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Silence is …

GOLDEN purple!

Yesterday morning Justin was outside working in the yard with Morgan and the Raiger was playing quietly in the playroom. As a mom you start to learn (eventually) that sometimes silence (while thoroughly enjoyed) is not always golden. I got an inkling when she was just being “too” quiet in there and I decided to go check on things. This is what I found– purple mouthed, tongued, and teethed Raiger. She was a sport about it and I told her what great blog material she was and she (being the well behaved daughter that she is (ha! ha!)) posed quite nicely and opened her mouth on cue for the camera! Her lip is healing quickly and thankfully the markers are non-toxic as I’m sure some of the ink entered her bloodstream if not through her saliva than through the laceration in her upper lip that is almost completely healed. What a little squirrel she is.

While the purple squirrel was napping on Friday I had a little time to myself on the patio. I’m always eager to see what I can find in the treetops and I was very delighted to see a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers. I’m not sure how many, if any, of y’all are bird enthusiasts but these little guys (while not extremely rare) are seldom seen in your backyard. I spotted them in the Dogwood and was so excited that I called Justin on his cell phone. Thankfully he is equally enthralled with these type things! Unfortunately (for me), he keeps our Sibley’s guide in his truck (archaeology can take you places most don’t go so he’s much more likely to need it than me!) so I had to take a good mental image and wait for him to get home before I could actually confirm what it was that I saw. The one I saw didn’t have his/her “crest” tufted up like this but he/she was beautiful nonetheless! Special treats like the Flycatchers makes me anxious for my husband to build a platform feeder. We’ve had one at every house and have yet to put one out here. If any of y’all enjoy birds (and don’t have cats that eat them) I highly recommend you get (or build) a platform feeder you are sure to attract the greatest variety of birds… and well, squirrels too… but that’s why you should have dogs instead of cats! 🙂 Justin makes ours out of plywood and drills holes in the corners (covered with wire mesh) to drain water and places it on a galvanized pipe “stand”. They are really easy to make and I guarantee you’ll see lots of birds on them. Ours was always frequented by Red-headed Woodpeckers in Tallahassee. They are some feisty birds and always made for good entertainment when others would join them for a meal!

While I’m on a “nature” note I will share this quick (40 second) video with you. If any of y’all were reading last summer, you’ll remember the snake Justin introduced to Morgan. Justin has never been one to fear anything in nature (well, besides snakes that are poisonous) and has instilled in his children to enjoy God’s creation. This morning we were walking in the back door when he spotted an Anole in the fern. He quickly snatched it up was showing it to the girls. Paiger is much more reserved around “lizards” and bugs than Morgan so he thought it would be a good opportunity to show it to her. You must watch below to see what happened. We didn’t think it was funny at first. The Anole doesn’t have teeth and didn’t hurt her. He scared her because he latched on to her finger but it just barely pinched her and didn’t harm her at all. After watching the video over and over I can’t help but laugh. We thought we’d show her just how harmless these little creatures are and now I’m certain we’ve scarred her for life. Watch and enjoy and please know she wasn’t hurt at all… and if she had been I most certainly wouldn’t have posted it on the blog. I make myself sick at the end as I snap at Justin as if it was his fault the Anole got her… remember what I said in my 100 post… I think I know best on most occasions… well, here ya’ go… you can hear it first hand! Something I’m not particularly proud of!

after she got “bit” she walked around with her “wounded finger” in the air… milking it for all it was worth… needless to say, it got lots of kisses

As for my sore throat… still have it! I have finally resorted to drugs. I tried the tea and honey and salt water gargle… you name it, I’ve pretty much tried it. Today I started a z-pack and I’m hoping it will do the trick. Thank you all for your suggestions!

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  • erika
    April 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Hilarious! Poor Raiger!
    Hey, to keep squirrels off that feeder- you can spray it with Pam (non-stick cooking spray)… it adds extra entertainment to see those squirrels sliding down the pole. Also I have a silicone spray (that I use on drapery hardware to make the rings slide easier)- they make it for cars too – it would work as well! Precious pictures!

  • kt
    April 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    i have to admit that i was laughing too! sweet little paige and morgan…so brave!

    miss you, girl!

  • Jessica
    April 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I used Pam spray on our old bird feeder too – hilarious! have a video camera ready… if Paige wasn’t afraid of lizards before, she probably is now…lol. good thing kids forget things like that quickly 🙂 and it probably scared her more than anything. hope the z-pack works!

  • The Pavliches
    April 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    that darn lizard! hilarious!! And yay for Z-pacs…cured my sore throat in a day, hope it works well for you as well!

  • The Nebrigs
    April 28, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I love it! The video is too cute!

    April 28, 2008 at 9:41 am

    That was hilarious! Sorry! 🙂
    Well, I’m sure it scared Paige, and it would have scared me, too. Bless her heart…she was just standing there, too! Awe.
    Well, keep us posted on your throat, Darbs. 😉
    I ran into Abby at church last night…she mentioned Memorial Day weekend! She commented on how amazing it is that we’ve met this way and that we’re going to meet face to face soon! Yeah!! They’re planning to be in Dothan, as you had said, too.
    So, just let us know…I’m stoked for whenever we meet! 🙂

  • Robin
    April 28, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Take it from a girl who knows a snake all to well. DO NOT LET IT GET IN YOUR HOUSE ! Robin

  • Carly & Garrett
    April 29, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I have so mcuh fun reading up on your family! Your girls are just precious! Please visit my blog if you get a chance! Take care and thanks for sharing your stories/tips with us!


  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 am

    I live on Englewood and not only have I spotted this bird pictured, one darted around my den for several minutes on Sunday morning. Afraid the cat would get him but she is to old and used to our shenanigans to even bother. Thanks for sharing your naming insight.

  • Sue & Nick Willis
    April 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

    too cute–all of it! I wanted to tell you that I tried Bays english muffins at your suggestion. I have never been a huge EM fan, but they are good. Much better than any other em I have ever had! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! *Sue

  • simply seleta
    April 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Didn’t she just eat toothpaste a few weeks ago? That girl is busy! And precious.

  • LeslieW.
    April 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I love that dress she is wearing! It is super cute…gotta love a bishop.