Thursday, April 6, 2017

"I Laugh In Your Face"

Miss Kitty looks like she is having a good laugh in this photo I took on Tuesday. It was a rainy, cool day so she popped in for a few hours for a snack and a snooze.
We continue to enjoy Spring-like weather for the most part. I hear Friday isn't supposed to be very mild, the weather forecasters are using the "S" word!
One of our neighbours has this mirror in their garden. For the last two weeks this Robin (I assume the same one) spends hours a day hopping up and down in the mirror.
Is he thinking his reflection is another male???
Very soggy female Cardinal.
Snowball came by for a visit on the weekend. Chuck wasn't busy this time so was able to spend some time with her. She was over the moon! Snowball received lots of cuddles, a brushing and a snack before heading off.
The bird feeders are very busy. I took down the suet feeder and replaced it with a seed feeder. It was emptied in one day.
Sunday was absolutely beautiful so we did our long walk again. Well, beautiful for some. A local woman has gone missing. Her car was found in our little town parked just down from where I took this photo. Massive searches have gone on for the last 10 days. Frightening for all, so strange as we walk along the waterfront to see police officers in hip waders in the water. Sadly her dog (her constant companion) was found dead along the water  a few days ago. The police are not releasing much information so we all are rather worried.
Some lovely bird feeders along our walk.
Love this bird house!
Are you like me and pick up interesting things? I am like a kid and then bring them home. I just thought this curl of birch bark was so pretty.
I finally got a photo of a leucistic (or leucitic, depending on the dictionary) Robin. We had just started our walk on Sunday and right on Main Street he was below a crabapple tree eating. We stood totally still beyond me fumbling for my camera and watched him for a couple minutes. He came within a few feet of us and posed nicely. Finally!
With Chuck heading back to work full time I did some baking on the weekend to have treats for his packed lunches. I tried a new recipe for blueberry/apple muffins.....
An old favourite, Chocolate Date Cake.....
And my usual Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I think if the house was on fire this would be one of the few things I would try to remember and grab. My recipe box. Most of my favourite recipes are in here. You flip the plastic lid up and prop up the little piece of wood underneath and then clip on your recipe. Chuck put some new screws in the plastic lid on Sunday as they were worn out from constant use!
I thought you may get a chuckle from this old photo. In Spring/Summer of 1982 my sister and I took a course at Niagara College called "Women in Trades and Technology" It was a new course, we were the first class. It was taught by a regular teacher and a tradesmen. We learned about numerous trades and went to various factories to try them out. In this photo I was welding something, I can't remember what. I did get high marks and  was offered a place at the welding school but decided it just wasn't for me. I was glad to know I could do various mechanical things and now I do love to work with Chuck on projects around the house.
Aren't the coveralls stunning??? They were Chuck's as he was at the welding school at that time.

Thank so much for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all your comments. I feel like I am getting to know you all!

Take care.
Robin

54 comments:

  1. Hello, pretty collection of birds and images. So sorry about the missing woman, my prayers go out to her family and the town. Wishing you a happy Thursday!

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    1. Hi Eileen, thanks for your kind words. We are all worried about the missing woman. Being such a small town not too much happens here.
      Enjoy your day too!

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  2. I really love the stunning you and the coveralls what a great thing to do period and snowball looks more than happy upside down. Love the snarling cat in the first picture in the Pretty Little Birds period too funny about the bird watching himself in the mirror. I don't think I'm here as a good idea where there's birds though because we have mirrored windows on the front of our house and sometimes the birds fly into the mirror thinking they see the sky. I would be awfully worried about the woman that is missing and so sad about her dog and fretting About Me Myself and I because that is a scary thing that there may be someone out there murdering or stealing people. I pray now that the Lord will help them to find her

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    1. Hi Sandra, the town is very worried about the missing woman. The impression I am getting so far is that she may have committed suicide. As I said the police are not releasing much information so it is hard to figure out what is happening. Snowball would be happy anyway as long as she is near Chuck!
      Have a good day.

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  3. Those overalls almost look like a hazmat suit. LOL. It could be anyone under that helmet, we wouldn't know. :-D

    The mirror robin is hilarious! He probably does think it's another male, competing for territory. That leucistic robin is amazing; great capture! Never seen one, probably never will, other than your photo.

    I can see Snowball was in bliss, with all the attention from her favourite human male. So sweet. :-)

    I used to pick up bits and pieces of things outside, especially pine cones. Had a huge basket of pine cones for a long time, and rocks, feathers, etc. Finally got rid of stuff like that when I started decluttering in earnest, but I still have the urge to pick things up and bring them home.

