Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Duck Duck Hodge Podge

After last Sunday's ramble, on my way home I decided to drive through The Rez. Even though I hadn't seen any wildlife there in weeks, I am always hopeful. This time I got lucky! The water was really green. Hubs thinks it was treated for algae.



I think these are Juvenile Wood Ducks.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday


1. July is National Anti-Boredom Month. When was the last time you were bored? What's your go-to cure for boredom? 

I found myself walking around the house alone last Sunday afternoon. Hubs was working. Dinner was planned and prepped as much as I could prep. I finished the book I was reading earlier in the day. I tried to write, but my muse must have taken the day off. So, I grabbed my camera, loaded Fergus in the car, and went for a ramble.

2. What's the last thing you made a reservation for?

That would probably have been dinner reservations when I still lived in Texas. I live in middle-of-nowhere Illinois. Diners don't take reservations. On second thought, probably hotel reservations.

3. What's one thing on your summer 'bucket list'? Any plans to make it happen?


I want to go to Hannibal, Missouri. I will need to have about 2 days off during the week so Hubs can go, too. He rarely gets a day off on the weekend. It will need to be spur of the moment. We can't really plan until Hubs gets his schedule. He rarely ever gets the same days off during the week. If that doesn't work out, I will take myself down to see my son.

4. What's your favorite summertime sip?


Iced Green Tea with lemon. No sugar.

5. What do you find is the best way to handle another person's hostility and hopefully ease the tension?


I practice avoidance. I don't have time for those kind of people.

6. Your favorite film set in summer?


Now this answer will age me, as if you haven't already figured out I'm older than dirt. A Summer Place with the dreamy Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. Two of my favorite actors when I was a young 'un. Besides, I was madly in love with Troy. It was a risqué movie back then, which added to its appeal.

7. What word are you using too much lately?


Funny. When co-workers tell me a 'funny' story, I always laugh and then say, "That's funny." I'm tired of hearing 'funny' come out of my mouth, but can't seem to stop myself before it plops out.

8. Insert your own random thought here.


A man came in the office last week looking for the Assessor's office. Once upon a time it was in the courthouse, but now it is in the annex building. The girl at the desk told him the annex building was 'kitty-cornered' across the street, which sounded correct to me, but obviously not to the man. He asked, "How do you spell that?" The girl didn't know, so he picked on me and the other girl in the office. We had no idea. He says, "It is spelled 
c-a-t-e-r-c-o-r-n-e-r-e-d." I didn't dispute his obvious knowledge, but as soon as he left, I pulled up Google to prove to myself kitty-cornered was proper. What did I find out? I was wrong and he was correct. Did you know there is a Gunsmoke episode titled, Kitty Cornered?

Linking to Wednesday Hodgepodge

23 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Yep, those are wood ducks!

Hope you DO get to Hannibal!

Mary said...

I've always called it "Cadi-cornered"; interesting to know it's "Catercornered"!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I never heard of Kitty-cornered before today....it's always been catty-cornered for me.

Now...THAT is funny!! [-sorry, couldn't resist]

PS...I love Hannibal Missouri.

Joyce said...

Well this was educational today : ) I've always said kitty cornered, but will attempt to change that now. Hope you get your mid-week getaway!

Madly Maudlin Megan said...

I've read that multiple versions of "cater-cornered" are considered correct, including "kitty-cornered." It's a colloquialism, so people say it differently in different regions.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I hope you get to make your Missouri trip.

I will have to look for that movie at the library. I haven't seen it.

Halcyon said...

Very pretty ducks! Ours are much more boring. :)

Zoanna said...

I have always said "catty corner" not cornered (past tense). As in, the McDonald's sits catty-corner to the gas station." But catercornered? That's entirely new.

I need to go for a ramble.

TexWisGirl said...

so awesome! what a great new bunch!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

am i wrong - but are those all females? where are the MEN? it's raining men, just jumped into my head?!! i think i know what song i will be singing all day?!? ha. ha!! ( :

Ginny said...

Well, maybe because I grew up in the north, we always said Catty Cornered. But I am now hearing people say it both ways. The ducklings are so cute, almost grown! I guessed mallards because of the blue wing edge, but mallards do not have that white eye ring. So you must be right! It is really hard to identify the juveniles!

Ginny said...

You got me intrigued, so I looked it up and here is what I found. "Sadly catty-corner has nothing feline about it. The word comes from French quatre, and before that Latin quattuor, both meaning 'four' and both must be seen in the sense of opposite corners. To cater meant to 'set diagionally' across from, Thus cater- / catty-cornered.

Cranberry Morning said...

Funny, but I think that guy at the office was a showoff. Hope you get to Hannibal. I can't see that name without thinking of a. Tom Sawyer and b. Elephants going over the Alps. :-). Sorry I didn't make it to Rubbish Tuesday. I'm trying to avoid sitting. I can lie down and visit blogs on my phone.

Margaret Adamson said...

These duck seem to have breed well in your area this year.

Beth said...

Great shots of the wood ducks! And great questions and answers too!

Gail Dixon said...

Many think the male wood duck is the star, but I have come to appreciate the female wood duck's beauty, too. Great shot of her with her ducklings. :)

Gillian Olson said...

Love the markings around the eyes, nice looking birds. Always like your q and a's too. Cater corner, who knew!

Brian King said...

Wood Ducks are one of my favorites! They're beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Neat shots of the wood ducks. The juveniles are cute. I enjoy the questions and answers, great post.. Have a happy Thursday!

Neil said...

Beautiful looking wood ducks.

Stephanie said...

Wow, those are beautiful ducks. The one particular one with the white around its eye and that blue in their wings is gorgeous.

Janice Adcock said...

Love the pictures. I know nothing of the variety. I did see A Summer Place with my best friend and her mom. Her mom told us two tweens that was not a nice way for boys and girls to act.

Rose said...

Love those ducks...and enjoyed your hodgepodge....and to add to the mix, I thought it was cat-e-corner....spelling it like I say it...well, sort of...this is making me laugh...I guess I am tired and things strike me funny then.