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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, February 27, 2012

Responding to some ‘Cave Dwellings’ comments

A couple of friends of mine out there in blogland are Donna and Dennis (aka Mcgyver) of the Cave Dwellings.  I haven’t met them in person yet, but it’s one of my desires to do so.  Donna often leaves comments on my posts, and I would like to respond to two of them that she has left recently. 

Back in January she asked, McGyver just asked me, "What kind of credentials do you have to have to do your job?"..It's obvious you are a teacher, and you know sooo much about the birds, plants and wildlife..Did you just learn that? Did you get your Masters in Biology??”  No, I do not have my bachelor’s or master’s in biology.  I’ve just had a life long interest in this area.  My credentials include many years in the education field, and that certainly helps with conducting tours.  I’m at ease with speaking in front of groups.  I also spent 20 years as a federally licensed bird bander, so couple that with a willingness to introduce others to the wonders of the natural world, and there you have my essence. 

As for volunteering at National Wildlife Refuges, in general, no special skills are required.  All of us volunteers find our own niche.  Every volunteer that I have worked with has had a vast background in a wide variety of areas.  NWRs strive to place their volunteers in positions that take into account their varying strengths.  My opinion is that Donna would be a hoot working with kids.  Her sense of humor would knock their socks off!

Speaking of socks, that brings me to the comment that Donna left on yesterday’s post.  It's very smart to listen when your body is talking...I always end up getting sick after I overdo and do lots of days running after my ass to catch up...Put something in the crockpot, take a nice hot shower, put on one of your ensembles, (come on, Judy, I KNOW you have one), get a nice glass of red wine, plunk down in your recliner and watch an old movie...Do that 2 days in a row and it will recharge your batteries.

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Now in the RV blog world, Donna is the queen of ensembles!  Winking smile I can hardly imagine competing with this fashion star.  But, I decided to take her advice and give it the old college try.

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I guess I’m an ensemble person in training.  No flashy socks or lighthouse sweatshirts in my wardrobe yet.  However, I would like to point out that I do have snazzy Mickey Mouse and Pluto lounging pants.  My footwear is beaded moose hide moccasins with beaver trim made by the First Nation People of Canada, and the fleece jacket that I got in the Yukon that’s keeping me warm, has a grizzly bear head embossed on it.  No fancy wine glass here either.  Just an insulated mug since I like my wine on the rocks.  I think I got the recliner right, though, and I’ll be watching another installment of the mini-series Centennial tonight.  I think that qualifies as an old movie.  I’m feeling a lot better already!

Okay ladies, can we start an ensemble parade?  I double dog dare you to participate.  Smile

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

34 comments:

  1. Well Judy, I think you did a fine job..like you I like my M & M fleece pants at night, warm and comfy. Don't know if I'm brave enough to take a photo though, you guys are very brave !!! LOL

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  2. I wouldn't even attempt to compete with you and Donna. You two look like pros! ~wheresweaver

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  3. George Stoltz said

    My wife makes fun of my plaid PJ bottoms and clashing flannel shirt. But, heck I like it. Guys generally choose comfort over an ensemble look.

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  4. I can lounge with the best of 'em. LOL I have it down pat. I loved every minute of "Centennial". In fact, I really need to get it out and watch/read it, again.

    Another good series is "Thornbirds". Yesterday, I watched "Legends of the Fall". If I enjoy a movie, I can watch it several times and not get tired (wonder what that says about my brain?)

    Glad you're getting a rest so you don't get sick and can get back up and at it, again, Judy. Pats to Emma from me and a slurp from Jack.

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  5. The only things I have that might qualify as ensembles are two Hawaiian outfits from the islands - very colorful and comfortable. It's the wrong season to wear them, so I guess I would have to just put on my men's comfy lounging pj's - flannel bottoms and long sleeve top. I have 2 prs of them and nothing is more comfortable. I have a bottle of wine on hand but like to drink wine in company, so I'll just have a beer. In my recliner, but no movie for me. I'm watching the science channel right now.

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  6. Double dare, hunh? I'll have to get working on what to wear! I've been way too preppy for years, but full timing is fast changing my wardrobe!

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  7. Too warm here in Florida to dress to the hilt like you two girls but I do think the advice you were given is TOP NOTCH!

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  8. Oh no you DIDN'T just throw down that gauntlet! Your ensemble (I said that in French) isn't bad. Donna's is so good it discourages the rest of us.

    Roxanne
    The Good Luck Duck

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    1. Can't get the comment box, so will just put mine here... 'Centennial" is one of my favs :)!!! I shudder to think what my neighbors think when i amble out to get the paper every morning prior to shower time. Just throw on whatever is handy. Judy i think u match too much but do really like your lounger pants... boy those slippers look cozy!

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  9. Oh Judy...You totally made me laugh outloud with the snort heavily involved!! Your "ensemble" is "c'est à nouveau à la mode"...I got that from a French pie maker. It is soooo good to see you relaxing and enjoying a "wine on ice"...I have no fancy wine glass, just an insulated mug. Thanks for the info on volunteering at a NWR..I'm thinking you gave lots of wildlife lovers an incentive...and thanks for making my day!!!! Let the competition begin!!!!!!

