Thursday, December 31, 2020

Thoroughly Poetic Poetry New Year's Eve

  Today we join Two  SPOLED CATS 


Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Here is our inspiration







Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Wordless Wednesday about Water

Hosted by Comedy Plus 

I must use my words here the Cormorants are standing on pilings in the water;

however the reflection in the water looks like they are on the tree limbs


 Christmas Eve 2020 we had 1.9" of rain

That is not fog in the distance it is sheets of rain.


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Happy Tuesday: Mystery Solved


In early November, I started to posting photos of  mysterious Birds that 
love perching on the pilings in Shelley Lake. Niki my very nice Nikon CoolPix
takes lovely photos but not at distance. We knew they were not the infamous Geese of Canada
not ducks their beaks were long and sharp.  Perhaps they were (not) Herons.

I sent a few photos to Hootin' Anni friends they are Cormorants
We had no idea we had them in NC but we do.  Evidently they are not at all
shy when the paparazzi is around.  In fact, they often turn, spread their wings 
and appear to be having a good time.  Here is the info Anni sent me:

C...
Yes, definitely cormorants!  There are two different species in the south...double crested & neotropic.  And the only way to tell them apart is their neck/beak markings. One, has white around the orange beak, the other has all orange.  The double crested (during breeding season in Spring actually shows off it's great...white)

Our next goal is to get a closer look at their beaks we think they were orange. My birding book states: Neotropic can be spotted perched on fence posts in this case pilings or trees I suspect these are Neotropic.


This photo was taken on December 22, a dismal day. No photo editing of colors.
but as you can see same pose


As the Below photos were taken in November of the 
NOT HERONS 

CORMORANTS


NOT

Monday, December 28, 2020

Awww Monday and Sparks




 

Hosted by Comdey Plus

These little guys have some Awww(esome) advice!!



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Sunday Selfie Shadows this and that

Yours truly on the left....Finally in my shadowy dreams, I'm taller than 5'3" 




Shelley Lake trail were we seeing things
nope a service truck doing a little maintenance.






Saturday, December 26, 2020

Symmetry and "ART" and Oakwood

 This art is for those Math lovers out there.
The Square Root of Two sits at the entrance to
Sertoma Art Center which is part of the Shelley Lake Trail
Surely qualifies for symmetry  of some sort at least the trees...



The color and fancy architecture of this one caught my eye.



THIS IS THE BIG Oakwood Finale 
First this huge home from several views



I apologize for the ugly and mildewy parking signs...
We have had a very WET last few months


The front door is gorgeous


All the various shapes and styles of windows and
The beautiful stain glass window.  I wish there had been more sun


Another pretty RED door


The last three photos are the same home front and side very festive and a variety of
different trees and bushes.








Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Nature Hollydays



June 26, 2009 Madi and I jumped into the WWW
with all 6 feet.  From that day to this day each moment has been

MERRY AND BRIGHT  
thanks to each of you my
Blog Friends!!🎅
You are truly special.




On Tuesday December 22 I noticed several of our Camellia buds were
showing itty bitty bits of red. 
Thursday, December 24, lo and behold Ruby Red my sweet Camellia
has her first bloom
I don't recall Ruby blooming in December. She usually has her first bloom late
January.  Ruby is full of buds so heads up...you'll be seeing lots of 
her on Nature Fridays in 2021.   





No Final Friday Fiction today; however, YAM our FFF hostess suggested we post
holly in honor of the day.  We have a holly bush in the back yard !!

Top left photo is of a 'volunteer' holly bush that popped up in our backyard about 10 years ago.  It had a perfect shape we we have left it to do it's thing.
In all these years, it has never had berries until this year.!!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thankful and Poetic Thursday #51 Christmas Eve 2020

Thankful Thursday hosted by

I'm very thankful for the  most wonderful 4 legged friends we met
on our walk at Shelley Lake yesterday, December 23rd.  
As we were trekking up the trail toward the  parking lot lo and behold we were greeted by two of Raleigh's Mounted Police on the most gorgeous
I think I might have been at least if not more excited than the children on the trail.
I am very THANKFUL I had my camera and especially THANKFUL for having the opportunity
to meet  two and four leggers on Raleigh's Mounted Police.
They graciously agreed to pose for lots of photos.
Ike is a German Warmblood** and Willow is a ***Percheron 
The police lady on Willow said she was small for a Percheron.
They have one other horse at the stables, a Belgian.  Don't know its name. I have never seen either of these breeds in the furs.  I'm easily pleased. Evidently as weather allows it sounded like they ride about the trails near Christmas.

