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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love egrets; did I tell you, Moon, that they are now on our lakes? Right along with sea gulls. Such beautiful pictures.

It's the artist in me, Larry. I see everything and internalize whatever I see. Remember the phrase 'photographic memory'? It's a little like that but more selective. I only memorize parts of things, the most important parts. I am an amazing test taker Big Grin
And Larry, I still remember Daisy Dog and the day or two that you had her. She was such a pretty little thing. And yes, dogs are like that; Brique probably knew more about Laila that last day or two than you did.

Lucy I surely hope you can get onto that site before the day is done. I'm sure you're right about the starlings, Toni mentioned them too, I just haven't seen any around here in years and years but they tell me there are many nesting beneath the bridges at the dam.

Yep, I gotta paint that elephant, MaryMary.

Did you hear that Nap??
ELEPHANT!!!

But first I must go get Daisy food. That cat weighs 5 pounds and she can eat me out of house and home. Swear she eats more than Sunshine does.

Latah, luvs.

ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 1:14 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Trump up for luck!! But when I paint 'em, ya never know where that trunk is going to be, MM. Big Grin

Why have I never had cheese curds?

Outta here.

Oh, Oma, still thinking about you. I do hope you are feeling better. Group hug
ImageElena
Feb 13, 2016 1:39 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Since dog toys have been discussed a lot lately (love the pics of Wilma repairing that torn toy with Brique looking on with such great concern) here is a link I know you fellow dog lovers will enjoy just as much as I did. Rescue Dog Gets to Pick Out Her First Toy Ever
http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2016/02/rescue-dog-gets-to-pick-o...

ImageMaryE
Feb 13, 2016 3:06 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
What a cute video!

I've never had cheese curds, either.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Feb 13, 2016 3:11 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Holy cow, busy chatting again today!

I loved the way Brique was patiently waiting for Wilma to repair his bone. I think Palmer is a cutie.

And the babies are cuties too. You posted a recent picture of them not too long ago as well didn't you?

Cheese curds? Never heard of them until someone mentioned them on ATP a little bit ago. Are they just bits of cheese or what? Warm? Hmm. I'm trying to imagine.

Love the egret.

Lucy, I didn't have any trouble getting into the site today. All we saw this morning were crows. We'll look again tomorrow. It would help if we had a feeder, or at least some seed to sprinkle out. But Rusty doesn't help. The big birds aren't afraid of him, especially the mocking birds.

Sharon, it sounds like Sunshine is trying to hug you. I can imagine that's enough to wake you up with a start!

Nice day here but cold and windy. Warm in the greenhouse though. We actually had to open the top door.

Aw, cute video.
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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 4:18 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Love the video, Elena. The dog looks a lot like a lighter colored Sunshine but the face is similar. She picked her first toy from a small box full of toys Ashley had picked up for her during the weekend while we waited for her to be spayed. She chose Tiger as I remember. I have pictures somewhere, so maybe it was Little Bear but we till have Bear Toe and Tiger Toe, too.

OK Nap, I remembered. I can't seem to get a good striking picture of the little box from Thailand, so here are two efforts of two different sizes. You can choose then place it in which ever month Zany needs it in. Since the pics aren't the greatest, I'll let you decide whether to use one of them or not.

Thumb of 2016-02-13/Sharon/87e553 Thumb of 2016-02-13/Sharon/df18f2
Big Yellow Grin
Imageirisarian
Feb 13, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I had logged in, but after doing so & typing my message I was told 'members only' announcement. sometimes it can be annoying.

So, yes I was able to get the bird site this time. they questioned the 2 purple finches--gave details. We usually only see one at a time. They can be confused with house finches. these were more heavily colored & John saw that they lacked the 'spots' beneath the wing area. John had checked The book by Roger Tory Peterson & saw that detail. No we could not give photos but gave that detail. 2 is new for us either. One probably gave the other food information. No gold finches & we usually have those. The starling information is probably useful if they are new. Is the farm near enough so you would go over the weekend. you can see if they have a spot for nearby locations.
Imageirisarian
Feb 13, 2016 4:50 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
John's grandmother's collection mainly had raised trunks. I only met her once so don't know why she started with those.
ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I''m glad you finally got to the bird site. It's been windy today so there have been very few birds in my back yard. I know they are there, they are just hiding, staying warm.

