Sunday, December 30, 2007

A view backwards and a bald eagle

I have named a new fungus. I found it on a walk today.....
Deer poop fungus. (feces deerus)
Deer poop fungus
Seriously....I don't know what it is, but it was on a tree at eye level, and the first thing I thought was "Wow. Looks like a deer pooped upward."

I finally got a few good pictures of our bald eagle:
Bald eagle 3

Bald eagle 2

I have been looking out for this guy for a week or more. He seems to have disappeared for a while, but I saw him today in his tree along the road near the "gravel pits". Click HERE to read about my birding walk with KatDoc at the Pits.

I was looking back at a post from a year ago....I was out in the middle of Ohio looking for a snowy owl. Click HERE to read about what I saw. (It was everything but a snowy.)
And since I am in a reflective mood (okay, not really. Just wanted to bore all of you) I put together a little list from this time last year. Heck, I might even go through the WHOLE year.

Here's a funny conversation between Isabelle and myself from last Christmas:

M & M's have a lot more caffeine in them than you think.
Isabelle and Lorelei loaded up on them before we left Mom's house. Lorelei, bless her heart, passed out before we could even hit the highway, but Isabelle was wired for sound. It is a 45-minute drive home, and she didn't shut up the whole time.
Sample of our conversation:
Isabelle: Why do we have hands?
Susan: So we can pick things up.
I: What would happen if we didn't have brains?
S: We wouldn't be alive.
I: Oh. Yar. Yar. Yar. Yar. Yar. Yar.

2 minutes later:

I: Yar. Yar. Yar. Mommy, these lights look familar. Are we on our exit?
S: Not yet.
I: That looks like a hotel.
S: It is.
I: Why do they have hotels in INDIANA???
S: We are in Ohio now.
S: *sigh*
I: Frosty, the Snowman, was a jolly, happy soul....
I: Why do we have noses?
A video of Junior singing me a Love Song.
A Mad Mothering Moment:
We went to the local Kohl's, and the girls love the double carts they have, so two kids can sit in them at once. Well, there were no double carts, only singles.
***Enter chaos***
The girls fought. They threw punches. They screamed. They refused to listen. They lay on the floor refusing to move.
I have never seen them like this. Even on their worst days, I can get them to at least see reason. Not today.
But all of you would be so proud of me, if you could have seen me in action. I could have turned into one of those "Wal-mart Moms", you know the ones, who hit their children in public and scream. But I actually saw the humor in it. At one point during Lorelei's attempt to reach optimum decibel level, Isabelle belted out, "Mommy! Take a picture of her!" And I broke into hysterical laughter. It was so damn funny. And it only made them madder. And I laughed harder. (think that maybe Isabelle will be a Blogger someday?)
We left the store as fast as I could get out.
I won't be taking them shopping again until they are 30.
Who remembers the "Unschooling" fiasco?
I can't wait to get back to Cape May....
Some of the animals I have fell in love with in the past year (including ones that I have lost)



RAPTOR'S gray screech owl (He was put down the other day....his feet had deteriorated and this condition was not treatable. It could have been a liver problem (which can cause trouble with beaks and talons) or something else. Rest in peace, little one.
02-2007 192 copy
The time I was suspected of terrorism.

That's all the time I have for today, folks! Tune in tomorrow for my riveting, inspiring views and thoughts about the year 2007. I know, I know. It will be hard to sleep tonight, thinking of a new post from me, but take an Advil PM and come back tomorrow!


NatureWoman said...

Feces deerus - ROFL!!!!! You crack me up!
Love your eagle photos! And your recap from '07!

KatDoc said...

Nice shots of the CD Bald Eagle. The day I tried to digiscope him, he waited until I had my gear out and halfway set up before he flew.

Sorry to hear about the Screech Owl. He was really cute.


Mary said...

Susan, I really believe this is the only place I can find deer poop.

I remember every post you mentioned - ahhhh the un-schooling fiasco....Whoot!

When you are giving Mommy-Lorelei-Isabelle dialogue, I feel like I'm there with you and laugh all the way. Especially at Kohl's "TAKE HER PICTURE!" PRICELESS!

LauraHinNJ said...

Happy New Year, Susan!

dguzman said...

OMG, I'm so glad that The Kid is 11 and the conversations in the car usually have a point--beyond "what happens when you blow bubbles with gum?" Uh--I don't know, I guess you get bubbles. "I got gum on my eyelashes." What?! On your eyelashes? "My eye hurts."


Mary said...

So, I thought you were going to get to bed earlier this year and I expected to see your post up. It's 9:58 p.m. (Hand on hip)