Friday Thoughts

Hi!

big-teeth-smiley-emoticonI’m feeling quite overwhelmed at the moment so I haven’t been posting as regularly as I would like, but hey, life gets in the way of our blogging sometimes, doesn’t it.

Thank you to everyone with your kind thoughts for my mother.  She’s still very weak, but she’s a tough old gal and I’m sure will be fine in a week or so.  She still refuses to go to the doctor, but I am accepting and respecting her wishes.  (As if I have a choice, hehe).  So… moving on…

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Work:  A lovely little Mookee pigeon was brought to the facility this past week.  Mookees are actually domestic show pigeons originating from India.  Apparently this little guy was abandoned (dumped) and was just wandering around a construction site.  I’m so relieved that the people recognized him as an “out of place” pet and cared enough to want to save him.  He is such a sweetie.  I love him; I want to keep him.  He sits on my shoulder, coos in my ear, and gives me gentle pecks on the cheek.  I just love my job.

Oh, also, this was found hanging on a bush… not a tree, a bush:

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Can you tell what it is?  It’s a hornet’s nest!!  A big, huge, ginormous hornet’s nest!  Bigger than a basketball!  I had actually never seen one that big before, so I’m sure you can imagine the words that came out of my mouth.  James suggested we get a stick.  Ummm…. no.  But it is gone now, poor things.  If only they’d chosen a better place to build.

The 12th Man:  The American football season began last week, so I may throw some “Go ‘Hawks” in there every now and again to cheer on our beloved Seattle Seahawks.  As I live it, I don’t think much about it, but not everyone knows about The 12th Man.  The 12th man is actually considered to be the fans for 11-man sports teams.  In 1984, the Seattle Seahawks retired the #12 jersey in honor of their fans.  In 2003, they installed a huge flagpole at Century Link Field and started raising a giant flag with the number 12 on it to honor the fans.  This is when the earth moves in Seattle… literally.  You may see a lot of 12s on this site in the upcoming months as we Seattle fans take our job seriously. You can’t go anywhere in the Pacific Northwest without seeing a 12, including the Space Needle.  So in case you are wondering about the significance of the 12, there you have it!

Training:  Why, yes, I am, thank you.  Bellingham Bay race next weekend already.  My how time flies.  I don’t think I even put it on my sidebar.  At this point, I may just add my Tulsa race for November and be done with it, lol.

Motivational Music Monday:  Okay, so this is the real reason I’m here right now!  James posted a cool little ditty in honor of the opening week of football.  It’s the song that the Seahawks take the field to (yes, I dangled my participle and ended in a preposition, :D).  Anyway, to stick with his little theme…. nahhh…. I’m just going to stick to a common word… symphony. Or more specific, “Symphony of Destruction” by “Megadeth.”  Ohhh yeahhh… I do crunch too.

And that’s going to do it for me today!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

39 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts

  1. Susan Leighton

    The Mookee is adorable! I hope you do get to keep him. Sorry to hear about your Mom. As for the hornets, UGH! They HATE my husband. He was severely stung on his legs mowing the yard. James should never poke their nest with a stick, LOL. Take care, fun slice of life post as usual. Have a great weekend!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hi Susan! Thank you! Those hornets… Omg… I can’t believe they went unnoticed for so long, lol! Yeah, the Mookee is so cute! He puffs his chest out so big when he’s happy and almost topples over from imbalance. Such a sweetie! 😀

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  2. wanderwolf

    Hi!!
    That Mookee is cute! And thanks for explaining the 12 thing. We have that for soccer too. Cool. Hornets nest, not so cool. Did you have it removed with smoke? Or spray? Tell James the stick would be a death sentence for him, not the hornets.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha, James was joking. He thought target practice with baseballs would be kinda cool too, lol! We had an exterminator come remove it… no way were we going near it. They actually smoked it.

      I haven’t had a chance to read your post yet, but James told me you broke your foot. Awww, Dorothea, I’m so sorry. I’ll get over there soon to read about it, but I’m feeling very sad for you. Hope you’re able to have a good weekend too!

