Random 5 Friday

It’s time for Random 5 Friday! Join in the fun and share five random thoughts about you, your day, your kids, your pets, whatever! Here are mine:

  • We got about 8″ of snow Tuesday-Wednesday, not something we see often in Virginia Beach
  • A flock of blackbirds moved in, took over the feeders
  • Gulls were swooping in low over the neighborhood, their food sources frozen or buried in snow–and not many folks leaving them French fries in the parking lotI whipped up a batch of Quacker Crackers from a bird-feeding cookbook and invited them over. They effectively displaced the blackbirds, for a change of scenery.
  • This week’s storm created an even larger icicle collection than the one we had last week
  • Here’s another Mermaid on Parade–her paint has seen better days

Linking to Random 5 Friday



Just Peeking In


Downy Woodpecker–just peeking in on you


Northern Mockingbird

No sooner than hubby asked if the mockingbird had been around in the cold weather, the very next day it showed up!

Here’s a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

It didn’t look pristine for long, hubby shoveled paths to the feeders. Wednesday may have been the first time ever he couldn’t get to work.  I wish he’d been able to enjoy his day off, but it was spent clearing snow, and fretting about orders that needed to be placed. This morning, he had to dig through the barricade of snow the plow left before he could get the car out of the driveway.

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?
Now you know!
Too soon, our day came to an end.

May you be warm, wherever you are today.



Wild Bird Wednesday–Mourning Doves

It’s a snow day for Wild Bird Wednesday here in Virginia Beach! Life ground to a halt, except for those who had to shovel sidewalks and such. We got eight inches or so of the white stuff. With nothing much going on in the front yard, my attention was directed to the bird activity in the backyard.

Mourning Doves

It looks like a slow day for the Mourning Doves, literally chilling out on the fence. They know how to fluff those feathers for maximum insulation from the cold.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday–thanks, Stewart!


Share Your World–2014 Week 4

Can you believe we are four weeks into January? Ok, that wasn’t one of Cee’s questions, it just took me by surprise when I typed the title.

Here are Cee’s questions for Share Your World:

1. Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending quiet time alone?
I do tend to get energized when being out with a friend, or attending writers group. But I like quiet time alone when I get back.

2. What is the most number of blankets you’ve ever had on your bed?
Probably two. I don’t remember having more than that.

3. You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
I think it would depend on what makes them fascinating, if it’s something I’m interested in learning about. Otherwise, you’ll find me at home.

4. Do you like talking to people on the phone? Or do you prefer voice mail or email?
If someone calls me, I’m fine to talk on the phone; the writer in me prefers email or text messages to initiate communication. 

There you have Share Your World for another week. I hope you’ll respond to the questions, either creating a blog post and linking to Cee’s blog, or feel free to leave your replies in the comments below.


Weekly Photo Challenge–Juxtaposition

Our Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is to show juxtaposition: The act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast. I thought the fragile butterfly against the hard stone was a good example of contrast.

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

Linking to Weekly Photo Challenge



Random 5 Friday

Nancy at a Rural Journal hosts Random 5 Friday each week. Here are my random thoughts for today:

  • Our female Painted Bunting is still visiting, after all. She’s been checking out the different feeders, reminds me of Goldilocks. As you can tell, I’m still experimenting with white balance for a snowy background.

    Female Painted Bunting
  • Met my hubby for lunch today at Panera Bread. They have several new items on the menu. I tried the Winter Power Salad, hubby had Chicken Sorrentina Pasta, both with soup. We would have those again. We also shared an Apple Crunch Muffin–YUM!
  • Our area is holding an E-cycling event tomorrow. Household hazardous waste and electronic items will be collected in the Virginia Aquarium parking lot from 10-2:00 (for locals who haven’t heard). More information is available at
  • I started writing Morning Pages again this week. That’s three pages of handwritten stream-of-consciousness brain dump, first thing in the morning.
  • Here’s another mermaid for you, this is one of my favorites:
    Mermaid on Parade–from the back
    Head shot close-up

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We Still Have Snow

Apparently, the snow did not get the message and melt already. I suppose it’s been too cold for that to happen. The sun tried to make it go away, I saw glistening edges on the birdbath. Then everything froze again. There’s an abundance of ice now, too.  The meteorologists promise 45F degrees Saturday, surely warmer temperatures will prevail. We are just not used to snow sticking around for any length of time.

Lunch Time

I don’t know what the birdie connected to the tail in the lower left corner is looking for. Maybe it’s building a tunnel under there, a direct route to the seed. Then it will set up a toll booth.

I had to throw in the tolls comment, some of the local bridge/tunnel crossings will soon be sporting electronic toll collections. The link will take you to an article in a new browser window, in case you want to read about it. The article states tolls in the $4.00–6.00 range will be required to fund the construction of more lanes. However, it also states that with high tolls, drivers may avoid them, thereby reducing traffic congestion. It seems to me, the congestion will move elsewhere.