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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

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A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

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Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

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Dec112018

Don't come in but do have a bite

While I wouldn't qualify as a bona fide all-in birdwatcher, I do love the wee winged things as much as the next person.

As you know, I invite hummingbirds throughout the warm months, to sip nectar from hanging feeders outside my kitchen window as well as on my front porch.

They come every day and I delight in them without fail.

The hummers have gone to Mexico and beyond for the winter, but there are lots of birds still loitering about and I got the wild idea to tempt them to feed in my window.

It happened when I saw a feeder made specifically for that purpose -- as in, the clear acrylic feeder attaches to the window with suction cups and when the birdies come, they perch right there just inches from your face and enjoy a meal as you marvel at their sweetness from the comfy confines of your heated home.

So I got said feeder -- Wild Birds of Joy is the maker -- and attached it to the window. TG was dispatched to buy the appropriate seed and he came back with not one but two kinds, and I thought, what bird would not be ecstatic to see this buffet on my window?

Surely the cardinals and blue birds I see all of the time in the trees and prancing along on our fence will waste no time in eating their fill, I reasoned.

Except, I plastered the thing up there and filled it with seed, and no one came.

Day after day after day, no one came.

I Googled it. Search term: How long before birds come to window feeder.

The answer is as simple as it is frustrating.

Seems there's a rule of twos in such things. The birds may show up at the feeder in two seconds! Or it may take two minutes. Or two hours, or two days, or two weeks, or two months.

There's no predicting how long it will take in any particular instance. Will the birds see the feeder and desire a taste of what's on offer?

Maybe; maybe not.

Perhaps there are lots of good feeders in the neighborhood and they're getting plenty to eat in their known feasting spots.

It's possible that they feel threatened in my yard; I do not and would never own a cat, but there are at least two such critters that seem to love our place. They skulk all over (front and back) and stalk along atop the privacy fence, scaring away our cardinals.

Drives Rizzo crazy. He develops springs in his legs and a shrill manic bark when he spots a trespassing feline.

So could it be that the birds sense cat activity and would rather not chance dining on my windowsill?

It's hard for me to believe that would be the case, but it's been a month since I put the feeder up and so far, nary a seed has been touched.

However.

Last night I opened my front door to peer out -- I don't know why I'm compelled to do this several times a day, but I am -- into the dark and cold.

There was a forty-percent chance we'd get a snowflake, so maybe that was why I looked. I can't remember.

What I do remember is that I had been in the doorway for less than five seconds when I heard a whirring beside my ear and felt the unmistakable touch of feathers on the skin of my neck right about where it meets my shoulder.

A bird had flown past me and into the house. 

Upon cursory inspection I saw no evidence of nest-building in my real-greenery wreath, which may have explained why a bird had been startled into sudden flight by the opening of the door.

Nevertheless, my avian visitor -- a fat Carolina wren -- was perched on a tall leaning mirror at the shadowy far end of the front room. I began walking in that direction.

As I approached (I don't know what I planned to do once I reached it), the terrified little thing flew back to the door, which I had closed to keep out the cold.

And keep in the bird, apparently. Because it flew to the jamb above the door and sat there like Edgar Allan Poe's raven, except it was the wrong species, size, and color, and did not utter Nevermore or anything else.

I walked back toward the door, thinking I'd ease it open and, Bob's your uncle, my feathered guest would go back out into the cold night.

Instead, it flew upstairs and perched on a hanging mirror in the landing outside the guest rooms.

I called to TG, who came up from his perch in the TV room and took a gander. As we discussed what to do next, the bird flew back down, past our faces, and returned to the front room.

Once there, it stationed itself on a blade of the ceiling fan. I jumped up to nudge the fan. 

The wren headed for the only exit he knew and this time, when TG gently opened the door, the bird flew back out.

As I went to bed, I pondered why it is that a bird who will fly right into the house -- where there's nothing for him -- will hesitate to partake of free food on offer outside the house.

It's a mystery. But I hold out hope that the birds will flock to my drive-thru in time for their Christmas dinner.

