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I had new windows installed in my apartment today. Hopefully this will positively affect my heating bills this winter! The guys who did the installation were nice, and cleared out for a bit while I had a phone interview. Hopefully the interview went well; I really can't ever tell. It always seems to go well, but then I don't hear back, and don't get any feedback. This one was through an agency, so maybe I'll get some feedback through them. I have hopes for this one, because it's a marketing position and not sales, and that's what I'd really like to be doing. It would be a good entry into marketing, which is hard to break into.

Anyhoo. My apartment is small, and my furniture was scattered all over the place, so I walked up to the park while they finished up. I saw a couple of turtles sunning themselves on a log sticking out of the river, and downstream I watched a swan harass some geese. He reminded me so much of our Mr Prissy near my old job; he swam by them purposefully, with his wings arched, then launched into an attack.



Silly beasts. The guys finished up soon after I got back, and moved on to the rest of the house (there are three apartments). I do notice the difference; I can't feel a draft, which I often did before. So yay, new windows, and fun swan pix. Not bad for a Thursday.

Rocktober

Oct. 1st, 2011 09:20 am
lizziebelle: (Bewitched)
Flickr is having some trouble this morning, and it's not letting me post from there. Well, I'll just have to do it the old-fashioned way! ;)

dip

I walked down to Heritage Park on my break yesterday to visit the swans. The cygnets are nearly as big as their parents now, but their feathers and bills are still grey. I wonder when they turn color? Wikipedia wasn't forthcoming. They also have yet to develop the distinctive bump on their bills. They definitely look like swans now, though.

We're heading into the season of my favorite holiday: Halloween! It was my favorite way before I became a Witch. My mother always dressed up for the trick-or-treaters, and always carved the largest pumpkin she could find with a scary face. Once or twice, she decorated the front door with fake cobwebs and a giant spider. You might say that it's no wonder I'm a Witch, and you'd be correct. *g*

If you love Halloween too, check out [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit's LJ this month: she's doing her annual Halloween Countdown, and it's always great fun.

Today is the first day of Picture Westfield (I erroneously reported earlier that it's called Photograph Westfield), and it's raining. They did say it should clear up later, so I plan on heading out this afternoon to begin my contribution to the project. If it stays dreary, I might try some black-and-white photos.

I took Tuesday next off to have an extra day to take photos; it gets dark so early now that it's difficult to get out after work before the light is gone. The forecast for that day is good.

What are you up to this weekend?

Rocktober

Oct. 1st, 2011 09:20 am
lizziebelle: (Bewitched)
Flickr is having some trouble this morning, and it's not letting me post from there. Well, I'll just have to do it the old-fashioned way! ;)

dip

I walked down to Heritage Park on my break yesterday to visit the swans. The cygnets are nearly as big as their parents now, but their feathers and bills are still grey. I wonder when they turn color? Wikipedia wasn't forthcoming. They also have yet to develop the distinctive bump on their bills. They definitely look like swans now, though.

We're heading into the season of my favorite holiday: Halloween! It was my favorite way before I became a Witch. My mother always dressed up for the trick-or-treaters, and always carved the largest pumpkin she could find with a scary face. Once or twice, she decorated the front door with fake cobwebs and a giant spider. You might say that it's no wonder I'm a Witch, and you'd be correct. *g*

If you love Halloween too, check out [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit's LJ this month: she's doing her annual Halloween Countdown, and it's always great fun.

Today is the first day of Picture Westfield (I erroneously reported earlier that it's called Photograph Westfield), and it's raining. They did say it should clear up later, so I plan on heading out this afternoon to begin my contribution to the project. If it stays dreary, I might try some black-and-white photos.

I took Tuesday next off to have an extra day to take photos; it gets dark so early now that it's difficult to get out after work before the light is gone. The forecast for that day is good.

What are you up to this weekend?

TGIF

Aug. 12th, 2011 04:18 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

DSCN8278, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Our little friends the cygnets are starting to look more like their parents. They should start getting feathers soon. They're nearly as big as the geese now!

Here's one with mama, so you have a sense of scale:

DSCN8287

There were a couple people feeding the birds crackers (despite the numerous signs asking them not to), so Mrs Prissy came out of the water and over to me. When she found I had nothing to eat, she hissed and tried to bite me! Ungrateful bird, after I've made her famous!

Then Mr Prissy started flapping around and hissing in the water, and I saw ominous bubbles rising from the deep. I think the snapper tried to eat him! He'd be quite the meal, I'm sure.

I'm surprised the snapper didn't move a few yards toward shore, where there was plenty of waterfowl for the taking:

DSCN8295

I'm glad he didn't, though; there were ducklings amongst the geese and swans.

ducklings

This has been a week of dealing with Mercury retrograde fallout. Numerous people are on vacation, making it even harder to track down and fix problems. Layout day has been a challenge, as has getting customers to call me back. The last one did, a few minutes ago. With an hour to go before I leave. Nothing like waiting until the very last minute!

