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Some more duckies!! From the Easter Egg Hunt and the walk around the lake.

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  •  We love duckies! (13+ / 0-)

    Happy Friday. Off to bed now.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:10:17 PM PDT

  •  The wild turkeys have come out (13+ / 0-)

    Flocks of one to fourteen hens can be spotted throughout the day, but I don't think I have ever seen a tom.

    The other day a bear came up to the window next to the computer and ripped the bird feeder right off its mount.  That was... more exciting than I would like to experience every day.

    In happier news the crocuses are up and that means that the hops will be sprouting soon from the rhizomes that survive the winter.  With the weekend coming I have plans to harvest saplings from the back woods and put up this year's trellis.  All sorts of birds and insects and mammals take shelter in that profusion of greener.

    And the cones go great in my beer.

    o caminho d'ouro, uma pinga de mel: Parati

    by tarkangi on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:33:21 PM PDT

    •  So far the wild turkeys have been pretty quiet. (10+ / 0-)

      I think they're just biding their time! :-)

      The peepers....frogs...around here are doing their spring chorus mating songs.  They are a rowdy bunch.

      Still hoping to crack 60 this week!

      Bears?  So far...none!  whew!


      "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

      by The Marti on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:50:38 PM PDT

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    •  Turkeys are common around here. The (9+ / 0-)

      interesting thing is I can see flocks all around either foraging or dusting and then the day the season opens they all disappear.

      The day after the season closes, they all reappear.

    •  living in a freeway locked (5+ / 0-)

      suburb in so cal means the only wild turkey i have ever seen is in bottles in the corner liquor store.  i would prefer to see the living, strutting around in the woods kind since i don't drink alcohol but i do eat turkey.  very cool to read about how you all have such a different view of the world.

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:12:24 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, you have made my day (2+ / 0-)
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        It's not all fun and games, of course.  Once as I was careening down one of our back country highways a flock burst from cover and blinded me to such an extent that I nearly ran off the road - thank God no one was coming the other direction, that would have been a tough spot to recover from.  The one bird made a sufficiently great THUMP as it smacked off the driver's side door to satisfy my curiosity in that respect.

        And I do see a greater lesson in your comment: the Democratic Coalition is large, it contains multitudes, and the fact that I do not immediately sign on with one's particular issue should not be interpreted as my being some kind of demented Third Way goon.  I may even be a Norwegian style Social Democrat (which I am, by coincidence) who is simply focused on different issues because of my different situation.  No enemies on the Left, wot!

        o caminho d'ouro, uma pinga de mel: Parati

        by tarkangi on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:54:51 PM PDT

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  •  What kind of ducks are those, do you know? (11+ / 0-)

    They remind me a bit of some I saw out in the county, years ago, but didn't resemble anything in my bird book.

    Well, it was rather an eventful night at work. The icee machine leaked (actually, the leak was apparently created by the guy who came to clean the pipes) and by the time the repairman got there, we had quite a lake running almost the length of the store but luckily confined to one side. I must have mopped three or four times, and that doesn't count my coworker mopping first.

    Then at the end of the night, one of our customers came racing in, shaking: she had been threatened at knife-point by a guy who apparently wanted to rape her. She said, "I dropped my [shopping] bag and ran here as fast as I could." My coworker and the one other guy in the store took off looking for her assailant; I gave her the phone so she could call the cops, two of whom arrived quite promptly.

    My coworker & the other guy never found the assailant, but the cops now have a description of him, and my coworker picked up and returned her bag to her. One cop drove her to the station, presumably to give a formal statement; the other presumably continued on to look for the perp.

    She will get a ride home afterwards from the station.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 10:43:46 PM PDT

  •  Good morning. (11+ / 0-)

    Been busy sewing and enjoying the weather.

    I hope everyone has a good day.  Quack!

