My mother-in-law is in Naples and called me yesterday to tell me about this site where you can look into an eagle’s next where two babies are nesting. It is a live camera right above the next. I couldn’t wait to find it.
Here it is. Go check it out. It is quite a large nest. It makes me smile.
I don’t know if this will be old news to you or not, but I just found out about it today (thanks Jay).
Sable, a 15-year-old cat, has a job to do in Washington state – he is part of the safety patrol at a middle school there.
Please take a moment to read the entire story here. It will make you smile on this brilliant Christmas Day.
I just finished reviewing today’s stats on this blog and was curious about some of the posts that showed up in other people’s searches today. I couldn’t recall the specific posts, so I went back and read them. And I have to say, those were darn good posts!
I liked them so much that I am posting their links for you, in case you missed them. This is my way of recycling today. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
31 Appetizers for REWORK
My Ideal Day
25 Reasons To Get Another Yorkie
It is now Tuesday. Things seemed to be looking up. We got our power back yesterday at 4:45 a.m. I appreciated being woken up by the TV and the lights that early in the morning. I stopped by Kroger yesterday to get cleaning supplies and was going to go back later in the day to do the grocery shopping (we lost all of our food that was in the fridge) but they didn’t have anything that required refrigeration. Went back today and they were just beginning to stock the shelves. I was able to score milk, butter, eggs, cheese and frozen seafood. I was happy with my purchases.
Now for the downside. I am writing this from home because the Chamber still doesn’t have any power. And I am sitting in a house that smells horrid – my dog got sprayed by a skunk at 5:45 a.m. this morning. I looked up the best solution for getting the smell off the dog and found a good recipe using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dishwashing detergent. She was only in the house 30 seconds before we caught her and sent her back outside, but the house smells ten times worse than she does. Yuck!
So while wallowing in my self-pity, I came across an email from Larry with a link to a story about the Colorado Wild Fires. It is a picture diary, really. You should check it out. It makes me appreciate my stinky home. Things could be so much worse than they are.
Thanks for sharing, Larry.
It’s Sunday afternoon and still no power. We lost it about 5:30 on Friday night. Today a tree company was to begin cutting up the 4 trees in our backyard. An early report from my husband (me and my kids escaped to my parents house to be in the AC and to get caught up on laundry) said that the chain broke on their chainsaw when they tried to cut up the big tree that fell beside and partially into the house. Not sure what the status is now.
Report from my in-laws isn’t much better. They probably won’t be able to stay in their home for weeks. The huge oak tree went through four floors of their house. Some tree companies have turned down the job because it is too large for them to handle. They are staying in their camper at the camp ground, also without power, with all their animals – 2 dogs and 4 cats. And one of the cats got out this morning. I believe they are still hunting it now.
Then there is the whole gas issue. Hardly anyone in town has electric so the gas stations are closed. The few that have it have lines out the wazoo. I was able to find gas in New Albany where my parents live. We have to make a long trip to Roundlake Christian Camp today to drop off daughter #2. It is a strangle feeling wondering if we will be able to find a station on the way home to fill up.
I am trying to keep a positive attitude though. We were lucky that no one was hurt. I’m sure others haven’t been as fortunate. That’s all for now.
My husband and I went on a short walk last night and I made the comment to him that as I get older, I seem to have more appreciation for the wildlife in our neighborhood.
We have an abundance of deer, which I know not everyone likes. But I enjoy watching them, especially this time of the year when the fawns play like colts in my backyard, jumping around and having fun.
I think we have a ton of squirrels this year. A few days ago my husband said there were six of them playing some type of game in the front yard, with their bushy tails up in the air. As I write this, I am looking out a window into the back yard only to see two of them chase each other up and down and around a tree.
I try to sleep with the windows open as often as I can so that I wake up to the happy sounds of the birds. Man, are they happy at 6:00 a.m. each day. If only we all could be that cheerful at 6:00 a.m.
Over at the college where we walk a lot are two sets of baby ducklings. One mother has nine and the other has three. The ducklings would come right up to us if it wasn’t for the mother yelling at them to stay away, especially from our dog.
Maybe this happens with age, but I am so content to just sit outside and watch and listen to the animals do their thing. It is almost therapeutic in some ways.
We just confirmed what we were afraid of – one of our cats died when we were away. My husband just found her. It’s a sad day, but one we knew was coming.
Graybar was about 15 years old we believe. The last few years her health hasn’t been that good. She had an overactive thyroid problem and the vet said that many old cats end up that way. It is still sad when you lose a pet.
Graybar was a stray, dropped off on our doorstep years ago. I told my husband not to feed her, but he did and she didn’t leave. And then we found out she was pregnant. She gave birth around Easter that year. I remember because the plan was to give away all the kittens except one. But this lady stopped by and said she couldn’t find a bunny for her granddaughter for Easter so she was looking for a kitten and had heard that I had one left. So I gave her the last kitten.
Graybar was an outdoor cat. She didn’t go far from our house. She was loyal. The furthest she would venture out would be to our neighbor’s house right beside us. She never bothered anyone or anything. We would find her laying out in the sun most days (when there was sun). She was very affectionate, always rubbing up against our legs when we were outside. She was gray in color, so I believe that is how she got her name, although I can’t really remember who named her.
Rest In Peace, Graybar. We will miss you.
If you read my post yesterday you know that I haven’t packed a thing (except my jacket)for our upcoming trip to Italy. So one would think that I would pack today, on Saturday. But packing isn’t in the stars for me today.
Today is dance picture day for all three of my daughters. Our first shot is at 9:00 and the last one at 6:30. In all, we have 13 photo shots, scheduled throughout the entire day.
Maybe tonight the stars will align for me. We’ll see.
Tomorrow is another full day. Picking up the prom dress for daughter #1, getting daughter #2 ready for her class trip to D.C. and getting all the laundry done so I can pack daughter #3.
And then there’s some things to get squared away at the office. Why, oh why, do I put all this pressure on myself?? Somehow it all will get done. I know that.
And today is Lily’s birthday (our dog). She is four today. Somehow I will need to stop at the pet store and pick her up a little something.
And then there’s the whole St. Patrick’s Day thing. . . hope you are wearing green. I am.
Have a great Saturday!
It’s late arrival this morning. The house was quiet as I got up and did my morning routine.
After my shower, I found new occupants had been “sleeping in my bed”.
What do you get when you are inspired by something and have a little time on your hands?? You make bird seed ornaments.
If you read my last post, you will understand where I got the idea. I was mesmerized by all those birds around that tree, so I decided to try to re-create the same thing at home.
First I searched the net for recipes for bird seed ornaments. And then I went to work:
Mixing up the "dough"
Then you press the seed mixture into cookie cutters. I also used muffin pans too.
Once they dry completely, you string them and hang them.
Now the only thing left to do is wait for the birds to come. I have no idea how long it will take them to find these new, hanging treats. It is very possible that the deer may get to them first, but I hope not. As soon as they are discovered, I will let you know. But until then, all I can do is to wait for the birds.