Posted by terrepruitt on June 5, 2012
I had to rearrange my Nia Classes this week and next week because stuff happens in life. You know that right? You have a plan, just cruising a long and something happens. Sometimes it is just a little quirk that maybe changes your schedule a bit. Sometimes it might be something bigger that changes a lot of things. Either way, there is stuff. We all have stuff. Even if it doesn’t happen directly to us, it happens to someone who affects us. Stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, stuff that can’t be qualified as either . . . but stuff. Sometimes you gotta drop what you are doing and deal with it. Sometimes you get a little prep time. Whether you can actually get prepared in that time is another story, huh? There are also moments when you might be able to forget the stuff and enjoy the moment that is. Recently I was able to enjoy a moment. I took a few pictures of it. Since there is “stuff” I am using my moment to fill in.
I love when animals drink out of the bird bath. My husband and I try to keep it clean and full. I am really particular during the hot days. Even though I am sure the water gets really hot, I still want to make sure there is water in there for them. I like to see them drink out of it. The blue jay are funny because they put their heads back and move their heads as if that is how they have to get the water down. Is that how they have to do it? Do you know?
What I love more than animals drinking from the bird bath is birds taking a bath. They seem as if they really allow themselves to really enjoy it. They seem to love to get to splish and splash around. I love that. I really love when I have my camera or phone close by so I can take some pictures. I posted a long time ago (in 2009) about the baby blue jays taking a bath. They were so funny to watch because each one was so different in how they took their baths. One would barely get wet, while another would just go crazy in the water. You can see from the pictures how he would just splash around really big. He became a big blur. It was fun to see the different personalities of the birds.
The other day, I just happen to look up as a bird hopped in the water. He would jump in splash around, then jump out, then jump in splash around, then stop, then splash, then stop. Just having a good old time. He was not a big blurry splasher like that one baby blue jay was. Whenever I think of that blue jay it makes me laugh because he would just get so crazy. It does make me happy to see the birds actually taking a bath in the bird bath. Although I am fine if they just drink out of it. It is a nice break, either way, especially where there is “stuff”.
All this splishing and splashing reminds me of the Duck Walk. Thanks for letting me take a little break and share a bird’s bath with you. It was a nice moment.
How are you doing? Have you had any moments lately? Got any stuff?
Look at all the water . . . . . now this is FUN STUFF!
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Posted by terrepruitt on August 16, 2011
Our cat is an indoor cat. She does not go outside. I honestly feel that cats should be able to go outside. There are so many fun things for cats to experience; butterflies, grass, fences, frogs, lizards, flowers, etc. They do belong outside, able to roam, but unfortunately there are also many dangers. In addition to believing that cats really should be allowed to go outside, I feel that people must take responsibility for their pet(s) and that can come with a heavy price tag. Neither my heart nor my wallet could afford having to fix my cat if one of those outside dangers were to injure her. In our neighborhood we have raccoons, opossums, dogs, cats, cars, and sometimes the worst danger of all . . . other people. Not everyone is an animal lover or they might not enjoy a kitty fertilizing their garden — understandable. So we keep out-r cat inside. She, like a lot of indoor animals, LOVES to sit by any open door or window. She can sit there for hours. She stares and sniffs, and sniffs and stares. She will often go from door to door as if patrolling her yard. My hubby and I feed birds and squirrels in our yard in hopes that they will serve as entertainment for the cat. We have learned that we are overly entertained by our yard animals too. As I have posted before, the animals often distract me when I am doing a Nia routine or working out.
My hubby and I also have animal protocol, if there is an animal in the yard and we are on our way out to the yard, we stop and wait for it to settle or be gone. If we are in the yard and one comes in we freeze and let it do what it is there to do then we proceed. We often will stop what we are doing (pause a DVD, pause our conversation, etc.) to watch the various critters that come to visit. They are very entertaining. They eat, they play, they drink, they take baths. It is all very fun to watch. They can be quite silly.
We used to have blue jays come with their babies every year. They must have nested in our neighbor’s yard, because one year he drastically trimmed the trees and the babies that visit now are not nearly as young as the ones we used to have. So I believe the birds are having their babies elsewhere and sometimes they come here to eat or bath, but they are not here over a period of months as they once were. It is interesting and very amusing watching “babies” learn new things.
I believe the video included in this post is a group of “baby” hummingbirds. They are either babies or they are adults new to our yard and they have not seen the “house” that we allow our cat to go outside in. The hummingbirds swarm around the house to see what exactly is the threat of the animal inside. It is quite entertaining. They did this just a few times and have since learned that she is no threat and they act as if she is not there. The squirrels often check her out though. They climb on the table and peer in at her. She just looks back at them, rarely does she rush at them. She knows she can’t get them, but I don’t think they are always so sure.
On this video you can hear the birds making their little chitter noise. I imagine them saying, “What is it doing? What is it? Can it eat us?”
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Posted by terrepruitt on August 20, 2009
We have recently had baby blue jays surface. For the most part I don’t even know they are there. When they do make noise it is hilarious. I can’t tell how many there are. I think there are at least two, maybe three, but at least one has a hilarious voice. It is not the squawk of a blue jay yet. I can’t even describe it, but it makes me laugh. Whatever I am doing I will stop to listen to him. It is so funny. I tried to record it today, but . . . I only have my iPhone and the baby stopped the second I pressed record. Then all the other birds started in and drowned out his little voice.
Anyway, it is Thursday, and I haven’t posted birds once this month so I thought I would share some baby pictures. The babies are deceptively large. At first, you don’t realize that the baby is the baby because he is so much bigger than the adults then it opens its mouth and makes this pathetic noise or it walks and has absolutely no grace.
So, please keep in mind I am not posting this pictures because they are good pictures and I wanted to share, I am posting them because they are our babies and I wanted to share.
Its a beautiful day in San Jose for this bird to sit by the water.
Do you see his brother (sister?) on the rock behind him?
I think the one on the rock is the one that is has the funny little voice. It is so funny.
Babies just stand different. They are still learning. It is so funny to watch them move.
I think the one on the rock still wants to be fed because he will open his wings and make his little noise. He “screams” at the top of his voice. But scream is a harsh word since it sounds so cute, but . . . you can tell it is a workout for him. He puts a lot of effort into it.
Ooooh, balancing on one foot. Good.
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Posted by terrepruitt on May 28, 2009
This past summer we were lucky enough to be the home to six baby blue jays (maybe more it was difficult to keep track). It was fun to watch them grow up. I think most of the six have gone, but I think one is still here. I think others visit because we put peanuts out for them. Since we live in San Jose, we have great weather and blue jays are always here.
It was fun to watch their different “personalities” or styles. One exercised great caution and care when it came to bath time, another one, as you will see below . . . .would get in there and just have a ball.
These are from August 28, 2008.
I actually think this one, is the one that would be very careful.
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