Thursday, January 30, 2014

The New Neighbor 'Snapped' Again

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If the neighbors that live behind us are nosy individuals, I think I've been branded as a person with a strange obsession because I did it again... and again... and again.

In case you're not psychic, I'll just tell you what I'm referring to.

I took more photos of those darn cattle.  photo 46.gif

I guess I'm going to have to stop this nonsense cold turkey. It's getting a little out of hand, and I know it's pathetic that every single time I film the neighbor's cattle it's from the same spot. (Hence why the photos I post of them are always looking like identical twins). I don't want the neighbors thinking of me as that crazy lady that's always taking pictures of their livestock, so 99% of the time I take my photos from the threshold of our back patio door.

And let me tell ya... that simple act of hiding and trying to be invisible makes me feel as if I'm doing something wrong; like how a heavy smoker discreetly puffing on a cigarette must feel when they're actually trying to stop the habit.

I want so badly to put the camera on the tripod to take non-shaky video of the cows, too, but I'm not fearless enough to go through with it. If the tripod is out there, and the neighbors see it, I'd feel like the paparazzi.

The cow paparazzi.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Of Positive Thoughts and The Mad Hatter

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1. It's been said that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Do you think that's true?

I suppose so.

If it's the weekend.... if your name is Pollyanna Whittier... or if you're one of the Darling children that happen to cross paths with pixie dust and Peter Pan. (I think a positive thought that jump started the ability to fly would make for the start of a fantastic morning).  photo tink.gif

Do you find that an easy exercise most mornings?

Is climbing Mount Everest without oxygen easy? (A morning person I am not).

What's something positive you told yourself today? If you missed that boat, what's something positive you could tell yourself tomorrow?

I told myself something positive yesterday. I went against my better judgment and said we might actually get a tad of miracle snow.

My experiment failed.

2. There will be karaoke at the next party you attend... are you in? Or will you be faking a sore throat?

To something like this I would always say no, but if Gerard Butler is there.....

..... I'll be coming out of my shell.

3. January 29th is National Puzzle Day...what's something you've found puzzling recently?

One of my dogs, Abigail Annie Oakley. She has this strange habit of whining for me to sit on the rug with her and play, but in less than a minute all she does is sit on the carpet behind me and just stare at my back. It makes me feel like I'm the lead of a sled dog team.

Maybe we were both Alaskan sled dogs in our past life. Photobucket

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4. Jigsaw, crossword, acrostic, logic, sudoku, word search...what's your favorite kind of puzzle, and when did you last work one?

Logic I guess. It's been a while since I did anything like that.

5. Recently a writer by the name of Amy Glass ruffled feathers with a post she wrote saying she looks down on young women with husbands and kids and she's not sorry. Among other things, she says women will be equal with men when we stop saying house work and real work are equally important.

What say you? Do you think men and women are equal in the 21st century? Why or why not?

I would say that we're pretty much on equal footing and that the author of that article is only trying to earn more blog views and comments by stating her opinion.

Having children and picket fencing it isn't for everyone, and working outside of the home or being a SAHM both have their challenges. I really don't think one negates the importance of the other.

I will say this though: Raising a human being and being responsible for their welfare is not something that should be entered into so lightly. It's a really big deal and to do a good job of it a lot of heart is going to have to go into it... and for the rest of your life.

6. What's a product you've noticed in the grocery store that you'd like to try, but haven't yet?

The big carton of Starbucks Mocha in the refrigerated section. I'm just wondering if it's the same thing as the mochas in the glass bottles. If so, I'm gonna have to never give in to the temptation. As it is, whenever I get one of those I'm done drinking it before I even get out of the parking lot. I GUZZLE that stuff!

7. The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born this week in 1832 (January 27th). Which character from his celebrated novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, would you most like to meet, and why?

Judging from the outlandish nocturnal ramblings I tend to have, I guess I would have to meet Alice. My dreams can be pretty bizarre at times, so I don't think we'd have trouble coming up with topics to discuss.

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8. Insert your own random thought here.

- Have you ever accidentally put hand cream on your face, mistaking it for moisturizer? Because I did that a couple days ago.

