....well, it's all still a dream.
Our floor is 'getting there'. It will look so nice when it's done, but as of yesterday, it looked like this:
We made grilled cheese sandwiches on the grill last night. And then we made popcorn on the grill.
Here is the Handyman shaking the popcorn on our bbq grill. He is wearing a denim jacket, because God hates spring in Northern Nevada and so it's still winter temps. Brrrrrr!!! (it's driving me crazy!!)
My children (three grown boys and a couple of daughter-in-laws) all think this popcorn tastes weird. They are of the microwave popcorn generation.
It's actually the best popcorn ever!!
Old Fashioned Popcorn
a heavy pot
add some oil. Just eyeball it.
add some popcorn. Just eyeball it again
put the pot over the fire/heating element
shake until it pops and begins to push the top off
put in a big bowl
melt REAL butter and pour over the top
add salt to taste.
There you go. That is my food post for the day.
So......maybe I'll talk about birds now.
Yes, birds. I just got back from a weekend of bird watching. Before you go 'uh, big nerd' and close this blog, let me tell you; you need to expand your horizons. I did. This was my first birding experience. I've been a backyard birder for some time, but this year I went with my friends (who are experienced birders ) to the Spring Wings Festival in Fallon, Nevada, as Mitzi is pointing out below. And I had so much fun!!
We arrived on Friday at noon, for our 1st tour/class
Friday afternoon: Stillwater shore birds
Friday night: Rapture Rapture
Saturday morning: Wood ducks
Saturday afternoon: Birding Hot spots
Sunday morning: Carson Lake
Sunday noon: Release of the Golden Eagle ( a rescue bird)
The Big Year, a birding book (or rather a book about birders) is being made into a movie. A comedy staring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black. I can't wait to see it. But first....I have to read the book.
See? Birding is fun! And apparently funny!! All I know is that I had a good time. We went out to different areas in tour vans and saw all kinds of birds, had a presentor and there were a few presentations thru-out the day.
I do have to laugh to myself tho, being a brand new birder, these kinds of conversations made me laugh...
"look over there, is it? "
"I think it is."
"Look, look.....awwww, ahhh, ohhhh, there, there, a long beaked curlew!!"
My birding friends.
Mitzi is the teacher's pet---actually she could lead a class all on her own. She knows all the stuff. We can be sitting on my patio enjoying a summer evening meal and she will hear a bird and say, "that's the Red Winged Black Bird." or she will see a bird in flight and say, "that's a Barn Swallow."
She can identify birds by their song and their flight patterns. She is amazing!
Jolina is the studious note taker. She was writing down everything the tour guide said. She was marking off every single bird we saw (this is how I know we saw over 50 species---and I saw every single one of them too) and I am so glad that she was keeping track!
Maris fed us and let us sleep in her house. She and her husband were THE BEST HOSTS ever.
I got to see a Marbled Godwit. Mitzi said this was very exciting and that I was extremely lucky!
and seriously? If you are a birder...look at that map...I was in Nevada, where the little yellow part is. I REALLY WAS LUCKY to see the Marbled Godwit! He was just migrating thru.
I do feel lucky. Lucky to be able to have fun wherever I am. And lucky to have friends who have fun wherever they are too.
So, if you can hang with me....here are some of the birds we saw:
The Avecet and the Black Necked Stilt
A little Barn Owl who had been shoved out his nest.
He was probably scared to death.
The female Wood Duck.
We went with the biologist. They keep stats on Wood Ducks.
We take her out of her box (Wood Ducks are cavity nesters, so they make wooden boxes for the ducks to nest in. It's easier to study that way)
We check the wing span.
And measure her.
And we weigh them. By sticking them head first in a plastic pop bottle (soda, coke, whatever you call it. I call it pop.)
It's just for a moment and she won't fly away while they weigh her.
And then you just throw her in the air. Which is what I'm doing here. I was nervous to just throw her, but she just took off flying....
....which left the young biologist to check her eggs....
to make sure the babies are alive and developing and to know when they will hatch.
Just FYI--the Wood Duck population is down this year. They are not sure why.
to be continued.....(at a later date)
(I don't want to bore you to death)
(I'll just drag it out over the next few days instead of getting it over in one shot)