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May 1st, 2015


Year of the Goat 2015

January 6th, 2015

Drawn to all things goats this past year, interesting to feel compelled this morning to do some research. 2015 is, according to Chinese astrology, the Year of the Goat, starting Feb. 19 (the Lunar New Year). The Goat (or Sheep) is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese Zodiac.

Although my birth year of 1954 happens to be a Year of the Horse, I do feel I resemble more the description of one born in 1955, a Year of the Goat.

Not only that, of course, born on January 13, I am in the month of Capricorn, 10th sign of the astrological zodiac system dating back to Babylonia. More than goat, it is a goat-fish, the mystery of which goes back to the depths of time past. Why goat-fish? No one knows for sure, there is varying mythology.

Free Will Astrology had this to offer me, entering this new year:

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that literally means “golden repair.” It refers to the practice of fixing cracked pottery with lacquer that’s blended with actual gold or silver. Metaphorically, it suggests that something may become more beautiful and valuable after being broken. The wounds and the healing of the wounds are integral parts of the story, not shameful distortions to be disguised or hidden. Does any of that resonate with you about your current experience, Capricorn? I’m guessing it does. Let’s call this the kintsukuroi phase of your cycle.

Somewhere there’s a treasure that has no value to anyone but you, and a secret that’s meaningless to everyone except you, and a frontier that harbors a revelation only you would know how to exploit. Why not go in search of those things?

Chemtrail Global Awareness Day January 25, 2014

January 25th, 2014

It is another dry day in Oregon. A day when it typically should be wet. Raining. For the past two days, the winds have howled. The skies were clear of clouds, though I did see some chemtrail activity, very high in the atmosphere, a couple of short trails which dissipated quickly.

Today the winds have calmed. The skies are bright sunny and blue, totally cloud-free, and overall chemtrail free. I was observing, with more than just a curious consideration. I was wondering if the Ones Who Ordered Chemtrail Sprayings knew this was a day where, around the world, concerned people had planned events which addressed their valid questions about chemtrail activity in our skies, and might lay low.

Until now. 1:00 PM. As I look west, through the trees I see two white trails far off low on the horizon.

That was about all the activity for the day.

More Lesser goldfinches at the feeder

January 25th, 2014
Lesser goldfinces at the feeder

Lesser goldfinches at the feeder

January 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 24th, 2014

January 21, 2014 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. According to Global Animal, the holiday was founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina.

Here in West Linn, we have two different kinds of squirrels at the bird feeders. The native Douglas Squirrel

Douglas Squirrel

Douglas Squirrel on the “non-squirrel-proof” seed feeder.

and the non-native Fox Squirrel.

Red Fox Squirrel and Oregon Junco Loves Sunflower Seeds

Fox Squirrel and Oregon Junco

I’m “on the fence” with my relationship with the squirrels. I can’t say I would call them disgusting rodents, but sometimes they are such pests at the bird feeders.

But that little Douglas squirrel is just darned cute! Though, it does have an annoying way of pip-barking non-stop for long periods of time. I have often wondered why one would persist with such repetitious and sharp vocalizations.

I would not be feeding squirrels intentionally, except I put out sunflower seeds for the birds. I have purchased different styles of feeders in the past, and have been moving towards those feeders and assessories which are designed to be “squirrel proof.” Right now, it’s 50/50 with the feeders which are hung in the maple outside my bedroom window. Obviously, the wooden feeder shown above with the Douglas squirrel on the roof is not one of those so protected. But it does seem to be a favorite to all.

Besides the squirrels, I have seen black-capped chickadees, lesser goldfinches, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, a wren, song sparrow, juncos, towhees, flicker, downy woodpecker, bush tits, townsend warbler and yellow-rumped warbler (Audubon’s). Also, a hummingbird resides in the big rhododendron, attracted to stay by my two sugar-water-filled red saucer-shaped hummingbird feeders. It often comes here at the same time to feed together with mixed-species assemblages.

A black-capped chickadee rests in the maple tree.

A black-capped chickadee rests in the maple tree.