Ric and Zooey always like laundry day.
Something Good Open Thread
This guy went out for a run, cut through the park and picked up a trio of running mates:
Merriam-Webster does not mess around:
'Whales': ? various large, aquatic, marine mammals
'Wails': ? expresses sorrow audibly
'Wales': ??????? a country in Great Britain https://t.co/cDFzDPvxjR
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) June 13, 2019
So the gutter guy cleaned the gutters yesterday and I warned him to watch out for the ducks wandering the backyard. I looked out later and he was in the grass, trying to get them to come over to him. I brought him a bag of greens and let him feed them. It is one of the wonders of ducks…everyone wants to meet them.
I sent him home with a couple of duck eggs. LOL
Much needed respite open thread…what a news day.
And just so you guys know… this is what he looks like when he doesn’t look like a Dr. Seuss character pic.twitter.com/ObxUUyCdQ9
— Caitlin Christine (@caitchristinee) June 8, 2019
Poor kitty. Steve should be grateful he’s got John looking out after him instead of this guy. LOL
Also, JeffreyW cracks me up. He posted this on our blog with the caption, “Late Again” it’s where his bird feeder usually is placed:
— Miss T (@TaMarasKitchen) June 11, 2019
Today is not going as planned. LOL How about you?
Respite open thread
Gabe got to go outside this morning. This was our second attempt. A few weeks ago I tried it and he headed to the gate, as if to leave, so I swooped him up and brought him back inside.
Zander and Gabe wishing I would go away
Today, I grabbed a cup of coffee and joined the cats outside, ready to snag Gabe if he tried to leave again. Instead, he was content to hang out by the catnip and roll in the grass.
This is how I usually train the cats to be backyard kitties. I hang with them and discourage them from jumping the fence or finding an opening I didn’t realize we had. It takes a few times, but they always seem to get the idea. If they want to hang out in the yard, they must stay in the yard.
Emma joins the boys
I have also been known to send Bixby out after them to bring them back in. He’s very protective of his kitties. And I figure, better he scares them than the dog next door (even though the dog next door weighs all of 4 lbs and is terrified of the ducks).
To be fair, the only way to leave the yard is to jump the six-foot fence and for Gabe, that may no longer be a possibility. We don’t body shame here, but he seems to have grown as round as he is long.
Bonus Penelope (FKA Pearl):
Most of the white stuff in the water does not belong to her, but to my neighbors’ cottonwood.
Respite open thread
ETA: Someone added a “Duck Blogging” category and it wasn’t me! I swear.
The bears wrestling is great, but the end is hilarious.
— The Wild Animal Sanctuary (@animalsanctuary) May 4, 2019
Duck update: Surprise, surprise. I believe Penelope/Pearl is laying eggs. It’s been a process of elimination – Maddie and Mabel only lay one egg a day and I’ve been finding random soft or broken eggs in the yard after collecting my normal two eggs.
Way too young and the eggs are soft or broken upon production because of it. I wasn’t expecting them until end of summer, but researching it looks like because she’s getting a layer diet (because I have no way of feeding her separately) she’s laying early. ???
Her egg laying should mature over the summer and produce viable eggs.
Always a learning experience…
Respite open thread.
I usually make a salad for lunch. The ducks want in on the goods:
It never fails, I open a bag of greens and it doesn’t matter where they are in the yard, they do their fast paddle to the patio door. I swear they have sonic hearing. Domestic ducks running is hysterical. Every morning when I let them out of the coop they charge all over the yard making sure their territory is safe from all threats. I had a new “duck sitter” when I went away a few weeks ago and she would text me every morning saying that watching that made her day. Makes mine, too.
So…triggered straight people want a “straight pride parade.” Axe Body Spray was having none of it:
we’ll be at the parade that matters and this one isn’t it
— AXE (@AXE) June 5, 2019
Gay rights are human rights but go off jill
— AXE (@AXE) June 5, 2019
The entire thread is full of win. If you need a break from the never-ending nightmare of the IQ45 millennia.
I’ve given up on using the quote feature, as it consistently messes with the formatting. Here are your fowl stories of the day.
It was just a normal day last summer at R and R Garage in North Carolina when a rooster randomly wandered over to the garage, and didn’t seem to have any plans to leave. The employees assumed he’d been abandoned and began feeding him leftovers from the shop fridge, but when they took a long weekend, they sort of figured he would move on to another spot.
When they all returned, though, he was still there, so they named him Earl and he’s been the shop rooster ever since.
British researchers put small video cameras on cats to observe their behavior. Here are some samples:
Excerpts from an interview with one of the authors:
Q: What were the challenges of getting the cats to wear cameras?
A: We started with 21 cats, but only 16 tolerated the cameras. The others either started racing around or tried to scratch them off. One mother cat was like this, and when we put the camera on her son, she began hitting him. So we didn’t use either cat.
Q: You thank the study cats in the paper’s Acknowledgements section. Why?
A: I always acknowledge the animals I work with. I’ve been doing that since my Ph.D. thesis. I do feel thankful because if the cats didn’t oblige us, we couldn’t do the study.
From my experience with cats and harnesses, I am surprised that none of the cats acted paralyzed and fell over on its side.
Open thread for anything but politics.
By popular request (and vague threats about losing my FP status), duck videos. Bath time is the best time here.
Oh, and because you had to wait so long, bonus video of the monsters “helping” me with landscaping.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a beak.
Respite open thread.
