The Passing of the Year

By: palmettobug53 , 6:05 PM GMT on December 30, 2013

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The Passing of the Year

My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,
My den is all a cosy glow;
And snug before the fire I sit,
And wait to feel the old year go.
I dedicate to solemn thought
Amid my too-unthinking days,
This sober moment, sadly fraught
With much of blame, with little praise.

Old Year! upon the Stage of Time
You stand to bow your last adieu;
A moment, and the prompter's chime
Will ring the curtain down on you.
Your mien is sad, your step is slow;
You falter as a Sage in pain;
Yet turn, Old Year, before you go,
And face your audience again.

That sphinx-like face, remote, austere,
Let us all read, whate'er the cost:
O Maiden! why that bitter tear?
Is it for dear one you have lost?
Is it for fond illusion gone?
For trusted lover proved untrue?
O sweet girl-face, so sad, so wan
What hath the Old Year meant to you?

And you, O neighbour on my right
So sleek, so prosperously clad!
What see you in that aged wight
That makes your smile so gay and glad?
What opportunity unmissed?
What golden gain, what pride of place?
What splendid hope? O Optimist!
What read you in that withered face?

And You, deep shrinking in the gloom,
What find you in that filmy gaze?
What menace of a tragic doom?
What dark, condemning yesterdays?
What urge to crime, what evil done?
What cold, confronting shape of fear?
O haggard, haunted, hidden One
What see you in the dying year?

And so from face to face I flit,
The countless eyes that stare and stare;
Some are with approbation lit,
And some are shadowed with despair.
Some show a smile and some a frown;
Some joy and hope, some pain and woe:
Enough! Oh, ring the curtain down!
Old weary year! it's time to go.

My pipe is out, my glass is dry;
My fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go,
And I prepare to meet the New:
Old Year! a parting word that's true,
For we've been comrades, you and I --
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!

by Robert W. Service

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54. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:53 PM GMT on January 05, 2014
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53. BriarCraft
9:53 PM GMT on January 05, 2014
Keep on commiting Texas heresy when you make chili. Beans are good for you.

Beans, beans, the musical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So eat some beans at every meal!

Seriously though, they are a great source of fiber as well as tasting yummy.

I was just looking at your forecast. It doesn't look all that bad, especially compared to what a lot of the Midwest and East is getting. Tuesday will be nippy and certainly does qualify as chili weather.

So have you got Flash squared away yet? Your description of the problem in #45, sounds a lot like what happened on my computer in November or December with Java. Uninstall/reinstall did fix that.
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52. sandiquiz
9:29 PM GMT on January 05, 2014
If you check in here before bedtime... I sent you outie mail:)
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51. palmettobug53
3:14 PM GMT on January 05, 2014
Good morning.

Cal, I feel like an idiot. I ought to know my wood ducks from my Mandarins! I think I was just flying so fast, looking in the photos for ones to put in my blog, that I didn't really look and just assumed. They have that same feathering on the head and do look a bit similar, at first glance.

This is the shake down cruise with the Minnie Winnie, so you WILL forget something! lol

, I commit Texas heresy and put beans in my chili. Everyone here in SC does. I've got my recipe posted somewhere in one of my recipe blogs, waaaaay back in my archives.

It did turn out pretty good and it does always taste better the next day, after the flavours blend a bit.

We're getting ready to ride the weather rollercoaster again. That artic vortex will be pushing through the area, though not to the extent that the Midwest and NE are going to get. For us, though, it will be COLD!

Today: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Not as cool with highs in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming southwest this afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain...mainly after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Monday: Partly sunny. A chance of rain in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Monday Night:
Mostly clear and much cooler. Brisk with lows around 19...except in the mid 20s near the coast. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Wind chill readings as low as 9 above after midnight.

Tuesday: Sunny. Much cooler with highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill readings as low as 7 above in the morning.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 20s. Wind chill readings as low as 15.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Wind chill readings as low as 15 in the morning.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs around 60.