Mom started collecting elephants early too, Lucy, she started when my grandfather had been to some kind of Republican thing out of state and he brought her an elephant when he came home. The second one came from her pen pal from England. It was a treasure too. It was when she was about 8 or 9 years old, so in the 30s. I still have them. Along with 3 or 4 hundred more. Small though, a lot are veery small so storage is not a problem but I need to do something with them instead of leaving them in the back of a closet for the last almost 20 years.
ImageArleneB
Feb 13, 2016 5:32 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Lucy, we did not go to the farm today but we will tomorrow. Also, like Sharon said, I'm pretty sure we didn't see much because it was really windy today.
Imagenap
Feb 13, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Mary Ann, the cheese curds I buy are always white. I am not even aware that they come in flavors. So are they Swiss? I don't have any in the fridge right now, but you can be sure I will be at the store tomorrow buying more.

And Mary, it surprises me that you have never had cheese curds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_curd No, Arlene, cheese curds are different. The link says it better than I can.

Actually, Sharon, I like the first picture better. I already put my puzzle of it together today. So with your permission, I'll use that one. It's more colorful.

Thumb of 2016-02-13/nap/f9612b
ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nope, Nap. I really don't like that one, so let's not have a puzzle of the gifts.
ImageArleneB
Feb 13, 2016 6:17 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Thank you for that link Nap. It sounds like something I would like since I love cheese. Fried ones sound good too!

ImageLarryR
Feb 13, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Beautiful egret, Jean.

Mary Ann, no, we're just looking at this point.

My first musical instrument was the accordion. I just saw a performance that blew me away. After you see and hear this, you'll never look at the accordion the same was again. Definitely not ooom pah pah!

https://www.facebook.com/KyivClassicAccordion/videos/8662163...

Loved the dog video, Elena. Perhaps that's what Wilma and I should do after we decide on a dog. ("We," of course, also includes Brique.)

Nap, most of the cheese curds around here are yellow and sometimes yellow and white mixed together.
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ImageSharon
Feb 13, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Very beautiful, Larry. You're right, I've never heard accordions played in that way. Very Classical.
ImageMoonhowl
Feb 13, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Absolutely NOT your back porch squeeze box. Thumbs up
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageLarryR
Feb 13, 2016 7:41 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
It's Widor's Toccata in F, written for the pipe organ. It is my absolute favorite organ piece. You have to experience a live performance to appreciate it the most. The whole column of air in the church or cathedral vibrates, and you with it. You become part of the music.
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ImageArleneB
Feb 13, 2016 8:26 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Wow! Very impressive.
ImageMuddymitts
Feb 13, 2016 8:32 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Ellen -- I love that video of the dog picking out her first-ever toy. Breaks my heart. How wonderful that she got to do that. Lovey dubby

I also love the picture of Brique watching the repairs of his toy -- his anxiety is very apparent. How lucky are we to have these wonderful animals in our lives?

Sharon -- you just haven't spent enough time in Wisconsin -- that's why you have never had curds. They are wonderful.

Yes Arlene -- they are just bits of cheese -- but it's kind of hard to explain. I watched them being made once. A milky substance was contained in a long shallow trough. A person stirred the substance with a paddle -- and as he stirred, the cheesy bits separated themselves from the whey (the liquid) and began to join together. As they did so, they joined seamlessly and became little *globules* (for lack of a better word) of cheese of various sizes (all small) and with rounded edges. Eventually, the whey is drained off and the curds remain. Oh -- and I was wrong about the white ones being Swiss -- according to the Hub, all curds are cheddar. The white ones are white cheddar, and the yellow ones have color added and are yellow cheddar. He also said that curds are a step in the process of making brick cheddar cheese. If they are to become brick cheese, then the curds are compressed into the brick shape. So there you have it. More than you ever wanted to know about curds. Smiling
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ImageArleneB
Feb 13, 2016 9:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh, great explanation. I know I would like them then. Not more information than I wanted to know. Thank you!

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