    I did hear about the poor woman's dog. Very sad, I always ask for blessings for the Being's spirit. I hope they find the woman...well, presumably her body. But at least it would be closure for family and friends.

    Have a good day, stay dry if you out for errands or for a walk! (Yes, I was sporting my floral rubber boots this morning.)

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    1. Hi Kim, the coveralls were so huge on me and lng. I do remember having to constantly roll them up!
      I do try to limit how much I pick up and bring home. In the Spring, Summer and Fall I usually can find a place in the gardens for stuff. I like the idea of a basket for treasures!
      I may just nip downtown and do a few errands. Will take the big umbrella!
      Stay warm and dry!

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  4. You could be the centerfold for the monthly "Welders On Fire"! AND you have the skills to create your own staples!

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    1. Hi Mitchell, I am quite the glamour puss in those coveralls aren't I ??? I would put the staples in strategic spots!
      Take care!

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  5. As usual, such great pictures. That picture of the different kind of Robin is terrific. Snowball sure looks so happy getting a brushing. And the Robin looking in the mirror is just the best. They are all so much fun to see. Have a great day.

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    1. Hi Marg, I have been trying for years to get a photo of a leucitic Robin and it came when I least expected it!
      Snowball lives Chuck so much, she would follow him around all day. I don't think her owners would appreciate it though.
      Enjoy your day too Marg.

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  6. Yikes, here's hoping there is good news concerning the missing lady! I've posted some bird photos recently, but they are NOT as nice as yours. I had a great time taking them, however. On my neighborhood walk a few days ago, I spied a kitten in the window as it was mesmerized by a robin in the lawn. I tried to get a shot of both of them, but the robin kept bobbing and the kitten kept moving in and out of the window blinds. Oh well, that image will just have to remain in my head!

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    1. Hi Vicki, your photos are fabulous! To have a photo of a woodpecker eating out of your hand is wonderful.
      Sometimes I guess we just have to stand back and watch something with our plain, old eyes not a camera.
      Glad you will have such a nice memory.
      Take care.

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  7. Love all these photos! What a fantastic shot of that leucistic Robin. Sad story about the missing woman and dead dog. Not something you expect to hear about in your own beautiful neighborhood. I hope the weather forecasters are wrong about that "s" word. Our forecasters keep using the "r" word, and really we've had enough for the season. Great to see all the birdies and kitty cats there.

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    1. Hi Robin, thanks so much for your kind words about the shot of the Robin.
      It was terribly shocking to hear about this poor woman and her dog. As you say you don't expect it right on your doorstep.
      You must be so sick of rain! It is pouring here as I type this but starting on Saturday we are to be much warmer .
      Enjoy your day!

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  8. Those are some spoiled kitties! LOVE that robin!

    While I was out raking the other day, a cheeky little red-breasted nuthatch flew right by me to the feeder. Unfortunately I was too far from my camera. He was bold to fly by me in the first place (I was only 3 feet from the feeder), but I didn't think I'd be able to get the camera without scaring him off. So I stood still and watched him eat his fill before flying off!

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    1. Hi Valerie, can you ever spoil a cat too much???
      How lovely you got a close up view of a red-breasted nuthatch. They are such pretty birds.
      Enjoy the Spring-like weather this weekend!

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  9. So sorry to hear about the missing woman in your neighborhood. How very sad.

    The blueberry apple muffins look wonderful? Were they as good as they look? Will you make them again?

    I like the pic of you in your coveralls. I wish I had more of those mechanical skills myself. I seem to be challenged in that area! A class might be a great way to get over that hurdle, but have never seen anything available here that worked out for me time-wise.

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    1. Hi Marcie, no more recent news on finding the missing lady. Her family must be so heartbroken.
      The blueberry-Apple muffins were delicious and yes I will make them again. Simple, easy recipe.
      Growing up I was such a tomboy, I always enjoyed making things and helping my Dad. I should have asked my Mum to teach me some crafty things too. She is wonderful at all that. That is where I am challenged!
      Have a great day!

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  10. Great photos this posting. I do hope they find that woman safe and sound. :-(

    I've never heard of a luecitic robin.......very interesting and strangely beautiful.

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    1. Hi Dee, the whole town is on edge wondering what happened to the poor woman. Almost two weeks now she has been missing.
      I heard the word leucistic some years ago and have seen a number of Robin's over the years with this condition but never could get a photo. It was my lucky day!
      Take care.

