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The Bird Feeder and Critters

I started out with a simple bird feeder hung on the front porch in front of the living room window where I sit. It was a perfect spot for me to look out and watch the birds flit around.
Over time the birds used the top of the porch columns for nesting. There are four columns across the front and one faux column on each corner of the house, making six altogether. The first nest was conveniently on the post next to the bird feeder in front of my window. They have built nests on every one of them, even the ones against the house which didn’t look big enough to hold one. One of the birds made a nest in an old bowl I used as a vase that sat on the table on the porch. I think a cat got that one.
The squirrels liked the seed as much as the birds. They shared with each other, but the feeder would empty in a single day. I don’t have to tell you about t he mess they left on the porch with all the seed dropped. Some of the birds are ground feeders so they would get a few of those seeds, but I think their friends on the hanging feeder kept tossing more down to them.
Naturally, birds draw cats. They would crouch in the corner of the porch or amongst the yard plants waiting to pounce on the next unsuspecting bird. We’d yell at them and they’d run, but it didn’t deter them much.
I filled the feeder one morning when Jack and I went out. On our return, we found the feeder lying broken on the porch. We think a cat tried to get a bird and knocked it off the hook. Jack fixed it and had it back up a few hours later.
Next came the dogs. Not surprised are you? A couple times I’ve heard the cats meow angrily, but for the most part these dogs and cats seem to get along. The dogs come down the driveway and walk to the backyard. Some days the cats go in the same direction, but I’ve never seen them walking together. At the end of the day the dogs head back up the drive. I’m sure the cats do also, but I haven’t noticed them. None of them ever act in a hurry. Often they’ll stop briefly and look around, like they know someone’s watching. Then they move on, like they’re just passing through.
I watch their activities from the dining room window where I type, supposedly working on my books or blog. I have yet to get up and see where they go in the backyard. We have the usual critters–rabbits, deer, bees, and even a few snakes.
I have one more critter to add to the mix – a chicken. Yep, we have a black and white chicken that now comes to the bird feeder. I guess she thinks she’s allowed since she is a bird. Chickens are birds, aren’t they? Our neighbor down the road keeps chickens so she has a pretty long walk to our house. The other day when she was in the front yard I told her I expected an egg for all the seed she was eating. Darn thing is I think it’s a male chicken.
The last critter to mention is a spider. I have an ornamental door knocker on the front door. People were using that instead of the doorbell. I decided to check to see if the bell was broken. There was a huge web covering the button! It look armored! The white strands were as thick as string and it took more effort to clean it off than most webs need. It was back a few days later. I sprayed it with repellent and haven’t seen it again. I don’t mind all the other animals, but I don’t like spiders.


My ‘Luck of the Irish’ Saturday Morning

On Saturday mornings several friends and I go out to breakfast. We rotate around the various restaurants and enjoy our time together.
Today we stopped at a small place where we’ve made friends with some of the other customers. One of our gentleman friends stood beside me as I placed my order. I gave the clerk my money and she was working on my change. I turned to my friend and jokingly said, “I’m hurt. I fumbled in my purse giving you plenty of time to pay for my breakfast.”
He chuckled then got a funny gleam in his eye as he opened his wallet and threw the money down to pay for mine, telling the clerk to give me back my money.
I was floored and insisted that I was only joking and he did not have to pay. He was adamant that he did. Even though we’ve talked every time we’ve bumped into each other and I like him, I still feel that we’re basically strangers. We hugged. He’s told his name several times. But I can’t remember it!
Moving on…one of my breakfast friends shopped in the little store in the next room and came back with three bags of pretzels for only a dollar. I decided to buy some. I got 3 bags of pretzels and a snack bag of sunflower kernels. I gave him a $5 bill and got most of it back.
My next stop was at the jewelers. I could not get the screw loose on my watch to change the time. Neither could my husband or son, and I was afraid to let either one of them try with a pair of pliers possibly breaking the screw with their efforts. I was not sure if there would be a charge for the watch, but the clerk did not having any trouble releasing the screw. She also changed the date and time for me.
My day out cost me $1.50!
I thanked the Lord for His blessing me and also asked that He bless my friends.

Enjoy the posts. I haven’t looked at the recipes yet. We’re having chicken a la king tonight with home-made biscuits. I don’t reckon that’s Irish, is it?

Little-Known History Lessons About St. Patrick’s Day
The day we associate with beer drinking actually started as a religious holiday.
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11 Leprechauns We Love
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Celebrate the day with these easy and delicious Irish recipes.

We bet you never knew these words had Gaelic origins.

Faith Filled Friday: A Few Bible Verses to Think About

I was going through some old papers and found a small corner torn from a sheet of paper with a few Bible verse locations on it. I’m not sure why I had them written down, but thought it would make an interesting post for this Faith Filled Friday blog. I didn’t look them up until I was typing them to post. It seems that they are about our trouble understanding God’s wisdom.
There’s a lot we don’t know about God. Today in Bible study we looked at the verse in Joshua where God made the sun stand still. We decided that would be a good question to ask Him when we get to heaven. ~ Connie

Psalm 36:6
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preserves man and beast.

Job 11:7,8
Can thou by searching find out God? Can thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what can thou do? deeper than hell; what can thou know?

Psalm 104:14,15
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart.

