Then the lawnmower died. It was slogging along okay until I went around side of weedy hurricane-Sandy-debris that has still not been cleaned up and mowed over a truck part. Mower slammed to halt and died. Attempted repair. Thing shuddered so much we figured, time to get new one, so several hundred dollars (gah!) later, I can mow lawn again. I need to win lotto so I can hire someone to mow lawn, preferably Thor from the movies,and I'll let Loki handle the poison ivy patch ;)
I can't believe Stargate Atlantis hit its ten year mark while I'm also scraping up the gravel driveway into a wheelbarrow (got washed away during drenching torrential storms). I'd love to see an SGA movie, but then again, too many movies done that far out don't work out too well.
Been to a few library booksales and now have completed my collection of C. .J. Box books. Somehow, I can see Joe Flanigan Joe Pickett. Would love to see those books become movies or a TV series, if done faithfully to the books. Started read the Tim Dorsey serial killer comedies (yes, a humorous series of books about a whacky killer in Florida). The audiobook was a scream. Also have read a few of Deon Meyer's books about an alcoholic policeman in South Africa. Very different and I'll see what else the library has.
TV-wise, we're now in the dearth of summer reruns, reality shows, and the horror of new shows starting and me not knowing. I miss the days of shows started in September. Period. But I've actually started and stuck with The Lost Ship (er, think that's the title, on TNT, er, USA, oh darn, with the guy from Grey's Anatomy, a show I never watched). It's pretty decent. And then i segue into the new FX series The Strain, about a virulent plague and nasty vampires (not of those teen angst vampires, of which I am burned out on and I never even watched 'em). So far it's pretty good and it's actually made me watch TV at 10:00pm. Only other shows I'll stay up for are Longmire on A&E and Person of Interest on CBS (the latter is in repeats though). I'm still checking out Under the Dome as I can catch it on cable rewind.
Still without pet, although I go down periodically to the local cat shelter and get my cat fix (including the occasional scratch and lots of cat fur). One day...
Oh yes, conventions. Did MediaWest*Con,which i go to for the fans, not the fandoms, although did have fun talking Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock, which was on my door decoration, which I discovered once I got home that I forgot to take photos of it! *headdesk*
Tried to get a three day ticket to New York Comic Con. What a nightmare! The website crashed, I got locked out of 3 day tickets, had the Saturday tickets in my cart and then, POOF! server error. I lost 'em. Had to settle for Friday. Don't know if I'll go through their hellish queue of getting tickets next year. They really need to limit it to two tickets per person, with names attached to each. Scalpers had over 700 tickets on eBay/Stubhub within an hour of the sale opening up. gah!
And that's about it for. Thinking about getting a tablet though, to of course websurf, answer email, but also to read books and listen to audiobooks. Any suggestions??.
Yup, it's finally happening.
I get the feeling the reboot will be totally recast, skew younger. I'd love to see the SG-1/Atlantis folk in it, but am not holding out any hope....
But one can dream of cameos...
The snow that came eons ago (at least it seems that way) is still outside. At least a foot across the entire yard and right now it's still hard enough I can walk across the top without cracking it. It's supposed it hit 46 F this weekend, so if it melts, that would be nice. The big snowpile with snow marker eyes (in the previous post) is STILL there. It shrunk down a few inches but alas, I think it will be there until May at this rate!
Saw that SyFy's Being Human got the axe, but at least they're supposed to wrap it up. Seems Fox Almost Human is on the fence. Not sure about SyFy's Helix, which I am enjoying, Person of Interest is still fun. Miss Sherlock on PBS. What with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman being so busy, I hope the next series comes out before I'm dead ;) Still enjoy Elementary too but wish I had more Benedict Sherlock...
So behind on fanfic but hope to catch up at MediaWest*Con, which is about three months away. Meanwhile, caught up with the Pendergast book series by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. Keep thinking William Fichtner would be perfect as that FBI agent who is drawn toward supernatural type cases. Forgot to reserve the book at the library, so now must wait until whoever got the latest CJ Box book, Stone Cold, till I get my paws on it. Was hoping they'd get an audiobook but it's not in the library's catalog. Ah, to win Lotto so I can just buy all this stuff!