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50. GardenGrrl
1:20 AM GMT on January 05, 2014
Mmmmmm Chili. It is always better the next day. I always make it the day before and have a "test" bowl or two before it officially becomes dinner the next day.
So do you make yours with beans or just meat?
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49. calpoppy
1:15 AM GMT on January 05, 2014
How funny I thought they were Wood ducks too! I should be ashamed as I have a beautiful wood decoy wood duck right in front of me, LOL!! Anyway maybe the Mandarin duck is my fav duck! I made a mistake on Sandi's blog by thinking a jay was a Horned Lark, LOL, it did have horns though!

We have a list and are checking it twice, what are we going to forget on our trip!!!
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48. palmettobug53
10:54 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
Caro - Yeah, I saw the write up in the paper today. I had no idea she was still alive or that she was living over at Bishop Gadsden, like my cousin is.

It seems to me that there was another GWTW actress that lived here. I thought it was the woman that portrayed one of Scarlett's sisters, SueEllen. That was Evelyn Keyes but I can't find anything to back that up. I just remember someone telling me that she lived downtown, below Broad St, somewhere. Maybe they were mixed up about who it was and it was really Alicia Rhett (India Wilkes). Or maybe it was me that was mixed up about who it was that lived here. There's no telling! lol

Thanks for posting that. I meant to but forgot.

- So, the traveler is home. I can imagine he was exhausted, not having been able to sleep on the plane. Just the trip alone would be enough to shatter one.

I've got a pot of chili on the stove. Hubby said he wanted some for tomorrow but I decided to go ahead and fix it tonight.

I spent some time outside this afternoon, raking leaves up over my flower bed beside the drive. With those frigid temps coming Monday and Tuesday, I thought it might be a good idea to insulate those plants. All of them are still green and many are still blooming. Hopefully, those layers of loose leaves will give them some protection.

We've got rain on the way tonight. I got most of the laundry done today but still have one load of delicates, which I always put on my drying racks. I didn't want to wash them today, in case I had to finish drying today's loads. It was cold but windy out there and almost all of it did dry.
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47. sandiquiz
8:05 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
I have been lurking around the blogs, reading comments with one eye whilst watching an afternoon of Doctor Who on Tv with the other! Great stuff!!

Then I had to get a meal ready for two of us....C arrived back around lunchtime, and after a chat over a cup of coffee and sandwich, he went to bed for a couple of hours. He hadn't slept since Thursday night, cos having sleep apnoea means he can't sleep on a plane. He left Canada at 7:30 Friday night, on a flight of nine hours, but due to time difference arrived in the UK at 11:30 this morning.
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46. carolinagal
5:51 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
Hello. Happy New Year - It's still school holiday here, so that's my excuse for being so late. Both girls go back to school on Monday, although the one in college won't begin classes until Wednesday.

Another overdue post (from an unrelated topic) - I said a while ago that I had read something that I knew you would be interested in.
And now it's in the news -

Gone with the Wind Actress

A few months ago I saw a discussion in a facebook group, (prompted by a photo that I'll figure out how to share) about Alicia Rhett. A lot of people had memories of knowing her, having their portrait painted, etc. You probably knew her Charleston conncection, but I did not. I was really fascinated by her and followed several links/searches for other info. Part of the discussion was whether she was still living or not. Surprisinly, I could not see that online at the time.. but obviously she was still living at the time of that discussion.

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45. palmettobug53
3:14 PM GMT on January 04, 2014
Good morning from a nippy Charleston. It will get even nippier Tuesday. The low Monday night will get down into the teens and the high Tuesday won't even get out of the 30's. I do hope that changes a bit. That's way too cold for me!

, thanks for the tip. I enjoyed watching. Plus, online you can pause the film, if you need to get up for something. Can't do that, watching it on TV.

Ylee, I enjoy the modern interpretation of Doyle's detective. I think Benedict Cumberbatch does a good job in the role, though Jeremy Brett is my favorite. Still, if I miss an episode, I'm not too upset.

What I can't possibly miss a minute of is "Downton Abbey," and the new season starts tomorrow night. I'll be glued to the TV!

Briar, you're right! Those are Mandarins. At first glance, I thought 'Wood Ducks' because of that feather that sticks out at the back of their heads. I should have caught that; I guess I really wasn't looking closely. Or thinking.

