Tears of Lys

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    No crying, only whining
  • Birthday September 24

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    Can see Detroit from here
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    Black and white photography, katanas, sparkly things, "The Americans, Aliens, old horror movies, cooking, vintage jewelry. Talbots. :P

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  1. I tasted an ant once, when I was a kid. I was just curious. Put him down afterwards - or "it" down. It was somewhat salty.
  2. Yeah, feeders probably wouldn't be the way to go, considering you're there only on weekends, etc. We end up filling our bird feeder twice a day! They come to depend on a steady food source, so if it goes empty, it's somewhat calamitous. Planting sunflowers, feed corn, are just a few suggestions. You'll find a great resource for what birds you can attract and the plants that'll do it at the Audubon Society website. You just plug in an email address and your zip code and you'll get the exact plants and birds for your area. https://www.audubon.org/native-plants?ms=digital-acq-ppc-google-x-20160000_google_grant How old is your daughter? I'd probably go right for a grown-up set of binoculars if she's 8 or above. Anything else, she'll outgrow too quickly. I know that's what **I** would have wanted. No "kid stuff" for me when I was a kid! Others probably have other/better suggestions. I know SOMEONE here hates ducks - DUCKS! If you can believe it! We used to have a Mr. and Mrs. Duck that would come visit us all the time for the dried corn that was in the seed mix we use. When the corn was eaten up, Mrs. Duck would actually come onto our back deck, look in the sliding glass doorwall screen and utter a loud, "QUACK!" to let her feelings be known. Mr. Duck would follow her everywhere, keeping a close eye on her even when he was eating. When she'd make wing movements to indicate that, okay, she's ready to leave now, he'd scurry to keep up with her. When we adopted Benny, our late, great K9 pal, that put an end to the ducks' visits, but I still hold them dear.
  3. It's possible too that the robin's feathers are really fluffed out to insulate it from the cold weather. In other words, he's not really fat, he IS fluffy! I know I've seen birds in my yard on super cold days with their feathers standing out around them. I'm not really sure how that works, though. We live right in the middle of a bird paradise here in SE Michigan. There's protected bird areas all over the place since there's major migration paths that run right through here. We get a little bit of almost every raptor stopping by to have a bite on their way to Canada (right across the river.) Our steady bird population has grown too to include eagles coming back, now that the environment has been cleaned up enough for them. We get our fair share of Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, lots of different kinds of ducks and geese, at least a couple kinds of swans (one good type and one bad - don't ask me to tell the difference, though,) Goldfinches, Baltimore Orioles, Titmouse, lots of Cardinals and Blue Jays, (it's very colorful around here!) . . . Actually, it'd be a lot easier to list the birds you WOULDN'T see around here! I spend a fair bit of time talking to the birds and whistling to them. Sometimes they'll talk back to me, especially the doves and the Cardinals. I wish the owls would answer back more often. I blame it on the pitiful nature of my hooting - can't seem to strike the right note. We also get at least three colors of squirrels: grey, brownish, and black. The black ones are the most playful and fun to watch. But that's another story for another thread.
  4. Yeah, I didn't make it clear that I had finally read TGO. Next up, TUC.
  5. Awww... Thanks!
  6. It would take a LOT to make me rage quit. I just haven't been able to get around to ordering it yet. Life does interfere.
  7. Just popped in to say that I, at least, have not given up on him. I haven't read TUC yet, though.
  8. God bless us, every one!
  9. I suppose someone's already mentioned Trump's parents aborting him. If not, consider it said.
  10. Rare indeed is the attorney who has the time and inclination to exercise their intellectual curiosity about things outside their field. Sports seems to be the main topic of conversation during breaks in the action - during which I normally phase out.
  11. Bwwaaahaaahaaaaaa! Resistance is futile. I am convinced that I can look the same as the 5'9"+ models gracing the pages of my latest Talbots catalog . . . at least until the items of clothing arrive.
  12. So I come back for a quick read at this site and I see THIS. Fuck. I knew he was sometimes sick, but not the extent of it. MotherFUCK it. He was way too young for shit to take him out. I read a bit of your remembrances of him, but I honestly can't take it.
  13. I've heard tell that they don't think you're such great shakes either. As for the rescue groups requiring a fenced-in yard, yeah, it's great if you have it. That said, I could have never kept Benny, since our yard's open to the woods, etc. Instead, I took him for sometimes 2+ hour walks every day through woods and open fields. We especially liked the "Hundred Acre Wood" that's near our house. He found TONS of things to sniff and investigate. Rarely, we'd meet another dog walking his owner through the woods, but when we did, it was always a great social event. Ben got all the exercise he could stand. I consider that a LOT better than being stuck alone in a yard.
  14. My late, great, darling Bennie was (we think) a Ridgeback/Boxer mix.
  15. So sorry, Drawk, that they are refusing to work with you. Yeah, it's probably not a good idea to put the kind of things you did in your letter. Too late now, I guess. Is that the only organization you can go through to rescue a doggy representative of your favorite breed? Apparently, Keeshonds in need of a home aren't that numerous, so they can afford to be extremely picky. I hope things work out for you in your quest. When I decide to get another dog, I plan on rescuing one, but I'm not sure exactly where I'll go or what breed/size to get. There's so many dogs in need of homes. I'm not stuck on a particular breed, so it should be fairly easy. Unfortunately, I'm still missing my Benny so much that I'm somewhat afraid I'm fixated on wanting my next friend to be exactly like him - which isn't fair to the new dog.