And then, the Nor'easter came in (to radically change topics). Gah, I'm soooo tired of the cold, of shoveling snow, of chiseling ice out of the gutter to prevent ice damns (yeah, damned dams). Don't even get me started on the heating bill. I could have flown to Hawaii for what I'm paying *cries*. Today I couldn't even get to work due to snow, sleet, and geez, the road wasn't even plowed and my little Civic just doesn't do snow well when it's that high. We ended up with a lot of snow. I made a snowman... sorta...
The shining eyes are snow markers. They're not even in all the way to the ground, so you can sorta figure out the size. It's a BIG pile of snow. I drew a happy face in it. And we have perhaps six more inches tonight, and another 1-3 on Saturday. ARGH!!!!
And the snowstorm that started last night but finished this a.m. sucked. The snow was like creme brulee... crunchy on top, soft underneath, due to snow first, then sleet, then cold. However, as the hours wore on, the snow was more like slushy concrete as it packed down from the rain, although the top was still crusty so I had to break it with the shovel. Road wasn't plowed till mid-afternoon so didn't get to work. I'd rather have been at work than shoveling shoveling...
And more snow comes on the weekend. I want to be in Tahiti....
Meanwhile, just a fun video with Benedict Cumberbatch.
I was in the wrong age bracket for Sesame Street, but probably would have watched had Benedict been on it ;)
There's still nothing that grabs me fannishly like Stargate Atlantis did, although Sherlock comes close. I do watch CBS's Elementary and it's good and entertaining. Big Bang Theory is still the only comedy I watch - love all the sci-fi in-jokes. Why couldn't they have had something like that when I was a kid?
Let' see, what else?
I watch Almost Human - it's the only decent cop-buddy show on the air. It's pretty simple at times, but I do like the characters. Now Sleepy Hollow... yeah, I could listen to Tom Mison read the phonebook. He's great as Ichabod and thus far, they're doing excellent with Ichabod's view of present day America (why do you not drink the water from the lake? uh yeah, sure, parasites, pollution, you name it!) ;) Being Human has returned but it's against Sleepy Hollow, so I watch that show until it goes into repeats and will hopefully catch Being Human (which amazingly follows Almost Human, so surely we must get another show with Human in the title and a "C" word in front) in repeats on cable rewind.
Still watch NCIS, but since it repeats left and right, it's not must-see TV. I watchted the first Intelligence on CBS, tried the first couple minutes of next episode, then bailed. Nah. I definitely stay up to watch Person of Interest, which has major cast changes with the death of one character, with Reese trying to just leave it all behind (which may get some resolution in tonight's Reese-on-a-plane episode). I can't think of anything I really watch on Wednesday nights anymore, unless it's PBS or cable. Oh, I got hooked on the French series, um, American title The Returned, I think, about dead people who suddenly started showing up in a town next to a dam. They're not zombies, per se, they just show up as if nothing happened and have no memories of dying. Everybody is of course creeped out. All subtitled, slow in comparison to US stuff, but loved the music, and it was intriguing.
I watch the pilot for Helix on SyFy and do like it. Don't know if I'll ever think of the song Do you know the way to San Jose? in the same vein ever again. I'll stick with it, I think, because I'm a sucker for lethal virus stuff, although it made me think of a hybrid between the movies Outbreak and World War Z, the latter which I just saw on DVD and when the heroes went to the WHO (World Health Organization) who was one of the doctors at WHO but Doctor Who, the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. Neat. Of course I sit there watching Helix with quibbles such as why does a facility in the Arctic have such big wide corridors and how the hell do they heat it and does everybody have huge air ducts like they had in the Seaview?
Otherwise, we had snow, we had ice, we had the 'polar vortex' and temps went below zero Fahrenheit and the car door froze shut on one car and the garage door froze shut and I had to get out the hair dryers to thaw the frigging wheel things on the rail (yes, those technical terms). Wind chill was below zero while shoveling so I had to leave glasses inside, shovel albeit a bit fuzzily, so I could wear a N95 mask on my face to I didn't freeze off my nose and lips. Yeah, THAT cold. I had to shovel the driveway, and then when I finally get to the end, the road isn't plowed, so had to wait for them to go by as yeah, I went to work.
