Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow Birds

My expectation that there would be birds of interest at the new house has proven true.  A couple of birds that I'd only seen pictures of until now appear to live in the new back yard, for instance, Red-tailed Hawks and Eastern Bluebirds!

However, there have been no new faces at the bird feeder- until yesterday.

The Juncos must have eaten everything.

So the Wild Turkeys moved on.

Then met up with some friends.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fluffy and George en garde


                                        Well. Knock me over
                                           with a feather.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Florida Wild Cat Selfie Safari

Actually, I have nothing to do with the story.  I am simply cute.
A couple weeks ago in Port Royal, Florida a landscaper alerted one of his customers to a trespasser napping in one of the flowerbeds.
The owner checked it out.  Tucked between the side of the house and a shrub was what appeared to be a very large cat.  Acting quickly, the owner whipped out his phone to take a selfie of him looking at the cat.  Then he used the phone to call someone to report what he'd found.
Some folks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came.  The intruder was identified as a Florida Panther.  The panther probably swam over from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Male panthers, you see, need a territory of their own.  There was once only an estimated 30 Florida Panthers, now there are believed to be about 200, thanks to the genetic restoration project.  Since panthers prefer to have about 200 square miles to call their own, some are moving to the suburbs.
Soon the Port Royal flowerbed owner was taking a selfie of him watching a biologist shoot the cat with a tranquilizer then lift the animal onto a blanket to examine.  A short time later, the still tranquilized panther was placed in a Wildlife Commission truck.  The flowerbed owner had a picture taken of himself standing near the truck.
The panther will be released back into the wild but where is yet to be decided- probably not Rookery Bay.   
Will the next selfie be of the owner standing in his yard beside a sign that reads:  STAY OUT OF THE FLOWERBEDS? 
Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 31

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Let's get it on.

Our question concerns a just released movie based on a best selling book entitled, "50 Shades of Grey".  What's it about?


Gray squirrels?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
The argument for moral relativism that right
and wrong are not black and white but shades of gray?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
Shades of gray are window treatments?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.
It's a triumphant transformation where a
woman finds her authentic sexuality.
Correct. Or something like it.
The "heroine" is an insipid gal
 who after some finagling,
 meets a handsome powerful man. 
Her lack of charm and certitude
are evidently just what he is looking for-
 as a playmate in Bondage and Sadomasochism.
 Sounds like the perfect
Valentines Day date flick!
Yes.  For scary people.
You guys are so uptight and intolerant.
If uptight and intolerant means not wanting
anything to do with being tied up and
whipped, then color me uptight and intolerant.
You are so selfish and uncaring
Fluffy.  Not everybody is so confident
like you.  This woman was like, lost
and was able to find herself.
Well, found herself
bound in leather anyway.
Cyndi, forgive me for
not buying the notion that
transformation to fulfillment
 comes from getting
beaten up. 
Let's end this Round.  I feel dirty. 
I'm gonna take a bath.
Round 31
Fluffy/Molly  14
Bryan/Cyndi   12

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pretty Pigeon Poop

When I was a kid, an old man lived two doors down.  His garage was extra tall because the top half was home to a few dozen pigeons.  On Sunday mornings at seven a persistent scraping sound could be heard.  It was Mr. Pigeon Keeper doing poop removal.

My bedroom window was on the side of the house closest to Mr. Pigeon Keeper's coop.  This is why I can state with certainty that Mr. PK kept to his Sunday chore religiously.

Why the sudden reminiscence of my pigeon keeping neighbor?  Mike Tyson.

Yep.  Mike Tyson and the 93rd Grand National Pigeon Show.

Here's a link that talks about Tyson's soft spot for pretty birds. 

Here's a link with some really cool pictures of pigeons.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 30

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Today we'll explore some of the wild innovations ultra premium coffee makers have perking to satisfy the refined palates of coffee connoisserus.

One category of fancy coffee beanage involves animal material.

What is in these new fangled coffees?

Squirrel spit?
Hostmaster:  Close.  If we were serious about keeping score around here, you'd get a half point.  Here's why.  There is a coffee flavor on offer that features the spit of  monkeys.  Formosan Macaques' spit, to be precise.  Those that sip the spittle say it has a subtle vanilla quality.  

The answer I seek is of a different animal matter.

Dog hair?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.

Crushed Dung Beetles?
Hostmaster:  you're getting warm.

It is wrong to take stuff
 from animals
and drink it.
Hostmaster:  yeah.  Thanks for sharing your cup of enlightenment, Toots.
Wanna try again, Bryan?
Sure!  hmmm 
Since dung beetles
was close and they prefer
herbivore dung,
I'll go with a herbivore.  hmm
Since we're dealing with efficionados,
you know, snobs, they
wouldn't drink something so common
as horse dung.  hmm
Snail dung, goose dung-
too ordinary. 
Panda, Rhino are too
importantly endangered or something.
I know!
Fossilized Mastodon

I like the way your mind works, Pal.
Some Baristas seek to take fecal
coffee to the apex in order to sate the most ardent
infused beverage enthusiasts.
Here's a big cuppa.
Thai elephants eat coffee beans.
  Somebody goes out and collects elephant droppings and
 sifts through it for the big chunks. 
 These are whizzed in a coffee grinder.  
Sound good?  Expect to pay 13 for 50 bucks a cup. 
Want more cup a dung?
There is a cat-like animal from Asia called a Palm Civet.
They are kept in cages and fed fancy coffee beans called Kopi Luwak.
Their poop is collected,
handled in ways we'd rather not know about,
 then brewed.
 $25 to $120 per cup.
Want more bottoms up?
Brazilian Jacu  birds live around coffee plants.
Naturally enough, these birds poop,
 some of which lands on the coffee beans
People pick the beans,
 careful not to dislodge the Jacu poop.
 Drinkers of this potion proclaim it as intoxicating as anise.
  Others compare it to leather and truffles.
Maybe they can call this brew, Liquorice Biker Pig
So ends this round of Pop Culture Fenzy.  Anyone up for a cup of Biker Pig?  Me neither.  I'm a bird, I already know what water tastes like after I've gone in it. There is no need for decoction. 
Round 30
Fluffy/Molly   14
Bryan/Cyndi    11

Don't believe the Hostmaster?   Here's a link

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Repast

We've talked about dogs eating snow before.  We talked specifically about Mabel's habit.  Let's revisit this chilling topic with an update of sorts.

Mabel continues to indulge her taste for snow.  She also continues to throw up afterward.  A new wrinkle has been added to this annoying business.

That's right.  Henry.  You see, Henry has a taste for what most of us would consider non food items.  He is also fond of ice cubes.  Sadly, these two taste preferences combine unpleasantly.  In short. 
Pukesicles.  Barf sorbet.

Beyond the beauty lies cool hot dining.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fluffy and Introduction Etiquette


We've only just met.