I decided not to go to the Gem & Fossil show this weekend. Nobody was responding when I asked if anyone wanted to go with me, and I asked myself why I was going. I go every year, and yeah, it's cool, but it usually gives me a headache from all the stones and a backache from the cement floor. I don't need to look at shinies; I need to go for a walk in the woods. So I gave my tickets to a coworker who's never been to the show, and she was excited about it. That felt much nicer than going to another show where I can't buy anything anyway. :)

TGIF

Aug. 12th, 2011 04:18 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

DSCN8278, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Our little friends the cygnets are starting to look more like their parents. They should start getting feathers soon. They're nearly as big as the geese now!

Here's one with mama, so you have a sense of scale:

DSCN8287

There were a couple people feeding the birds crackers (despite the numerous signs asking them not to), so Mrs Prissy came out of the water and over to me. When she found I had nothing to eat, she hissed and tried to bite me! Ungrateful bird, after I've made her famous!

Then Mr Prissy started flapping around and hissing in the water, and I saw ominous bubbles rising from the deep. I think the snapper tried to eat him! He'd be quite the meal, I'm sure.

I'm surprised the snapper didn't move a few yards toward shore, where there was plenty of waterfowl for the taking:

DSCN8295

I'm glad he didn't, though; there were ducklings amongst the geese and swans.

ducklings

This has been a week of dealing with Mercury retrograde fallout. Numerous people are on vacation, making it even harder to track down and fix problems. Layout day has been a challenge, as has getting customers to call me back. The last one did, a few minutes ago. With an hour to go before I leave. Nothing like waiting until the very last minute!

I decided not to go to the Gem & Fossil show this weekend. Nobody was responding when I asked if anyone wanted to go with me, and I asked myself why I was going. I go every year, and yeah, it's cool, but it usually gives me a headache from all the stones and a backache from the cement floor. I don't need to look at shinies; I need to go for a walk in the woods. So I gave my tickets to a coworker who's never been to the show, and she was excited about it. That felt much nicer than going to another show where I can't buy anything anyway. :)

lost one

Jul. 7th, 2011 02:44 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

I went down to visit the Prissy Swan family, and was saddened to find there are only three cygnets now. One of them is missing, but I don't know how or why. I'm hoping that it's just because someone took one, and not because one got killed. There are rumors of a snapping turtle in the pond (and we know there are snappers in these parts, as evidenced by the babies we found out back). The parents were extra watchful, and even mama tried to bite me a couple of times (and she's usually mostly oblivious to me). Who can blame them?

I do hope the rest of them make it. They are awfully darling. I know this is why they have multiple babies, and nature can be cruel, but it's so sad. I feel like they're part of the family.

lost one

Jul. 7th, 2011 02:44 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

I went down to visit the Prissy Swan family, and was saddened to find there are only three cygnets now. One of them is missing, but I don't know how or why. I'm hoping that it's just because someone took one, and not because one got killed. There are rumors of a snapping turtle in the pond (and we know there are snappers in these parts, as evidenced by the babies we found out back). The parents were extra watchful, and even mama tried to bite me a couple of times (and she's usually mostly oblivious to me). Who can blame them?

I do hope the rest of them make it. They are awfully darling. I know this is why they have multiple babies, and nature can be cruel, but it's so sad. I feel like they're part of the family.

lizziebelle: (Default)

fuzz heads, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

At last, sunshine! I love how it makes the little fluffballs glow. Mummy and Daddy were taking the tykes out for a walk on the lawn, and they let me get quite close. The babies kept running into mummy's shade, so it was hard to get a pic of them all in the sun (and pointing in my direction). This one was my favorite, just for the pose.

I promise I won't be all-cygnets-all-the-time, but I am a little taken with them. I feel like a proud auntie. *g*

lizziebelle: (Default)

fuzz heads, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

At last, sunshine! I love how it makes the little fluffballs glow. Mummy and Daddy were taking the tykes out for a walk on the lawn, and they let me get quite close. The babies kept running into mummy's shade, so it was hard to get a pic of them all in the sun (and pointing in my direction). This one was my favorite, just for the pose.

I promise I won't be all-cygnets-all-the-time, but I am a little taken with them. I feel like a proud auntie. *g*

lizziebelle: (Default)

give me a ride, mommy!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

So of course I went back down to the park at lunch, and took a bunch more pictures. Also, I took movies. Watch how these cute little critters follow their mummy around, and one hitches a ride! :D

lizziebelle: (Default)

give me a ride, mommy!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

So of course I went back down to the park at lunch, and took a bunch more pictures. Also, I took movies. Watch how these cute little critters follow their mummy around, and one hitches a ride! :D

babies!!!