  •  g'day all; moving slow today (10+ / 0-)

    can't seem to get my back comfortable.  Been having problems for years but something is wrong today.  Maybe I just slept wrong last night

  •  One more time (8+ / 0-)

    I'm going to try to get to the senior center today.  Didn't make it on Wednesday and I'd really like to get some good bread.  There hasn't been quite as good a selection lately and I want to be there when it arrives.  If I sharpen up my elbows, I might get some good rye.  :-)

    Looks like sun today, but some cloudy/rainy days after that.  This is good news.  I've been afraid that we're getting into a dry cycle like we had two years ago.  I really don't want to do that again so soon. We've spent a year recovering and the soil can still use the moisture, especially if it comes as steady rain that soaks in rather than heavy storm rains that roll off.  The river is right at flood stage which doesn't cause too many problems - yet.  There is a little standing water in the southeast corner of the park downtown but nothing much else.  We expect only an inch or two more.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 05:03:42 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's supposed to go up to 67, with a chance of showers this morning.   Just gloomy now.

    I didn't get new glasses and contacts yesterday, so I'll have to do that today.   And my car needs to be washed.   Filthy.

    Enjoy your day.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 05:36:43 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (7+ / 0-)

    Caedy and I switched days as you saw, but it worked better with her schedule since she was off work yesterday.
    I got the kitchen cleaned today, and the one bathroom. I'll get the other bathroom on Sunday hopefully.

    It's supposed to get up to 85 today, it's already 68.

    The good news is, it's only going to cost me $2 to get to my doctor's appointment on Tuesday using Medicaid Transport. Bit is going with me, I don't know how long it's going to take or how long I'll be gone, but we'll see. Caedy and I have to go out to the hospital this afternoon and see if I can get my x-rays from the last time I was there.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 06:22:46 AM PDT

  •  More ducks! (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks, Caedy.

    Good morning, everyone. It's nice here today and should get up close to 60. Birds woke me early. It can get pretty noisy, but I really enjoy it.

    Busy day ahead. Hope you all have a fine one.

  •  Cute duckies! (6+ / 0-)

    Busy busy busy today. Kids don't have school. Trying to finish Spring cleaning. Ugggggh.

    Weather is gorgeous :)

    Hope that everyone has a good day!

    I yam what I yam --Popeye

    by BadKitties on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 06:45:24 AM PDT

  •  Nice day here, followed by rain tonight (5+ / 0-)

    and tomorrow.  It is a busy time for us, and I am switching my ISP from Time Warner to DSL today, don't worry if I don't show up for a day or two, I have not done this before.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 07:50:02 AM PDT

  •  lovely day in scenic so cal. (4+ / 0-)
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    i got my kitchen sorted out yesterday.  i put a load of things out under the "free tree" and quite a bit of it found a new home.  the rest is going to be picked up today by a charity group truck.  it feels good to have this done and i found some faboo lost kitchen treasures.

    i had to take one of my cats to the vet wednesday because he had a rash on his tail.  it turned out he was being bitten by fleas. even though we couldn't find any on him, he was covered in the stuff they leave behind.  so he needed a bath, a tail trim and treat and flea meds.  he also needed his teeth cleaned and blood tests showed some small things to be checked on.  i had to leave him overnight but got him back yesterday, none the worse for wear.  he is 12 yrs old and this is the first time he has had to see a vet.  my husband brought him home when he came last year.  he's a cool cat!

    have a good day everyone.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 08:23:16 AM PDT

  •  g'morning, Caedy (1+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP

    and Happy Sunday to all!

    the rain threatened all day, but no more than a few much needed drops fell. didn't make much of a difference for our brown, brown fiends, but at least the goats have plenty of shrubs, and even the dangerously thorny bougainvillea is one of their delicacies... I just don't know how they do it - how do they keep from destroying their little mouths with all the horrible thorns!?! and, of course, I used the tiny bit of rain to completely blow off all the yardwork that I needed to get done, looking pretty raggy and out of control around here...

