Thursday, December 11, 2008
What pleases us so much is that this neighbor is nearly at the end of the road -- residents of just six houses, their guests, the mailman, & the FedEx & UPS guys are the only ones who drive past. Truly happiness for happiness' sake.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
2. We're renaming our parrot fka Mercury, Hermes. There is precedence. Actually, since this is the Greek name replacing the Roman, such action is prebranding.
3. And finally, home is hereby renamed Log On Innstitute.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I draw comfort in thoughts that bears are not common here & are unlikely to walk through my screen doors.
My friends worry that, driving home, I'll strike.
My government wants me to dread foreign terrorists, nuclear weapons & chemical attacks.
treefrogs on windows, doors, walls & plants
spring peeper - actually seen!
Eastern box turtle - brilliantly colored strolling after rainstorm
acraea moth caterpillar
woolly bear caterpillar
Eastern tiger swallowtails
Eastern black swallowtails
more Eastern black swallowtail caterpillars
neighbor's pet duck eloping with Canadian geese
compost eating raccoon
2 leeches on kayak bottom
pencil sized brown snake, not venomous
ravenous, territorial & perching ruby throated hummingbirds
(smaller than swallowtails)
barred owls - heard & seen
bald eagle perching
many Carolina wrens
unrecognzed woodpeckers after storm
duct-taped tuba at the dump
mushrooms - brown, red, white, fresh & rotten
Admire our reuben sandwiches made on our own home-baked rye bread with locally soaked & smoked corned beef from nearby smokehouse/biker bar.
Sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, half-sour pickles, & pickled tomatoes trucked in from outside our region but, oh, they tasted so perfect.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Really? Other than aesthetic?
Saw ruby-throated female do something that looked a lot like eating ants off feeder & pole.
Organic, free range, wild ants?
That would be an ecosystem!
Based on red dye, sugar & water.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Homing pigeon, not yet home.
"It shall be unlawful for any person at any time or in any manner to hunt, pursue, take, capture, wound, maim, disfigure, or kill any homing pigeon of another person, or to make use of any pit or pitfall, scaffold, cage, snare, trap, net, baited hook or similar device or drug, poison chemical or explosive, for the purpose of injuring, capturing or killing any such homing pigeon, provided that any officer, employee or agent of a city or county acting pursuant to authority of an ordinance thereof may take, capture and kill pigeons in, on and about any building or structure devoted to business, commercial or industrial purposes when any pigeons are using such premises for roosting, resting or congregating thereon; all pigeons taken upon such premises shall be conclusively deemed not to be homing pigeons or the property of any person. Any person violating any of the foregoing provisions shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. " Virginia Code § 18.2-145. Protection of homing pigeons. (Code 1950, § 18.1-160; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15.)
Oh, I lusted for that bird on the shore of the Mataponi.
Note the two green leg bands.