NASA needs your help to improve its space laser pic.twitter.com/owsiC3VIPi
— The Verge (@verge) May 23, 2019
I posted this in a thread earlier, but I’ll drop it here, too. We are all that little boy at the beginning of the video:
She’s doing great and fully integrated with her fowl siblings. She’s got plenty of attitude and if she wants you to pet, feed or otherwise pay attention, she’ll nibble on your finger or sleeve to get your attention. More photos here.
Respite open thread
#CitizenScience collaboration ??? : I send home raw pictures of Jupiter, and talented people around the world turn them into everything from detailed scientific imagery to beautiful works of art. Full video: https://t.co/YIwpDufF6Q pic.twitter.com/ogkYKdw7HO
— NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) April 24, 2019
Jovian close encounter. A multitude of magnificent, swirling clouds in #Jupiter's dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image: https://t.co/0lAAb7fqEK pic.twitter.com/ifHqFhj9Zz
— NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) November 8, 2018
In the arms of the maelstrom: in this view from JunoCam, bright white clouds can be seen popping up in and around the arms of a rotating northern hemisphere storm. https://t.co/p5ms1ZhFa2 pic.twitter.com/p0s1KlCPvL
— NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) April 4, 2019
I have had a crappy, crappy few days, so I was glad when this came across my twitter feed. Sometimes I need to look outside myself to remember there are good things out there.
I hope your days are better.
Non-politic open thread
Look at that face
It’s Monday, so I’m swamped with work stuff (okay and gardening stuff – one of my clients gave me a gift certificate to the local garden shop and I HAD to use it today, and then of course plant stuff, too). But I wanted to give you an update on the Big Guy, since I hadn’t in a while.
It’s mostly because things are pretty much back to normal. He gets stronger every day. His gait is almost normal, most of the sway is gone and he’s stable on all four legs. I pinch myself at how lucky we are and the nightmare of a month ago is fading. We are down to treatment every two weeks. I caught Scout literally standing with her front legs on his back yesterday and he was completely steady. Unheard of just a week ago.
And I cannot thank you enough for giving me a space to share it all – I was so overwhelmed with sadness and fear and leaning on you guys helped get me through the weeks.
So you good people get bonus Scout:
I will try and get you some Pearl photos tomorrow. She’s doing well and has pretty much fully integrated with Mabel and Maddie – though I have some funny stories about that. Also, I could use more pet photos if you want to send them to me. I’m determined to keep up these respite threads – if only for my own sanity.
No-politics open thread
Living her best life.
Buffy is 3 and was adopted from a poultry auction. She loves the wind in her feathers. And that’s a Barbie helmet – Denmark, Australia – Maria Arima
I don’t know why, but this photo of Pearl just quacks me up:
Like, “why am I in a box?” She is in a much bigger box now, so I get fewer of those looks.
She’s doing well. Losing her down (my poor house, it’s like someone ripped open a pillow and spread it everywhere) and getting more feathers. Still doesn’t have her wing feathers yet. We are spending time outside with the other ducks…which is going okay. Pool time seems to be where they are most comfortable. Friends are bringing me a puppy yard to give her a space to safely hang out while Maddie and Mabel check her out. More photos/update here.
I had to run errands this afternoon and about 10 minutes from the house, I realized I secured the cats and the dogs, but forgot to secure the duck. She doesn’t really jump out of her little nest box, but I usually secure her in the kitchen. I wasn’t too worried, but when I got home, I came in through the garage – no duck in the kitchen. I go looking for her (not hard, she NEVER shuts up). She was hanging with the dogs. Bixby looked exasperated. Scout, amused. There was a minimal mess and no one was bleeding. I’ll call it a win.
And representing mammals today, eclare sent this to me a while back and it made me laugh.
So Mary G submits a sweet story about a kitty who rides on the shoulder of her new bestie, and this is the catitude I get from mine. That used to be my laptop, now it is Jacy’s
Those of us with cats totally get this.
No-politics open thread
I do as I am told:
Anatidaephobia: The fear that somewhere in the world a duck is watching you.
Mary may have had a little snowy white lamb, but I have a creamy white duckling who follows me EVERYWHERE. This is unexpected. Charming. And a little troubling. There is a full update here.
I have to get some work done, as you can imagine, there have been many distractions today.
I’ll do my best to use the incredible cuteness only for good and keep us all distracted.
Screw bad news today. Our home has been turned upside down by this noisy thing:
I’ve named it Pearl/Earl. We won’t know if its a boy or girl until it has its full feathers. It’s a Pekin duck, about 7 weeks old. I am leaning toward female because of the quack, but that’s not as reliable as the tail feather.
It followed a very sweet woman to her car from a local park where it was clearly abandoned (let me add testily here: don’t get ducks, chicks or bunnies for Easter, people, if you aren’t going to keep them for life!!)
She really has fallen in love and wanted to keep it, but just isn’t a place to do so. We are equipped here and I told her she could visit anytime she wanted. If it turns out she can’t live without, I’ll help her get set up for life with ducks.
We are settling in – but difficult since this handraised duckling wants nothing more than to sit in my lap and heaven-forbid I leave the room!
I have yet to get pup and duck photos, but they are doing okay together.
And then there was this last night:
According to our local police, this little one decided to visit a very busy market:
…last night (Monday, 5/6/19) Longmont had a deer make her way inside the King Soopers on South Hover Street and take a stroll through the produce section and deli. Some shelves were knocked over and the deer incurred some minor injuries. Longmont officers responded and the deer remained in a section of King Soopers until Colorado Parks and Wildlife arrived. Eventually, the deer was removed and released back into the wild.
Wondering if the deer should have considered ClickList for an outside pick up?
Just another day around here…
Non-politics open thread.