To Do List...A poem of sorts

By: GardenGrrl , 8:46 AM GMT on May 08, 2008

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I live by lists. Otherwise things would never get done. Bits and scraps of paper everywhere with words pending and words crossed off. Sometimes there needs to be prioritizing. How do you find time to embrace life?

To Do Gardengrrl

Spring has woke the flowers
And reminds me there is so much to do.
So today,
I will not watch the TV news.

Because I am busy.

I said that I would embrace life today.
Now I have so much to do.

First there is my kitchen window
I have to stand in front of and look through.
Outside the kitchen window are some bird feeders
Where lot's of birds fly to and meet.
Sometimes I give them silly names,
Sometimes I just watch them eat.

Next the yard is beckoning for me to wander round
And smile at the miracles
Of new plants breaking ground.

Then I have to pet my dog.
Did you know I found him at the pound?
He's been loyal company all the time he's been around.

There is another "To-Do" list that I have written
And you have found.
It says chores and paperwork, responsibilities abound.

And I will get around to it,
Oh yes that is true.

But only when I finish playing
With Syd the cockatoo.

portrait (GardenGrrl)
This is Sydney the sulpher-crested cockatoo. He will tell you he is a "cockatoo-a". We just call him spoiled rotten :)
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
Male house finch and cardinal sharing lunch.
Kitchen Window
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
Isn't it nice when everyone gets along.
Kitchen Window
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
Happy day a gold finch at the feeder! This guy is looking a bit scruffy while going through the spring feather change.
Kitchen Window
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
I've been trying to get a picture of a hummingbird in flight at my flowers or feeders with no luck. This one flew to the top of a tree and stuck his tongue out at me.
Kitchen Window
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
Wandering around the yard and watching things grow.
Kitchen Window
Kitchen Window (GardenGrrl)
Wandering around the yard and watching things grow.
Kitchen Window
From the kitchen window (GardenGrrl)
My best friend Corky. (Shhhh, Don't let Syd the cockatoo know. He thinks he's the favorite)
From the kitchen window

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20. icmoore
1:18 PM GMT on May 14, 2008
Good morning GG,
I LOVE your poem and I can so relate. I think we have a lot in common. I love your pictures too and Sydney sounds like quite a character but I think you better take away his TV privileges :) I hope you have a great day on your porch!
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19. plapman
12:30 PM GMT on May 13, 2008
Good Morning GG
I try to ignore the honeydo list the queen of the prairie gives me.
Have a great day
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18. sandiquiz
11:11 AM GMT on May 13, 2008
Morning to you........... just a quick drop by to pick you up a bit!!
Thanks for your post.... it reminded me of the night we nearly got hit by a red deer...I say we got hit rather than we hit it, because it jumped out of the hedge at us!! Missed us by inches thank goodness, as they can cause quite serious accidents, and even fatalities .... for humans as well as themselves. A car is no protection from such a large animal!!

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17. dragonflyF15
4:59 PM GMT on May 12, 2008
Good morning/afternoon! Hope you are having a wonderful garden day! I thought of you this morning as I was potting up 40+ containers. I have 18 to do later this evening for my own deck, mainly herbs, so it looks to be a potting soil filled day :)

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16. GardenGrrl
9:10 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Hi folks, thanks for stopping by my blog porch.

About Cockatoos I think they come in two catagorys; Lovey needy affection sponges
and Naughty little devils.

The first is mostly gentle and lives to be held, petted cuddled and cooed over.

The second also likes to be held petted etc. But they have a wicked sense of humor and a need to be dominant or dominated.
Syd likes to rough house and will "bully" any person or critter that doesn't tell him who the boss is. Once pecking order is established he is very sweet.
Cockatoos and many parrots are like having a spirited dog with a smart mouth.
Never swear around them. When you make them angry they will repeat that word at you even if you never swore directly at them.
Imagine my surprise at taking the remote away from the bird and hearing him say. "B***!"
Apparently he learned that from the TV.

Cockatoos are not a pet but an adventure.
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15. shoreacres
3:43 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Hi, GG ~

Finally taking a minute to really look over Sydney, and check out the look in his eye. How's his personality? I've only met two cockatoos in person, and I have scars from both of them. Both were aggressive if they didn't get exactly what they wanted when they wanted it, and sometimes seemed to be mean just for the pleasure of it. Anyhow, they make me nervous, but Sydney doesn't seem to have the nasty glare in his eye.

