Thursday, November 20, 2008

Title? Can't think of one.

From 3-4:30 a.m. today, I was playing Free Cell and Super Collapse 2 on the computer while trying to breathe through a head packed with snot. Beware. I have a low fever and dizzy mind right now but haven’t resorted to narcotics yet - just lots of water and a bottle of Robitussin. With every cough, I am reminded to purchase some Depends.

Arctic air blew in after a warm weekend and I’m talking about a record-setting low on Tuesday night of 21 Fahrenheit. That’s cold but not as cold as my previous region farther north. My blood has thinned since moving south. And I shiver.

Now I'm wondering, what is the point of this post? The photos are ready but I don't know what to say. I’ll wing it.


I’ve accepted the changing seasons and embrace the silhouettes.


Let’s have it. We all need a rest.


There certainly is a striking photo to be had, if you look for it. It's always there. This one is not striking but what the hell.


These are dark days, indeed. All around the world. I want to be hopeful and look forward to some light. Badly.


Hearing Feliz Navidad on the radio is annoying so early (and anytime), but I am, at last, enjoying the sunlight’s sparkles on my Thanksgiving arrangement.
The menu is set.

In the back yard, I’m smiling.


Juncos are here.


And shy sparrows of the lovely variety – White Throated Sparrows and Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows. The unpopular ones might be gone, for now...



During the frigid nights and days this week, I spread good seed on the ground near the feeder area for them


and a bowl of grapes and a few nuts for you-know-who, the resident bully.

I’m ready to open my bird buffet again! Next sunny weekend, I’ll clean the feeders and keep the camera charged for some close-up action.

Dear readers,
For a few weeks, I’ve been slipping away from the blog thing. Being overloaded with stuff, I sit here with the worst cold I’ve had in years. I want to thank my new readers and my dear old ones for stopping by. I’ll be lurking occasionally until I feel refreshed again.

One of the best benefits of full-time employment at a community college is the two-week paid break over the holidays. The perk keeps me going all year. On the last day of work beginning the break, I’ll pull into the garage, walk into the kitchen, collapse on the floor, and yell heyall yeah!

This evening, I aimed to finish some light chores and get some rest. At 6pm, I came here to write the text for this post and this is what I found.


Someone was into the Puffs. All over the house.

The stuff never ends, I tell you.


KGMom said...

Hmmm--Mary--are we on the same wave length?
I just blogged about moving to the light!
Can't help with the puffs strewn everywhere--you are on your own for that. Maybe your puppies knew you would need them when you got home?!

possumlady said...

"With every cough, I am reminded to purchase some Depends." God, that made me laugh!! I certainly feel your pain, or, whatever regarding that!

Yes, times sure are scary right now. My emotions are all jumbled up because I LOVE this time of year, the wind, the cold, the possibility of SNOW flurries tomorrow!! But for the first time in years I'm really frightened about my future, along with everyone else. But I know we will all get through. The most important thing is to keep that sense of humor.

And, on that note, I'm just loving these word verifications: snestorb!

jane augenstein said...

Dark days indeed! Winter is so dismal I always am looking ahead for spring and sunshine. In the hollow where I live the sun is gone over the hills by 3:30 in the afternoon....sigh.
My thinks my little Chihuahua, Laverne has been at your house. She is a paper products, any kind, shredder!
Hope you can kick the cold real soon, get well!!!
verification word...heatk ...meaning heat kick on soon I am FREEZING!!!


Corey said...

Enjoy your break, we'll be where we always are!

Laurie and company said...

we will be right here waiting for ya...funny post, make me laugh and as always, your pics are breath-taking!

enjoy your break and Turkey Day!

Tina said...

Your sense of humor will carry you thru whatever comes your way! The light will help to brighten the day but your strength is in seeing beyond the real to the humorous side of life! Always enjoy your posts..hope you feel better and get some rest!!!Curl up with that puppy!:)

LauraHinNJ said...


and looking forward to a holiday break, too.

Feel better, Mary!

Susan Gets Native said...

I needed Depends when I read the line about needing Depends!