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  3. lynne hoareau

    Hey Paula, hope you are well and that your mom is feeling better. What a beautiful pic of the pigeon 🙂 and that hornets nest is huge ! All the best for your run, you will do great as always.
    Yes, life…we all get a bit overwhelmed, I too, have been feeling that way 🙂 Have a good one, and give all your precious kitties some love from me 🙂

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  4. spearfruit

    I appreciate the #12, after all the teams would not be the same without them the fans, right? Busy week Paula, I appreciate you catching us up on things, and hope mom feels better very soon. Happy Weekend! 🙂

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Terry! And Happy Weekend to you too! Thinking of you and your most recent “bump” in the road… hang in there, my friend. There’s going to be lots to celebrate at Christmas…. or Hanukkah… or during the holiday season! 😀

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  5. Lady G

    I was glad to see you back; I started to get a little concerned–then you stopped by my place so I figured that all must be well.
    Looks like you’ve got the right outlook regarding mom!
    So…
    I am very relieved for that bird! Question, when a rare animal comes to you, do you all begin by researching more about how to care for it? I imagine that the one thing that all animals need immediately is water and comfort. That said, do you research what to feed it and how often…and so on? My Miss Lady J would love, love, love to learn all about what you do. She LOVES animals.
    Also…
    Uh, I haven’t seen a hornets nest like that since I last read Winnie the Pooh! LOL!!!
    And I loved the story about the 12th man! Very cool of the Seahawks to honor the fans in such meaningful ways!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      It’s been a bit of a stressful time with mom, especially as she’s close to 80, and I tend to go into shut-down mode when I get stressed, lol. But I’m trying hard to not go into total shut-down.

      So yes, about the rare animals… we have tons of govt publications on animals and rehabbing, and we also reach out to other rehabbers worldwide. For instance, just last week a rehabber in the Maldives thought she had a blue heron, but after research it was discovered she had a green heron and we sent her all the info on the care. Does your daughter like birds? On Amazon they sell a book called Sibleys Guide to Birds. We start there with identifying birds we’re not sure about. Your daughter may enjoy it… there’s a place in the back where you can mark off the birds you’ve actually seen. Anyway, once we identify the animal, we then go to our publications to figure out its proper habitat and diet. However, most are well-known as we get them all the time, like squirrels, raccoons, possums, ducks, etc.

      Hopefully I didn’t get too wordy on that subject, lol.

      And thanks as always, Gwin, for stopping by! Your happiness and upbeat personality are so contagious!! 😀

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      1. Lady G

        I understand what you mean about mom. It can be so overwhelming. I have had my experiences with being sandwiched between helping with my mom (before she died) and with my children. It can be too much sometimes.
        And I appreciate the thoughtful response on what you guys do to care for the animals. I am genuinely interested in knowing more about that. We have a place in Georgia called Noak’s Ark and they rescue animals. They have this huge anaconda or whatever kinda mammoth snake you wanna call it. That thing horrified me. I was so horrified that when we went to tour the facility two additional black snakes appeared in our experience. Girl, I guess I manifested them because I was so shook and preoccupied by that freaking gargantuan snake! LOL That’s why I tease so much about them.
        I will certainly get that bird guide for Lady J because there is no animal that she does not like.
        Stay encouraged Paula and be blessed 🌷

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Noooo, I think I’m going to give him up to one of our interns. I have cats and she doesn’t, and he’s an inside bird. Ahhh well, it’s for the best and I have to think of him, not me. But he sure is a sweetie.

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  6. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Life has definitely gotten in the way of my blogging right now. 😦

    How does James feel about a mookee at home? He sure is cute!

    Maybe you don’t remember our 2 hornet nests from hell last summer — they were quite literally even larger. One was inactive, the other was quite active. We hired someone.

    This summer I noticed that they’d built one UNDERGROUND. I didn’t actually notice the hole, I just noticed lots of hornets flying around our driveway. Mr. judy did take care of that one, although I didn’t want him to.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Oh no! No, I didn’t remember your hornets nests! But wow, underground! No thank you! They’re not supposed to get smarter, the vile things!!
      No mookee for me. 😥 I’ve decided to let an intern have him. He’s an indoor bird and extremely social, and it just won’t work with the cats. If not for the cats… in particular Meep the brute… I’d bring him home in an instant.

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  7. Tasha

    I sure hope your mom is feeling better! Boy, that hornets nest is huge! That would have sent me straight into shock….especially if it was discovered near my home. The last thing anyone needs is to be stung by a whole army of hornets!!

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