Froggie Went A-Courtin’

May 7, 2021

Image made with my cell phone camera

Froggie Went A-courtin’

(Bluegrass version on YouTube)

Froggie went a courtin and he did ride. Mhmm.
Froggie went a courtin and he did ride. A sword and a pistol by his side. Mhmm.

He went down to Missie Mousie’s door. Mhmm.
He went down to Missie Mousie’s door, where he had been many times before. Mhmm.

“Missie Mouse, are you within?” Mhmm.
“Missie Mouse, are you within?” “Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin.” Mhmm.

Took Missie Mouse upon his knee. Mhmm.
Took Missie Mouse upon his knee, said, “Missie Mouse, will you marry me?” Mhmm.

Without my Uncle Rat’s consent. Mhmm.
Without my Uncle Rat’s consent, I wouldn’t marry the president. Mhmm.

Uncle Rat laughed and shook his fat sides. Mhmm.
Uncle Rat laughed and shook his fat sides, to think his niece would become a bride. Mhmm.

When Uncle Rat did his consent. Mhmm.
When Uncle Rat did his consent, the weasel wrote the publishment. Mhmm.

Next came in was a bumblebee. Mhmm.
Next came in was a bumblebee, danced a jig with a two-leg flea. Mhmm.

They all did hoot and the birds they sang. Mhmm.
They all did hoot and the birds they sang and through the woods the music rang. Mhmm.

Where will the wedding breakfast be? Mhmm.
Where will the wedding breakfast be? He went down yonder in a hollow tree. Mhmm.

What will the wedding breakfast be”? Mhmm.
What will the wedding breakfast be? Two green beans and a black-eyed pea. Mhmm.

They all went sailing across the lake. Mhmm.
They all went sailing across the lake and got swallowed up by a big black snake. Mhmm.

There’s bread and cheese upon the shelf. Mhmm.
There’s bread and cheese upon the shelf. If you want anymore you can take it yourself. Mhmm

Sung by multiple artists, including but not limited to:

Burl Ives

Bob Dylan

Tex Ritter

Bruce Springsteen

Kermit the Frog

– more to come

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Sometimes the things we can’t change, change us

May 7, 2021

Picture of the Day

“Don’t let the tamed ones tell you how to live” – Johnny Ox

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“Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path, sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.” – unknown

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if you’re lucky enough to be different…don’t change

May 6, 2021

my thoughts for today

Thank You!

Before I do anything else, I just wanted to say thank you!
For sticking around while I go through the changes that I am going through
For listening to my rants – whatever was on my mind

The last year plus, has been a difficult year for all of us
(I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet, even with the vaccine
– if you believe in it or not)

Thank you for believing in me!

American Gold Finch
available at Picfair

Back in March (2021) was my two year blogging anniversary…and I didn’t celebrate or make a big deal of it at the time. Not sure why, I just didn’t feel like it. At this point, I have published 1,760 posts, have 2,245 followers/subscribers – this includes Twitter and Facebook, and have been places I never dreamed I’d get to visit and shared ideas with people across the globe! This is truly amazing!!

Kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness.

~ Melissa & Co.


With my new computer and trying to get into some kind of schedule, it hasn’t always been easy coming up with a post – or making time for one. My new computer is also super sensitive! But somehow it’s always happened, even if it wasn’t the best. Having said that, I think I’ve managed to get into a schedule…in the morning I post from my cell phone. Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, I need time to get outside and do some garden work/yardwork. Then, in the afternoon, on most days, I will do another post from my computer – more detailed and more like what you are used to. If I get on my computer and post in the morning like I used to, I will stay on my computer all day…then my day is pretty much shot, getting too hot to do anything outside. This is what works for me.