I'm thrilled that I am "off" until after Thanksgiving so I can focus on turkey and other birds.

I love the dialogues you do with yourself.
"This one is not striking but what the hell."
Hee hee.....

Anonymous said...

Mary, you've been a better blogger than I've been lately, but I feel better knowing that I'm not alone in this blogging malaise. Sometimes we all just need a little break. Feel better soon!

Unknown said...

My recommendation is something along the lines of

* with Vicks

It's the best invention since the microwave ... scratch that, since the cell phone. Try them if you haven't yet.

Ruth said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Love all the bare branches in this post. I am sure you will perk up once your feeders are back in action.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Mary. I'm sorry you are plowing through the puffs. Though I'd have never guessed you were feeling poorly judging from the fabulous photos. I love that first silhouette.

beckie said...

Isn't it the pits trying to think of a clever title? I always have trouble. Your dizzy mind did good-wonderfully humorous post. Full of the wit and charm that makes you who you are. Take your time and refresh-but not too long, we will miss you.

Have a great Thanksgiving Mary!

Beth said...

Feel better, Mary. I'll miss your posts. The Depends line made me laugh out loud - how true, how true.


RuthieJ said...

Oh Mare, I know I shouldn't laugh when you feel like sh*t, but even with a fever you still crack me up! I hope your cold gets better soon (if it makes you feel any better, our *high* today is supposed to be 21) :-/
P.S. Our first dog loved used Puffs too--when I blew my nose she used to stand right by me, looking up and waiting for me to drop the tissue. Dogs are so goofy sometimes!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hang in there Mary. This too shall pass. I just love the shadowy photos. They seem to suit your mood. The sun will shine again and you will feel like a million dollars.

I don't know how people with full time jobs blog at all. I work two measly days per week and can never get a blog written when I work. ha.. Take care.

Beth said...

Mary, even when you are ill your posts are a breath of fresh air. I hope that your sinuses allow you to breathe some fresh air soon and don't feel pressure to post--but it is always a treat when your name lights up on my google reader.

Unknown said...

Take care Mary. Thinking of you.

ok I think the word verification is trying to tell me something! 'priest'

NCmountainwoman said...

First, I do hope you feel better soon. Meanwhile, feel sorry for your miserable self and indulge in fluids and rest. I agree with you...stay away from the meds and go with fluids, Robitussin, and saline nasal spray. A humidifier might help as well.

Now, to the pictures: They are absolutely wonderful. No need to apologize for intermittent blogging when you are sick. Those pictures alone are enough to make us come back again and again.

Take care of yourself.

My verification is "comfi" which is what I hope for you.

NatureWoman said...

I hope you feel better real soon, Mary. And that much needed break is coming. . .
I *love* your photos and your humor. Rest well! I'll be here when you get back.

SaraG said...

Great post!! Hope you feel better real soon!
Your pictures are great as always! I really enjoy your blog.
Take care!!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Do get some rest!
Thank you for the photographs of the darling Sparrows. I am still feeding House Sparrows for the hawks.
Having a Thanksgiving break does make the "no window at your desk" a tiny bit better...still I think there should be a law prohibiting offices to be windowless.
People need daylight and sunshine all year long....
Sending wellness.

Rose said...

Mary, I am so sorry you are feeling miserable, but you have certainly made my day! During my last bout with a cold/virus a couple weeks ago, I certainly contemplated buying Depends as I coughed my head off:)

The old English teacher in me says: Don't worry if you have a thesis, transitions, or a conclusion--we all love your photos and your commentary anyway:)

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Mary, Sorry to hear that you've been sick. I had that stinkin' cold too (in October while vacationing at Tybee Island, GA).. It was NOT fun being away from home while sick. I yearned for my own bed. SO--curl up with your doggie, and just get some REST. Time will heal!!!!

I'll miss your blogging--but understand. Take care!

Elaine Cougler Author said...

Ah, Mary, you just put so much of yourself intoyour posts! I laughed and cried with you over your nasty cold and your doggie vision woes. And I'm not really a dog person. Get better soon.

Dog_geek said...