I did have a cocketiel once, named Nikki. He had a couple of nice tricks. He could whistle Yankee Doodle for a while, but then people starting singing or whistling back and he got confused and quit. BUT... he would hop up on high places and flap his wings and say, "I'm an eagle! I'm an eagle!" Danged good role model, that bird.

Have a good night!
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14. aSigiam
3:35 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Hey there GG. The ducks are still showing up, however it has only been the four males lately. We now have baby grasshoppers for them to eat (at least that is what I am hoping they will do). Got to get some nolo bait.
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13. OGal
3:31 PM GMT on May 11, 2008
GG, you sure have a wonderful touch with your flowers. I love the climbing rose. Wish I could do that. Your Cockatoo is beautiful so is your puppy. You did a great job with your bird pictures. Have a wonderful Mother's Day Sunday.
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12. sandiquiz
3:19 PM GMT on May 11, 2008
Hi there GG,
Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful Sunday, and a great week.......... you are obviously very busy with work... just don't over do it, find time to stop and smell the flowers!!!
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11. seflagamma
2:27 PM GMT on May 10, 2008
Good morning and happy Saturday. I love the pictures in your header of your beautiful garden and the critters! I would love to have some real yard space to grown things. Your flowers are beautiful!

You have a great weekend!
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10. GardenGrrl
12:36 PM GMT on May 10, 2008
Hi Sig, how are your ducks?

JP, What a wonderful gift for your mom! A continous supply of flowers and veggies. If you have any other siblings you can definitely tease them now with the old "top this gift for Mom" line.

Hi Skyepony, pool corn, makes me grin everytime I visualize it. You definitely have some great container veggie gardens going on.
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9. Skyepony (Mod)
5:55 PM GMT on May 09, 2008
Loved the poem:) Hope you find the time to do it all...

Moving lettuse around today. Dumped the winter Lima bean dirt around the corn + compost. Filled the bean pots back up & had a kid plant some pole beans. I need to post another corn pic. It's taken off. Most have 2-3 suckers which someone told me, that's great leave them they make even more corn. Know anything about that? Anyway the pool corn & the container corn looks way more ambitious than any corn I ever grew in the ground, well atleast in Florida.
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8. jphurricane2006
4:32 PM GMT on May 09, 2008
hey gardengrrl, your garden looks awesome, well we shouldnt be surprised

the dog and the bird are cute too,

anyway a friend of mine and I are working on my Mom's garden tonight, we have already started a few weeks ago, and now we are going to continue, I am looking forward to how it will look in the end. Mom was so surprised, I came up with the idea to start work on it while she was on vacation, the smile on her face when she came back made it worthwhile.
7. aSigiam
4:24 PM GMT on May 09, 2008
I heard recently that it is just a dream until you write it down, then it is a goal. Looks like somewhere near the top of your life’s todo list is to enjoy life itself. You go Grrl.
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6. GardenGrrl
12:40 PM GMT on May 09, 2008
Good-Morning All, thanks for stopping by and looking at pictures of things I find very special everyday. I hope in your own lives there are little things and rituals that bring you simple joy. May you all find a kitchen window in your life.
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5. Redhead
6:20 AM GMT on May 09, 2008
Happy Friday

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4. dragonflyF15
3:55 AM GMT on May 09, 2008
Great list! I've never had a dove feed at my feeders, they must be too lazy around here as they sit patiently under the feeders waiting for droppings. I haven't seen my hummingbird yet and I'm bummed. (He's been banded as part of study I participated in a few years back). At the end of every season he would come up to the window and tap on it over and over until I came down, hover and fly off. The next day, he was gone. Amazing little guy! I hope he's just running late...

And all the blooms! I'm jealous!

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3. JDinWPA
1:18 PM GMT on May 08, 2008
Good morning GG. My brother-in-law gave my a round tuit one year for Christmas. I had it for years until it got rather ratty and I tossed it... Seems like there should be a moral to that story, but for the moment I'm not sure what it would be. :>}}

Saw my first hummer yesterday. He managed to get a quick drink before one of the orioles chased him off. I'll have to get the smaller feeder out today!
2. plapman
12:22 PM GMT on May 08, 2008
Good Morning GG
Abbey won't get the car for sure. The big problem will be the grandaughter who got her beginner licence yesterday and wants me to take her out for drives.
My tulips are starting to bloom. Seems like there will be a lot of them this year.
Have a great day
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1. shoreacres
12:02 PM GMT on May 08, 2008
Wonderful post! Reminds me that I have a thing or two to do, too! Maybe I should start posting my list next to my snippets!
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