Chirpy

I am a HUGE bird lover!  To give you a clearer picture, I have two bird feeders on my deck right at the door so I can see them at the kitchen table.  We have a huge bird mansion in the backyard that holds about 3 gallons of bird food, and several bird houses personally painted by my talented little artists. I actually started to wonder which costs more to feed, my dog or the birds.  So obviously…I love birds!

Well, it all started a few nights ago, at least to my knowledge.  For all I know, “Chirpy” has been back there forever, but it was the first night he woke me up.  Around 11P.M. I started hearing Chirpy chirping away.  My thought…“What the?”  So I get up and notice my neighbors had left their floodlight on in the back.  I was wondering if Chirpy was a little upset about the light and it all went downhill from there?  Finally, the light went off and I figured Chirpy would go to sleep.  Wrong!  I guess now that he was awake, everyone else was going to join him!  Not sure what had me stirring that night but needless to say, that darn bird and I never went to sleep.

While awake in bed I did some research…birds that chip at night.  This is what I narrowed it down to in my quick search http://goo.gl/Qfy7ri. The Northern Mockingbird “often sings after dark, especially in artificially lit suburbs” made me feel mockingbirdboth confident this might be my guy and discouraged about my artificial suburbs. Wikipedia says they can imitate other animal sounds and even car alarms. That is quite a skill in my opinion.
Not sure this is really my guy, but it seems like a good answer for someone who spent a whole five minutes on the internet researching the subject.

Since that night, I have learned to sleep through Chirpy’s music so we are on good terms.  But each night I laugh when I lay down in bed now.  Chirpy is going strong!  Last night, some of the girls on my street and I were having a drink together a few houses down.  As a walked home I could hear Chirpy getting louder and louder the closer I got. That darn bird!  Funny enough, I have grown quite attached to the little guy in a very short period of time and would miss him if he left.  I actually got up and filled the bird feeders this morning before leaving for work, just in case we are his stop for food.  But I must admit, I really wonder what in the world they are talking about all night?

The little things in life…

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I have the joy of helping at my kids’ school once in a while; it is so nice to see what takes place during their day and how much they love it! And what a huge relief to see your children interacting with other children, happy and loving to learn. (On a light note, based on the “college fund” that we gave Primrose Schools in the early years of their lives, they better be the smartest, most social children at the school!)

Just last week there was a Mardi Gras wagon parade at the school (it was delayed due to the EXTREME winter weather Atlanta experienced that caused school cancellations the week before…yes “EXTREME” is sarcastic!). This parade was something that seemed so uneventful to the adults, but the children were so excited about this wagon parade all day, that the teachers had a hard time keeping them focused on school work. I look at these types of things and look at my kids every day and realize how much your perspective changes in adulthood. Why does it take so much to thrill us as adults? My children are always so excited about their next birthday, losing their next tooth…I am about to turn 40 and let me just say, I am not counting down the days because I am so excited…I am counting down the days I have left in my 30s wondering where the time has gone and wondering if we can slow things down.

I try my best every day to encourage their creative minds, pretend play, youthful thinking but sometimes it does require me to take a step back and correct myself. As grown-ups we often try to rush them along in our busy days and I remind myself, how unfair that is. Let them play school, color and make a mess on the kitchen table, paint, dress-up, make paper airplanes…let them be kids. And mostly importantly, learn something from them…slow down and enjoy life. The house doesn’t have to always be spotless. And who cares if dinner is not on the table at 6PM as planned?

It should be so easy….right?

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One would think the simple painting of your house would be so easy, right? I don’t mean the actual task of painting your house, but deciding on the colors for your home. Especially for a creative mind that loves to paint, design, decorate, and coordinate colors. Not so much! My husband and I are both pretty creative minded people and we have no problem looking at a paint card and saying, “wow, those two colors would look great together!” But oddly, the color on the sample card never looks the same as the color on the house or wall. Why is that?

It all started 13 years ago when we built our first home (before children). We selected the colors, the architect approved the colors. Easy enough. Well, actually, the guy was a little stubborn and we did have to try a couple different ideas before we were given the ok.   Anyways, five years later we added a member to our family and decided we needed a little more storage space, so we called up our builder and asked him to build us a house with a basement. During the building process we had to select paint colors for the new house. We drove around our neighborhood of over 1,000 houses, which offered plenty of choices and the best thing…you could see the colors on the houses! So much better than just a paint card! It took a while, but after several weeks, we determined the house we loved most and told the architect what we wanted for our new home. We were amazed when he told us we had picked out the same colors as our last house! Really? You must be kidding! How boring!

Alright, so now the time has come to paint the house again and it will NOT be the same. No matter what!!

We just have one other small problem…the trend in our section of the neighborhood is, “what can brown do for you?” The color of every house in our section is brown. Peanut butter, baby poop, chocolate, khaki, you name it; every possible shade of brown. So we are in search of a color combination that stands out from the norm, but does not look like a pink flamingo in the middle of elephants. Make sense? Therefore, off we went to Sherwin Williams this past weekend. While there we purchased four sample containers…trim, shutters, under the porch and the rest of the house…and painted an area on the rear side of the house to make sure it looked good on the house, not just a paint card. We were feeling so confident! But then, holy cow! The red that was meant to look rather brick red-like looked like bright cranberry. And the dark brown sample for the shutters looked more like a seal skin (hence the name “sealskin” I guess), but it really did look like a dark brown on the card…I swear! Well, as a result, my lunch hour was spent this afternoon going to search for another round of colors. Again, I’m feeling quite confident as of right now, but curious what I will think when the colors are added to the actual side of the house.

Whoever came up with that $5 sample idea was a genius! I wonder how many samples we will go through before we make a final decision? Your guess?