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And I’m so far behind on LJ it ain’t funny.
New York Comic-Con
Well, it didn’t go as planned. For years, I’ve simply picked up the tickets for the Saturday for #NYCC at local comic shops. This year, well, I called and they sold out about ten minutes after they opened, which left me and my friend going ‘uh…’ So I looked at what was left – Friday or Sunday. Sunday is kids day and that made me go “eeuuuu”. No offense to children, but hundreds of them all over the place ‘wanting’ stuff might drive me nuts, so I ordered Friday tickets. This must have been pre-ordained cuz when the schedule came out, I found out that David Hewlett (@dhewlett) had a panel that night and only that night. It was meant to be.
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Hmm, I guess I'm gonna need a Person of Interest LJ icon. Any suggestions where to find one? Thanks!
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State of Syn with David Hewlett
Date: Friday, October 11
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speakers: Alan Kistler, David Hewlett, Jed Weintrob
Join all-star cast member David Hewlett along with the show Director and Producer as they discuss STATE OF SYN, the world's first 3D-enabled science fiction motion novel. The newest digital series from Smokebomb Entertainment combines live-action photography with animated hyper-real backgrounds and a companion mobile game for iOS and Android. Explore the creative process of this transmedia experience and share the first two episodes of the show in a New York Comic Con exclusive world premiere.
I can't say I'm watching anything 'fannish' these days. I'm still attached to Stargate Atlantis although am woefully behind on fanfic due to realty (house and job stuff and well, warmer weather and being outside fighting a losing battle against weeds and vines). So, let's see, I like Bob's Burgers on Fox on Sunday nights. Totally bizarre dysfunctional family in a cartoon. I started watching Crossing Lines on NBC as William Fichtner starts in it so of course, it's pre-empted for sports now, which means I'll listen to Hearts of Space on NPR instead. I started watching The Killing on AMC, but fell an episode behind, so am now recording them and will just do a marathon instead. I fell soooo woefully behind on The Walking Dead that at this rate I'll just wait till the library (hopefully) gets the show on DVD.
Mondays I watch The Glades on A&E. It's a popcorn show as the lead is fun to watch and the plots are simple. I'd have to say Longmire, which follows on A&E, is a favorite. Definitely not fannish but I like all the characters, and it doesn't hurt that it has Lou Diamond Phillips in it. I try to catch NCIS on Tuesdays, but since the show seems to always be on somewhere (along with the Law & Order shows), if I miss it, no big deal. Last thing I really paid attention to on Wednesdays was the Dragons of Berk, now on hiatus. Thursdays actually got a little cluttered. Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Elementary, but oh wait, CBS moved POI to Tuesdays at 10pm. Gah! I loved the Thursday lineup. So right now it's all repeats, and I accidentally tripped over Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock on PBS, so now I can catch up! And the library has the show on DVD, so I'll watch season 2 until season 1 is returned to the library. I see why the show is addictive.
I must admit that if nothng else were on, I'd watch the schlock movie on SyFy. I did watch Sharknado, and it was, yes, bad. I spent most of the movie wondering why Ian Ziering's face was lighter in tone than the rest of his body, which seemed odd for a surfer. And hoping Tara Reid's whiny ex-wife would get devoured. Just when you think movies can't get worse they make stuff like this. Of course if any of the Stargate Altantis actors (or SG-1) appear in these dreckly flicks, I will watch.
Fridays I'm behind on Continuum, which means I'll have to catch up on the SyFy online, or repeats, or try the cable OnDemand and hope they have it. Every time I turn on Hawaii Five-0 I swear it's the same episode I always see!
And then there's Doctor Who.
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The stack of logs in the middle is the remains of the pine tree trunk that was splayed out in the yard all winter long. At right is the smaller stack of the remains of the poor dogwood tree. It took me about 10-15 minutes, but I was able to dig out a branch (about 6 feet long), half of which was driven straight into the ground. I found several branches like that, most small but the big one took more time to remove. The tree, alas, remains, as done the big scattered pile of BIG pieces of chopped pine (seen more to the left, between the brown stack of dead pine needle branches and the stacked pile of logs).