I saw my fox again today…

be free ~ keep it simple ~ relax

These photos are from earlier this week. I’ve started calling her werefox, until I can find another name for her. I guess it’s a she…and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. I don’t think she’s rabid either. Not acting like it anyway. We’ll see what happens..
I’m debating whether of not to put these photos on Picfair or not. The one with words will probably, more than likely go in one of my shops.

another Goldfinch I haven’t uploaded yet
I called it ‘female American Gold Finch’
but I think it’s a juvenile.

If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.


I saw this while scrolling through Pinterest the other day and really just jumped out at me. Because for me – what I photograph is my world. Our world! And if we lose it, we’re done.

They say we have four years to live if the bees disappear
On the local army base, they say that if the deer die – we’re done, it’s too late locally
this is Fort Detrick, you may have heard of it
I’m sure there’s others I can’t think of

Think big
Trust yourself
and make it happen


I could go on forever, but I’m going to leave it here. Below, I have included a photo I found on facebook this morning. I will leave it to you as to whether to take a look or not. It’s new, it’s scary and has to do with the vaccine. I have to do some research into the guy. . . just a forewarning, if want to keep on scrolling or not.

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“Don’t worry about other people’s opinions of you. God never told you to impress people;
only to love them.”

ADULT CONTENT BELOW!!!! Controversial

Any Covid – 19 Vaccine
I’m not going to transpose this, so that it can be read in other languages…not right now. But the jist of this is that those who have had the covid-19 vaccination have a life span of two years. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone, I have no idea if this is true. I’m basically just putting this out there. The article states that 8% will die within two weeks (happening, if you believe the reports), the survivors have two years, decreased with every booster shot. “Supplemental vaccines are in development to cause degradation of specific organs…”

Again, I have no idea if this is true and I’m not trying to scare anyone…I’m going to do the research myself to see if this is true or plausible or whatever. Could be conspiracy, I really don’t know…but I know, for me, it really makes me want to take a pause. Another one. I don’t plan on getting vaccinated…if you have a doctor you trust, I hope you talk to them about any concerns you have.

Mike Yeadon at DuckDuckGo (if you’d like to look up info on him…I’ve already done a little)
EXCLUSIVE – Former Pfizer VP: ‘Your government is lying to you in a way that could lead to your death.’ | News | LifeSite ( the article the above post comes from

It’s also come to my attention that unvaccinated people are being warned to stay away from people that have been vaccinated, especially with the mRNA vaccine. It seems that people that haven’t been vaxxed (vaccinated) are coming up with strange symptoms, symptoms that vaxxed people are reporting. Women are having miscarriages, having multiple periods (three or four periods in a month as opposed to two), hives and rashes, spouses are waking up with bruises after having slept next to their spouse that has been vaxxed.

I really don’t know, but the best I can do is do some research. It is up to me – or you – to decide what you want. I can’t do it for you.

now that I may have scared you… I promise, I didn’t mean to 🙂
take care
stay safe
much love

Looking back – I remember, looking forward – I hope

May 6, 2021

Throwback Thursday

Image taken 2015 (?)

“Life in the jungle is a constant struggle for the survival of the fittest.”

– Anonymous

Since this photo was taken, I have been able to spread my plants throughout the house more than I used to. With the wood stove in the room where all these plants were hanging out, I don’t keep any plants in there anymore. Not during the winter season. It gets way too hot in there for them to survive.

This is what the room looks like now, and a teeny tiny bit of the transformation process. After my dad passed away, I decided to rip the carpet out and replace with either hardwood or carpet, depending on the room. Most of the carpet was original with the house, built in 1986. When I do laundry, this is also where I hang clothes to dry. I don’t have an electric dryer so everything gets hung on drying racks or on hangers in the window. I got rid of the dryer around the year 2012 and with the stink bug infestation, I stopped hanging clothes outside. Most times, when I fold clothes to put away – during the winter months, when the wood stove’s going full blast – the clothes feel like they’ve just come out of the dryer.


She’s crazy. And just when you think you’ve reached the bottom of her craziness, there’s a crazy underground garage.

