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Smug furry critter spotted in backyard...
Can a groundhog be self-confidently smug? I’m pretty sure the roundish rodent we saw one day during the past week was pretty smug. The Other Half happened to see the critter while looking out the back door. The groundhog appeared to be taking a break on the deck in front of the shed in our backyard...
The adventures of a bird...with a piece of paper...on a windy day in April...
Persistent. As defined in “Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language...The Everyday Encyclopedic Edition...Enlarged From The Concise Edition,” persistent is “1. continuing, especially in the face of opposition, etc.; stubborn. 2. continuing to exist or endure. 3. constantly repeated;...
A peaceful pose...on a chilly April morning...a Canada goose did not seem to be bothered much by light frozen precipitation which was falling from the sky last Friday at a pond in Union County land.
Some folks...actually a lot of folks...don’t like snakes much... I suppose it all goes back to that little encounter in the garden that involved our good friend Eve, an apple (or some other form of fruit) and a serpent (that was crafty, cunning and subtle). As you may remember, yours truly has no...
This little critter was showing a spirit of determination when it was spotted during a recent visit to the little gem of a park in Jonesboro which the photographer frequents. Please notice that the turtle was not using a cellphone at the time the photo was taken.
Tuesday morning, as yours truly was preparing for the daily journey to The Paragraph Factory, I happened to notice that everyone was taking a morning nap... The Other Half...taking a nap. Cat one...taking a nap. Cat two...taking a nap. Cat three...taking a nap. It was like the night before...
'Almost heaven'...and some other places, too
Went for a walk last Sunday afternoon... Saw a fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life. His pace was much faster than mine, in that he was jogging and I was...not... Based on previous encounters...his jogging was in terms of miles...while my walking was in terms of...blocks... Meanwhile... John...
An armadillo, as in a real, live armadillo, was on a bit of a walkabout last Friday morning in Union County. After putting up with a few photographs, the critter wandered away.
Just another Friday morning... ...which, I suppose, was a little better than last Thursday morning... We had an appointment in Cape Girardeau at about 11:30 a.m. last Thursday. We finished up a little bit after noon, and began the journey home. We made it across the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Daffodils are a traditional sign of springtime in Southern Illinois. Spring was not the season that came to mind last Friday when snow was falling on daffodil flowers in Cobden.
It’s late on Sunday night...just never know when inspiration might strike... A cataclysmic event involving an asteroid didn’t happen over the weekend...at least not that I am aware of. Didn’t see anything about such an occurrence on social media.  Bob and I spent some time on the front stoop last...
Sure...we see lots of Canada geese in Southern Illinois... This goose was in a temporary “pond” not far from Anna which had been created by one of our recent rounds of heavy rain...
We’ll open this week with a “mea culpa,” which is Latin for “boy, that was dumb...” Last week, in the News Notes column which appeared on page one of the local newspaper, the editor (that would be yours truly) wrote that filing for the 2022 primary election would start on March 14. Wrong. Filing...
A male cardinal was fluffed up in the cold and the ice...
The Journey Through Life during the past week or so was highlighted by all sorts of interesting things... but mainly the weather... again... seems like that’s been a weekly thing for a while. Crocuses finally started to bloom in our front yard last week. We had about a half dozen plants in bloom...
Spotted this robin in Anna following one of our recent winter weather events. I’m guessing the robin won’t miss snow, sleet, ice and cold much either.
Once again this week, we’ll just kind of wander around, with a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... Guess I missed the announcement about the speed limit on new U.S. Route 51 changing to something like 125 miles per hour. Apparently, tailgating at a high rate of speed continues to be...

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