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  10. Ah, ladies...my "ensemble" pales compared to yours. I just have plain navy blue plaid lounge pants, a rather oversized pink thermal sleep shirt, black footie slippers and either an old cardigan or a ratty looking zip-front robe. I tell you, there's nothing better than relaxing in truly comfy clothes...though I'll never match the style & sophistication of either of you. Carry on!!!

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  11. You crack me up!!! I'll work on that ensemble, I'm getting pretty good at lounging around in comfy clothes -- but I don't think I can hold a light to you or Donna!

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  12. LOL!!! As other have said; You two women crack me up. Wanda just called from the back of the house as to what I was laughing so hard, about? Keep up the good work....jc

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  13. I have a very cosy pair of leopard flannel PJ's that my daughter gave me one Christmas. They are too warm to sleep in. For summer I have a pair of tiger stripped Polyester PJ's that she also gave me as a gift! Both are great for lounging. But i usually just stay dressed until it is time for bed.

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  14. I'm so boring! Grey sweat pants, usually a blue or pink t-shirt, grey Polar fleece jacket, navy socks. I also have Minnetonka moccasins but they don't fit over my socks so I have to choose which to wear. I do wear cotton plaid pajama bottoms to bed with my t-shirt, though, because the sweat pants are too warm to sleep in. And I'm not allowed to have adult beverages because of the meds I take so my beverage is Diet Rite soda pop. You'll see me carrying that everywhere because the meds also cause dry mouth.

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  15. Well my ensemble consists of a flannel nightgown. That's it. No wine glass or thermos no nothing. I really am a boring person.

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  16. I love you ensemble and it sounds like you have a great mentor. A few days and you'll be feeling great. :)

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  17. HAHAHAHAHA!! You and Donna C are just tooooo funny. Good start on the ensemble look Judy. I am not the queen of lounge wear around this house - Russ is! And it's in the morning rather than at night. He usually gets up before I do and wears his plaid PJ pants and a funky looking knit shirt. It's when he fall back asleep in his recliner with a blanket wrapped around his head (it's cold in our house) that he really looks good. Maybe I can sneak a picture!!

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  18. I think with that outfit, you may be getting close to graduating in the ensemble degree program:)

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  19. great job on the 'happy pants' ensemble..I think I have a few shots of my ever changing outfits..but usually I only show the pants!..Cheers!!..and thanks for the laugh tonight!!

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  20. I had an ensemble once but wasn't allowed out of the house....

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  21. For those times I want "comfy," it's oversized dark blue wool leggings from Vicky's Secret and a loose sweatshirt/pullover sweater. Oh yeah, and flamingo-pink bulky slipper socks. Aaahhhh...comfort! Love the gauntlet, love the photos!

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  23. I guess my ensemble would have to be my flannel polar bear lounging pants with matching socks and t-shirt with a fleece top for the coziness factor. I'll have to see if I can dig up a photo :-))

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  24. It wouldn't be hard for me to fit the ticket ~ I dress like that all the time! Without even trying!! :)thanks for sharing

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  25. Oh, my goodness. I'm afraid of what I am going to see on the blogs today after your challenge Judy. Thank goodness it's still a little cool or it could get pretty skimpy if it were summer.

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  26. Well there you have it....Angelina can just eat her heart out and retire her leg!! You two ladies win the red carpet look among RVers!!

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  27. Wha ha ha. Challenge accepted, gauntlet picked up.
    Altho' I may risk being hoisted by my own petard, just as soon as we return home... It's penguin pants time, Baby!

    Judy, we had a lovely visit to the refuge. Spent a good amount of time viewing Crossbill and had a nice chat with Doug. Sorry we missed you, but it was great fun anyway. Oh, and the ribs at the Shed are terrific.

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  28. Hmm... I'll have to study up on this one. Jimmy's eyes bug out of his head with some of my "ensembles" (using the word loosely). When we crawl back into our motor home next month, maybe he'll take a picture of me DRESSED TO THE NINES. Tho come to think about it, he might not!

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  29. butterbean carpenterFebruary 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Howdy Judy, Emma & Donna 'Dingbat',

    Y'ALL ARE THE DUCKS END!!! I NEVER THOUGHT ANYONE COULD CHALLENGE DONNA IN 'ENSEMBLE WEAR', BUT JUDY YOU ARE GETTING MIGHTY CLOSE, GAL!!! I CAN JUST HEAR McGUYVER SNORTIN' NOW!!!!!! IF OTHERS TAKE THE DARE WE MAY HAVE TO OPEN AN ENSEMBLE BLOG!!! THAT MAY GET KICKED OFF THE INTERNET!!! AIIIIEEEEE!!!

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  30. What fun, ladies! How I enjoy reading these blogs and feeling the comradery

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  31. Not sure what I laughed at harder, the blog, or the comments. Y'all go!

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