Wednesday, June 20, 2007

One for the Birds

My online AN cohort Bruce recently put up a webcam trained on a mama cardinal that set up a nest right outside her window. This morning, the eggs hatched! In about 10 days, the chicks should be able to leave the nest.

Take a look for yourself! Be patient - the link in popular enough that bandwidth is sometimes a problem. If you don't see it right away, try again in a few minutes.

See the mama!

Thanks, Bruce!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

I miss you, Daddy.

"We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

"You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together. "

-- Erika Cosby

"To her the name of father was another name for love. "

-- Fanny Fern

"My dear father; my dear friend; the best and wisest man I ever knew, who taught me many lessons and showed me many things as we went together along the country by-ways."

-- Sarah Orne Jewett

"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes."

-- Gloria Naylor

"The love of a father is one of nature's greatest masterpieces."

-- Unknown

“My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

-- Clarence B. Kelland

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass"; "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys";”

-- Harmon Killebrew

"My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad."

-- Beau Bridges

"Becoming a father isn't difficult, but it's very difficult to be a father."

-- Wilhelm Busch

"I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart."
-- Adabella Radici

"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever."
-- Author Unknown

Friday, June 15, 2007

My Meme

My sister tagged me. Though I'm having a really hard time coming up with 8 factoids about me that you may not know, I will try. Here they are, in no particular order:

1) I have performed at Carnegie Hall.
2) I have a huge crush on Scott Bakula.
3) I have small shopping-addict problem when it comes to coats and bags.
4) At 11 years old, my 8-year-old cousin and I flew as unaccompanied minors from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand.
5) I have two dream vacations: spending a month touring New Zealand now that I'm old enough to appreciate it; and spending a summer in a house rental on Kauai.
6) Every watch I have ever owned (both cheap and expensive) has come to an untimely demise due to an accidental mishap I caused. I don't buy or accept expensive watches anymore!
7) I met my now-husband when I was convinced to join the marching band in college, despite the fact that I didn't play a band instrument!
8) At 5 years old, I named our new standard poodle puppy Pom after one of the characters in my beloved Babar books.