My router gets turned off completely, when I turn my laptop off. I've always had a habit of 'going dark.' That's probably not the problem.

The problems with video started about a month ago, when I had some issues with an auto update from Adobe. I don't know what happened but the update slammed to a stop before it finished. I went to their website to see if I could find the update but I didn't know what I'm looking for. I wound up uninstalling Reader and reinstalling it. I'm not real techie and I don't know what I'm doing, half the time. I think when I did that, I messed up Flash.
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44. BriarCraft
7:27 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
I do hope Uncle D gets better soon. That has got to feel absolutely miserable to have his face swollen like that. I'm such a wimp I hit the sudafed and tylenol at the first sign of face pressure from unhappy sinuses. I can't imagine letting a sinus infection get that bad, and I avoid doctors as much as possible.

I think I need to uninstall, then reinstall Flash. I'm getting some dragging and black squares with videos lately.
You might try powering off your modem/router for 10 seconds to reset it. There are times my slow rural DSL service gets even slower than normal, with dragging, hiccupping, etc. Sometimes a simple router reset will fix the problem, sometimes it won't, but I'm a firm believer in KISS, so try the simplest fix first.

You picked some outstanding photos for your header. I was entranced by those colorful ducks. They didn't look like the pictures of wood ducks I found at I checked back at the comments this evening and saw that someone had identified them as Mandarin Ducks. No! not the Chinese food. I googled it and have to agree with the identification.

That last one with the hovering mourning dove is unique, isn't it?
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43. Ylee
7:15 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
Hi, bug! Your uncle reminded my for my late great-uncle who once insisted on only taking a couple of aspirin, when in fact needed to get his heart shocked ro get back into rhythm!

Wife's hyped about the new season of Sherlock. How about you?
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42. NumberWise
2:07 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
I'm glad it worked for you!
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41. palmettobug53
1:22 AM GMT on January 04, 2014
I just finished watching the Christmas special. I did go ahead and signed up. I didn't see a way to view without signing up. It was easier than I thought; I could use my Google password. Had to answer a couple of questions for a profile but that was it. And they DO have captions.

I think I need to uninstall, then reinstall Flash. I'm getting some dragging and black squares with videos lately.

Still, I got to see Shelagh get married. And poor Nonnatus House was destroyed. I knew they were having to move but to find an unexploded bomb from the Blitz?

Jenny seems happier. It looks like she's finally let go of Jimmie.
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40. NumberWise
11:56 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Bug, I think sign up is required for viewing in HD. I didn't sign up - I just watched! And I just went back and watched a bit more - with captions.
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39. palmettobug53
11:34 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Numberwise, I'll have to check my local PBS website and see if it is available for free viewing. I see your site requires sign up.

Ah, garbage. I just checked my local PBS and it requires sign up, too.

I guess I'll have to add another sign on and password to my list.

I wonder if they show it with captions or not. That's the kicker. If there's no captions, I'll be lost.
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38. NumberWise
11:24 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Hi, Bug.

I hope you get some better news about your uncle soon. That's encouraging, though, that he can pester the doctors!

I don't watch TV, but I've been able to watch Call the Midwives on my local PBS web site. I just watched the Holiday Special on the web site at
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37. palmettobug53
10:50 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Uncle D still in hospital and doesn't seem to be doing any better yet. His face is so swollen, he said he can't get his glasses on to even watch TV. That was yesterday. Or the day before. I'm having trouble figuring out what day the 'news flashes' are for.

My aunt emailed me at home last night about 5 minutes after I logged off and she was talking about 'yesterday'. So that's Wed? We've been a bit at cross purposes with our emails. I'm hoping I'll hear something later tonight AND something encouraging.

My aunt said he's already been pestering the doctor about when he can go home. Which, from what I'm hearing, isn't going to happen soon. Not for someone 89 years old, that lives alone and has a horrendous sinus infection. Not until he's substantially better.
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36. palmettobug53
5:41 PM GMT on January 03, 2014
Happy Friday!

Really busy here but making headway. I think.

Emailed my aunt from work this morning. I had no update by the time I logged off last night around 8:00.

She said she'd heard nothing new since last night, so I probably have something in my outtie mail. I'll have to wait until I get home to see.