But then again, the big logs now serve a purpose. Continue reading!
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However, a group of us did go see Star Trek: Into Darkness, and I can see why fans are so enamored of Benedict Cumberbatch. He was fantastic as the bad guy, whose name I will not post for the 2% of fans who have yet to see the film and don't want spoilers. However, it's obvious J.J. Abrams has taken over as yes, someone DIES. Darn. And they're doing a spin/retelling of Star Trek the classic series. I liked the film, but would like more characterization over action, although the action scenes were good, and pay attention to small details, as they crop up in critical moments later on ;)
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Almost done with another nasty case of poison ivy. Weeded part of the front yard - wore gloves, long shirts (two!), jeans, boots and of course, got it all over lower arms and hand, and part of face. Yech. Still have bits of it but at least I can sleep. And while cleaning out around a stone wall, found a gun! The barrel was sticking out of the wall and it's a Luger, decades old as it was one of our toys as a kid. Solid metal fake guns back in ye olden days. Totally harmless unless you drop it on a toe... ;)
Meanwhile, trying to killl weeds, etc. before Spring really gets into gear and everything starts turning green. Lots of damage from hurricanes Irene and Sandy - mostly huge trees that came down in field that will need to be dealt with eventually and of course, will have to pay (through the nose) to have someone take the tree off the front yard. Can't leave it there forever and mutant termites from outer space did not stop by to eat it. Darn.
And, I'm looking for an MP3 player for when I go to MediaWest. I want to play music and audiobooks. Any suggestions? My library has Overdrive for audiobooks. Gotta admit, I am looking for inexpensive as eventually I'd like to get a tablet so don't want to put everything into a player. SanDisk is one player I've seen mentioned.
Fannishly...winding up Being Human on SyFy. I like the show but am not into the fandom. I guess Person of Interest and Elementary are the shows I really like to watch. I remember to watch Touch but fell out with Following as it was against Being Human, and I'm sorta buned out on serial killer shows. I'll probably take a look at Defiance. SyFy's Saturday movies seem to get worse and worse and 9 times out of 10, I fall alseep before the movie is ended! ;) I'll watch them for Stargate Atlantis actors but that's about it. Ah, sigh, wish Stargate Atlantis was still on and running. I ordered the last of the paperbacks so can now (when it arrives) read the last three all in a row.
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Meanwhile, saw that Corin Nemec got to twitter on January 31st to make a quick post:
Oddly enough, I haven't seen anything on SyFy's site about this accident. Sheesh.
And it's FREEZING outside. Gak, I want Spring!
Corin Nemec was in a boat crash in Belize, and broke his femur in three places (!)and lost a lot of blood. Luckily, he survived. Others, including the lead actor, were injured. No mention of names. Full details at http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=24
Gads, think it's time to bring all these flicks back to filming in the States/Canada where there are stricter laws and regulations...
Hope Corin recovers; a break that bad could leave a permanent injury.
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Meanwhile, before and after photos. Look at bottom left for the wheelbarrow, which gives you an idea of the size and scope of the mess.
Notice the humongus pile of branches. That was half the tree; also, there is, er, was, a dogwood tree under there as well.
And now you can see a pile behind the wheelbarrow - all the branches I sawed off. Amazing what you can do with a bowsaw and a little saw and a machete. Although a chainsaw would be nice...
Gotta price out getting all the green branches chipped up and the skeleton of tree chopped up. The big part still has to be taken down as it's been compromised. Ah sigh, stupid pine. Can't do squat with the wood.
Yes, VIrginia, there is a driveway underneath the wreakage...
But, we got a nifty blue sky out of it.
So, no power, no heat (that was the worst), no internet as a big tree in neighbor's yard uprooted and took out all the power/cable lines. LOTS of trees uprooted. Fortunately for all the falling trees, no one's house nearby got nailed, but there's a ton of useless wood (pine isn't good for much) in big piles in yards. But we had water, our Y2K candles (they will outlive us, I'm sure), pizzza and I kept the cat warm by going to work and microwaving his Snuggle Safe pad each day so he'd be warm at night.
