A cardinal appeared to munching on a snail hors d’oeuvre one evening. By the way, have you ever wondered why “hors d’oeuvre” is pronounced “or derv”? This was one of two egrets the photographer saw out of his car window, one recent cool and cloudy day. One of the egrets abruptly decided there was a better home a-waiting in the sky, Lord, in the sky. (Keep on reading...you’ll figure this one out...or not...)Mystery bird...saw this feathered critter high in the bare branches of a tree in Anna one evening. Right in town. Subsequent research suggested that the bird might be a kite. Or not.Saw these young feathered critters high in another tree...at a location somewhere on the North American continent.

Nothing like letting loose with a good guffaw...

Please read this...

Once again this week, we’re going to treat you to a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...you might even say this one is for the birds...it just kind of turned out that way...

Seemed like we had two or three seasons rolled into one last Sunday. Early in the morning, the weather was kind of coolish, with a not-so-balmy breeze. By Sunday afternoon, the weather had turned warm and humid. Hard to believe there was a wind chill on Mother’s Day...just a week earlier.

Meanwhile...

The Other Half and yours truly went on a bit of a Pandemic Date last Sunday evening. We got a late start, so our adventure was kind of short. 

The plan was to motor into the countryside and look for deer or what ever critter happened to make an appearance. Evening is a good time do such a thing. Or so I thought.

In a word, or two, the evening could be summed up by declaring: Oh, Dear, No Deer. Didn’t see a single white-tail. Not a one. 

We did see about a half dozen or so horses. A bunch of cows. A fountain in a pond. And, in keeping with sort of a theme for this week...some birds...

We also noticed how green the landscape had become since our last Pandemic Date a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile...

Speaking of dates, The Other Half and yours truly have been watching “Atlantic Crossing” on the PBS website. Check it out. 

Watching the show kindled an interest in reading/learning more about World War II. Right now, I’m enjoying a book titled “1942” by Winston Groom. 

Mr. Groom is the author of a novel which inspired a film by the name of “Forrest Gump.” Maybe you’ve heard of it. The movie was pretty good. So was the novel. So is “1942.” Kind of like a box of chocolates... I suppose this column might be like a box of chocolates, too...just don’t know what you’re going to get...

And, in closing...almost...for this week...

Saturday night, I happened to catch some of a show on the radio called “The Midnight Special.” Yes, my friends, there are still five or six of us left on the planet who still listen to shows on  the radio.

The show airs on KRCU radio in Cape Girardeau and comes from WFMT radio in some place called Chicago. On the Chicago station’s website, “The Midnight Special” is described as a “Unique weekly series featuring songs, silliness, and show tunes.” Listeners are encouraged to “let loose with a good guffaw” when they tune in.

I’m all for silliness. I think the world would be a whole lot better off with a whole lot more silliness. And a few more guffaws. Just not enough guffawing going on these days. And, this listener did indeed let loose with a “good guffaw” last Saturday night when I heard one of the songs played on “The Midnight Special.”

The song was a parody of a well-known, and well-liked by many, including yours truly, song called “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” Great song. The parody was called “Will the Turtle Be Unbroken?” It was silly. Well worth a guffaw.

In closing...for real...

The Friends of Stinson are planning to have a summer book sale in June. June 12, as a matter of fact. At Stinson Memorial Library. Looking forward to it...

Enough for now...find a good book...and a box of chocolates...

 

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