Saturday, June 01, 2013




I think for most of the day I thought it was Sunday. I wonder why some days just feel different than other days & what would be the criteria for that. Today just felt like a Sunday. I don't know if I know what a Sunday really even feels like but if I did, today would have been one of those Sunday feeling days. Had to work on getting my feelings mode switched over to Saturday. I wonder what a Saturday feels like.......... DSC_9610 
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After nearly a week I was glad to finally see a couple Baltimore Orioles on the new feeder I had hung in a tree outside the sunroom window. Batteries from 3 of my 4 cameras were being charged in the kitchen at the time & my 4th camera was even farther away so no colorful orange & black Oriole photos today. A few years ago we had a couple male Orioles having quite a squabble in our driveway & I did manage to get a few hurried & blurry photos of that of that little spat.

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I've noticed lately the older one gets the more thinking one does about the older one gets. Never seemed to have much time or interest in thinking about that years ago but somehow it now seems to be taking some large chunks out of my thinking time. Aging for many of us is not something we can deny forever. Everyone at some point reaches the honest realization that a either a rapid or subtle change is going in within themselves. I find it a slow somewhat confusing change as I struggle with it’s lack of awareness at times mixed with it’s subtle confusion at other times. Where is old anyway? Is it a number? Is it a condition? Or is it a state of mind. Technically I am 68 years old but know parts of me are much younger while other parts of course feel older. And when I am talking parts I am talking both mentally & physically. Somebody 20 years younger than me would consider me to be old & yet somebody 20 years older than me would consider me to be a youngster. Where does the line blur?  Who & what do I consider myself to be, & does it really matter how old I am anyway? See what I mean by the confusement of aging. Can you tell I'm having a slow Sunday. Or should that be Saturday????



And some of you may have seen this before but for those of you who haven’t………..enjoy. (speakers on)  BIRDS OF PARADISE

GROANER'S CORNER:(( A teacher at a kindergarten school is doing a science lesson and asks all the children to perform an experiment of their own choosing. After the children have been busy for a few minutes, she gets to the desk of little Johnny. Johnny has a Spider on his desk and she asks what he was doing.

"Well Miss, the spider's name is Herbert and watch this." Johnny then bends down to the Spider and whispers "Run, Herbert, Run" and the spider, as if by magic, moves across the desk. The teacher is a little mystified. Johnny then gets a hold of the Spider and removes one leg. The teacher is taken aback but lets the experiment continue. Johnny again whispers "Run, Herbert, Run" and the Spider, as if by magic, moves across the desk. Johnny then gets a hold of the Spider and removes another 2 legs and repeats the experiment. "Run, Herbert, Run" and the Spider does continue to move across the desk, a bit in a somewhat limp fashion. By this time the teacher is getting a little concerned.

The experiment continues in the same vein until Herbert, the Spider, has one leg left (the teacher at this point is totally mortified). Johnny then bends down to the Spider and again removes the last leg so that Herbert is now just a blob and again he whispers "Run, Herbert, Run" but Herbert doesn't move. He repeats the command again but a little bit louder. After several attempts, Johnny is now shouting at the spider "Run, Herbert, Run" but still no movement. Johnny then looks at the teacher and she asks "Well, Johnny, an interesting experiment, but what are you trying to prove with it?" Johnny replies, "Well, Miss, the experiment proves Spiders with no legs are deaf".  (we all knew that, right)

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. Love the beautiful colors of the gold finch.

  2. Very well said! Somedays I feel 110 and others like 30!.. I do wonder why all the time!

    The goldfinches are beautiful! Yellow is one of my favorite anyway!

  3. Thank you for the link to that video. It was absolutely amazing. How the heck do they get video like that anyway????

  4. Yep Saturday it is, only cause I check everyday just in case we want to go somewhere and avoid the crowds.
    We all get old "one day at a time".

    Just make the best of everyday we have and enjoy them.

    Excellent photos again!

  5. Wonderful captures of the Oriole scrap.
    I haven't seen a Goldfinch since we moved to Alberta...I know they're here, they just haven't found my feeder yet!

  6. I have been feeling very young lately. I wonder how long that will last.

  7. I think country singer Garth Brooks once sang "I'm too young to feel this damn old!" I can relate to that.

  8. Your aging remark reminded me that decades ago when I as about 21 I worked as a cost accountant at a uniform company. off our offices was the small factory that produced small specialized orders. the head cutter Otto had just become a great grandfather, I asked him, Otto how does it feel to be a great grandfather, he replied "what a cant get used to is that my little boy is a grandfather" So as you point out, old is differenct perspective from your own point on the timeline of life.
    Donna W

  9. Great bird photo's. Your philosphy mixed in with the bird photo's shows great insight.
    We have western taningers here, which are very colorful but they are very hard to photograph as they are shy and constantly on the move. Again, excellent bird photo's.

  10. Al when you start thinking about being old ponder on this question "How old would I be if I didn't know when I was born?"

  11. The definition of old is 10 years older than you are now.

  12. Like Donna W.says, my oldest is a Grampa..that makes me a Great Grandma..SAY WHAAAAAT???? I'm only 21 years old...well, my brain is...the body is officially "vintage" and I hope like fine wine, better with age..Let's just take one day at a time, friend, and soak every day up...That's all any of us can do.

  13. The pics of the fighting Orioles are awesome.

  14. Kathy and enjoyed all the bird pictures. You the Man.