Saturday, June 20, 2009


Even on the most exalted throne in the world, we are only sitting on our own bottom-- Michel de Montaigne

Love that man.

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.---Also Michel

Is that not one of the great benefits of blogging?

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You, too? Thought I was the only one."--C S Lewis

It is so wonderful to find out that your strangeness isn't so strange after all. Another blessing of blogging.

It is not so much our friend's help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.-- Epicurus

I rarely need help for I know it is available, which is often enough.

I love my past, I love my present, I'm not ashamed of what I've had and I'm not sad because I have it no longer ----Colette

That sums me up at this stage of life.

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.--Michel de Montaigne

Yep, him again. I really like his mind. This is unfortunately too true.

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.---Franklin P. Jones.

Ouch, don't I know.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. I care less about what other people think. I don' t question myself anymore. I've earned the right to be wrong.-- Maxine

You go girl

Do you think baby birds are afraid to make that first jump into space?? Or do they just know?

Baby Phoebes poised for flight. Did not stay around for I didn't want to force a premature flight. I did find a sibling yesterday that either flew too soon or was pushed out. He was fully formed but not alive.

Those two must have made it for now the nest is empty. Life goes on.


  1. Really excellent quotes, Patti!

    I answered your question in my comments.

  2. Thanks Judy. Checked out your answer. I guess I glaze over when I hear "Twitter". Those old preconceived opinions. Guess I am guilty also.

  3. I liked all of your quotes. And, I think, like baby birds,some human children are pushed from the nest too soon. Hmmmmmm. Could this be the subject for a blog? I ask myself this question several times a day.

  4. Go for it Betty. Think there is meat on that subject. We all need to be able to fly but not always given the chance to strenghten our wings.

  5. All of the quotes were great, Patti---and SO true. That first one is funny!!!!!

    Glad your baby birds (most of them) made it...

    Have a great Saturday and stay COOL.

  6. There is some way they know when it is time to go. I suppose the parents tell them when they stop feeding them until they come out and then commence again until they are able to take care of themselves.

  7. Your question about the baby bird who flew the coop too soon, makes wonder about parents who push their children far too early into beauty pageants, sports, etc.

    It seems children grow up too fast without being pushed earlier.

    I come home to find Luckie has chewing on hot spots. If a bath does not help, will have to study next step.

  8. Thanks Betsy.
    We hit 101 today, hope you did better.
    All have fledged except the new nest of Bluebirds. Hope this heat doesn't cook them.

    That makes perfect sense. I knew you would the answer.

    Oh no. Poor Luckie. Could it have been the stress of missing you?
    Hope you find a cure. Haven't had to deal with that problem even when I had the shelter.
    Agree totally about beauty pagent kids. What are they thinking?

  9. I forgot to admonish you to keep cool, drink lots of water or fluids, etc. etc. Read your Thumping post while on trip.

    It doesn't take much heat or humidity to thump my heart or shorten my breath.

    Hope Mighty is improving. I know therapy is painful.

    Luckie has had these hot spots before. Monday she gets bath appt and then I have Hydrocortisone Spray, and several salves. If no improvement, she get to visit her unfavorite place, the vet.

    Enjoy your skate Sunday.

  10. Interesting quotes....There are a lot of wise people in this world---some still with us and some not.

    My favorite quote from Colette is one that gets more meaningful as each year passes: "Ahhhh to be 52 again....!"

  11. The thought that birds might feel fear of that first flight really captured my imagination for some reason. There is so much we will never know, and so much to gaze at and ponder over. I once watched a butterfly coping skillfully with a turbulent breeze. It navigated around the shrubs in our garden, and flew up and over our gate, and off..., who knows where! I was amazed at its skill. I mean, in a former life it knew nothing of distance and 3 dimensional space. All it needed to know then could be summed up with mmmmm nice cabbage leaf, chomp, chomp, yum, yum! And here was this tiny, beautiful, fragile thing, braving wind shear, turbulence, and all manner of challenges with test pilot like aplomb! Wonderful isn't it!