Whew, been a minute here. As the magician on Frosty the Snowman would say, busy, busy, busy!
So, to catch up with Holidailies…
Share your holiday crafting skills. What do you make, either for gifts, or for your yourself?
I make the bows that go on the gifts I give to others.
What is your favorite group or family activity to do during the holiday season?
Just sitting around gabbing about what is going on in everyone’s lives. I put up my tree myself; am an avid fitness enthusiast, so I’m not big on gorging; and in my late 40s, try to live as minimally and clutter-free as possible, and don’t need more stuff, so even though I certainly appreciate every gift that is given to me, if presents were taken out of the picture entirely, I’d be fine with that. Really, I’m just happy with the calls and gatherings.
Baby, it’s cold outside (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! Do you prefer your holidays to be white, or would you rather spend them basking in the sun?
It depends on the holiday. Thanksgiving and New Year’s I’d prefer to be someplace where there are palm trees, or at least a temperate climate like San Francisco, but Santa wearing shorts seems kind of weird.
Elf on a Shelf – adorable childhood tradition, or creepy stalker? Discuss!
Creepy stalker employed by lazy parents. (Yeah, yeah. Cue the outraged mothers. Bring it. Gabe the Gargoyle will devour your elf without a second thought.)
What is something you did / experienced for the very first time this year?
Hmmmm, had to think about that one. I’m of an age where I’ve tried many, many things, and what is left to try, like seeing Macchu Picchu, gliding through Venice in a gondola, or watching whales off the coast of Alaska, requires money I don’t have at present. However, I did discover and fall in love with a band that was new to me, Poets of the Fall. Alas, the chances of them coming to the U.S. any time soon are slim. Guess I’ll have to add seeing them in Helsinki to the list along with Macchu Picchu, Venice, and whale-watching. A couple of my favorites:
P.S. The WordPress dashboard is getting to be unweildy. They need to make up their mind with how things embed, not to mention that they need to make it easier to get to from log-in.
As seen from around the Internet:
If you are familiar with the story of the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, either through reading the book by Mark Bittner or watching the documentary by Judy Irving, I’m sad to pass along the news from the Oasis Sanctuary that Mingus has passed on.
It is estimated that he was 20-25 years old when he passed, which is normal for his species, and actually pretty good for a bird with his injuries and all he had been through.
As Irving, the woman who made the documentary about Bittner and the birds (and later married Bittner) said, this is the end of an era, for now all of the birds Bittner knew and interacted with are deceased.
Here is a clip of Bittner singing to Mingus, and Mingus dancing up a storm.
Mingus, you brought joy to all who know your story, and along with Bittner and Irving, you helped to raise awareness of both your flock and the lives and emotional needs of parrots everywhere. Your work here is now done, and all of us in the bird community are better for having known of you.
Fly free, little one.