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January 5, 2013
★~ Today’s Poem:
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.” – Mary Oliver
★~ National Bird Day:
Ornithologists and bird watchers rejoice! Today we honor our feathered friends both big and small. From the majestic eagle to the mean-spirited goose to the scary ostrich and the pesky pigeon. The study of birds has been a fashionable pastime ever since the Victorian Era, and the term “bird watching” first appeared as the title of a book in 1901. According to a 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, today, one in every five Americans is a birdwatcher. This is defined as anyone who has traveled for the primary purpose of observing birds or has closely observed and identified birds around the home. Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds kept in captivity. Visit the National Bird Homepage to learn more.
In honor, of National Bird day, I may buy our bird Solstice a special treat …and ignore her when she dives at my hand with her sharp little beak as I try to put it in her cage. But I can’t promise I won’t mutter…here kitty, kitty as I walk away. Click Solstice: The story of our ODD bird to read more about my relationship with our parakeet, Solstice, who gives me the feather at every opportunity.
★~ Whipped Cream Day:
Let’s be honest; some desserts are really just an excuse to eat whipped cream (rhubarb pie, we’re looking at you) because the whooshing of whipped cream out of a can is one of the top 10 best food things ever. Did I ever tell you the story about how on Thanksgiving, many years ago, one of my BIL sprayed another BIL with a can of whip cream right before we said grace for dinner. The one being sprayed ducked and grabbed for the can, they struggled, whip cream exploded out the can and covered my father-in-laws hair and forehead. The kids learned a few new words that year. I blotted my father-in-laws forehead and hair with a napkin, while Joe quickly started passing the turkey and my sister-in-law launched into grace. I was just especially thankful that year that I was an only child.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1825 – Alexandre Dumas (Sr.) fought his first duel. In the process, his pants fell down. Dumas told the story later in his memoirs.
♥~ 1948 – Warner Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. Pictures of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic were seen by theatre audiences.
♥~ 1961 – “Hello. I’m Mr. Ed!” “A horse is a horse, of course, of course”… you know the lyrics. Mr. Ed, the talking horse, debuted for what would be a six-year run
♥~ 1968 – Dr. Benjamin Spock was indicted by a Boston federal grand jury for conspiracy to abet, aid and counsel draft dodgers.
♥~ 1970 – The soap opera “All My Children” premiered on ABC-TV.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1931 – Robert Duvall Academy Award-winning actor: Tender Mercies ; A Family Thing, Stalin, A Show of Force, Days of Thunder , Colors, The Natural, True Confessions, Apocalypse Now, Network, The Godfather, M*A*S*H, True Grit, Countdown, Bullitt, To Kill a Mockingbird, Naked City
♥~ 1946 – Diane Keaton (Hall) Academy Award-winning actress: Annie Hall ; Sleeper, Hair, Love and Death
♥~ 1948 – Ted Lange, Actor (“The Love Boat”)
♥~ 1953 – Pamela Sue Martin, Actress (“Dynasty”)
♥~ 1978 – January Jones, Actress (“Mad Men”)
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ The bird with the longest beak is the Australian Pelican’s. Their beak can be up to 18.5 inches (47 cm) long.
♥~ Green Herons sometimes drop live insects, berries, or other objects onto the water’s surface to attract fish. When an inquisitive fish appears, the heron grabs it with a quick thrust of the bill!
♥~ The heaviest flying bird is the Great Bustard weighing as much as the average six (6)-year old child.
♥~ The only backwards and sideways flyer is the hummingbird.
♥~ The arctic tern makes the longest migration each year, flying 20,000 to 25,000 miles (32000-40000 km) each year from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again.
♥~ The fastest flying birds include: the peregrine falcon, clocked at 90 mph (145 kph). There are even accounts of these raptors diving at speeds up to 200 mph (320 kph), the spine-tailed swift, about 90-100 mph (145-160 kph), the harpy eagle – 37-50 mph (60-80 kph), champion racing pigeons fly up to 53 mph (85 kph), mallard duck – 65 mph (105 kph)
♥~ The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird which is 2.5 inches long (6.2 cm) weighing only 0.06 oz (1.6 g).
♥~ The Northern Jacanas appear to be walking on water — they are also known as the “Jesus Birds.”
♥~ A hawk’s vision is so good that it can see a mouse from a height of one mile.
♥~ The Pitohui (New Guinea’s) is the only poisonous bird in the world.
We took the decorations down yesterday and boxed everything up for another year. I’m ready to bring a little rhythm and Routine back into our lives. Its been a wonderful holiday but all good things must come to an end.
I signed up for a transformation on-line workshop thingie. Should be interesting. I will share, naturally. One quote I liked from last nights video was, “You can’t out give the Universe.”
Odd Loves Company!
12 thoughts on “National Bird Day, Whipped Cream Day”
Whip cream on pie is good. Funny story. Sisters aren’t as much fun as brothers but they cook great and are pretty good problem solvers. But they never initiate whip cream fights and get all mad if you spray whip cream or anything on them.
We have a lot of birds. I don’t know much about them but we seem to attract hummingbirds. I put up a feeder last summer and watched a lot of sword fighting. They are little but fierce.
Enjoy your day!
The hummers that hang at my parents house are very fierce and use there beaks masterfully to jab at one another!
I can see where sisters wouldn’t be much fun in a whip cream fight….
I like birds, but I prefer them outside flying free. Something about the noises they make, plus the possibility of them getting out of their cage, that makes me a lot uneasy! This must run in the family, as I learned just yesterday that my sis is terribly afraid of birds. Who knew?!
The things you learn about your family after knowing them your whole life….amazing isn’t it? I like birds inside and out but they seem to hate me. I have been bitten several times by people insisting their bird is SO friendly. I don’t play any more and just keep my digets to myself and offer a pretty bird from a distance. A bird bite hurts.
birds are ok. like some better than others like the water birds.
with all the bottles in the background, i can see where whipped cream would get fun!
happy for texas a&m last night. more football follows.
enjoy diane keaton films.
LOL…Sharp eyes Irene. I didn’t even notice. I am glad my FIL had a few cocktails it slowed his reflexes down…I was standing right next to him. I really planned on marrying an orphan that was an only child and traveled…..God laughed. I was lucky tho…love them all. Texas AM won? That is good news.
I must say you do an excellent wilbur call!
I enjoy watching my back yard birds. I have feeders right outside my kitchen window so I have a ‘birds eye view” of my little finches and downy woodpeckers plus other winter birds.I really like watching the finches change colors from winter to spring.
My desk now faces the back window and I enjoy watching the birds change with the seasons too. We use to have a woodpecker but I haven’t heard the little devil pecking away at our our tree in awhile. Do you have hummingbirds?
We love the birds and feed them every morning. We use mixed seeds and peanuts and sunflower seeds. Tomorrow I am going to buy some chunky peanut butter to feed them. You can smush it on a pinecone and hang it, the birds love it.
I will eagerly await your transformation!
Thank you. Me too. I don’t know what I was thinking…I am fine just the way I am.
I would hang pinecones but the bad ass squirrels would grab them and bird seed attracts the doves which us unpleasant. We do have amazing Cardinals and Robins tho! And now that I am uptown with my desk facing the back window it’s fun to watch our wildlife…..
Yes, we have hummingbirds, but… I neglect to keep the feeder cleaned out and the darn ants keep getting in the bottle. I have given up on feeding them so the have to take what I have to offer in flower nectar.
I think you have the right idea..self sufficient hummers…there is nectar out there….let me them find it!
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