Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chappa Head LOLCats

I made some LOL's featuring

funny pictures

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Birds seen recently at my feeders

Tufted Titmouse
Pine Warbler
Slate-colored Junco
Goldfinch and Pine SiskinBrown-headed NuthatchField SparrowPine WarblerPine SiskinAlmost caught in flight!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Holiday Vacation Days

I was lucky enough to make 4 vacation days stretch into a week and a half off of work by attaching those days between Christmas & New Year's holidays and it was a welcome relief just to stay home and grub around the house and yard (that is, after celebrating each holiday and then putting away all the decorations for said holidays - ha!) But that was the beauty of such a stretched out vacation - sufficient time to do EVERYTHING with leisure time to spare. Yay!

And one of the things I had the leisure time to do was, on the spur of the moment, turn into the parking lot of the wetlands walking park that I am always saying I want to explore but just never have the time to do! And it turned out to be a delight!
While sitting out on one of the observation pavillions that stretch out into the wetlands, I saw a white crane-like bird poking around the shoreline and then . . . wow! What's that?! A black crane sitting in a tree!!! A black crane?!! Now this is something new! So I studied the bird as he sat there stretching out his long snake-like neck and spreading his wings. And I got lucky enough to see him fly across to another tree and lo and behold, there were patches of white on the back of his wings!!! Now I knew I had enough information to go back home and look through my field guide and see who this guy was! Of course, a few hours later, I did just that and now I know that I had a first sighting of an Anhinga!!! What a cool bird!

Here is a photo of a female Anhinga. I didn't take this pic, but got it off the Bird Feeder Friends blogsite. Shelly took this photo. and I returned on New Year’s Day, with guide and camera in hand, hoping to catch sight of that black male Anhinga. We had a lot of fun exploring the park and of course, David had to do a little extreme park walking. Alas, we did not see Mr. Anhinga but we did see this crane.Well, now that I know Restoration Park is such a great place to safely view all kinds of water birds, not to mention other woodlands birds, I will continue as many times as I can find the opportunity to go out there and take photos. Hopefully one day I will have my own photo of Mr. Anhinga to post here on this blog.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Gate of the New Year

Here's a pic of the arbor gate I built over the New Year's holidays. There is a Lady Banks Rose bush on the right hand side of it that will eventually grow over the top of it and the bed on the right side has all those daylilies that I planted back in September. They are doing well and will be so pretty this summer.

Ok, I figured it out.

Well, I had to delete my Birthday Polyvore from the tutors at the Baan Suan English Club in Thailand. It was sooo cool, but it had a freaky Juku girl in it and I guess it or some other image in the set had a bug in it that messed up my blog. You can still go look at it by checking this link:

The conji means "Dreams Come True" which is a beautiful birthday wish!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What's Happening Here!?!?!?!

why do I keep getting that stupid window that says Internet Explorer cannot access this page - Abort Operation - ok??????????????????????????? STOP IT!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Day 2009

Happy New Year to all ya'll

I stayed up super late New Year's Eve nite making Polyvores - dialup was unusually fast last night - and emailing back and forth with my friend Monica (from New Mexico but living in Nashville at the moment). She was making Polyvores too, so that was alot of fun - it was like we were spending New Year's Eve together!!

While I was doing that, Ernesto was flipping back & forth between several Mexican New Year's Eve specials on the TV with the volume up SUPER HIGH - of course - but the music was festive and we got up and danced a few times all around the living room, which was great fun and when the clock struck 12:00 I went outside to hear all the fireworks going off across the countryside, all the while looking at the clock on my cellphone, pondering the image of 2009 on the dateline. Then David and Evan got home about 1:00 a.m. with tales of their New Year's Eve gatherings so everyone in West Monroe had a good New Year's Eve.

Today, I'm catching up on email rite now - can't believe the dial-up is still cooperating. Evan is sewing, Ernesto went to pick up his two Mexican friends who work at the Chinese restaurant - it's rare they all have the same day off together and so they are heading to the lake and David ran over to Sarah's house and in about an hour we are gonna meet at a wildlife wetlands walking park in just outside the city so I can try to get some photos of different cranes & egrets that I saw there the other day.

good fun