Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Bird and Words

Are you ready for one more of my bad bird shots?
Is this a Martin? A Swallow?

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

1. What summer activity most takes you back to your own childhood?
Picking blackberries. My mom would get my brother and me up before dawn, dress us in long pants and long sleeved shirts (during the heat of summer), and walk us out to the wild blackberry patch between the field and the woods. Sweat bees would sting, briars would scratch, and by bedtime chiggers had taken up residence all over our bodies. (A time before Off was invented.) It isn't exactly a fond memory, that is until you get to the blackberry pie and ice cream part. Yum!

2. What's your favorite summer smell?
The wind right before rain.

3. It's beach season in the US of A...so how do you feel about sand? 
It's hot. Must have beach shoes. 

4. Sun tea, SunChips, sunflower seeds, Capri Sun, Sunny Delight, Sun-Maid raisins, sun-dried tomatoes...your favorite food or beverage with sun in its name?
Sun tea. Love iced tea with lemon slices. No sugar and especially none of those poisonous artificial sweeteners.

5. What's your favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day?
Air conditioning. 

6. Share a favorite song with the word sun or sunshine in it's title.
Cheap Sunglasses ZZ Top

7. Tell us about a time you had an exceedingly good or truly awful customer service experience. If it was awful, did you report it? Ever go back there again?
I know I have experienced both during my lifetime, but can't think of anything in particular, good or bad. Before I retired from my real job, I had to travel and work out of town a lot. I went out for dinner at a nice restaurant every night, alone. The waiters and waitresses used to come sit with me and keep me company. I know they were trying to be nice, but I was somewhat offended. I don't recall seeing any of them sit down with men dining alone. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Blank mind here. Think, think, think! Aha! I thought of something. This saturday night is our Freedom Day celebration. Our town always has a fireworks display the Saturday before the 4th. Daughter and family come every year. We have a cookout and plenty of junk food for the kids. We put lawn chairs in the backyard and have an excellent view of the show, which is only 1 block away. My last beloved dog, Willie, was horribly frightened and used to hide in the bathtub. I'm wondering how Fergus will deal with all the noise. 


Ginny said...

It could be a swallow, too. My mom could always smell the rain coming!

Halcyon said...

No idea what this bird is. But I can tell you it's black! ;-)

Robyn Goddard said...

Good Morning Roan!

Summer Activity that take me back to childhood: Showing livestock. Today seeing blog posts of kids showing.

Favorite summer smell: Fresh cut hay. We really want to get started, but it keeps raining.

Favorite way to cool off: Wait for evening and enjoy the sunset.

Song: Soak Up The Sun

Hope you have a great weekend celebrating Freedom Day with your family.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Picking blackberries really is a labor of love. But the results are worth it!

EG CameraGirl said...

I think its a tree swallow.

I liked reading your answers. I loved picking blueberries when I was a kid.


When it came to fireworks, one of our dogs, in Colorado on the 4th, jumped our 6 foot fence and we lost him...never did find him. From then on, we'd put our fur babies in the house.

TEA and Lemon...iced on a hot summer day...I'm with you on so sugar, no artificial sweeteners. Ewwww.


ps...my guess would be a purple martin 'cause it doesn't have much of a swallow tail.

TexWisGirl said...

due to the muted color, i'd go with martin. :) good luck, fergus, with the fireworks!

Mary said...

The Small Town is having our 4th of July this weekend, too. I wish they'd do it on the 4th, but...no one asked me! :)
Good song...and different! :)

holli said...

Yum, I love sun tea! I never think to make it myself.

Joyce said...

The dog I had growing up needed a tranquilizer whenever there were fireworks, and even then would still hide under the bed. Our current pup is oblivious. We always laugh and say she's a party girl. She likes to be right in the middle of it.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little thing.

Brian King said...

I would guess Martin, too, but I'm not positive.

Gail Dixon said...

Sorry, I can't help with the bird ID. Swallow or martin would be my guess, but that's not too helpful. I'm with you on #5. It's getting oh-so-hot here.