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Purr-fectly Cute

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 8:05 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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This is sweet Muffin’s runt from her second litter. It is a cute kitty and a tiny one at that. I was worried about her for a long time, but now that she is eating, she is finally growing. I haven’t shown these babies as often as I did her first litter since I haven’t been posting on this blog much. I am thoroughly enjoying them though. I go out to the old house where they reside in the country every afternoon and have a ball watching them play. All too soon the time has come to start looking for homes for them. Wish me luck!

Purple Iris

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 7:52 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2008
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This one is behind my next door neighbor’s home. I confess to manipulating the photo by darkening the background, however, it is not far removed from what my camera captured.

More Vulture Photos

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 7:25 pm on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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The eggs in my last post did not belong to the Black Vulture after all. When I crept into the barn to view the nest, there sat the adult on the eggs and it didn’t fly away. I could clearly see this was the Turkey Vulture as they have red heads.

The chick from yesterday is identified correctly as I photographed the adult Black Vulture as she flew and perched on top of the barn to watch me.

Must have been my lucky day, I should have bought a lottery ticket! ;)

Vulture Chick and yes, they are ugly!

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 10:53 pm on Friday, April 18, 2008
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Although this Black Vulture Chick wouldn’t win any beauty contests, I did find it fascinating. The photos are on my photoblog and the story to go along with them underneath each picture and here.

This was a first for both myself and Ed. He was nosing around one of the barns on some rented property of ours and discovered this chick. He came in yesterday afternoon to let me know about it and I couldn’t wait to get out there today to take pictures of it and the eggs he also found.

I had never seen a vulture baby and was surprised to see they are covered in yellow down and this one is huge! It probably stands at least 18 inches to 2 feet tall and made the most terrifying hissing, roaring or maybe it would be better described as a heavy breathing sound. I don’t have a clue as to how old it is, but I would like to know.

You know vultures are the nastiest of creatures, but necessary to rid the countryside of even nastier decaying creatures. The nesting area for the hatched chick was very vile too. Ed said when he stepped into the room of the barn, the chick promptly lost its dinner and as you can imagine, it was disgusting. Thank goodness for me, I didn’t have to witness a repeat performance.

When we left that barn to head to the other nesting site in an adjacent structure, we scared the setting vulture away. We advanced on into the old barn so I could see the eggs. They are fairly large although they certainly don’t look like it in the photo. I was surprised there wasn’t a nest to speak of. She simply laid the eggs there on the barn flooring. I intend to watch this nest and take more photos if I have the nerve!

First Photo

Second Photo

Third Photo

Fourth Photo

Here’s the video of the chick hissing, roaring, breathing! Isn’t that eerie!

To learn more about the Black Vulture species, read more about them at All About Birds.

Several Plus PSP Challenge Images

Filed under: Graphic Images — DonnaB at 8:55 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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It has been a while since I posted any of my creations. I haven’t been quite as creative since spring arrived, but I do have a few new things to share.

I have no idea what the first image in the first row is although some of the members of the Plus PSP group said it reminded them of a jukebox. The challenge shape is that hourglass shaped figure.

The second and third images were derived from several objects provided in that challenge. The umbrella, the vines or leafy objects, the shape of the aquarium and the decorative scroll work on the outside of the mother-of-pearl brooch. We could use one or all and it was one of my favorite challenges we’ve done in a long time.

Red Tranquility Jeweled Fun
Eggzactly! To Do Fiery Sunset

The fourth image challenge object is the shape I used to create the base holding the decorative egg.

The fifth and sixth images were created after trying to come up with something for the cattails OTHER than where you would actually see them.

Fun stuff, y’all, come join us! :)

Bet Denise is UPSET!

Filed under: That random stuff — DonnaB at 9:54 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2008
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Wow, I was at a baby shower tonight while Idol was on and was I ever shocked to hear Michael Johns was voted off when I looked up the results online! I really thought this guy had a shot at winning the whole thing. Hopefully, he will get the same opportunity as Chris Daughtry who didn’t win Season Five but has gone on to have some major success.

I really hoped this season’s winner would be the most talented, unfortunately, it looks to be a popularity contest. There are still some super talented people left, however, Michael deserved to last longer than this.


The Eye-R-Ess again

Filed under: That random stuff — DonnaB at 9:23 pm on Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Yeah, so I am a procrastinator… what of it?

I am happy to report I am done with our return…. yes! Now to print it out tomorrow and get it in the mail and maybe, just maybe I will have a creative streak strike! I have made a few new images I haven’t shared. I’ll try to remember to upload those soon.

I will report I feel much lighter tonight… I do this every year to myself, can’t help it… I put things off, it is just the way I operate! But, on to better things now… perhaps even a few posts again! :)

Burning Hay

Filed under: Photos — DonnaB at 7:28 pm on Sunday, April 6, 2008
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There’s no way I thought I would ever see this again!

Burning Hay

And why you might ask?

Cause the cows are done with it! It’s been sitting there uneaten for over a week because they had much rather fill up on green grass. Did you hear that? GREEN GRASS, I tell ya! Oh, what a lovely sight!

It has been several years since we had hay left over from winter and even longer that we had to burn what was left in the pasture. We still have hay stacked at three places which is a good thing. I hope we won’t need it until next winter and I’m thinking the way the rain has started falling this year, we won’t!

Changed my mind… Opera is my fave new browser!

Filed under: Fun stuff — DonnaB at 9:14 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2008
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So, I tell Katie how much I like Safari and she asks if I’ve ever used Opera. I had a couple of computers ago when I was into web design and wanting to make sure my pages appeared as I intended them to in all the browsers. Well, after speaking with her today on Yahoo Messenger… pc to pc calls for free…. I downloaded Opera and it is now my default browser. I still like Safari for its simplicity, but Opera has a few gadgets and I like that, plus it is lightning fast too!

After some misteps with Messenger, she asked if I had another instant messenger. A while back when I wasn’t getting my emails from my favorite graphic site, I got a gmail account. They have a chat and instant messaging feature there too and she and I played around with that this afternoon. Fun stuff, y’all! If you have friends and relatives you would like to speak with for free… I highly recommend either Yahoo Messenger or Gmail’s Talk. All you need is a microphone and your speakers turned up or use a headset. I’m sure those of you still on dialup would not have a great experience, but there are no complaints with a broadband connection!

Wow! I’m as amazed as you are, silent Donna suddenly became Chatty Cathy tonight! ;)

Until next time, y’all!

Seems all I have to talk about is singing competitions!

Filed under: That random stuff — DonnaB at 9:06 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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Yes, people it’s Idol Wednesday at DonnaB’s! Ramiele is history and I sure like that tiny girl. She has a beautiful, powerful voice and I hope her dreams of singing are fulfilled. I still cannot commit to one contestant although Michael’s bluesy rendition of Dolly’s song last night was really, really good! :)

In other news, my friend at katiebuglove.com told me about downloading Safari for Windows and I can see after doing the same why she is raving about it! I’m using it now to surf and I think I may stick with it too. I have used Firefox for quite some time now, but this browser is lightning fast! Thanks for the heads up, Katie!