Anyway, it was cold outside, snow, wreckage from hurricane, but I did a quick setup of last year's cobwebs (save those - they look even better a year later with last year's leaves and dead bugs stuck in 'em!) ;) , the pumpkins (both of which were savaged, gutted and hollowed out a day before by a hungry raccoon), and the skeleton, which was dressed up as a utilities worker this year. Had about 20 folk show up, which considering the cold, the delay, etc., was okay. Am foisting rest of candy off on co-workers. This year I was smart. I bought candy that I did not like, because last year I ate most of the leftovers (not good).
Anyway, here's one of the decorations:
Got water, matches, candles, batteries, flashlights, Triscuit, cat food for the poor cat, who seems to do not much else but sleep these days :( Got enough lactated ringers to hopefully weather the storm. At least that doesn't require heating but... he's liking it less and less each time, so I fear at some point we'll just have to stop and that will be the beginning of the end for him. Hopefully power gets back on, or we get the generator up enough that I can warm up his little bed thing so he can stay warm.
Meanwhile, due to copious amounts of spammy comments clogging my email box, I caved and now only registered LJ users can make comments. Hated doing that, but I see one more Ugg spam arrive, I'll scream.
So if the storm (Hurricane Sally, or Superstorm Sally, whatever) hits, I'll be offline for a while. I hope to get back online eventually via Twitter (aka Wraithfodder there as well) just to let people know I didn't get blown away with the flying monkeys ;)
Here are some of mine.
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My goals at the con were to see the Person of Interest panel, get to the Person of Interest signing, see part of the Haven panel as I had to leave it early to get to the POI signing, and hopefully buy something in the massive dealers room. I didn't see the germ keychains I got last year, so will check online as I wanted a MRSA one. Worrywoos weren't selling at the con this year, but they're online. Didn't see any Godzillas that screamed BUY ME! but did get a great t-shirt of an adult teaching a trio of little Daleks how to exterminate humans. Adorable! I saw lots of Doctor Who stuff but didn't need it and as often happens at cons, it's a tad bit overpriced as well.
At 10 a.m., I went to the IGN theater., which holds a LOT -for the Haven panel. It was half full, and at least 1/3 was there for the 5pm Walking Dead panel. The con doesn't empty rooms between sessions. Sigh. I stayed about 30-45 minutes and the cast was entertaining. Emily Rose (@EmilyRoseLA), Eric Balfour (
Haven booth in main dealer's room, before the hordes descended.
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As for the sheep comment, when he came back from the vet, he'd been subQed twice, so was ... puffy. He reminded me of sheep from animated/stop motion cartoons, as seen below:
He was sorta like a plush toy for a while. When we give him subQs, he gets a puffy hump between the shoulders (you injected in the area where mom cats grab the kittens).
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Amazing how he'll let us stick him with needle but pills, forget it. Shall try again tomorrow.
The Emmys used to be better, I swear. I haven't watched one all the way through in ages. Just tape it and speed search for any good stuff, if any. Otherwise, went to a dog show, even though I don't have a dog, but did meet some Shelties, so that was fun, and got so many free food samples I'll donate them to the food bank (dogs have to eat too). Got some cat food and will check to see if it something the evil little creature can eat.
Otherwise, waxed floors, did wash, mowed the lawn again as since the back go to a foot high *hangs head in shame* it didn't cut properly. Also saw mom deer and two teen does. No sign of Three, my 3-legged deer. Hope she's still around.
TV-wise, with new season starting. Tried out Revolutions. Think it would be better without the teenagers. I'll try another episode. Shame they killed off my favorite character in the first episode! Of course, season openers of NCIS and Person of Interest are my priorities. I watched Haven but fell asleep then woke up to repeat but felll asleep again. Long week. I'lll catch up later.
Ah, sigh :(
More details at:
Apparently he was working as of last month, up in Vancouver, as he did a guest show on the new Primeval series (detials at http://yvrshoots.com/2012/06/primevals-a
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Part 2: during one pilling session, he fought like a wildcat, then, because his back was to my chest, he slammed his head up and smacked me in the face, drawing blood with one fang. Fortunately it was just one single hole. I make it a point to wear my glasses so I don't lose an eye!