I hope you feel better soon, Mary! Take a break, get some rest, and hopefully it won't be too long before you can once again spend your energy producing new blog posts instead of snot.

Cheryl said...

Poor you....hope you are feeling better soon.....

Love the photos....especially the birds.....that should cheer you Mary, having your birds back.....

A New England Life said...

Well I've seen the Puff's scattered around the house more times than I can count! How I love when the tp is coming out of the bathroom and running around the living room. lol!

*Our Junco's are back too! They are always a welcomed and gentle sight.
*Darned that bully bird! ; )
*I too have seen some lovely Sparrows lately. You've captured yours perfectly.

Enjoy your time away Mary. I haven't taken an official break from blogging, yet, but it can only do your mind good to start fresh : )


Balisha said...

Hi Mary,
My Cocker, Maggie, used to eat paper...any paper that she could find. I thought she had a deficiency,,,but the vet said no. Maybe that "Puff Puppy" was just a little bored.

Jayne said...

Hope you are feeling much better soon Mary. :c) Glad too that you are ready to get your feeders back out there and will soon welcome all your winter guests.

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Some thoughts:

1 - who needs a title, any way?
2 - you might want to reconsider the drugs, especially come bedtime
3 - practice your kegels! :)
4 - hope you're feeling better soon.

Mel said...

Hi Mary!
I hope you feel better soon. Over here days are getting warmer and sunny.
Beautiful pictures!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Mary! Hope your feeling better.

All of your pictures are stunning. At every one I say "Wow. Look at that." Just beautiful.

So which Licker Sister was in trouble? Lisa

Larry said...

Interesting dark photos and Feliz Navidad! Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well.Lay off those narcotics Mary-A depends and a six pack should do the trick.

JeanMac said...

Big hug, Mary!

Kim said...

I am sorry to hear of your cold Mary. I hope you get better soon.

I heard about all of the cold weather the south was having and I was shocked to see 20 to 30 degree temps!

Take time for you right now and blog when you can. I bet the bird feeders and the birds that visit them will lift your spirits. The two week vacation will too. I take 10 days off for Christmas every year and it always makes me feel better.

Have some chicken soup and rest up.

BTW: Love the Depends remark HA!!!

Wendy said...

Mary you are so down-to-earth. I love your "wing-it" post. Some of mine are "wing-it" posts and they seem to turn out o.k. (or else they get deleted)
I like your silhouette pics, even though I don't like winter. And I can't wait for the light to change on December 21. When the days get longer, I feel better.
Take care of your cold..

Annie in Austin said...

It's not too cold here, but it still gets dark - there's something about lighting candles in November that makes me feel better. But in your present condition a scented candle might make you cough more! Hope you don't have to use one of those tissues off the floor.
Don't the girls know "Puff" was the name of a famous cat - not appropriate for dogs?

Good luck with the bird buffet!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Corey said...

Did Wren tell you to do a keg stand? LMAO!

Elaine Cougler Author said...

Hi again, Mary!
Thanks for coming over to visit my blog once again. And, no, my Christmas tree this year is wonderfully artificial.

Naturegirl said...

I recognize that trail of ((puffs))
when my dog was alive it was a regular clean up.. memories..sigh
Heh you not feeling well..awww..let me send you some healing energy and an angel for now don't you go and make a snide remark!!
Wait on the other hand do so because we all know how funny you are...stay well get well ..hugs from a distance..don't want your cold! NG

Peg Silloway said...

You have a gift for saying what we all feel at some time, Mary. The sudden cold - both outside and in our heads - can be depressing, but you find beauty everywhere. Take your break, take care of yourself, and we will all be here when you come back. Happy Thanksgiving!

Heidi said...

Feel better soon Mary! Shame on those pups for getting into the much needed Puffs. Sigh, maybe they thought they had a cold coming on too.

Kathie Brown said...

Mary, Mary, quite contray, how your dogs do play! Love the birds. I'm glad you've got birds again. Love all the sillhouettes. I love the shapes and the reflections too. Keep up the good work, and your spirits too. Hope you are on the mend soon!