Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bye Bye Birdies

For 13 years, birds have nested in the eaves right outside my front door every spring.


One night a couple of weeks ago I opened my door to take my dog for a walk and was greeted by this...
I was so excited, I knew they were back.  I looked up and saw this...
The only trouble they ever seemed to have experienced, was when I have had the audacity to walk out my front door.  They don't like it and I get squawked at and dive bombed!


I decided that this year, I would sprinkle some sunflower chips in a plant by my door so that the parents wouldn't have to go far to get some food for their babies...
This morning I heard a loud noise.  I looked around, my dog still asleep in a chair near me (she's back in the same spot but awake, temporarily I'm sure) had not even moved, but admittedly that is not unusal...
Then more noise.  Great, I've got a creature in my house.  I wonder if it's a mouse, a rat or a rabid bat?  


I soon realized that the sound was coming from outside my front door and it sounded like birds were "touching" my front door.  This was a relief because I did not want to deal with a mouse, rat or bat.  The activity at my front door went on for about 10 minutes.

I was so happy, they obviously discovered the sunflower chips I sprinkled in the flower pot...

About an hour later, I decided to go down to see if I should put more chips in the pot.

OMG - the beautiful nest was upside down on the ground.  I gently turned it over...

remnants of egg yolk and shells on my doorstep...
yolk running down my door frame...
on the threshold...
on the doormat...
I fear that me putting the food so close, another bird(s) became aware of and went after the nest.


The past 2 weeks there has been a lot of birds chirping and singing all day at my house.  Today it is eerily quiet.  The eave is empty...
Does anyone know if now that the safe haven has been discovered by a predator, is the spot useless?

Other than not putting food in the immediate area (I feel like an idiot), is there anything I can do to provide protection?



Will they re-use the nest?  I've left it outside, it's SO beautiful - look at the intricate work...
Yes, in case you are wondering, I am really upset with myself for not going down to the front door immediately as I may have been able to prevent it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drinking Bottled Water Is About As Chic, Smart & Sexy As Smoking While Pregnant!

Are you still drinking bottled water?

Check this out...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Have A Message for the GOP Faithful In Congress & The Senate...



If you aren't part of the solution,              
you are part of the problem.   

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Congressman Campbell, Your Rock At Scorekeeping! Advocating For The People? Eh, Not So Much...

Last week, as we all know, was the Health Care Summit.  

You probably aren't as lucky as me to be represented by someone like Congressman John Campbell who clearly has his ear to ground and is doing his job, not by listening to his constituents, but by being a loyal party lapdog and dude, a really good scorekeeper.

Yesterday, he wrote, "During the so-called Health Care Summit, the 17 Republicans in the room spoke for a total of 111 minutes.  The 18 Democrats from Congress in the room spoke for a total of 135 minutes.  But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats.  This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."

So what can we deduce from the above?  Congressman John Campbell is a douche?  Well, don't jump to conclusions people, let's break it down...

"...the so-called Health Care Summit...

Dude, are you kidding?  Republicans (that would be you Congressman Campbell) have been pushing for this.  I, for one, was really happy that it happened.  Personally, I wasn't so happy hearing Republicans being asked repeatedly for their solutions but instead taking the opportunity to campaign instead.  What was "so-called" about it?  

"...Republicans... spoke for... 111 minutes...Democrats... spoke for...135 minutes.  But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes..."

Scorekeeping, Congressman?  You cannot be serious.  People are suffering but you choose to report the minute score.  This is a joke right?

I can only guess that your lifestyle keeps you well insulated from the real world (and I don't mean the one with 8 strangers living in a house together) and your health insurance benefits provided by the American people through your job, protect you from the grim reality of our current health care "system". Which, reminds me, have you decided to drop your "socialist, government sponsored" health insurance yet

You could have addressed a lot of things about the Health Care Summit but you decided to report the minutes each side spoke.  Way to listen to the people.

Meet Bob Iritano, who is dying and simultaneously fighting with his health insurance company for treatments.  Is it really in the best interest of our country that this man has depleted his retirement account which will surely leave his wife and young children in a less than ideal financial position when he passes away?  To whose benefit is it that his family is paying $2,500 a month for health insurance?



"...President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats."

Is it possible that Congressman Campbell has never moderated a conversation?  Is it surprising that the President spoke a lot since he was, you know, answering questions, moderating and fostering debate?  

Perhaps President Obama should look to the example President Bush set when he moderated a...   um, oh, that's right, President Bush never would have had the courage to listen and debate, unscripted, on live television.

"This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."

Congressman, you and I agree!!  The fact that President Obama was able to speak for 122 minutes, without a script, understand the issues, with the ability to think and speak on his feet, was able to listen and respond appropriately, keep his composure in the face of lunacy, stay patient even though the campaigning was in the forefront instead of the issue, does speak volumes about him!  More than words could ever appropriately express, we are a lucky nation to have President Obama leading us in this moment.

I know, the Congressman probably doesn't agree with the above.  He probably wishes we still had an Administration that really listened to the American public, you know, like this: