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?

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Urgent! Grab Your Milk, Bread and Beer!

Oh my gosh!  There is snow headed to Atlanta!  Time to stock up on bread, milk and beer.  Especially the beer!  So, the expected accumulations are unknown at this time…it could be an inch it could be three.  And in the end, it will probably be none.  Everyone gets all excited then not a single flake falls.  But IF it snows, one inch shuts down our city for one day, three inches is at least 3 or 4 days.  This is pure entertainment for those people in Boston. And honestly, we even laugh at ourselves in Atlanta.  But Atlantans are like kids in a candy store when it comes to snow.  We always wish really hard for at least one snow a year because it gives us a couple free days at home.

Let’s not forget Snow Jam 2014.  Within about one hour Atlanta was in gridlock on the back roads and interstates.  There may have been an inch of snow on the ground at that point!  It took my husband eight hours to get home what should have been a 35 minute drive. Both of our cars have four wheel drive, but it was difficult to get around all the two wheel drive cars blocking the roads.  (I was able to utilize sidewalks and things to get around all the cars that were in the way.)  It was quite an adventure.

But the most amazing thing I learned from Snow Jam was the wonderful community we live in.  We had kids stuck at schools, families stuck in cars and people walking several miles home barefoot in the snow (just kidding about the barefoot…I just had to throw that in there). Those with four-wheelers were making trips back and forth to rescue people from the roads and schools all during the night.  Those without four-wheelers were placing gas containers on their front porches for them to use.  One guy was even picking up pizza orders at the pizza place for everyone.  Groceries, food, you name it…everyone was helping each other. In the end it really made us appreciate everyone around us and realize, that despite the craziness in life we can all come together when needed.  (That sounds kind of deep considering it was 1 maybe 2 inches of snow, doesn’t it?)  

My children sometimes wish we lived in a city with more snow, but I warn them, those cities have equipment to keep the city operating and it takes a lot of snow to cancel school up north.  The drama and excitement snow creates in the south is far more exciting!

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