Psalm 145:16,17
Thou open thine hand, and satisfies the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Romans 11:33
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

I came across a couple of my favorite verses and, even though they were not on the list, thought I’d include them as well.
Romans 8:37-39
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

History Magazines Available for Submissions

This article was on Writer’s Market several months ago; written by Robert Lee Brewer

History has long been a source of entertainment for readers and source of income for writers who can deliver it with the right narrative arc. After all, history is more than just a list of dates and events; it’s the story behind those dates and events. What would compel one person to murder another? Or drive someone to spend their entire existence chasing down that next invention? History explores these stories and more.
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Aviation History is a bimonthly magazine covering military and civilian aviation from first flight to the space age. The editors say, “Choose stories with strong narrative and art possibilities. Write an entertaining, informative, and unusual story that grabs the reader’s attention and holds it. All stories must be true.” This magazine pays a minimum $300 for nonfiction features and $150 for columns. Potential writers should query first.

History Magazine is a bimonthly general interest history magazine, focusing on social history up to about 1960. The editors say, “A love of history helps a lot, as does a willingness to work with us to present interesting articles on the past to our readers.” This Canadian magazine pays 8¢ per word for nonfiction pieces of 500-2,200 words in length. Writers should query first.

Michigan History contains seven or more feature stories about Michigan’s fascinating past, plus special sections that highlight historical sites to explore, spotlight the histories of communities, institutions, and businesses, and more related to Michigan. The editors say, “Articles should revolve around a Michigan history-related subject, and a significant amount of the article’s content should take place within Michigan. Articles should approach a subject by finding an interesting angle to explore, rather than just listing its history.” This magazine pays $100-300 for nonfiction pieces of 1,500-2,500 words. Writers should query first.

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.
Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


Love this post! I’ve started writing short stories also, using my book ideas for them. At first I was reluctant, but the one I did sold so well at the book sale that I’m now eagerly writing them. I also have a children’s book that needs finished. Right now I’m frustrated with the story so I’m reading my emails! ~ Connie

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

Wow! I felt like a movie star as I left the school, a large bouquet of flowers nestled in the crook of my arm. My mind was spinning, my heart was light with joy. I’d just had a most wonderful afternoon with a group of creative writers at a local school. Aged from eleven to fifteen, the eighteen students were brimming with questions, ideas and originality. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds (a soaring and liberating sensation).  From my talk below the top tip that remained with the students afterwards was to ‘Write from your Heart’ – one couldn’t ask or hope for more.

Here is my talk to them in full for your perusal and if new (or not so new)  to writing I hope it can inspire you and your work.


A heartfelt thank you for the invitation to meet you all today. I’m thrilled to be here…

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The most “literary” cemeteries in the world


Even if it sounds a bit morbid, some people are into visiting the graves of famous people. Well, there are some cemeteries who have quite the “collection” of famous authors buried there.

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Faith Filled Friday: Billy Graham is Now With God

I will miss Rev. Graham, but I don’t feel sorry for him. He’s in heaven and having a grand time. God is probably listening to him preach.
Rev. Graham did a lot of good in this world. His crown will be heavily studded with jewels. Thousands came to know Christ as their savior through his ministry and when they get to heaven, they’ll probably look him up to thank him.
I’m using his article, Life Is Short, We Can Live Better—6 Enduring Life Lessons of Billy Graham, as a guide to write this post.
Living a Christian life was not always easy. I admit to not being as forgiving as I should have been. There were more than a few times I was hateful and wanted revenge. I’d talk to the Lord about, but didn’t want to listen to His answer. I would stew about things to do to get revenge, but never do anything.
Being a nurse made it easy to treat others well. I cared for people, even those who weren’t very nice. Yet I had a hard time liking one of my sisters because she lied all the time. We talked about salvation and she assured me she was saved. But would someone who has Christ in their heart lie a lot? I don’t think so.
I had to lie on a few occasions, or maybe it would be better to call it “evading the truth”, when the family or doctor told me not to tell a patient something. We’ve all lied to our kids about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but no one seems to hold that against us.
I’ve never been comfortable lying. I don’t want to face God and stand there for hours listening to each and every lie I’ve ever told. I don’t know if others will be listening, but I don’t want the embarrassment or shame either.
As a teen I was addicted to soap operas. I had two that I watched faithfully – The Secret Storm and The Edge of Night. Soaps were only 15 minutes long when I started watching them. When they went to a half hour I still managed to watch them, but at one hour I started to lose interest. I went off to nursing school and didn’t get to see any for one full year. When I watched the one they announced a new actor was filling in for the regular. I didn’t think it would matter since it had been so long. What amazed me was that the story line was still where it had been a year earlier! I sat with my friends and watched it, but it was the last one I ever saw.
What a huge waste of time! Plus the negativity and small-mindedness was more than I could handle. I must have grown up some in a year of nursing school.
Rev. Graham said to guard your tongue which I never did. Being a Christian did not stop me from gossiping or bad-mouthing. I grew up with the soaps, never realizing how they were affecting my mind and heart. Plus, I lived in a community of gossipy mothers and playmates. It was normal for me to gossip. It took about as much work on my part as God’s to help me grow out of that habit.
I hope you’ll visit the link. Rev. Graham says it so much better than I did.