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A birthday in May can be a delight, most days are warm, sunny and bright. May all your dreams and wishes come true, may you have love and happiness too!

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fine gold is the color of your breast, black are your wings

May 5, 2021

American Gold Finch

the image below is of a male American Goldfinch and a juvenile, probably male. I’d say it could be a female, but they are usually more brown/yellow. The bright yellow one seemed to be acting more like a parent than a mate. That’s what I observed anyway.

American Gold Finch 2
taken May 1, 2021
f-stop: 1/5.6; exposure time: 1/125sec; ISO 400
focal length 300mm
CANON EOS Rebel xt
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair
  • scientific name: Spinus tristis
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Fringillidae
  • prefers open woodlands
  • eats seeds
  • nests in shrubs
  • Behavior: foliage gleaner
  • conservation: low concern
  • state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington
  • prefers sunflower and nyjer seeds at bird feeders ( I put thistle seed in certain feeders, not in the garden)
  • often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls
Pine Siskin | Celebrate Urban Birds
Pine Siskin
(google image)

I’m definitely going to have to do some research and find out of Pine Siskin are common to my area… actually, both birds.

Common redpoll - Wikipedia
Common Redpoll

range map: (provided by birds of the world)

image of range map for American Goldfinch
– breeding
– year-round
– non-breeding

“Their po-ta-to-chip flight call draws attention to them in open country. They’re most abundant in areas with thistle plants, and near feeders.” (

In Spanish they are called Jilguero Yanqui
In French Chardonneret jaune

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.


Native thistle and other composite plants are suggested plants that attract American Gold Finch, as well as native milkweed. For a while I kept a bird feeder with thistle in it, not in my gardens, as I didn’t want the thistle taking over. I stopped for a while because I started having trouble with squirrels. This spring, I started adding thistle to certain feeders again. The one that the bear got ahold of last spring, I fixed and put in one of my shade gardens, and I got a cheap, plastic feeder that I put in the middle of the back yard near the deck.

The images on the left are of the cheapie finch feeder. It easy enough to move when it comes time to mow. The images on the right are of my “shade” garden, with mostly wildflowers. I doesn’t bother me having that feeder there, as it’s easy enough to mow down when needed (springtime). I don’t necessarily want thistle growing in my other gardens, as the flower will take over and possibly crowd out other flowers.

An image of Lily of the Valley, growing at the base of the pole where
I have the damaged bird feeder hanging with thistle and regular bird seed.
Did I
mention that I taped the holes shut, so I could put feed back in it? I did…and gorilla glued it.

Images of the bear damaged bird feeder…in case you missed the earlier post. I have this screen tape that I bought so I could fix screens when they got damaged (from cats, birds flying into the screen, accidents, whatever) and it worked perfectly patching up the holes.

Anyway, I’ve been rambling…so back to the Gold Finches.

“When you feel homesick,” he said, “just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

~ The GoldFinch


Some cool facts:

  • American Goldfinches molt twice a year. Once in late winter and then again in late summer
  • breed later in the year than most North American birds, nesting in June and July; This is when milkweed, thistle and other plants have produced their seeds that they so enjoy. They incorporate the seeds in their nests, also using them to feed their young.
  • Goldfinches are the strictest vegetarians in the bird world, only eating seeds and occasionally inadvertently ingesting an insect
  • Goldfinches move south during the winter, preferring areas that get no colder than 0 degrees F (-17.7C) in January
  • paired couples make virtually identical flight calls, possibly distinguishing various couples by these calls
  • the oldest identified Goldfinch was 10 yrs 9 mos when it was captured and rereleased during a banding operation in Maryland
European Goldfinch Facts, Temperament As Pets, Care ...
European Goldfinch (above)
American Goldfinch (below)
Goldfinch Donna Tartt

Isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty?


