all curtain hanging and rearranging pictures tomorrow. Yay.

      Glad you enjoyed the baby birdies today.

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  9. The baby birds are pretty cute! We just discovered a robin nest in a pine tree in our yard. Those babies are at the ugly stage though. :)
    Love what you did to your living room!

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    1. ...yep, they're cute. I enjoy watching the protecting of mama and papa also. Thanks Mari.

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  10. Wonderful photos of nature for OWT and glad you like the redo of your home ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Oh, I am so with you on #5. Suffered through that just yesterday!

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    1. ...it's NOT pleasant. And people now-a-days are so disrespectful it makes me wanna spit.

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  12. Such cute little baby birds!

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  13. going out on a limb...haha.

    love the youngsters.

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    1. ...well, you're the only one that got the humor of it all! LOL

      thanks Ms. T

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  14. Hey Anni
    We love spring and and all the babes running around.
    We have baby Blue Birds about to fly the coop....mom thinks there are 4.

    #5 is a pet peeve of mine too along with their parents who let them make a gigantic mess on the floor and do nothing to try to pick up when they leave.
    I cannot imagine what their home looks like
    Hugs C

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    1. ...oh don't get me started. I feel so sorry for the workers that have to clean up after that family leaves so the next set of patrons can eat without being in a garbage heap.

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  15. Love those feathered babies, Anni, and what fun captures for the day!! Going out on a limb indeed!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

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    1. Aha...you got the gist Sylvia.

      Thanks for the positive feedback. always much appreciated.

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  16. #5 is big on my list too! Ugh, hubby and I think there should be a "family section" for the rowdy ones and let the adults w/o children dine in peace.

    Love the baby cardinals and mockingbirds! I've never seen them as babies. The mockingbirds can be quite defensive around their nests. I've been dive-bombed by them in the past. :/

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    1. ...those mockers WILL do that if you get too close.

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  17. Sweet baby pictures. There's a robins nest right next to my front door. The mother bird takes off every time someone goes in or out the door so I'm wondering if these eggs will ever hatch.

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    1. ...makes me wonder what possessed her to build the nest so close to your entry?

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  18. Babies are always cute.

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  19. I know it feels good to have that project finished!! Great baby bird photos! Catch my Hodgepodge tomorrow. I enjoyed your answers!!

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    1. .....will do for sure Terri.

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  20. Great list of phobia's. Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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    1. ...so which one is your strongest phobia Gary?

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  21. I especially love the baby cardinal, he is so cute with the little head tuft.

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    1. ...it is, isn't it?!! I honestly didn't realize the little tuft showed up so young an age.

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  22. I like your rubbish shot...one's man's rubbish is another's treasure. Love reading your hodgepodge...need to think to link to that.

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    1. Joyce will be happy to have you join, I'm sure.

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  23. It's always great to have a nest of baby birds where you can be witness to the TLC that goes into raising them.

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    1. ...truly a lot of attention, protection and TLC.

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  24. One of these days I hope to see a mockingbird. Loved seeing your nest. I collect them and now have 4. The one I found today was the most unusual yet. Kudos to you for all the work in the living room. Good old Murphy’s Law...guess the TV going out belongs in that category.

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  25. I miss my mockingbird alarm clock now that we're back in Oregon (here all we have are geese....when dozens of them fly over the lake, that'll really wake you up in a hurry).... I prefer the more gentle insistant trilling of the mockers in Florida!~

    Sweet images.

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    1. ...yep, I remember flocks of geese in Colorado and their noise. But funny thing, we don't have them here, and I miss them like you miss the mockers.

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  26. I think of these fears, heights would have to be mine. Not found of flying either. I guess you could say I like my feet on the ground.

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  27. They do look comical when they are first out of the nest.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. cute, but comical as you say.

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  28. Nice photos of the sweet little babies!
    I also have a nest like that in my garden, one day there were doves in it, the next day there were only three feathers under the tree and a broken egg! Sad it was!
    Greetings Pia

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  29. Yes, of course, it's spring babies for you. Our spring babies are grown and I guess will have babies of their own in a few months.

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  30. Lovely to see the young of the Mockingbird and Cardinals

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  31. All things are nice when they are new and they are waste after some days same as the next. Nice to see the parent and baby birds together!

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    1. ...just babies here, no parents allowed. ;-)

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  32. Love that old nest! We had one in a tree by our utility shed, but the wind blew it down a couple of weeks ago. I'm with you on Australia. If only I could get birds to pose for me like yours do. :)

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    1. ...wait....I enjoy your bird photos!!!

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  33. We have a robin's nest in a plum tree just outside our living room window. Hoping to see babies there this year. Last year something got the eggs : ( The thing about home improvement is one job leads to another. Always.

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    1. ...always something else. How exciting to have a nest so near by to watch.

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  34. The little birds are sweet! I just spotted a nest yesterday in our backyard tree that I think belongs to a robin. I've always been fascinated by how they are built and withstand (most of the time) storms. I couldn't do that.
    Your living rooms looks wonderful, Anni. I love the color on the walls!

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  35. Oh yes snakes.. Didn't think of that one. and spiders! :o Hope you have a great week and wow 46 years! Thats amazing. :) My parents just had their 43rd!

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    1. snakes...even photos of snakes get my heart racing.

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  36. I so look forward to your birds each week. I am with you on the loud and unruly children...love the after shot of the room...it is so warm and inviting.

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  37. Like your "after" picture! Great bird shots too! Am I settled for good? Hmmm....I really would love to move into a little bit bigger house farther away from neighbors. My greatest desire would be to move farther north in Az. I hate the summer heat here too and I worry about water. After our trip to Madera Canyon, further south of course, but 2000 ft greater in elevation, I think...yep, something like that would be about perfect! :-)

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    1. ...I would LOVE to have a huge TX ranch where there is no one around for miles!!!

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  38. Thank you for your "bird" pictures. I glad you got the living room painted but I do sympathize about the TV. It's always something, isn't it? Enjoy your summer.

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    1. ...definitely...when it rains, it pours sometimes. But life moves forward.

      Thanks dear friend...and same to you...have a great week and perhaps see you again next week.

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  39. Love the birds babies... So cute!.... Oh my, I am sorry about the TV issue... The loss and extra work is too bad.... Michelle

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    1. Oh I enjoyed the baby birds too....they're darling and watching the mama/papa taking care of them is an added treat. The loss of the tv wasn't bad, it was the work that came with it. lol

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  40. How awesome to be able to see wildlife grow! Love the photos of the little babies.

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    1. ...thank you Veronica, they are cute to watch!

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  41. Love seeing the baby birds!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it Pat

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