BG is home sick today, so we are both feeling like crap and running low grade fevers.
We got some snow this morning, but it is more like snow soup because it was quickly followed by rain, so… no cool pics.
Instead, I’ll share a pic of my blanket and ottoman hog, Cleo. She may try to hog my space, but she is the sweetest, most loving cat I’ve ever been around. She gets even more hoggish when it is cold, so guess where she’s been lately? Some of the best medicine is a snuggly cat.
I have finally gotten a decent picture of one of my newest visitors. It looks like I have at least 3 that are fighting over the feeder. They are still really skittish and I can’t get as close as I like even with my zoom lens. This is even cropped to get closer, but it is way better than most I’ve tried to get so far.
Hubby came across this little guy huddled in the grass the other day when he was mowing and had to be careful. There was actually a second one, but ran into some bushes to hide. This one was still out there when he finished and I was able get really close and grab several shots. Poor thing was terrified.
Something we had in all the years before they developed and built behind us was this amazing symphony of sound at night in the spring and summer when the windows were open. There were several little gullies or ditches that frogs liked to gather in and you could hear dozens of them every single night. All of them sounding as if they were hanging out just outside the window, and sometimes actually were as those little suckers love to climb on the house. Besides the frogs you’d get the crickets and the cicadas and all the other nocturnal noisemakers. Continue reading “Sounds of Nature”
This little guy (?) decided to try and hang out the other day while I was taking pictures. I had to switch to my zoom to get him, but he hung out for a little while, just running around on the driveway. He came pretty close a couple of times, but not quite as close as I would have liked. I’m still not 100% sure what kind of bird it is, but it is most likely some type of Sparrow.
The day started with Hubby giving the dog a chew treat this morning when he went to fix us coffee. Turns out, that treat ended up making a nasty mess on the carpet in the living room where she decided to chow down on it. I go to clean it up and I now have a lovely clean spot in a mess of a high traffic area. Typical me, this doesn’t work and I just decide to bite the bullet and just shampoo the whole living room as I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Noticing a pattern here?
A few years back, we went to a zoo where we saw this penguin. It was standing perfectly still, but had it’s head in such an odd position that it looked like it was upside down. The lack of movement and the unnatural looking position was kinda creepy looking (of course I didn’t get a photo), making it look as though it’s neck had snapped even though I’m certain it was just sleeping. MC being a massive fan of penguins dubbed it Broken Neck Penguin and it kind of became this running thing in the family. When we again went to a zoo this year, we run across this guy and it made me think of that penguin. While the positioning isn’t quite as drastic, it was still similar, so… Bendy Giraffe.
Looks like this lion is roaring. Nope. That’s just a yawn. It is all in the context which you lose in an image sometimes. That can be cool or it can be weird depending on how you take it.
Much like my shopping trip with BG last night. She and her friends have decided they want to go to the Homecoming dance in a few weeks, so she needed a dress. My moment of absolute weirdness came from shopping for her while the music playing in the background is what I would have heard at my own Homecoming dance years ago. Talk about messing with the mind. Or making me feel old. I’m still not entirely sure which.
I sent off my manuscript to my editor over the weekend and got confirmation that we are about 3 weeks out from getting started on it. I’m pretty sure I’ve found who I want to work with on my cover design as well after confirming they will work with my photo. It is all kind of terrifying and nerve wracking, but it is forward movement.
Upside… We have a working AC. Downside, the temps dropped and it hasn’t needed to be turned on yet, though we did close up the house and turn it on to test out how well it removes the humidity even when it doesn’t need to cool (awesome, awesome, AWESOME feature).