If Goldfinch has flown across your path:

It is a sure sign of exuberance, liveliness and enthusiasm in your current world. They are here to remind you to enjoy life and savor each moment for the joy that is in it. Perhaps it’s simply time to celebrate who you are, your accomplishments or just for the sheer fun of it. You are reminded that life is for living – and that each moment you waste on sending forth negative emotions such as fear, hatred and anger are moments that are forever lost. Find joy in the now.


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Be open to whatever comes next

take care
stay safe
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Flowers for Mother’s Day

May 5, 2021

Picture of the Day

Flowers for Mother’s Day

My son and I went shopping for Mother’s Day yesterday, these are the flowers he got me. I know it’s a little early, but yesterday is the day we had to go shopping.

The flowers are, from top to bottom, starsister red and white dahlia, Yellowstone forever petunia, and tiny parrot asiatic Lily. The first two are considered annual flowers, but may come back through the seeds they produce. We will see…the lily is a perennial. I love lilies!

All three require full sun…I know where I’m putting the lily, gotta figure out where to put the other two. If they don’t come back next year, well, I gotta think about that.

I used to have a different variety of dahlia, my son got me for Mother’s Day when he was in kindergarten. I had a pretty decent patch, until my boyfriend mowed them down.

When I plant them, sometime this week hopefully, I’ll be sure to show you pictures.

When we were checking out at Lowe’s, someone before us had bought a rose bush, this rose fell off…I stuck it in my hair.

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why ban Dr. Seuss?

May 4, 2021

~ Disclaimer: There is nudity and talk about racism in this post. Adult content.

I know I’m a little behind in posting this, I have been working on this for a while. Not constantly, when ever I had a few minutes here or there. I really didn’t want to rush it, give myself time to digest the information. I also wanted to let the dust settle on the issue, so to speak. It is what it is…

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

~ Dr. Seuss


I get it, not all of Dr. Seuss’ books have been “banned”, so to speak. It was actually the publishing company that pulled certain books off the shelf – or stopped printing them. I guess enough people complained about them, to pull them off the shelves.

All images are from Pinterest.

Scrambled Eggs Super!

by Dr. Seuss

List of Dr. Seuss books that have been “banned”…

  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
  • McElligot’s Pool (1947)
  • If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
  • Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
  • On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
  • The Cat’s Quizzer (1976)
    (Dr Seuss: Which Books of the Writer Have Been Banned and Why? (
The Cat's Quizzer by Dr. Seuss (1976)

The Cat’s Quizzer

Are YOU smarter than the
Cat in the Hat?

by Dr. Seuss


The books in the list above have been taken off the shelves because they are deemed racist or insensitive. Joe Biden even pulled these books off the reading list for “Read Across America” day, which is March 2 (annually) and is a day to celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The company that publishes Dr. Seuss’ books states that they pulled the books because those books were “hurtful and wrong”. (Why canceling Dr. Seuss is a threat to all evangelicals – The Christian Post)

  • The New York Times claims that images portray a Chinaman with lines for eyes, wearing a pointed hat and carrying chopsticks in its hands (And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street)
  • another book depicts the African island of “Yerka” as shirtless, shoeless, and resembling monkeys (?)
  • National Review notes that another book was targeted for depicting an Eskimo
  • National Review also notes that another book was targeted for depicting an Arab-looking man

In all honesty, how do you depict a “China-person”, an Eskimo, or an Arab-looking man – without using some characterizations? Is it insensitive to do that? If you were writing a story and were trying to describe a person from Russia, Alaska, or Mexico, how would you describe them? Is it racist to do such a thing?

On Beyond Zebra

by Dr. Seuss

All of Dr. Seuss’ books that have been banned or discontinued have been put on the list for perceived racism/insensitive imagery. The key word is “perceived”… In all the years I’ve been reading Dr. Seuss – yes, I still read his books to this day – I never thought any of them depicted racism, or that the author was racist. Quite the opposite, I always thought the books were imaginative, silly, and often times teaching some sort of lesson. Take the Lorax for example – it teaches us to think about our world, and how our actions – or our inactions – may affect it. Or The Sneetches, which teaches not to discriminate.

