Thoughts from here and there
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
  As curious as a child
I was sitting at the table reading the paper and I hear "Thump." I looked toward the deck door to see a squirrel has jumped on the bird feeder that is suctioned to the window. He can't get to the food because he is on the roof of the feeder, so he just sits there and looks around.
Shaka has heard the "thump," too. She looks over to the window and sees the creature. She slowly makes her way to the deck side of her cage, stopping occasionally to look at the squirrel.
The squirrel notices the action in the house and looks closer in the window. Shaka gets over there and the two sit and look at each other, Shaka tilting her head this way and that, checking him out.
It thrills me to see her so curious, like a child. A dog would just bark and jump up and down. Shaka is like a little kid---"Who's that?--What's he doin'?--Why is it sitting up there?--What's he want?". You can see it in her eyes, she is wanting to know. 
Sunday, May 08, 2005
  Feeding story
Many evenings, I put a feeder on the railing of the deck because it seems that is when the Cardinals like to eat best--the grackles and squirrels aren't around then so much. So, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal come along and sit and eat from each side of the feeder. Then Mr. hops over to the other side and they eat together and then he feeds her a couple of times. They fly away.
A little while later, I look up and there is a squirrel creeping on the railing, close to the feeder. And just then Mrs. flies down to the other side. But she is not too close cause she spotted the squirrel. He sees her too. And there is a kind of stand-off---he sneaks a little closer, she looks at him and then looks away and then hops a little closer, then hops back a bit. This goes on about three times. The squirrel gets to the feeder and Mrs. stays there a little while and then flies off. I was hoping Mr. would come and wondering if he would be a bit more aggressive against the squirrel.
I then scare the squirrel away, he disappeared down the deck post. Just as I was sitting down again, I hear a squirrel scolding. I look out to find one on a nearby tree branch, yelling and shaking his tail. Don't know if it was the same one, but that would be funny if it was! 
Monday, April 18, 2005
  Spring Planting
Bought a few flowers this last weekend. The guy who had the house before had alot of perennials growing--mostly hostas-- and they are doing good, so I want to stick in some color here and there. It is officially too early to plant flowers, but the nursery was so crowded today, it seems no one is waiting!
The area by the driveway, we cleaned all out and cut the bushes way back, so we are going to revamp that with some new things.
Too bad improving on nature costs so much! 
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
  Winter is over, I guess
It was beautiful today!!! A beautiful Spring day.
I guess winter is over, I should take the cling-on snowflakes off my deck door! 
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
  The mind is blank
It's been seven months--I have had nothing to say? Not really,,, well sort-a. My thoughts don't seem worth expressing, my activities don't seem worth recording. I could write a bunch of complaining things, a lot of depressing things, but no one really wants to read that. There has been plenty of good things going on in the past seven month also.
The snow has been really pretty and refreshing. The house keeps us warm. I enjoy having my husband around, I enjoy my parrot. I can't really get ahead here, emptying boxes, organizing stuff---mostly I don't really feel like trying. It doesn't really matter. 
Saturday, June 26, 2004


We closed on the house. It is not our dream house by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a good house. We are actually fixing up our own bedroom first this time. Of course there are no kids with us now. I always like to plan and decorate their room.
Today we pulled up carpet, so we will have wood floors with area rugs in our room. And we bought paint that is a soft tannish apricot. Sure hope it all looks as good as we envision, in the end.
We better get this all finished before our furniture arrives!
Thursday, May 13, 2004


I was reading a post on a fellow bloggers site and found this fun thing to do!

"Usually I don't participate in the latest quirky participation game, quiz, or list passed around on the Internet or email, but since I'm a great believer in books I'm taking the cue from Tim Blair and passing this one on.

Here are the instructions:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions."

Since I have a new book sitting right here, this is my contribution:::
"They began there and dug."
This fifth sentence, probably the shortest one in the book, is from Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

I haven't read this book, but have heard good things about it. I would love to start it soon, but probably won't be able to do so. Not til I get a place of my own. 
Tuesday, April 20, 2004


I was thinking today how I actually hate thinking about the weather. Is it cold out?, going to get hot?, etc, etc. I haven't gotton really cold and shivery, but I just don't enjoy the chill in the air. Well, I do--I Don"T KNOW!!! I just confused myself!!! Actually, I don't like the non-constancy. I would like to live in a place that is always the same type temperatures, whether cold or warm. I liked it better in Guam-and Hawaii- where I knew the weather at all times. I barely had to wonder about it! It was nearly the same, day in and day out and I liked it like that! This is just another irritation when living here.

Friday, March 12, 2004


Even tho I had lived in Omaha for 22 years, plus some, I don't know where in Omaha I would like to live. We drive around and drive around, looking at places advertised in the paper for rent or sale, but nothing looks like the right place, nothing looks like the right area, neighborhood, the place I want to be. I sure miss having a home to care for, tho. That sounds crazy, doesn't it? I feel unsettled. I AM unsettled! I'm depressed. I am anxious. I am irritated. I have been irritatING alot lately! 
Thursday, February 05, 2004


Here I am, back in the tropical weather. When I left the Midwest, I left 10 inches of snow. There has been plenty more and I don't miss it. Sure, it is pretty and refreshing, but such a pain.
Anyway, this first trip to Hawaii isn't all pleasure. I now have a heart-damaged husband, who needs treatment. He will have surgery on Monday. I am sure that will go just fine.
Last evening we went walking down the road here, seeing the stores and hotels in Waikiki. There are enough t-shirts and Hawaiian shirts to clothe every single person in the world!! You can find so many varieties in upscale shops and in the night market. So many bright colors and beautiful designs, soon your brain goes into design overload!
Being here, I realized how much I missed these amazing tropical flowers and trees. I am sure I won't want to leave when the time comes. 
Thursday, November 27, 2003