I can no longer access my Gmail from other computers without a passcode and I don't have any of them here with me. I understand the reason for the security measures but it sure does make things inconvenient.
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35. palmettobug53
1:06 AM GMT on January 03, 2014
My aunt emailed last night after I logged off. My uncle is still in hospital and his girlfriend told my aunt that she couldn't see that he seemed to be doing much better yet. This was yesterday.

It does take a good 48 hours, sometimes more, for those anti-Bs to kick in good. Wednesday afternoon would mark 48 hours of him being on meds.

I have not received any word on how he's doing today. I'm hoping that the next 'news flash' will bring some better news.
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34. palmettobug53
5:50 PM GMT on January 02, 2014
Hi, ho, folks.

Oh, I'm just SO thrilled to be back to work! It has piled up but I guess it is not quite as bad as it could be. Our daily work between Christmas and New Years is always a bit on the light side. I have made a fair dent in it. Still, it will probably take me a few days to catch it up. One foot in front of the other.

Oh, gosh Karen. Don't make me think about my files at the house. I went through them once last year but I doubt anyone would notice. It needs doing again.

Sandi, that was pretty good - a full 8 hours. Another night like that and you'll be in tip top shape.
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33. sandiquiz
3:15 PM GMT on January 02, 2014
Hi Bug,
Sorry to read of your uncle...I do hope the hospital stay manages to shift whatever is causing him to feel unwell.

I took your advice and managed to stay awake until ten, then my sister Skype'd me, so it was going to 11 before I settled down....but slept until seven, so not too bad,

Karen - I must delete files and shred unwanted papers....I can't get anymore in the he filing cabinet until I do!! It is on the list!!! Lol

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32. SBKaren
10:59 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Nighty-night Bug! I had to look at my time because it's still so sun shiny out here! I always forget I have to add 3 hours, and that would definitely make it dark there!

R and I just spent the better part of an hour and a half going through our files. It's been a thorn in my side for a while now and something I've wanted to do. Well, today was the day, especially since we already took down all the Christmas decorations.

Now they are nice and tidy and we've shredded and recycled so much paper! I had so many duplicates of some paper work that I had received online, that I didn't need the paper copy too. That, and some outdated stuff I just didn't need. It felt good! Now I can relax, read and work on my puzzle tonight with a feeling of accomplishment!
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31. palmettobug53
10:29 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Thanks, Hades, and I wish the same for you.

LOL... Huri! A rather apt graphic for New Years Day. I imagine that there might have been a few pink elephants dancing around last night!

I think I'm going to sign off until lunchtime tomorrow. I've about got supper ready. After we eat, I'm going to get my lunch stuff and clothes ready for my return to work in the morning. Then, I think I'll get back into my jammies and find something to watch on TV until bedtime.

I hope everyone has a good evening!
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30. hurigo
10:20 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Happy New Year Bug

Modified: Sorry the picture of the pink elephant did not work.

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29. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
8:23 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Happy New Years, Palmettobug =)
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28. palmettobug53
7:50 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Just read an email from my aunt. She sent it sometime yesterday and I didn't get back to my email again, after checking yesterday morning.

My uncle in O'burg is in the hospital. He was sick with a cold and didn't look all that good, when we stopped by Saturday on our way home from Greenwood. He said he was OK, considering.

Things can go downhill fast in the elderly, though. AND he's a man. His girlfriend said, "You are going in and I'm not going to take 'No' for an answer." Between her and his son, they got him in.

He was admitted on Monday. He had developed a very bad sinus infection, to the point that his face was swollen and red and he couldn't even get his hearing aids in his ears. I've had some sinus infections before but never to that extent. I suspect that this had been building up for a while but that he didn't start feeling really bad until the day after Christmas and just thought it was a simple cold coming on.

They've got him on IV anti-Bs. Have no idea when they'll release him. He lives alone, though his son and DIL and girlfriend are all right there and can check in on him. Because of his age (89?), they won't let him go home until they're sure he's on the mend. If he had been much younger, they'd have probably just sent him home on heavy duty oral anti-Bs.
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27. palmettobug53
5:59 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Well, I've made the rounds, as best I could. If I slipped up and forgot anyone with my New Years wishes, my apologies.

