Friday, June 15, 2018

FMM - It Doesn't Get More Random Than This

We have a lot of birds hanging out in our backyard, which is always fun to see - cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds, some teeny tiny birdies, and the occasional woodpecker.  Yesterday morning I was watching a cardinal and a mockingbird, both on the ground.  The cardinal had some sort of food in his mouth and the dang mockingbird ran toward him and grabbed it right out of his mouth and flew away!  Jerk move, mockingbird!  I didn't know birds did that to each other...or maybe it's just mockingbirds?

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I saw the morning sun hitting my New York hosta plant so I zipped outside to take a picture:
Pretty picture, but ack!  Something is munching on my plant, dang it!!  Nothing else looks like it's getting eaten, which is good, but I don't know what to do about this.

We bought this plant about a month ago and I can't remember what it's called, but the tiny purple flower coloring is so intense:
I believe this might be a perennial, but that's about all I can remember.  The C.R.S. is strong with this one, LOL.

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An update on the tweaker:  when we ran yesterday we really looked at the area where he could have come from, and it was wide open.  So we are pretty sure that he was hiding in some bushes across a parking lot and came out when he saw us.  And if you think that sounds unsettling, it is.  Now, we didn't see him yesterday, and hopefully he's moved on, but it has really made us think about being much more observant - pretty much, we'll be running and scanning the area, much like how the Six Million Dollar Man used to scan and zoom in on danger:
Nothing escaped his steely-eyed gaze!

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Not much on the agenda this weekend except for the usual running and breakfasting, although it is our 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow so who knows, maybe we'll throw caution to the wind and go out to dinner as well.  Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. Good to see that your runs are back to normal. It doesn't hurt to be vigilant and careful out there. I'm sure you guys won't/don't go to isolated areas and you will carry your pepper spray its a shame we have to be like that but we do with the way society has gotten.

    On a happy note Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, and yes - it's better to be prudent at this point.

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  2. The tweaker has got to stop tweaking at some point, right? Maybe he could take his tweak somewhere else?

    Years ago in our neighborhood, there was a kid selling meth out of his parents' basement. He would sell it through the basement window. We live in a pretty decent area too, so it was super creepy. I used to work in the ER in our local hospital and let me tell you that no one lives in a bubble. It's really sad.

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    1. YIKES! That sounds like a druggie's version of a drive-thru.

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  3. I have some stuff from the nursery called Captain Jack's Dead Bug. I think its supposed to be more organic or something. Anyway, something always selectively munches on my marigolds. I'll have a whole row of them, and only two will be munched on. So I got out the Captain Jacks'.. I think its helping.

    I laughed at your description of the birds. That's exactly what chickens do! One will find a morsel that they think is especially wonderful, and then they start running around like crazy which just brings attention to themselves and then all the other chickens chase them trying to get it!

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    1. Thanks for the tip about the bug killer. I'll look for it.

      LOL on the chicken drawing attention to itself. Birds are funny.

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  4. I saw just how unfriendly birds can be this week as well. I was sitting on my porch and I hers all this bird chirping and commotion out in the cup de sac. I got up to see what all the fuss was about and saw a bunch of birds standing there. I thought perhaps there was something dead laying there. Nope nothing dead. But all of a sudden I saw a bigger bird take a smaller bird in his beak and just carry him away. I wondered if the smaller bird was hurt or something. I felt bad. I wish I could have done something to scare the other bird off earlier.

    Happy anniversary!

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    1. Yikes, that must have been horrifying to watch unfold!!

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  5. I have a plant outside that looks like the one you have. Something (a bunny?) Was munching on it so I sprayed it with Liquid Fence and it stopped.

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    1. I've never heard of Liquid Fence but now I'm intrigued!

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  6. Belated happy anniversary! You can try some neem on the hosta. There is a brand called Garden Safe. You mix it with water and spray on the plant. It works really well and you don't have to worry about any animals eating it.

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  7. I hope you had a lovely anniversary! And that that tweaker doesn't show up every again!

    I've heard blue jays do jerk moves like that, too!

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  8. So did you go out for your anniversary then? Happy belated Anniversary you two! I can also imagine you staying in and both sitting around gazing lovingly at your new kitchen/house. Haha

    Also, just so you know, now I'll think of you on runs with your Lee Majors 6 millions dollar man eyes scanning, going "eeeeeeeeeeeeee". Ya gotta make the sounds, Shel. :)
    Chrissy

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