**A warmblood is a term that covers any horses for sale that are not a coldblood (the draught breeds) or a hotblood (a thoroughbred or an Arab). However, it is generally applied to a range of European horses, perhaps the best known being the Dutch warmblood (KWPN), the Oldenburg, and the Hanoverian.

***The Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Huisne river valley in western France, part of the former Perche province from which the breed takes its name.

When we got to the parking lot we saw their truck and horse trailer


Now for my Christmas Eve Poem...

  Today we join Two  SPOLED CATS 


Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Here is our inspiration


Today I'm going to 'try' to tell you a true story, via a Poem.

In case the font above is too small, I have it below in a larger font.
Twas Christmas Eve in NC
Back in the year 1956
with my Annie Ma* we lived.
Next door lived my Aunt and Uncle
and cousin Carol.
Carol was older and she thought wiser.
A few days before Christmas,
She was overheard telling gullible me
That Santa had no sleigh 
and reindeer could not fly?
Oh my what was I to believe...
I was about to cry
My uncle and my daddy were clever men.
No worries, they had a plan.
The Ladies were to keep the
children at the front of the house. 
The men vowed,
we'll be as quiet as a mouse.
Bed time came, stories were read
and we children were tucked snug in bed.
As our eyes became heavy,
and pillows cradled our heads
There was a sound bells ringing  
and a thump thump thump on the roof overhead.
The children asked what is that clatter
The ladies shook their heads
asking what did it matter?
We proclaimed with glee
it must be Santa and his reindeer.
We pulled the covers over our head and 
quickly to dream land we went.


******************************
Side note: Carol age 10 once again became a believer
It was many years before we discovered the source of the 
thump on the roof and the ringing bells.  My daddy was on the roof walking over our bedroom and my uncle was running around the house shaking as set of bells.
*Annie Ma was my maternal Grandmother.  The first grandchild could not
pronounce "G".  Grandma became Annie Ma.




Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Howliday Cards 2020 Blog Hop

I am happy to be pawticipating in the Hosted by the guyz and dollz at
LLB Gang

First up from our Blog Hosts at LLB!!!




 Season Greetings from all of us here at ATCAD

~Scylla, Yin, Yang & Chimera (the cats)

Fenris & Tuiren (the dogs)
and Mom Alasandra




Da Weimaraner and Staff



XO from Amy, Lucy and Xena






This year it may be a bit more difficult to share the your holidays with family and with friends,
but across the miles we can send our hopes and blessings and reach forth with words to show
we care ~ may these days be as full as they can be, safe in all ways.  Thank you for your friendship.







A very Merry Christmas to you from






Scanned Snail mail
Left photo: Da Weenies Pack from Florida
Right snow freak photo:  Frankie, Ernie and Lana  




15 and Meowing and Mom Ellen
Teddy and Pam from One Spoiled Cat blog

Hailey, Zaphod, Lady and Man


Misty, Timber and Lightning.


LET CHRISTMAS come into our world
     and bring us warmth and cheer,
Bring us FAITH in place of doubt
     and strength in place of fear,
Bring us HOPE and bring us LOVE
     to guide our hearts forever. . .
Let CHRISTMAS come into our world
     and bring us all together.
May the joys and blessings of the season be yours!!!

Woos - Lightning, Misty, Timber, and Mom Kathie


AireGal Molly and Mom Sue



From Yamini


  
Mabel and Hilda, Idaho Pug Ranch







From the FSG and da-tabbies-o-trout-towne.






We received this personalized Christmas Tree from family friends



Arty, Jakey, Rosy and Sunny
I misread the hop instructions...that is what I get for speed reading. I thought we would be showing our cards we rec'd. Anyway I have a card set to post on Christmas to Blog Friends.
Hugs Aunty HiC who will be getting some new reading glasses in January.