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The Magpie Massacre… aka My Life Has Gone To the Birds…

Birds… birds, birds, birds, birds… and more dagnabbed birds.  BIRDS!  My car out in the driveway always looks like several Magpies painted it with turd hoppers… the other half looks like a cross between a deer hunting camo and the last prize winner at the Demolition Derby.  Before I wax even more poetical about things no one cares about, allow me to get to the point.  It just so happens to be the time of the year where the young flocklings nest in Whitney’s window well, cause a ruckus and keep me awake for 12 years, and then eventually end up dead somewhere due to some predatory animal or George of the Feral Jungle Cat.  I refuse to think Lucy-Fur could ever be so cruel… Lucy-Fur!  Stop it!  The other night (aka really early morning), whilst I was trying to do some homework, I heard a thud against my window and then very near-by chirping noises.  I didn’t even have to turn the light on… I knew what it was.  This happens on a yearly basis just as the robin eggs hatch and the newly-winged robinettes (or owlettes or magpie-lettes, etc., etc.) learn to fly.  Kentucky and Fried showed up as if on cue…

Oh, Kentucky and Fried… I barely knew ye.  I learned from friend Audrey that friend Karen was a fan of the bird friends, so we texted Karen to see if she had any ideas on how to keep these precious suckers alive for more than 12 seconds.   You ought to know that Karen would pull off her right arm if you needed one, so of course she shows up on the doorstep at around 6:00 with the North Logan animal control officer.  They were like the magical team of bird refuge savers… except with less bird doo on their persons.  Nice Mr. Animal Control dude gently removed the little fellers from the window with a long net and set them near the tree that their parent birds were dive-bombing.

The National Society of Bird Refugeers From Random Window Wells of People Named Knit-Whit.  They certainly saved my future night’s of sleep and gave me a bit of peace of mind that the little fellers would still go on living.  Magpie DooDoo Central be durned!   Peace of mind, that is, until that very night/early morning when I once again heard that ever-familiar thud followed by incessant chirping noises…

This time only Fried returned… and what do you know, he still couldn’t manage to fly himself out of my window well.  Night 2 of sleeplessness.  This time I made my dad fish him out with a fishing net (who do I look like… someone who would risk getting the bird flu by getting them out myself!?!?!?  As if!)  And wouldn’t you know, he’d returned to the same danged window well the next evening.  I’m thinking Fried is some sort of Urkel of the bird population… except without suspenders and a snorting chirp.  THE HUMANITY!?!?!?  The charade went on until it was discovered on Saturday that there was a non-alive version of Fried sitting out on the lawn.  Let us all take a moment of silence to mourn for dear Kentucky and Fried.  When they say “Feed the Birds, tuppence a bag,” I really think they were talking about lunch for The Society of the Magpie Massacre-ists. Until next year, robinettes… in the meantime… I’m getting out of the bird business.  Anyone have a BB Gun I could borrow?  I have a Magpie Society Meeting to attend manana.


Because friends, Karen and Audrey are basically the sweetest, they also dropped off a gift for me…

I was verklempt… but in the best way possible.  What a thoughtful gift that I will look at with fondness for years to come.  Thank you, sweet ladies!  I sure am lucky to have such great people in my life!


Filed under Life, Mary Poppins

Restoring My Faith In Humanity…

The news is usually a big ole melting pot of depressing… someone killed someone, someone threw a suitcase full of kittens into a dumpster (Madre, was that you!?  KIDDING!), someone named Charlie Sheen happened, etc.  You know, the usual brew of lose-tastic.  So, it’s no wonder that I don’t usually have much faith in humanity.  I know for a fact that there are wonderful, selfless people out there (I know quite a few), but I keep figuring that those people are getting fewer and fewer because the selfish ones are overtaking the world!  Is humanity as a whole inherently good or inherently bad?

The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 just passed and I’ve been watching special after special about those horrific days, mostly focusing on the heroes who risked their lives to try to rescue anyone who may have survived… and many who lost their own lives while doing so.  It’s when I watch these kinds of things that my faith in humanity is restored.

I keep wondering what I’d have done had I been in the same situation and all I can think is that I’d have run the other way… I’d have been too scurred and yellow-bellied and run off screaming like an Oprah audience member who’s just been told she’s won a new car.   That’s what is in my brain because my brain doesn’t usually think too highly of myself and it always downplays my strength and ability.  I never would have thunk I could have come this far on my own weight loss journey… but by taking it one day at a time, I have.  That has to count for something, right?

You never know how STRONG you are, until being STRONG is the only choice you have.

This video happened about 3 miles from where I live… just up the street and around the corner.  I’ve seen this footage countless times… it’s pretty much gone worldwide since it happened yesterday… and every time I watch it I want to stand up and cheer and hug every last one of these selfless folks.  HEROES… a band of ragtag rescuers banding together to save a life… someone they didn’t even know… risking their own lives in the process.  Humanity isn’t hopeless… sometimes it just loses it’s way a bit.

Question of the Day:  Where were you on 9/11?


The Change sung by Phil Stacey


One hand reaches out
And pulls a lost soul from harm
While a thousand more go unspoken for
They say what good have you done
By saving just this one
It’s like whispering a prayer
In the fury of a storm

And I hear them saying you’ll never change things
And no matter what
you do it’s still the same thing
But it’s not the world that I am changing

I do this so this world will know
That it will not change me

This heart
Still believes that love and mercy still exist
While all the hatred rage and so many say
That love is all but pointless in madness such as this
It’s like trying to stop a fire
With the moisture from a kiss

And I hear them saying you’ll never change things
And no matter what you do it’s still the same thing
But it’s not the world that I am changing
I do this so this world will know
That it will not change me

As long as one heart still holds on
Then hope is never really gone

I hear them saying you’ll never change things
And no matter what you do it’s still the same thing
But it’s not the world that I am changing
I do this so this world we know
Never changes me


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