    I remember from a book, long ago, called, Cold Sassy Tree, which I loved at the time, had a wonderful grandmother character who always said that, paraphrasing, 'the house can wait, but you gotta stay on top of the garden or it will get away from ya in a hurry'... and this is SO true. ps... after all these years, still love that book. I even created a blanket of red and white roses to cover him, they were his absolute favorite, always had to have fresh flowers in the house. Definitely this a ritual that I'll continue...

    for most of the year, our grass is so brown that cutting the yard is an act of futility, even the regularly scheduled trim doesn't make any noticeable difference. on a good note, I finally have all of the burned, dead growth down and ready to be removed, this whole section of the yard is a minor miracle to me. last year in our devastating wildfires, the complete south side of the property leading up to the house was scorched, our immediate neighbor's house burned to the ground, with our only tools being 2 garden hoses soaking as much as possible. We saved the house and another adjoining property (Juan did, I was at work in the restaurant, until I got the word what was happening at home, then closing the kitchen and getting home as fast as possible...

    but EVERYTHING is growing back with a vengeance! so amazing the resilience of mother nature.

    OT... went the ag centro Friday, specifically to get another 110# of Pedigree (should last another 5 days, hopefully)... but what caught my eye were the 2, 2-week-old, abandoned PR Parrots that had fell out of their nest, just starting to grow their feathers. my friend the owner, Domingo, offered them to me for $75 each, trying to keep them together,  but they still needed hand, tube feeding, and I'm just not sure I'm up to it. so far no one has even hinted at making an offer for the baby parrots during the the last week, and I think about those tiny peeps, so dang cute. I have an empty large very large cage collecting dust in the garage so I won't have to worry about our very hunter-like barn cats / house cats being able to get to them, I could never forgive myself if anything happened to these tiny creatures. besides, my record for saving abandoned nest fallers is only about 50/50. just so much can go wrong, and it's always devastating for me when one of the little guys doesn't make it. sigh - what to do!?!

    my friend the bird lady is on the case and will visit the ag center tomorrow, she's fostering one of my babies right now until she can get him to behave, a very special red guacamayo, that I rescued from an abusive home, and he's still a very aggresive big boy, but for now he's getting a bit better, and I can't wait to get him back home. the more I'm surrounded by Juan's kids the more I feel a sense of mission to take the best possible care of them all for him (and me!), and he really loved that crazy huge bird, he was the only one that Pocho absolutely trusted. so weird. I couldn't get close to him without the very real possibility of losing a finger, but Juan had the mean, freakin' little shit put his head on Juan's shoulder and slept, every time. I was completely jealous!!!

    sorry for rambling, been a tough weekend. it's the 2 week anniversary since my beloved passed away, and though the bad moments and his pain are slowly fading to little more than a nightmare, so many times I find myself almost not able to breath. GHA! why can't I be just some cold-hearted bastard and not care, content that he's at "peace", and I'm really tired of all the well-meaning and love-filled advice for me to begin to move on, find someone else... it's just not easy, is it? at least to me, it's simply not that easy. then again, perhaps 2 weeks just isn't enough to fully come out of this fog I'm in. I don't know if 2 years will be enough... after 23 years I'm still looking for him in every corner, still fully expecting to hear him calling my name.

    some day soon I'm gonna have to start cleaning the house, still don't have the heart for it. the screens have a not-so-fine covering of dust and dander, I sit here looking at this disgusting mess, yet no real motivation to start spring cleaning, though I know I have to start this week. there's an open house here next Saturday and I have to get this place in shape without the help of the HGTV crews...

    our almost sweet Guacamayo, Pucho... even though he's happy at the sanctuary, I can't wait for him to come back home!
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    I'll take some pics of the babies at the ag center tomorrow, and send them to allergywoman, perhaps she can give some expert advice on how I can keep these tiny, featherless babies alive and well...

    ps... so sorry for rambling

    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~ Thoreau

    by newpioneer on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 02:26:44 AM PDT

    •  Oh, np, you are so exactly where you need and (0+ / 0-)

      ought to be, at this point! Your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm just coming up on that 2-year mark you mentioned myself, and I remember being where you are now, it's not so far back for me. This would have been a great post to The Grieving Room, and I hope you'll be there later on today to share with so many of us who will understand!

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 03:46:36 PM PDT

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