We are visiting friends in Seattle and it sure is nice to see gulls again---swirling, soaring, floating above the water. In Guam there were no gulls. They are now in Omaha, scavaging in the parking lots.
The ocean is where they belong, I am now where I belong, by the sea.
Thursday, November 13, 2003

HAPPY BIRTHDAY me. Nice greeting cards from nice people, but all I really think is bllllahhhh! Who cares?
I got a drivers license from Nebraska today. I missed four on the test! I was surprised. The girl took the picture four times to get a decent one! And, for some crazy reason, I couldn't write my name well on the little digital writing pad. It would slip as I wrote and I kept going up hill. The result on my license is pretty bad! 
Thursday, October 23, 2003


> I wish it were painful to talk - most of what people say is stupid, and that would prevent pointless small talk and drunken (idiotic) blather.

> Is a persons hair actually part of them? Because when people talk of their hair it seems to be more of an abstraction than when they talk of any other part of their body being "them."
Tuesday, October 21, 2003


I really haven't moved in here at Moms--drawers she emptied for me, I haven't put things in, I have piles of different things on the bedroom floor, the boxes that were delivered haven't been emptied. I am just a no-mans-land of myself.
The only thing, I just realized, that is keeping me grounded, is coming to the computer and spending time. I guess because it is closest to what I did before, in my "previous life." 
Saturday, October 18, 2003


She just says what is on her mind, whether it is said critically or not, is up to your own interpretation. In my mind, I have to keep thinking "SENSE OF HUMOR!" I try to remind myself to answer or reply in a way that is not serious, ignoring the actual remark that hurt or made me angry. 
Friday, October 17, 2003


Autumn! wow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
This has been a beautiful fall--the color, the sound of brown leaves blowing along the curb, the sound of my feet shuffling thru them!
I love the fresh smell of cool air, breathing it deep into my lungs.

Quite a difference from the hot and humid Guam I left behind. This weather is refreshing, but I don't know how I will be able to deal with the cold and snow and ice. We'll see, stay tuned! 
Thursday, October 09, 2003


Mike and I went to a great pet store--lots of birds, including 5 baby African Greys!! 
Thursday, October 02, 2003


A quote from the book by Jeanne Ray::::
"I never knew that people could be afraid of good news, too. I realized that good news took you places you didn't know anything about. It changed everything as much as bad news did." 
Thursday, September 18, 2003


A two-day drive to Denver. Beautiful, clear weather, but a bit chilly! Will be going down to Colorado Springs in a few days. 
Saturday, September 13, 2003


Grand Funk Railroad. Great band of the 70's! I was able to see them in concert (for free) and able to dance and sing like I used to! fun, fun 
Thursday, September 11, 2003


Continental United States. Not where I want to be one little bit. I told Mike that, "not one part of me wants to be here." But I am--maybe I won't stay depressed and can get enthused and interested in things here. 
Saturday, September 06, 2003


I am so sad to be leaving here and to be leaving Mike behind for a while. If I could cry, I would have been doing so off and on during the past week.
This is my last day on the computer, the last of communication and information from the outside world! Sounds dramatic, huh? I will have to visit the library in Omaha until I get by own computer set up again.

Well, goodbye Tropics :-(
Goodbye beautiful weather. You've been good to me.  
Tuesday, September 02, 2003


We returned to Guam at 5a.m. Monday morning--spent Labor Day sleeping! The humidity here!!--wow--how stiffling it is. 
Sunday, August 31, 2003


We drove southwest to Undara this morning into bush country. Quite flat, dry, scattered trees, brush and termite mounds. Drove to see large cave-like holes under ground resulting from an expired volcano. The tops have fallen down in many places, so you can see easily.

A Kookaburra
on our table
at lunch
and stole fruit
from Mikes
Saturday, August 30, 2003


Took it easy today. 
Friday, August 29, 2003


Long--four and a half hour--bus ride from Cairns to Cooktown,
along a nice highway, a two-lane road and then a bumpy dirt road.

a quick
--forty minutes--
ride back
in a small plane,
Great Barrier Reef.

Thursday, August 28, 2003


Up to Kuranda by train this morning. We returned in the afternoon by skyrail, silently gliding over rainforest treetops.

This bird, the
male Eclectus,
is the one
at the bird park
that snuggled
with me
and wanted me
to take him home.
Sure wish I could have,
he was so sweet.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003


We headed north to the rainforest this morning and of course we get rain, rain, rain. Doesn't make for good siteseeing. How dare it! But we saw alot and enjoyed ourselves. Even had some wattle seed ice cream. Quite yummy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003


I wasn't so rested when I had to get up this morning---it was 4 a.m! But I was wide awake--hot air balloon ride today!
The balloon lifted so gently, I didn't even realize we were moving.
We floated over the Tablelands, fields of mango, banana trees and sugar cane. In the areas left wild, you could see the slight greyish color of kangaroos. When the hot air fired, they went hopping into the bush. And I saw what looked like from my angle, a raptor bird, a Kite, chasing one across an open area into the bush. There were white and black Cockatoos in an empty field, picking up scrapes.
On the way to the balloon site, we saw a kangaroo hop across the road in the flash of the van headlights, just like I have seen on tv so many times. (I guess I verified that really happens, right?) 
Monday, August 25, 2003


I woke up refreshed this morning. When I turned over, I saw all this light coming thru this full wall of windows! I got up, opened the gauzy drapes, stepped out on our fifth-floor balcony and delighted in the site of large white egrets preening on the tops of palm trees, the blue ocean beyond with mountains beyond that. We are in Australia! In Cairns