THE JUNCOS ARE BACK – Marilyn Armstrong

You know it’s winter when the Juncos appear. This year, they showed up in force. Maybe a dozen of them, though it could be more since they do all look alike. I’ve seen a dozen of them on the deck at one time. They will eat from the feeder, but they will also walk around the deck and eat from the ground, too. They are also very amusing flyers. Like the Chickadees, they will just drop off the feeder and not open their wings until they are just an inch from the ground. I think they enjoy flying just because they have wings.

If I were a bird, I’d seriously consider being either a Chickadee or a Junco. They are the fun flyers of the group.

We’ve also seen a lot of the Cardinals — boys and girls — and various configurations of woodpeckers. The Cardinals will hang out on the feeders, but the moment I show up with the camera, they vanish. The blink of an eye and they are gone.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Junco

The woodpeckers are such a tease. They go to the opposite side of the feeder where I can’t get a picture. Sometimes I’ll see a piece of wing or the top of their heads, but usually not the whole bird. I got one really nice shot of one today with a Junco enjoying seed on a different part of the feeder.

Junco on feeder with seed
Another Junco
And this one, framed

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS? – Marilyn Armstrong

SHARING MY WORLD AS WE WARILY APPROACH THE HOLIDAYS

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What is the truth? (Credit to Ursula) 

The opposite of lying.

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

Damned if I know. This is a question for other people because as far as I know, I’m exactly what I look like I am. What do YOU think?

Do loud noises bother you?

Only if they are really close to my head. Not from a distance.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?

There’s nothing I want to know that much. Most of the questions that seem urgent — I really DON’T want the answer. Really. I don’t.

What fills YOUR heart with joy?

Having more money than month, as opposed to the more typical, having more month than money.

christmas joy

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUNG DONNIE? – Marilyn Armstrong

Because most of us are rational, we not only loathe the guy running our government. We also really want to know how he became such a terrible person.

Everyone knows people — some of us are those people — who grew up in an abusive home. Desperate poverty. Rich and privileged, lower, middle, or undefined class. One of many children. An only child. Male. Female. Other.

By: Dreamicus

Most of us turned out okay or at least human. Even those who have (had) (still have) a lot of issues were never completely loathsome. All of us had a few good points. Someone thought we were okay.

But then, there’s Donald J. Trump.

So I thought I’d run a little survey.

His father was a pretty ugly guy in his own right. A racist slumlord. He obviously passed his beliefs to his kid. But other people have rotten parents and they don’t grow up just like them. Rich and poor, children can grow into decent people, no matter how they began.

What made the difference? If it wasn’t a contract with the devil? Is he one of the ones who went to the crossroads to sign a contract? A television renewal failure?

What happened to turn a rich asshole into the pit of evil?