I use the directory as a guide and if someone's blog isn't that active, I might miss them. :-(
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26. palmettobug53
4:03 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
Happy New Year, everyone. May we all have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.

White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits! Are those good luck wishes stronger on the first day of the first month of the year? I surely hope so!

Rob, knowing the community you live in, it does not surprise me that everyone has chipped in to help those folks on the island that have been without power. I hope that they are all back to normal soon.

Cal, Jus, Sandi, GG - thank you all for your New Year's wishes and the lovely graphics. My best to you all this coming year.

Shore, I wondered if you might have taken Carolyn with you on this trip. I'm so glad ot hear that you did. It's probably been quite a while since she's been on such an excursion and I know she enjoyed every minute, as you did, having someone to share the trip with.

I am truly sorry to hear about the husband of the couple you visited. Hearing that he used to be so active and is now housebound made me think about Dad, who been on my mind very much this Christmas season.

I saw the brief article in the paper about the domestic assault with a ceramic squirrel but didn't really read it. I took one look at the little headline, shook my head, thought, "What is wrong with those people?" and kept going. I didn't realize she stabbed him with it; I thought she threw it. Which she must have done, it broke and she continued with a broken piece. All over some forgotten beer? Sheesh...

Not much on the agenda today. I really overslept this a.m., as I did make it up past midnight. Waaay past midnight. The Walking Dead marathon is on and I got caught up in that.
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25. GardenGrrl
3:28 PM GMT on January 01, 2014
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24. sandiquiz
11:37 AM GMT on January 01, 2014
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23. shoreacres
12:54 AM GMT on January 01, 2014
Evening, Bug! I got tired over at WP before I got to your comment, so I thought I'd come over here and wish you a Happy New Year while you still were up and about.

Carolyn and I got back on Saturday. I spent Sunday writing, and then, under the influence of my grandma, no doubt, I spent yesterday cleaning! Things are in pretty good shape now, and I think I'm going to be starting the new year in better shape than in several years. More organized, certainly, and with a little list of goals, and with a real desire to get back in the routine, get to work, make some money and wait for spring. I'm tired of this cold weather!

It was gloomy, drizzly, hazy, foggy and dismal our whole trip to the hill country. Since the point was to visit, that was fine. We did get out and about to the places we wanted to visit, and even if the photos aren't the best, they'll do for my purposes.

I fear that the husband of the couple we went to visit won't be here next year. He has congestive heart failure & other problems, including cancer that's in remission. It's just sad - he's always been such an active guy, and now he's limited to the house for the most part. Still, they have five kids, three of whom are in the area, and they're tremendous help. All five were back for Christmas - it was a nice celebration.

I thought of you recently - well, at least of your town - when I found this in the news. I don't quite get the "stabbing" business. I would think a clunk over the head would be more likely. In any event - be sure and bring home the beer, Carolinians!

I may indulge myself, a bit later. If I were to have a beer or glass of wine now, I fear I might miss ten o'clock, let alone midnight. Shoot, I might miss nine o'clock. I'm not the party animal I used to be!
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22. WatchinTheSky
11:02 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
The best to you this new year!

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21. juslivn
10:36 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
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20. calpoppy
9:40 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
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7:53 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Happy New Year Bug, mighty cold here in the Bay of Fundy, not expected to improve till the weekend at the earliest.
Folks without power have been managing with help from those that have, and community warming centres have been set up for those that have no alternatives. The generosity has been great, restaurants provided Xmas Dinner for no charge is one example.
Yes the plan is to visit this evening and hopefully usher in the New Year then off to the bunk.
Again all the Best in 2014

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18. palmettobug53
6:36 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Hi, Pros. That's a cool graphic.

