Tuesday, July 14, 2009



Momma Duck "Smiley Face" is still sitting on her eggs, sometimes standing over them, as if they're ready to hatch. I'm betting sometime within a week. She goes off nest twice each day to look for water, and a bite to eat--she refused our Ezekiel Bread! It will be fun to send you all a photo of the ducklings. It will also be fun to use our front door again.

The males have left her alone now, never see them "hangin' 'round any more". She is V.E.R.Y. protective. So when I approach Smiley, I talk in a gentle voice, reassuring her that I mean no harm, that all is well, that God will take care of her and us, and not to fear me.

Know what? She just settles in there and looks at me like she understands. All those years on the farm, ducks were just egg factories and/or dinner. Smiley has become one of the family. (I even told her I love her, and I believe she winked!) F.Y.I.-- PG did hear me say that to Smiley!


For today's blog I just had to get un-serious for a change. OK?

TEACHER: Remember children..."I" before "E", except in Budweiser.

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
-Dave Barry

"Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know, I've been taking it for years."
-Tallulah Bankhead

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
-Ernest Hemmingway

"You can tell German wine from vinegar by the label."
-Mark Twain

"I would never do crack... I would never do a drug named after a part of my own ass, okay?" -Dennis Leary

I drink to forget I drink

Alcohol was necessary for me so that I could have a good opinion of myself, undisturbed by the facts.

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober. - William Butler Yeats

Liquor made me feel the way I ought to feel without liquor. – Henry Lawson

I’m not as think as you drunk I am. – Unknown

I don't suffer from stress. I'm a carrier.

This is me: "I don't get resentments. I give them." (That's the truth! I'm not necessarily proud of this.)

And here is my favorite "truth"...spoken by a recovered alcoholic:
"The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain times it will haunt the house."


Note: Do not know if this is still true:

Police in Helsinki, Finland rarely give parking tickets. They just let the air out of the tires.

Will y'all stay sober with me today? GOOD!


Mary Christine said...

My ex-husband used to quote the Henry Lawson one all the time. I do agree.

Gin said...

Love it! Thanks for the humor! Can't wait to hear more about your love affair with Mama Duck...

Steve E. said...

I just told PG, what I might think of someone who blogged that he told a duck "I love you!"

No, I will NOT write what that was.....

vicariousrising said...

I love the name Smiley. It suits a member of your family.

Anonymous said...

ducks are VERY VERY cool. the park around the corner has tons! recent 'litter' just hatched seven or so. the ducks there hatch in 25-30 days. WHO KNEW?! hope to see pics on your site in the future :)

Syd said...

I like those sayings. And I like that you are about to become a god father to some ducklings. The excitement mounts.

garden-variety drunk said...

I can't wait for pictures of the little ducks soon!

Tall Karen said...

And Smiley winked back? If she starts throwing kisses...

Maybe the males left cause they're jealous! teehee

Shadow said...

you can't use your front door??? but such a worthwhile (temporary) sacrifice it is...

Steve E. said...

Tall Karen...You are FUN-NY! And...maybe you know, I like fun-ny!

Lou said...

I might win the duck birthing contest..stop talking to her Steve-0-Duck Whisperer, you might throw the hatching off

(PS my guess was this Sunday)

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Letting air out of tires cracks me up, what a way to get attention. Great update on momma duck, can't wait to see the chicks...thank you for your comments, your blog, your posts! They mean a great deal to me!!!


Cat said...

Smiley knows a good soul when she sees one.

Andrew said...

Ok, I'm with you on the sober for today. And liked reading the rest of your post!