So, pilling is, er, difficult...We're grinding up the pill and injecting it with water into mouth. Still a nasty process, but less chance of being bitten again.
The subQ, however, is placing cat on ironing board, grabbing skin, sticking needle in (he made a brief noise and attempted to bolt but then settled down).
I must admit Iet my brother the former EMT do the honors of jabbing it, although I am going to have to do it.
Odd that stabbing cat with needle is easy, but prying open the mini Jaws from hell is difficult. Aieee...
Here's the little guy at the vet, with the IV things in his arm. Not a happy camper. He's lost a bit of weight over the last half year, which we thought was due to being a picky eater and well, just being an older cat. We hope to get some weight back on him. We can give him cream cheese, to help with the pilling, which was sheer hell the first couple days. He bit me. We think we have now perfected the 'burrito cat' roll: swaddle him up in the big thick blanket, wrap twice, pin to chest, quickly (that was the secret) pop open mouth without shedding my blood, and have pill tossed in, then clamp mouth shut. Afterwards, I gave him some cream cheese to make him happy.
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I made another cherry pie. Crust around edges, not so neat, but hey, look at the squirrel motif!
The only tomato plant that has survived. It's indoors. It's never going to see the outdoors again. The other plants are at the mercy of the mercilous chipmunks...grrr...
The sunset last night. It's vivid, eh? Probably because I used the 'vivid color' setting on the camera. Otherwise, it was nice, but not this radioactively colorful ;)
Anyway, I'm trying to complete a collection of C.J. Box books about a game warden in Wyoming. However, I only go for paperbacks as hardbacks take up too much space. Have almost all the Robin Cook novels that I'm seeking, and only need one or two more of the Barbara Kingsolver books. I read TheBean Tree and its predecessor, and they're enjoyable reads.Otherwise, I'm searching for fiction books on plagues, end of the world (found 2012) and sci-fi books that are 1) not part of a multi-length series, 2) based on a videogame!), or 3) Star Trek or Star Wars. Lots of the latter categories end up in book sales. I did find a cool Reader's Digest book on road trips. I may never do those trips, but I can read about 'em. Also got the Complete Survival Manual by National Geographic, so, now when I'm stranded in the Arctic, I'll know what to do ;) Audiobooks are next to impossible to find, at least the ones I'm looking for, basically ones narrated by Joe Barrett, who has a fantastic voice. I noticed at the sales that the dealers were like locusts over the Manga section. The animal sections has tons of Marley and Me and Dewey the Library Cat books. Twlight has now replaced Harry Potter in the kid's section.
My survival at book sales is to bring just one grocery bag. I'll load it up, but nothing past that. I still have about four bags to read and they're making this tower in my room....
These are the now pitted cherries, mixed up with sugar and stuff, before I baked it.
Um, did some taste-testing. Had to make sure it was done, right?
And then there were a bunch of cherry pits. Did a quick google, then put them out on the patio, for the ravenous rodents...
Cute little fellow!
Then he went to side window. "Let me out!" I could imagine him/her screaming.
Once outside, it was happy. Very happy. It didn't seem to mind me at all. Was fascinated by the camera - kept crawling all over it. I released it on a tree full of leaves where it rapidly just vanished amongst the greenery.
Oh, and here's one sunflower bloom.
And then, I was in the garden weeding (never-ending job) when suddenly, a flurry of sounds like something beating against a bush. Then a young hawk flew off. Think it got a chipmunk, of which we have.... too many. Didn't see any bird feathers (usually a few or more left in an attack) so.... bye bye chippie...
Oh, and saw a doe and a young buck in yard yesterday morning. Beautiful...
In fact, here's a picture of a deer (they all sorta look alike to me, except my 3-legged deer, who I saw last week).
UPDATE: Wed. And the three-legged deer was in back yard this morning when I went out to feed the birds. We stared at each other and she hopped off. And she's eating the wild patch of vines, etc. Yes, eat, eat! Less hacking for me.
And here's the koi pond.