Linking (and rather late) to Wednesday Hodgepodge


Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Birds of Crick Hollow

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Don't ya love that quote and pic? I found it on Pinterest, although I have no idea where the original link is.

Since the weather returned to being so beautiful and warm, yesterday afternoon I watched and filmed the birds for the first time since we moved here.

Immediately I learned that these are some very people-friendly birds. They let me film them pretty darn close!

After the battery on my camera went kaput, we let the dogs out to play in the front. Maddie and Izzy did their usual routine of just sitting quietly in a spot and soaking in the surroundings. They're very Zen-ish like that.

Abby on the other hand.... her mind and body were everywhere! She can never sit still when outdoors. She loves to play fetch out there, and she loves to run. She acts so differently outside than when she's indoors. Something inside her brain just 'clicks' into happy overdrive.

Even most of today we spent outside with the dogs, planning our garden. I cannot wait to see flowers again. We would plant some now, but we've had an unusual winter this year.

Unusual, as in we've had a lot of cold spells which last more than a day or two at a time. I LOVE it!


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I never did mention that this past Tuesday we had 3 or 4 deer visitors! The sun was setting, so it was too dark to get any photos or video. They looked like really large deer. Unfortunately, this is the only pic I have. It's a shame it's all blurry, and I had to brighten it up A LOT. I couldn't even get video of them.

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We knew we've always had deer visitors, because we're always seeing evidence of them, but it was so amazing to see so many of them all at once. (We all think they cut through the area through the underbrush next to our barn. Twin fawns were even born under one of our trees last year).

I only wish it wasn't so dark at the time. The only reason I saw them at all was because I was in the living room for a change and saw something through the window. I mentioned to my mother that it must be the baby calf and it's Mama, even though I'd never seen them out there that late before. (These cattle pretty much stick to their routines). Of course, I was wrong since I didn't have my contacts in Photobucket and it was so dark outside. Thankfully, Mom realized immediately that it was Bambi and Company.

But where's Thumper? I have seen bunnies here before, but not often. At the house we lived in before here - the friends house on the 43 acres - there were bunnies outside ALL THE TIME. I loved seeing them so much.

If interested, there are videos of them on this blog. Just click on the "Burton" tags in the sidebar. Only be forewarned that they're very short videos. We had incredibly limited internet at the time, so I could only upload pictures and video on the last day of each month.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snow.... so close, yet so far away

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It's been proven to me once again that the real Joker is not from Batman. No, the REAL Joker is none other than that impish fellow named Jack Frost!

The temps finally decrease enough to allow for snow... something we haven't seen in over a decade, and even then it was just a dusting of the white stuff... and on Thursday night we're actually under a Winter Weather Advisory.

That's right. School closings, staying off the roads. We're talking the works, because let's face it... this is Texas, and the entire state nearly shuts down when there's ice on the road.
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In the wee hours of the night you'd have thought I was a child waiting for Saint Nicholas, because I kept peering out the window for any signs of snow. (Early in the evening I did see some drizzle, but it was short lived). I knew it was a long shot that we'd receive snow - as the old adage goes, "Experience teaches sense" - but since we have moved closer to Austin the percentage of my wish coming true had increased at least a little.

Or so I had hoped.

Turns out Austin received 2 1/2 inches of snow. (My poor sister missed it since she's at a conference in San Antonio. How evil is that?! I fear I'd never recover from such a blow). All we accumulated here was ice, icicles so skinny they look like they've been on the Nutri-System diet plan, and a lot of slush.

A LOT of slush, and no snow at all. Not a speck.

And I missed it, but I hear the crows had ice on their backs in the morning. Imagine that. Ice! The poor things. (By the way, it was actually pretty fun to walk on that ice. The grass was wrapped in it, and you could hear it crunch beneath your boots).

I would have preferred to have seen snow here at our new place. I can't help thinking of what awesome photo opportunities that would have made, especially with cattle as my next door neighbors.

Well, one gal in this household was happy. One of our dogs, Maddie, LOVES the cold and that silly girl wanted to lie down in the slushy yard all day. The only way I could get her to come back inside was by uttering the magical word "Yummy!"


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And here are some pictures I took of the sunrise this morning. Unfortunately, some of them are a little blurry and I'll have to wait until very late tonight to upload the video.

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