Jeff, I was just over at Patti's and checked out the link to the pig cake blog. That's quite the cake you're taking on. I wish you the best of luck in getting it finished and transported to the luau.
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17. BrowardJeff
6:16 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Just popping by to wish you and yours a slightly early Happy New Year!I'm busy working on the cake I'm taking to the party tonight.  I've got the main pieces assembled and frosted.  I have to tint and sculpt some fondant..something that I've never really done before.  But it seems to be working out so far.
Forecast calls for an overnight low in the high 60s or low 70s.  Beautiful weather for a luau!  :)
Stay safe, all, and enjoy!
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16. Proserpina
6:05 PM GMT on December 31, 2013

Miscellaneous New Year Comments

Magickal Graphics
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15. palmettobug53
2:48 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Hi, Huri.

The snowy owl irruption just has the birding community all a-dither! You may have a good chance of spotting one. More so, than I would, despite that spotting on Cape Romain, south of me. I don't know that anyone has spotted one there since. I'd have to ask a girl at work, who knows the folks at The Center for Birds of Prey. I think one of their staff went down there to see if they could confirm the sighting.

Go to the ebird site and they give tips on where to go to have a good chance of spotting one. Beaches, airports, etc. They like open spaces.

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14. hurigo
2:37 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Happy Last Day of 2013 Bug,
I love the beautiful photos you have collected. Dove's are fascinatingly concurrently plain and vibrant. I clearly remember the first wood ducks I met; could not believe my eyes! And--the snowy owl, WOW. I am reading more and more about their southerly progression and so hopeful that I will get to see one. There's one on the cover of the Cape Henry Audubon Society Page.

Here's a link

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13. palmettobug53
2:28 PM GMT on December 31, 2013
Good morning and happy New Year's Eve to all!

A bit grey here today but I don't think rain is in the forecast until tomorrow afternoon. Highs will be in the 40's/50's and we've a freeze warning up for Friday night. Whoopee.

Karen, Hubby is retired now but looking for part time work. There's not much out there, though. He tried to get his last employer to let him continue working but to cut his hours. They were agreeable and did so. For a while. It wasn't long before he was right back up to his old schedule, with no relief in sight. He was just burned out and finally quit last May.

He talked with one of his former coworkers not too long ago and found out that they had to divide his old delivery route between two drivers. No one could handle it all, as one route. Hubby's been told that his employer would take him back but I highly suspect that it wouldn't be long before he'd be in the same mess again.

I will drive at night, if I have to, but I prefer not to. I try to do all my errands and whatnot on weekends, days/afternoons off and on my way home from work, Once I'm home? That's it. I do not go back out unless it's absolutely necessary. When traveling, I do everything I can to work it out so that we (or I) get home before dark.

Mike, that peacock is not really attacking the car; he's attacking his reflection. He thinks it is another peacock! It's a territorial thing. I've seen small male birds attacking their reflection in the side mirrors, too. The picture you posted is a great shot of him.

I had never heard of the term 'irruption' until I read something in the paper a few weeks ago. I'd heard birds described as an 'accidental,' if they were seen outside their usual range.

Oh, Barb! That is a hoot! I'd never heard of "Dinner For One." It reminds me of the physical humor of a number of comedians popular from the 20's and on up through the 60's and 70's. A bit lowbrow, perhaps, but funny as the dickens. Thanks for the New Year's Eve gift! lol

Sandi, a happy New Year to you, too. I hope it is a good one.

It's a shame the regular peacocks picked on the white ones and the school had to move them. That photo shows a lovely bird. It sounds just like children on the playground, picking at someone who is different.

Time for me to get another cup of tea and potter about on WU a bit.
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12. sandiquiz
11:55 AM GMT on December 31, 2013

Wishing you all you wish for yourself for 2014.

Reading back I see Mike mentioned the peacocks at my school.

I was looking through my old WU photos and came across a photo of the male white peacock we had for a while. The pair were tormented by the other peacocks and were moved elsewhere, which was a pity, as they were beautiful.

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11. barbamz
10:21 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
Very nice blog. Happy new year, bug, and everyone!