Where they may enjoy all they can eat, and we never close. That is a promise.

And that is all for now.

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Reader Comments (9)

You do have the craziest things happen to you. I'm glad he went back out, that could have been a mess!
We had a bird feeder like the one you bought on our living room window when our kids were young. We loved to watch the birds get up close and personal. That window is a picture window in the middle with a window on each side that opens. We found that if we put bird seed in our hand next to the feeder, the birds would come, sit on our hands and eat right from them.. The kids even got them to do it.
I hope your birds smarten up and come to the feast!

December 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMari

@Mari ... I cannot imagine a bird eating out of my hand! That is so cool. I'd be happy though if they'd just eat the seed out of that clear feeder so that I can watch them. I'm so mystified at their absence. But I shall not give up hope. BTW, one other time, several years ago, a bird came into the house the same way -- flew right in the door. That one wasn't so easy to shoo out; I recall both Andrew and TG in an upstairs room with the door closed and the window open, and a broom may have been involved, haaahaha xoxo

December 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Oh, Jenny! I do hope they find that free food, and when you start seeing them take a picture! One of my other blog friends is a bird lover and takes beautiful photos. Not sure if you know her, but the blog is something about purple on my sidebar.

I hope when you're able to take a picture, you'll share because you're one of the greatest photographer's I know. :)

xoxo

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersally

@Sally ... thank you ... I don't deserve that but I'll take it. Now, you KNOW when I see a bird at that feeder, you're going to see a picture of it! xoxo

December 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

i have the same feeders, and i love them!! i have had the same thing happen to me, when i had a birds nest in the wreath on my front door. i opened the door at night, startled the bird and she flew in the house. an easy way to get them out is by turning all of the lights off inside the house and turning on all your outside lights!! it works like a charm, just in case, it ever happens again!!

i have a hawk in my yard right now so i have no birds to photograph, and pictures to share unless i go into the archives. you can copy and paste the following link if you would like to see my birds. i have not updated this group in some years and i have a new camera now and i am getting much better pictures. i love that my birds are smart, and stay away when there is a hawk lurking!!

http://itsallaboutpurple-debbie.blogspot.com/p/my-feathered-friends.html

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Maybe....just maybe.....since birds are fearful of the furry animals walking around outside, they would like some protection. Did you say a wreath is on your front door? Maybe....just maybe.... you could hang some greenery around the feeder. Just something to think about.

December 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

@Debbie ... Girl I'm so glad you dropped by! I will definitely try the dark inside/light outside trick next time a bird winds up indoors! And you know, the tall pines that ring our property do hold at least one hawk -- I hear his cry all the time and just this morning, I was outside and peered up trying to see him, but I couldn't because I think he was on a branch. But I heard him! That may very well be why the birds won't eat at my feeder but I'll keep it well stocked anyway! And I've already looked at your feathered friends on your site! Gorgeous shots! You have so many! I'll be sure to drop by again. xoxo

@Cheryl ... I think I will try that! It couldn't possibly hurt. Thanks my friend. xoxo

December 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Instead of a bird in the house, we got a squirrel in the house while we were traveling a couple years ago. Our indoor security camera kept giving us alerts to sound and movement. Finally, I spotted the interloper on the video. Let me tell you - you don't want a squirrel in the house for any length of time! They are destructive critters! Luckily, our pest guy lives in the neighborhood, and he came promptly and set humane traps. The squirrel took the bait as soon as Peter left the house - we could see it happen on the video, so we called him and told him to go put the thing outside. Bob says just that incident made what we paid for the security camera (a Nest) worth it! PS Hope some birds come soon.

December 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

@Barb ... no birds yet, but a squirrel in the bird feeder. But how right you are: that's better than a squirrel in the house. Once when we had been out of town for about a week at Christmastime, we came home to find evidence that a squirrel had come down our chimney and made himself comfortable in our house. We were able to corner him in a room and capture him, but it wasn't all that much fun! Haahaahaha memories. Your camera and neighbor pest guy are the way to go. xoxo

January 1, 2019 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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