Sunday, December 27, 2020

December 27

Greetings Earthlings!  How are things in the waning days of the disastrous year that was 2020?  We wonder how much more damage the orange ectoplasm can do with his 25 or so remaining days.  I guess the government shuts down tomorrow at midnight if he doesn't sign the bill, so there is that.  And there are all of those people losing unemployment benefits, protection from eviction, and food support.  The ectoplasm is doing a pretty good job of ruination.  That appears to be his core competency.

The day of Christmas Eve was cold, and windy.  We went for a cold walk in the afternoon.  I should have worn a scarf to keep the cold air from running down my neck.  We did have some good clouds.

The sun setting on Golden Gate was, golden!

Christmas Day began with clouds and gloom.  Then the clouds departed and it was a gorgeous day.  We got the bikes out to begin the war against excessive calories.  So far I think we're still losing.  What is it about stuffing that makes one eat too much of it?

The Verdin is on the feeder.  The male hummingbird is not happy about this.  Look at his little clenched feet.  As time passes they appear to be reaching detente.  The Verdin gets to eat on one feeder, and the hummer goes to the other feeder.  I don't like it when the Verdin sits on top of the feeder instead of the perch, because he poops on it.  That merits a sock thrown at the blinds to make him leave. 

We're getting a little stir crazy.  December 22 was the last day we went anywhere.  That was the final grocery shopping before Christmas.  Since then we have been in the house or on the bikes.  I am truly grateful for the fact that the weather has been mostly good.  That all comes to an end Tuesday, but really one should not complain.  On the covid map I saw this morning, Arizona is the same deep red as California - so it does give one pause about going anywhere.

In other news of the terrible, migrating birds are dropping out of the sky in droves.  They're starving to death.  They're so hungry that their bodies have cannibalized their flight muscles.  This is not good.  More can be read here.

We have seen a few birds locally.  What we're not seeing are bugs, so we wonder what they are eating.

That's it!  That's all I've got.


  1. beautiful shots! You live in a pretty place, I say that every time, don't I?

  2. I looked at the article about the birds. It's heartbreaking and disturbing. What next?

  3. I just couldnt bear to read about the birds. But the wombat did finally sign the relief bill. About time. We are also staying very close to home and away from everyone. I think January is going to be a really bad month. But I sure have high hopes for 2021.

  4. All the more reason to put out some bird seed, I guess. I hadn't heard about that particular environmental catastrophe. Ugh!

  5. Beautiful shots! Such a tragedy with the birds.
    Did I hear correctly that the orange one has at last signed the bill?

  6. How incredibly sad about the songbird die-off. I am an avid bird lover, so this hurts my heart!

  7. Bird die off is terrible. Another tragedy of our time.
    That cloud picture is lovely, however.

  8. An interesting article about the birds, let's hope its just part of a circle of events and they will bounce back in future years. We had a similar die back of our UK sparrow population a few years ago but happily they are on their way back again.

  9. I think it's the sage that makes us eat too much stuffing. At least it is for me. It's pretty chilly up here today. I'm glad I took a long walk on Sunday before the clouds rolled in.

  10. How beautiful is your desert. Sad about the birds.