Happy new year to everyone with an already "old" tradition in Germany: Watching "Dinner for one" on New Year's Eve! Wikipedia: "The sketch has become a tradition in Germany, where up to half the population may watch it every year on New Year's Eve, but it is relatively unknown in Britain and has never been broadcast on television in Canada or the United States. "
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10. clearlakemike
2:30 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
Karen, when I was in the desert last Spring I drove down Hwy 111 to see the towns in the eastern part of the valley, like where your brother is, that I had not ventured down to when I lived there. It was a beautiful drive down as the sun was setting. I stopped at the Souplantation in La Quinta to eat dinner and decided to drive back to Palm Springs in the dark on the 10 fwy. omg...all the trucks and traffic, and there was lots of wind and sand blowing across the freeway. That was the longest 25 miles...I didn't realize the valley was so long.
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9. clearlakemike
2:20 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
Gorgeous collection of photos, Bug! The Snowy Owl invasion is very interesting. I have never heard of such a thing before reading about it here. I remember Sandi talking about the peacocks at her school now. I had gone to a Buddhist Sanctuary in Ukiah, CA some years back and a peacock was attacking a car. I remember telling Sandi how loud they were and she told me how they would scream into her classroom, lol

Car attacking peacock at The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
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8. SBKaren
2:04 AM GMT on December 31, 2013
Hi Bug -

I had to go back to your old blog to find the answer to my question! But first, I don't call the photo of that house with all the lights on the Griswold house, they do! I didn't post all the views I got of it, but they have a banner up calling it the Griswold house and they even have a guy hanging from the roofline. It's pretty amazing, but I imagine all their neighbors don't need to use lights inside!! LOL

I never saw an answer to the question, is your hubby retired?

You want long car rides, move to California! It takes us 8-9 hours to drive to Lake Tahoe, and that's not even at the top of the state....nor are we at the bottom!! So I guess if I say we vacation mostly in CA, that could be like traveling through 2-3 other states, depending on where we were!! LOL

Youngest traveled to Washington and it took, 2 days to get there. They drove for 13 hours total the first day, but they got from home to Eugene, OR. That did include a lunch stop in old Sacramento. They'll have a 2 day drive coming home too.

I also don't like driving at night anymore. I would never travel 'on purpose' at night anymore. I do have some meetings and other social things I do at night, but they are never far away. I like to stay off the highway/freeway at night if I can.
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7. palmettobug53
11:11 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Oh, and that snowy owl irruption going on? One was spotted earlier this month here at Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge, about a 30 minute drive south of Charleston.

The above picture was one of the owl sightings by novembergale up in NY. Even the picture in our paper illustrating the article about the spotting was taken in NJ.

ebird even reported that one was spotted in Bermuda!

Owl Invasion
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6. palmettobug53
10:58 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Hi, Cal.

Quite a few of us here had rough years, in one way or another. You just have to try to plow through it.

I love wood ducks but have never seen them in the wild. Just pictures of them. I have a large, framed wood duck print of Dad's by Anne Worsham Richardson. She was a very well regarded local artist, who also rehabbed wild birds.

Carolina Wood Ducks

I've seen screech owls a couple of times. My first was when my high school art teacher took a group of us to meet Ms. Richardson one day. It was sitting on a perch in her living room. I thought it was a stuffed owl until it blinked! lol

I got bipped on the head by one a couple of years ago. I've never had an opportunity to see any of the other owls. Since they're mostly nocturnal, catching sight of one can be tricky.

I'll bet that could be a bit unnerving, to see a peacock peering in the window at you! It makes me think of Sandi (I think). One of the schools she taught at had peacocks. One would get on a roof, where it had access to her classroom windows and would scream into the classroom! lol
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5. calpoppy
10:20 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Wow, two of my favorite birds, snowy owls and wood ducks! Have only seen the wood duck in the wild, snowy owl is on my bucket list. So is the Grey owl, it would be amazing to see one.

You have had quite a year, Bug! Good and bad, I guess that is how things go, we take the good with the bad. At least that is what my grandma used to say.

Your resilience is amazing!!!

I have enjoyed part of my day looking at my peacocks as they look at me through the kitchen window, lol! It really is neat to see them so close up.
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4. palmettobug53
6:59 PM GMT on December 30, 2013
Everybody loves Phoebe, wab.

I've gotten several folks at work hooked on her, as well as a few of the younger family members that are computer/smart phone savvy.

There's a few of my older family members that I know would love watching her but they either don't have computers/ipads/tablets/smart phones etc or all they know how to do is email and don't get online for anything else.
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