Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day chores

 Yet another perquisite of teaching is getting the federal holidays off.  I had a mental list of chores for today, like getting my car inspected. (Check.)  I also remembered to hang up my Blue Star Mothers flag and our American flag in honor of Veterans Day, and of these two good-looking soldiers, below. 

Last winter, the snow got so deep around here that I had trouble getting out to the bird feeders to refill them. So today, I moved all of the feeders closer to the house. I'll be able to refill the back yard feeders from the deck. Note Daisy the dog looking suspiciously at these new arrangements.
 The mourning doves, too, were looking on with concern.
It took about three minutes for the birds to find and adapt to the new feeder locations in both front and back yards. Below, a woodpecker claims a bit of suet.

I can see the back yard feeders as I type this. Chickadees, nuthatches, finches, doves, sparrows, and titmice are swirling around, jockeying for a turn. Later, as dusk approaches, I know our cardinals will visit, too.  On a gray, blustery November day, the birds bring color and life to a garden that is otherwise closed for business until next spring.

We will have granddaughter Lexi visiting us for the first time this Thanksgiving. I am hoping that she, too, will enjoy watching the bird feeders from a closer view.

See you soon, Lexi!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A North Country November Saturday

The Handsome Husband and I headed down the Northway Saturday morning to watch the Lake George High School boys soccer team play in the class C sectional finals at Colonie High School. The game ended 0-0, went into sudden death overtime, when alas, Maple Hill scored a goal and won the title. The day was cool but a cloudless sky made sitting in the sun very pleasant. Both teams played well and hard, making it exciting to watch.

Leaving the soccer game, we headed down Central Avenue to check out how things were going at Occupy Albany in Academy Park.
 As a professional mother, I'd say they are going pretty well.

I counted over fifty tents.
Everything seemed pretty clean and organized.

Meetings were being held ...
... and law and order is encouraged.
Grandparents felt safe bringing along their grandchildren (and equipped them with drums and tambourines.)

Demonstrators held up signs for passing cars, but there were no rude shouts or attempts to block traffic.
The atmosphere in the park was so civilized that a wedding party was able to take photos on the edge of the encampment without any problem.

I'm impressed.

On Saturday evening, the HH* and I drove north to Queensbury for a trivia night to benefit the Glens Falls Youth Center. We've played before with some area teachers I know through high school quiz team. Sometimes we win, but last night, our team lost by one point.

The real winner was the Glens Falls Youth Center, which in this economy needs all the help it can get. It was great to see a group of Skidmore students there last night, helping with the fundraiser. Apparently, several of them have been volunteering at the Youth Center throughout their four years at Skidmore. Good work, ladies. The Youth Center is a great cause. Check them out.

* And you can check out the Handsome Husband's PlanetAlbany version of Occupy Albany here.