25.5.05

ten things

Dreaming Again has tagged me to share 10 things I've never done. I am going to take a little bit of a different approach to it, though, to make it more fun. (at least for me, that is. ;)

So it'll be more like... 10 (possibly obscure) things I've never done, but would like to do.

1...I have never walked the Camino de Santiago (de Campostela), an ancient European pilgrimage route. The majority of modern pilgrims begin their journey in the Pyrenees, at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, or at Roncesvalles. Some Europeans even set out from their homes. They walk (other means of transportation are used, but generally not considered legit) across northern Spain, about 425-450 miles, to Finisterra: the end of the earth.

2...I have never taught my cat how to use the toilet. Link to an article about a soon-to-be-marketed toilet-training system for felines, thanks to an inventive woman in Australia.

3...I have never seen a bluebird. They do not typically venture into my part of the world, and I've never been lucky enough to see one elsewhere.

my brain is too tired to finish this tonight, but i feel the need to post something, so here is my pathetic, unfinished attempt. i shall edit and complete it soon.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dreaming again said...

These were much harder to do than I thought when I was tagged.

Your third one caught me off guard! I can't even imagine. We had stellar jay's when I was growing up. None of my parents liked them (mom, dad, step mom, step dad)! I never thought much about it.

Then I moved here and we have the most beautiful Blue Jay's. I couldn't understand my parent's dislike of blue jays ..till we visited California and I saw the difference ... ours are just beautiful!

I can't even imagine not being able to see them. We rarely get to see a cardinal, but we do, a few every year.

Come visit me when I get my new house (whenever I get the hours in ..ugh) and we'll make sure you see a jay!)

3:23 PM  
Blogger bronwyn said...

:) Thx for the note... the 10 things are hard to come up with!
We do have Stellar's Jays here, too, actually.... But I've never seen a mountain bluebird, eastern or western bluebird- They seem romantic, almost.

I love the birds we get here. Mostly drab colors, but very hardy creatures. No cardinals, bluebirds, regular jays, doves, crows, larks, etc.

Where did you grow up, that you had Stellar's Jays around??

5:57 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

I grew up in Mariposa California, right outside of Yosemite National Park (oh, how I miss my mountains!!! Specifically, Half Dome!)

I think I was about 26 before I saw a real crow. It was on my porch and it had gotten a chicken carcus out of my trashcan. I was shocked. I'd always thought the little black birds that I grew up with were crows. This thing was HUGE, and blacker than I could have imagined with reflecting the sunlight in every shade of blue you could imagine. I was absolutely fascinated. Crows don't normally get that close here in the city. I definitely understood why they have scarecrows in Kansas, farm country of Oklahoma and Nebraska after seeing that huge bird on my porch!

I love birds!
Our squirrels are different here too. Red, and smaller. When my 15 year old was 4, we went back to Yosemite and my son wanted to know who bleached the squirrels! (California Gray squirrls!). He was so cute at 4!

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Eliza said...

OMG, I *so* want to teach my cat to use the toilet. But, she has some post-traumatic stress issues or something (I think maybe she was abused before I got her, as she is very scared of people and hides a lot, but she's not scared of, like, bats), and using the litter box is one of the few things she does without any sense of underlying trauma, so I figure I shouldn't mess with it. Even though I bet she'd kick ass at learning how, since she's a genius kitty and moves my socks to my bed IN PAIRS if I leave the laundry basket lying around long enough.

Pk, I have to admit, I had the same thought as your son when I moved to CA. I loathe squirrels. We have squirrels at my camp that I SWEAR were unleashed from some sort of government experiment. They're so evil. They steal stuff. Like, you'll find your toothbrush in a tree; your contact lenses will be buried in the woods along with everyone's hairbrushes; they'll work in GROUPS to carry off a large lantern flashlight. It's freaky stuff, I tell you. Bad red squirrels. We started trapping them in Have-a-Heart cages and BOATING them off the island, no joke.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

ROFLMHO ... Eliza, we had a red squirrel that decided that it wanted to share our mobile home. So it was digging a hole in the top of the siding and trying to take up residency in the roof.

One day, when coming home and finding it there again, it stuck it's head out again and I yelled at it "WE LIKE SQUIRREL MEAT!!"

To which it responded
"chitter chatter chitter chatter chitter chatter sppth!"

and just stared me down till I was afraid it was going to attack me. I went and beat my walls from the inside to scare it away.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Dr. Charles said...

a cool list so far - i'd like to see the rest. i think i missed the point since i posted my list on peggy's site. oh well, it wasn' half as good as your first stab here.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

7 through 10 please ... you're really good at this list thingy!

3:43 AM  

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