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Happy Bird-day to Me

April 28, 2013

To celebrate my birthday, I spent the weekend in various parks around Fredericksburg and Kerrville. Today, on the way back home to Austin, I stopped at Pedernales Falls State Park. I took these pictures at the bird blind.

A cardinal taking a bath

Cardinal taking a bath



Purple Finch

Purple Finch


For Crabapple Lane Rob

One Hummingbird

Two Hummingbirds

Two Hummingbirds

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Days, Weeks or Months

April 14, 2012

My little black cat, Orion O'Ryan, has kidney disease. The exact words the vet said were his "kidneys are failing." When they said my Mom's kidneys were failing, that meant she was on death's door. But I guess a cat's kidneys can fail for a while. He was in the hospital for a few days a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I've had to take him in to have fluids injected under his skin every 2-3 days.

He's a very hungry cat these days. Almost every time I go to the kitchen, he comes begging for food. He has never done that before. This is a good thing, though. As long as he's hungry and eating, he's doing okay.

Just as I did when my Mandy dog was sick with cancer, I want to learn how to bottle up my time with Orion so I can experience it later when he's gone. I know I can't.

I'm not sure how long he will be with me. I guess it could be days, weeks or months. I'll give him as much love as I can.

Orion and Me

Something I read on the internets

The Letters of Note blog published a note from one Rolling Stone wrangler to another with instructions on how best to situate band members at a hotel for their tour's last show in Vienna.

Keep Bill Wyman Away From Keith

It must have been challenging to be a Rolling Stone wrangler.

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The River

February 12, 2012

I watched the pilot of "The River." TV seems to be trending toward more scary/creepy TV series that push the envelope. Maybe this one doesn't push the envelope too much, but it's scarier than any TV series I've ever seen. I suspect "American Horror Story" might be scarier given that it's set in a house rather than an Amazon jungle that I'll never visit.

The thing about scary shows with supernatural events is they can make the rules up as they go. In "The River," it feels like a stretch when the characters figure out the rules under pressure and quickly enough to dig themselves out of a deadly situation.

I'll keep watching.

Incidentally, every time I think about this show, that line from Rush's "Tom Sawyer" pops into my head: The river (ba dum ba duuuum, ba doo be doo be, ba dum ba duuuum....).

Reasons not to immediately toss boxes or put laundry away

Cats in Boxes

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Bird of the Rings

January 18, 2012

I am the lucky owner of a custom Bird of the Rings (BotR) drawing from That's A Girl's Car blogger and my friend, Sarah. She offered readers a drawing in return for a donation to Small Chance Rescue.

A BotR drawing includes a bird and a quote from Lord of the Rings. She let me choose the bird and the quote, so I chose a female cardinal to which she replied, "you know the female cardinals are brown, right? Just making double sure." Oh yes... the lesser colored gender was perfect for my favorite quote from the books (not the movies). Eowyn said, "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman." just before she proved to the The Lord of the Nazgûl that prophecies should not be too specific.

Behold, for she is a beauty.

Bird of the Rings

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The Politics of Kitty Litter

January 2, 2012

The cats who occupy my house have three litter boxes. They don't usually mix pee and poop in the same box. They used to use one for poop and two for pee, but lately, it's been two for poop and one for pee. Every once in a while, though, they'll mix it up in one box.

I can only imagine the discussions they have about this. Does Mr. Orion get upset when he finds pee in the poop box? Maybe take it personally as pay back for some other slight? Or does Mr. Ripley constantly remind Mr. Orion which boxes are for which? And what precipitated the change from 1 poop/2 pee boxes to 2 poop/1 pee box?

A few months ago, I switched from Scoop Away (clumping litter) to Yesterday's News (made from recycled newspaper). The vet recommended this because Mr. Ripley has asthma and the Scoop Away produces a lot of dust. The boys made the switch without a problem and the lack of litter dust is a great improvement for me as well as Rip. My only complaint is that I have to scoop a lot more to ensure I get all the pee pee out. Consequently, I have to buy more than I used to.

Something I Watched Today

New video log (vlog) from my friend Shannon. She's cute and she used one of my songs.

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