““During the same decade The Cat in the Hat was published,
Dr. Seuss was both speaking out against racism and recycling racist caricature in his books,”
Nell told The Post. “
(Why These 6 Books Were Cancelled By the Dr. Seuss Estate | Fatherly)

Not my words, obviously, but I found the quote interesting to say the least. I don’t believe what I quoted to be true either, just someone’s opinion. A few people screamed loud enough to cause a stir. That’s all, because, if a book wasn’t any good or really was racist it wouldn’t sell. And the author, any author, wants copies to sell. If a parent thought the book wasn’t a good choice for their child they wouldn’t buy it. Money speaks…but in this case, the few got away with pulling books that didn’t necessarily need to be pulled. In my opinion.

The Cat’s Quizzer: There are some images that could be considered “sensitive”, but it’s art and should be considered as such. In my opinion. There is a depiction of a man that could resemble Hitler, another of a Japanese person, The Cat in the Hat eating with chopsticks. Could these images be considered racist? Or insensitive? Maybe. Art is in the eye of the beholder, what I might find offensive may not be to another. Or the other way around. If someone is offended by art, I really hope they never step foot in any museum…around every corner might be something offensive.

I’ll tell you a story, this happened to me a few years ago, when my son was in elementary school. I was going to school at Shepherd University in West Virginia and had to go to an art museum in D.C. and write a report on one of the pieces/artists. I had to do this several times, but on this occasion, my friend and her son – who was in kindergarten – wanted to tag along. I can’t remember exactly which art museum we visited, but they were displaying classical art – a lot of nudity. Around the corner was a naked man statue, the artwork on the wall was of a naked woman and a baby. Around the corner, a statue of a man and a woman – naked – embracing each other. Everywhere – nakedness. My friend wasn’t too happy, or very comfortable. It didn’t take long for them to leave the building. She didn’t like that her son had been exposed to nakedness and if she had known she wouldn’t have tagged along with her son. She asked me why I had chosen that art museum, I didn’t have much of a choice as I had to write my report on a piece from that museum. (The teachers let the students know that they knew what artists/pieces were on display, we also had to produce a pamphlet from the museum.)

Classical Greek paintings
classical Greek art

My son, on the other hand, was totally comfortable with the art… sometimes totally mesmerized by a certain piece. He was older, I get that, but at the same time I was comfortable exposing him to “controversial” ideas, art, whatever. With an artist mom, he was exposed to things many others might have a problem with. When he saw two animals mating, I didn’t tell him they were playing – I told him they were mating, making babies.
The point of the story is, if it were up to people like my friend, classical artwork or anything “controversial” wouldn’t be on display at any museum, or be available for the general public to look at. I could be offended by “Crucifix in Urine” because I’m a Christian, but do I have the right to make a fuss about it? Just because you may be offended, doesn’t give you the right to ban it for everyone else.
I’m just glad she didn’t go with me to the museum where Andy Warhol – pop art – was on display. There were videos and art pieces that would’ve really made her squirm.


Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.

~ Stephen Chbosky
Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I honestly don’t believe we should ban books – for the most part. Where will it stop? Is it up to me to decide what is good for you or your children? While these books, and many others, have been deleted from the bookstores and online sales (EBay), pornography, Mein Kampf, and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book are still available for purchase. Today’s music industry is riddled with nudity, vulgar language, violence, and hate – which in my opinion is more offensive than a children’s book. But as I’ve stated before, it’s not up to me to decide what is right for you, or your children. That is your decision, and your decision alone.

great libraries contain something to offend -- mine contains a lot of 'banned' books, never understood why schools would ban books...

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.


Well, that’s my opinion on the matter. And I’m sticking to it!

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