Jun. 24th, 2011 09:38 am
lizziebelle: (Kaylee- squee)

mama and babies, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The eggs have hatched! We have cygnets! I stopped at the park this morning to check, and the proud family was swimming around. OMG, they are the cutest things ever! They're the color of pussy willows. Mama and Papa didn't hassle me at all; I believe they were showing them off to me. *g*

DSCN6948

Squee!

babies!!!

Jun. 24th, 2011 09:38 am
lizziebelle: (Kaylee- squee)

mama and babies, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The eggs have hatched! We have cygnets! I stopped at the park this morning to check, and the proud family was swimming around. OMG, they are the cutest things ever! They're the color of pussy willows. Mama and Papa didn't hassle me at all; I believe they were showing them off to me. *g*

DSCN6948

Squee!

lizziebelle: (Default)

still waiting, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Things were pretty much back to normal at work today. Boss man thanked everyone for getting the paper out under extraordinary circumstances. I only had to remind a couple of callers that no, we couldn't get their ads in because there was this tornado, you see...

Mrs Prissy is still sitting on her eggs. Wikipedia says the incubation period is 34-45 days. She looked really thirsty. You would think her mate would give her a break to eat and drink, but he was otherwise occupied.

DSCN6660

lizziebelle: (Default)

still waiting, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Things were pretty much back to normal at work today. Boss man thanked everyone for getting the paper out under extraordinary circumstances. I only had to remind a couple of callers that no, we couldn't get their ads in because there was this tornado, you see...

Mrs Prissy is still sitting on her eggs. Wikipedia says the incubation period is 34-45 days. She looked really thirsty. You would think her mate would give her a break to eat and drink, but he was otherwise occupied.

DSCN6660

lizziebelle: (Default)

nesting, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Amazingly, it wasn't raining when I went to lunch this afternoon. In fact, the sun poked through the clouds a couple of times for a minute or two, and is now happily shining away. So much for the forecast. Not that I'm complaining!

So I decided to risk walking down to the park, despite dire predictions of thunderstorms. I peeked over the fencing at the nest, as Mr Prissy was on the other side of the pond, harassing the geese.

Guess what I saw? )



I wandered around the pond, and as I came around the corner, I spied another wonder: )

Oh, and on the way to work this morning, I saw a bald eagle flying over the bridge! So it was an awesome bird-spotting day. :)

lizziebelle: (Default)

nesting, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Amazingly, it wasn't raining when I went to lunch this afternoon. In fact, the sun poked through the clouds a couple of times for a minute or two, and is now happily shining away. So much for the forecast. Not that I'm complaining!

So I decided to risk walking down to the park, despite dire predictions of thunderstorms. I peeked over the fencing at the nest, as Mr Prissy was on the other side of the pond, harassing the geese.

Guess what I saw? )



I wandered around the pond, and as I came around the corner, I spied another wonder: )

Oh, and on the way to work this morning, I saw a bald eagle flying over the bridge! So it was an awesome bird-spotting day. :)

lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)

front page news, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Our friend Mr Prissy made the front page of the local daily newspaper today. Seems he attacked a woman and her small children the other day.

OK, here's the thing: they are territorial animals. Who are nesting. There are signs all over the park admonishing people to not feed the wild animals. Which people go ahead and do anyway. With small children in tow.

Even if these folks were not feeding them, other people (and we all look the same to them) have. They were probably too close to the nest (which is fenced off and signed now).

As a friend commented on Facebook, these are wild animals, not lawn decorations. Have a little common sense, people!

You can read the whole story here. Do not read the comments if you wish to stay sane.

lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)

front page news, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Our friend Mr Prissy made the front page of the local daily newspaper today. Seems he attacked a woman and her small children the other day.

OK, here's the thing: they are territorial animals. Who are nesting. There are signs all over the park admonishing people to not feed the wild animals. Which people go ahead and do anyway. With small children in tow.

Even if these folks were not feeding them, other people (and we all look the same to them) have. They were probably too close to the nest (which is fenced off and signed now).

As a friend commented on Facebook, these are wild animals, not lawn decorations. Have a little common sense, people!

You can read the whole story here. Do not read the comments if you wish to stay sane.

made it

May. 6th, 2011 08:11 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

pose, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I made it through the week. I'm still having spells of not feeling very good, and today I went between impressions of Sneezy and Dopey. I really don't like the effects of antihistamines, but the itchy nose was getting out of control.

Mr Prissy Swan took time out of defending his mate to pose for me, as always. Then he chased me off the property. Such a silly bird.

I am so looking forward to doing nothing this weekend. Stick a fork in me, I'm done.

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