Saturday, January 30, 2010


I was going to post something that has been in the local paper the past couple of days, but Alison not only beat me to it, but did a better job than I would have. So if you have not seen her post from Friday, as well as my brief comments there, do go to her website. Then you can continue here.

A good place to hide and have lunch.

And then I heard ...

Hey! You startled me!

Okay, guys, stick close.

'Scuse me! I lost my balance. Must be around here somewhere.

I dare anyone to say I'm not beautiful!

Yeah, I'll take that!

Going down for breakfast.

Dance step: First you raise your left foot ...

Last one in is a dirty bird!

Save some for me!

Okay, who dumped that water on me?

Humor -

Many senior executives find talking with a management consultant invaluable. But one no nonsense executive is not one of them. Halfway through the meeting the consultant asked, “How do you cope with managerial stress?” “I don’t,” was the grumpy reply, “I cause it”.

Friday, January 29, 2010


These scenery shots are fantastic, and need no comment from me. Enjoy!

Fun -


Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica - where do they go?
Wonder no more ! It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life. The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow"

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

Then they kick him in the ice hole.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Well, that's what they called it. Yesterday was my last day at physical therapy. The therapist determined that I had reached my goal (I agreed with her). That goal had been to be able to stand up from a sitting position, and that I can now do. With relative ease. (Depends on which relative you're talking about!)

Now I wouldn't call this video funny, but it is both cute and fun --

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


...And we complain about the rain!

That looks steep enough for a sled.

There’s a house under here somewhere.

Nice and cozy in our igloo.

Can’t get the car out of the garage!

Well, don’t just stand there. Give me a hand!

Is that a sled on the roof?

Almost got a path to the house.

Come on in! Water’s great!

Gee, look at the imprint on the snow!

The doorway to ... ? The freezer?

Fun -

It's fun to cook for Tom. Today I made angel food cake. The recipe said beat 12 eggs separately. The neighbors were nice enough to loan me some extra bowls.

A good day for rice. The recipe said wash thoroughly before steaming the rice. It seemed kind of silly but I took a bath anyway. I can't say it improved the rice any.

Today Tom asked for salad again I tried a new recipe. It said prepare ingredients; lay on a bed of lettuce one hour before serving. Tom asked me why I was rolling around in the garden.

I found an easy recipe for cookies. It said put the ingredients in a bowl and beat it. There must have been
something wrong with this recipe. When I got back, everything was the same as when I left.

Tom did the shopping today and brought home a chicken. He asked me to dress it for Sunday. I don't have any clothes that fit it, and for some reason Tom keeps counting to ten.

Tom's folks came to dinner. I wanted to serve roast but all I had was hamburger. Suddenly I had a flash of genius. I put the hamburger in the oven and set the controls for roast. It still came out hamburger, much to my disappointment.

GOOD NIGHT DEAR DIARY. This has been a very exciting week! I am eager for tomorrow to come so I can try out a new recipe on Tom. If I can talk Tom into buying a bigger oven, I would like to surprise him with a chocolate moose.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I’ve had this book case for many years. A while ago, though, my dear cockatiel Pepper, hopped in and started chewing on the books. So Cliff covered the front with a sheet of plastic, which kept Pepper out quite effectively. Unfortunately, it also did a good job of keeping me out. The plastic was just too much for me to handle one-handed.

My handyman neighbor to the rescue! He bought some lumber, and made a pair of doors, painted them, and installed them for me. He even installed magnetic door catches. Works beautifully.

Here it is with the doors closed. No way for Pepper to get in.


Need a caption for this. How about “Snowman (Snowperson?) convention? Send in your suggestions. No prize involved.

Monday, January 25, 2010


We have had several stories about one species of animals protecting another. Here is yet another, and they still continue to amaze me!

This is one special bird.

These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well. Noah is a non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that is in the rehab centre. Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in -- even sleeping in front of the door to the cage.

Then, suddenly, there were only two bunnies in the cage. But when Noah moved a bit from the front of the cage to everyone's surprise..there was the tiny bunny......under Noah's wing......sound asleep! That little bunny rabbit had crawled through the cage, preferring a featherbed, no doubt to snuggling up with its littermates!

Now, they are all together and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah's feathers, he carefully extends his wings out to surround them and then they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him
with his beak! It is beautiful and amazing to see.

Humor -

Just wondering ... Remember those cartoons that show a bunch of cannibals cooking someone in a big pot? Ever wonder where they got the big pot? Order it through Google? Any suggestions?

Saturday, January 23, 2010


When Amalie and I were first married, we had two parakeets, Andy and Blue. These two were thick as sleeves, and anywhere Andy went, Blue was sure to follow. When Am and I returned from an outing, we would look for the birds, for they were let out of their cages. And if we found Andy, we were sure to find Blue, so we nicknamed him “Me, too”.

We had taught them to get on our forefinger, so when they were located, I would put my hand down, and Andy would hop on. I’d then hand him up to Amalie, and turn to Blue. “You, too, Me, too”, and he would hop on. Worked very nicely.

Then an interesting thing happened. I would say to Amalie, “I love you,” and she would hold up her forefinger which obviously meant “Me, too”. Or that might happen where she would say it, and I would signal. Then we took it one step further. We might be some place, as in a restaurant, and she might look up at me and just show her forefinger, and I would return the gesture. Our private signaling game.

Shift gears. The other day I was reading a novel. A man in his early 30’s has fallen in love with a young lady of similar age. He has told her that he loves her, but even though she may love him in return, she is unable to say so because of personal issues she has to resolve. Then a little later in the book he says, “I love you,” and she says, “Me, too.” I just burst out laughing!

(Ultimately she is able to say the words).

Humor -

Sitting by the window of her convent, Sister Barbara opened a letter from home one evening. Inside the letter was a $100 bill her parents had sent. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture. As she read the letter by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below. Quickly, she wrote, "Don't despair. Sister Barbara," on a piece of paper, wrapped the $100 bill in it, got the man's attention and tossed it out the window to him.

The stranger picked it up, and with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat, went off down the street. The next day, Sister Barbara was told that a man was at her door, insisting on seeing her. She went down, and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills. "What's this?" she asked. "That's the $8,000 you have coming Sister," he replied. "Don't Despair paid 80-to-1."

Friday, January 22, 2010


More fascinating photos of animals and birds. Some are luckier than others.

Ah! Tasty morsel.

Successful fisherman, er, fisherbird.

Where can I drop you off for dinner?

Drop right in!

Here! I caught this just for you.

Oooh! All kinds of tasty goodies!

Lord, I thank thee for the dinner I am about to eat.

Open wide!

On this flight we serve insects.

Get away! This is MY dinner!

Humor -

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.

"That's interesting," she said, "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. " You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."