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  11. There is so much free storage on the internet, that it might not be a bad idea to sit down one afternoon, take photos of all of your recipes and find a free cloud service or even sign up for a gmail account and email your self the photos. If you do it one at a time you can label the email with the recipe title for easy searching.

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    1. What a great idea! Thanks for passing it along.
      Have a great afternoon!

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  12. Your baked goods look delicious! I hope they find the missing woman safely, it must be so hard on her family not knowing.

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    1. Hi Danielle, thanks for dropping by. I do love to bake, in fact this morning I made banana-blueberry muffins and zucchini-carrot bread. Chuck has a very physically demanding job so needs the extra calories. Me, not so much! 😝
      I check a few times a day to see if there is any news on the missing woman. I can't even imagine what the family is going through.
      Have a good day.

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  13. Wow, a missing person, an abandoned car, and a dead dog. Doesn't sound good, does it... Hope they can solve it soon. It must make all of you, near there, nervous.

    Never heard of a leucistic (or leucitic, depending on the dictionary) Robin. They are very beautiful though. Must look it up!

    Oh that poor regular robin, and the mirror. He certainly thinks it is another bird. LOL

    Snowball must have been so happy, to be brushed. Wonder if her owners do at all? Or, enough? Long haired cats need brushing.

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    1. Hi Luna, we are all hoping this is solved soon. Her poor family.....
      He was very beautiful and not shy either. He hipped and hopped right around us. Made it very easy to get a photo of him.
      Snowball's owners do not brush her enough IMO as she sometimes has a knot or two in her fur. She loves to be brushed so we are happy to comply!
      Enjoy your day!

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  14. trout thurzday wavez two ewe miss kitty & snowball N thanx for sharin de snax !!! ☺☺☺ YUM !!! hope ewe both haza soooper grate week oh end; de rest oh de crew two.....& yur mom lookz prette awesum in her "uniform".....kinda SCI FI !!! ☺☺♥♥♥

    { we hope the investigation leads to some clues; how terribly sad; we are sure the ladies family are beside themselves with worry ~~~~~~ } ♥♥

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    1. Hi Tabbies, All the kitties gladly share their snacks, just some we have to keep separated as they don't all care for each other! My "uniform" was pretty hot if I remember correctly. I do remember being fussed that the helmet was smooshing my hair. Remember the feathered hair of the 1980's? No of course not but maybe your Mom does.
      It is just so hard to believe something like that could happen here. I know everyone says that when something like this does happen.
      Have a soooper weekend too!

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  15. Beautiful birds, and I love the cats. They look so funny when they yawn. :) And the treats look delicious!

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    1. Hi Linda, Somehow I just happened to catch Miss Kitty as she was yawning. The treats are delicious!!
      Have a good weekend!

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  16. Lovely capture of the robin. Your baking looks delicious and will go well with a cup of tea on this rainy day. Birds do see their reflection as a threat to their territory. We've had a cardinal at the dining room window and a chickadee at the garage door window. They are fascinating to watch.

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    1. Hi Linda, what a dreary day today! I did some more baking and am filling the freezer so I can just take something out and pop it in Chuck's lunch.
      Even today with all the rain the Robin is still hopping up and down in front of the mirror. Thanks for letting me know why he is doing that.
      Take care.

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  17. Hi, Robin! Miss Kitty does look to be having a laugh. She looks so comfy. I love the robin spending all that time looking at himself in the mirror. It is so sweet Chuck spending that time with Snowball and how happy she is for it.

    That is so scary and sad about the missing lady and her dog too. I enjoyed your pictures from your walk, but I can see how strange it would be to know about the lady and see the police looking for her.

    Those baked goods look so yummy. Chuck must be very happy!

    That's great that you're able to do welding and things like that. Yes, the coveralls are stunning! :)

    Vicki

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    1. Hi Vicki, Miss Kitty does love her basket, it originally had been our last cat, named Sam, basket. I couldn't bear to get rid of it when she passed away so the visiting neighbourhood kitties use it.
      It is very bizarre to have the police combing our little town. We all just hope it is resolved soon.
      Chuck does enjoy the baked goodies in his lunch. The other guys in the lunch room try to sneak them away from him!
      I thought the dirt on the front of the coveralls really added to the overall stunning effect!
      Have a good day.

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  18. Love that first kitty shot. I have never seen a robin like that around here. I wonder if it happens more up north because yours is not the first I have seen just recently. Any of the baked items look good!

    Roger was a welder/fabricator/jack of all trades back in our real life....which is how I think of life before his stroke.

