Cough, COUGH, COUGH! Aaaah-chooo! AAAAAAh-CHOOO! I hab a code. It took this long (10:15 a.m.) for me to become functional enough to type. Better late than never. So let's get this party started with our fantastic host, Lexa Cain, and her co-hosts, L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker.
This week, I would like to celebrate the following:
1. Lotion-infused facial tissues. (See above)
2. Memory loss.
Now that I've reached a certain age, my short-term memory is kaput. It's frustrating to ask a child what they want for dinner, walk into the kitchen, and have no idea what their answer was. However, when it comes to reading, having no memory is great. I just reread The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and loved it, again. Such an incredible book. It might even make my top ten list of books, if I could ever remember to construct one. So good.
(They wouldn't be hanging out so close to the house if they knew what was for dinner!)
We spent several days at my parent's house in Asheville, NC over Christmas break and were entertained by a horde of (eleven) wild turkeys. They'd strut around the yard, the boys puffing out their chests and expanding their tail feathers like peacocks. Maybe the warm weather made them think it was spring. The males butted feathery chests, chased each other, and even pecked at their reflections in the windows.
Male turkeys comparing tail feathers. Who's the greatest?
These birds are big. They could easily peck you in the belly button without straining their necks.
The Turkey Parade
When the sun went down, other critters came out. My mom is like me--unable to resist anything with fur. One evening, not one, not two, but three raccoons stopped by to chow down on leftovers. The trio was joined by a possum, but they didn't want to share. Unfortunately, the pictures we have are too dark. So I'll share this one from Flickr.
Hope you all are having a happy and healthy New Year!