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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ordinary life

As you all know, many days in life are just plain ordinary.  Sunday was a gorgeous day weather wise, but very slow for hunters.  The only excitement there came when some hunters came in with what they said were four coots. 

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American Coots are generally low on the list for hunters to take, but with the birds not moving around on Sunday my guess is these hunters wanted to at least bring home something.  Only problem was one of them was not a coot. 

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It was a Common Moorhen.  I pointed that out to the hunters and Kay, and suggested she call LE (law enforcement) to report the problem.  Hunters can take ducks and geese and coots on the refuge, but that’s all.  They ended up with a fine, and the bird was confiscated.

I took Emma for her annual shots and did grocery shopping in Beaumont on Monday.  The highlight of that day was that I finally got the Thorlo socks that I had ordered in the mail, so my feet are happy.  Smile

Today started out with a two and a half hour staff safety meeting. Disappointed smile  Silly me thought long rather boring meetings would be a thing of the past once I retired.  To liven things up a bit, I went to get a hair cut, and then Emma and I took a drive around the refuge to see what we could see.

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Should have known that these black vultures foretold the scarcity of birds that were willing to pose for pictures for me today. 

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Most everything was hiding, and the huge flocks of geese were somewhere else.  We did see a nice flock of white pelicans just soring around though.

I checked the mailbox as we arrived back home in the late afternoon, and a box with my once a month mail from South Dakota was in it.  It was kind of like Christmas in January.  There were several Christmas cards inside, and a package from my sister.

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Inside the package were a couple of things to keep me warm in the winter temperatures.  I could have used those gloves with the mitten caps that fold over the finger tips last week when we had that blast of artic air.  Funniest part of this is that my sister lives northwest of Chicago, and she has really been dealing with cold temps.

Doctor:  You seem to be healthy for a man of 75.  How is your love life?

Ole:  Vell, almost every day.

Doctor:  That’s remarkable.  Tell me more.

Ole:  Vell, almost on Monday, almost on Tuesday, almost on Wednesday, and so on.

Uff-dah!  That’s the caliber of the jokes.  I guess it’s supposed to keep my heart warm.  I don't know smile

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

27 comments:

  1. I'm so overwhelmed that I'm the first to comment I can't think of a thing to say ;-) Okay... coots vs moorhens..... can't think of any reason I'd take either of them. Truth is, I haven't tasted either, but in wildlife biology class we were told that coots tasted pretty fishy.. and not in a good way. Cute gloves... maybe I should try knitting stuff like that.

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  2. But seriously folks ........ LOL!

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  3. is a morehen not a duck?? if not what is it?

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  4. Are you going to post a daily joke for us? I always like a good laugh.

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  5. That Common Morehen looks to me much larger than a Coot. Am I correct there? Since it is not the best in flight, I wonder if the hunter shot it on the water/ground.

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  6. Sponge candy update. I tried another batch and this one came out better. I used a smaller pan to cool it in so there was more sponge than hard part. That stuff is addictive. I don't know how you can just eat one piece.

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  7. No more jokes, pleeeze!!!!!!!! JK, its always fun to get packages with little treats in them!!!!

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  8. Thanks to Judy, I do know a Moorhen is not a duck. I can see them pecking away in the marsh!
    I do love your ordinary days which don't seem so ordinary to me! Ah, the beauty that surrounds you is spectacular!
    Hugs to Emma. Our pups are always a little droopy after "shot" day.

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  9. I love those jokes and wouldn't mind laughing once a day! I've worn Thorlos for years until recently I started buying REI brand (a little cheaper).

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  10. I can see the movie now- my ordinary life on the road:)

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  11. Of course they have changed the name. It's now called a Common Gallinule. I think they change the names so we'll have to buy new field guides! I think they are in the rail family. Coots are also rails.
    Your new gloves are really cute! They look warm.
    Teri
    markteri.blogspot.com

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  12. Save those Ole and Lena jokes for when you get back to Minniesnowda. The Scandinavians seem to love them!

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  13. That was a bit of education for that hunter, you would think they would know their ducks and Moorhens, Coots etc...how much is the fine? Cute mittens:)

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  14. Yup... I think you should post one joke a day till you get through the whole book!

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  15. ga roan .. hahaa... I hadn't heard an Ole & Lena joke i eons... yeah... I agree... a joke a day

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  16. Nice gloves ... and so appropriate for the bird lady of blogland.

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  17. Well I think they have said it all. I like your ordinary days.

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  18. Ordinary but still interesting and I learned about some new ducks.

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  19. It's all those ordinary days that make a lifetime interesting. I'd never thought I'd say that a few years ago, but it's so true. The days I can spend with my 'kids,' Lacy and Eleanor, are the greatest. Now, that's not to say I don't enjoy all the special days, too.

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  20. I'll pick an ordinary day any time.

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  21. ROFL! I may be a little (?) odd, but that's my kind of humor...

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  22. Thanks for sharing the joke. Nothing wrong with having an ordinary day

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  24. Love the joke - keep 'em coming!

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  25. Kind of sad to shoot a bird just because there were no better ones around. I guess some of those hunters aren't as respectful as most.

    Love the mittens - those will come in handy, for sure - very cute.

    I agree - those jokes are so short and simple, but they are hysterical. :)

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  26. Nice post.Thanks for sharing this in your blog

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