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    1. Hi Rose, that is a good question. I don't know if leucistic Robin's are more common in the northern states and Canada. I know each neighbourhood we have lived in over the last dozen years or so has had one or two.
      My Dad had a heart attack back in 1996 and I know my Mum felt the same way you did. Life was before and after. But she and my Dad got to a new normal and things got better. It is early days for you and Roger yet. Give it time.
      Take care Rose.

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  19. Miss Kitty could just as well be snarling! She looks quite formidable.

    So sad about the missing woman. Please mention it on your blog if she is found. We had a woman disappear from the bus terminal a few blocks from our house just around Christmas. She was pregnant and not well. She seems to have disappeared in broad daylight with dozens of people around.
    All your baking looks SO good.

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    1. Miss Kitty is rather formidable. Being the type of Siamese she is she does look rather crabby. The first time we came to look at this house last May she was sitting in the yard and just glared at me when I called her. It took until I think December before I could pet her. Chuck is still a little leery of her as she looks at you with her icy blue stare but she is actually very sweet and loving. I grew up with Siamese so I know what they are like.
      I will let everyone know the outcome of the missing woman. I wonder what happened to the missing woman from your town.
      I get many recipes from the "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" blog. I am making paska shortly.
      Have a great weekend!

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    2. OH Paska! Will I or won't I? I always used to make it without fail but in recent years I've been less motivated.

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    3. It has been a few years for me too but I really am craving it this year.

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  20. It is hard for me to get good photos of birds, but you do it so well. The leucistic robin is new to me, but a beauty, for sure. Congrats on getting such a good shot.

    Your treats look delicious! Lucky guy!

    Welding School!!! I would so like to be able to weld. I am fortunate, however, to have a son who is talented in that field.

    I am also sorry to hear about the missing woman. I am wondering about the death of her dog.

    It seems almost cruel to torment the poor bird with an outdoor mirror. We once had a cardinal that fought his own reflection in the patio door. He wore himself out and us too!

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    1. Hi Chip Butter, believe me, it is just pure luck me getting certain photos. If you knew how many I took and how many actually turn out you would be surprised! I have three feeders in the yard too so many birds come to visit.
      I haven't had to use my welding skills in years, Chuck usually does the dirty stuff like that!
      I don't know why my neighbours have the mirror there. Hopefully the poor thing stops hopping for hours in front of it soon.
      Be well!

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  21. That first photo is so cute =)
    All that baking looks delicious. Your home must have smelled amazing =)

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    1. Hi Maggie, Miss Kitty is beautiful and I just happened to snap a photo when she was yawning.
      I have to tuck everything away in the freezer or it wouldn't last!
      Have a good day!

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  22. I just love that first photo of Miss Kitty laughing/yawning! Beautiful bird pics, too. AND...all those delicious baked goods! That is so sad and scary about the missing woman. I hope you will have a very nice Monday. xoxo

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    1. Hi Mildred, I was lucky to catch Miss Kitty at just the right moment! Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      I will be writing another blog post today updating what happened to the missing woman.
      Have a good day!

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  23. Yes, your cat does look like he is laughing .....or yawning! Nice pictures of birds during your lovely walk. Sorry to read about the missing lady and the dog. Sad. I think I would like to try the blueberry/apple muffins. Were they tasty? Have a good day! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, Miss Kitty was doing a big yawn and I just happened to catch it.
      The apple/blueberry muffins were very tasty. Nice combination of flavours.
      Have a good day too!

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  24. It's so important to balance keeping up on the news, and outdoor play. We try to enjoy each day.
    So sad when someone disappears.

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    1. Hi Jenn, we don't watch T.V and just listen to CBC radio in the morning to catch the major news. It will sometimes be a few days after something happens before we hear about it!
      Take care.

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  25. First, meant to mention in the last comment -- how sad about that woman who was found. :( Ugh. Now, I love the laughing cat photo! Miss Kitty does seem to be laughing. I love the photo of the whitish robin. Very pretty. And the robin in the mirror is so cute!! Have a great day!

    xo
    Lynn

    ps -- somebody is rockin' some coveralls!

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    1. Hi Lynn, the whole town is sad for the woman and her family.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos. The one thing I really remember about the coveralls is how hot they were!
      Take care.

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  26. Great pics. esp the cat! Love the bird looking in the mirror. That is adorable. The food looks so yummy. I love welding! The guy that I used to date told me that I would drop it as soon as it sparked but I just went at it like a pro. Great blog.

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    1. Hi Pam, glad you enjoyed the photos! The food is/was very yummy! Great you enjoy welding, a very useful skill.
      Enjoy your day!

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