chickadee   purple finch


For the first time in years, and I have had bird feeders for years, we have managed to get a number of birds that continue to feed, and in numbers that exceed anything we have done in the past. For instance the Chickadee, has been eating for most of the days with about 6 birds flying in either to my feeder or t o the one my neighbour has.

Another bird and her family, the Purple Finch has been feeding from last spring until now. It is not just one bird either, it is at least one family, and likely 2. I have seen 6 birds in the flock in our tree beside the feeder at one time. I have never seen them in the winter before.

Of course, we are “blessed” with the crows and magpies, which also hang around all winter, well at least the magpies do.

One more bird that has been eating berries from the tree next door is the Bohemian Waxwing, a simply gorgeous bird. They come in flocks and will strip a tree of berries in minutes.

It is pretty cool to watch these guys feeding. The Chickadee is very tame, and i have had them eat from the feeder, as I am putting up a feeder just replenished with sunflower seed!


I downloaded a Tony Hillerman book, Finding Moon a few days ago, and as I have enjoyed his books on Leaphorn and Chee, the Navajo Indian police officers, this book was not about the Navajo at all, and frankly I simply could not get interested in it. Needless to say it went back.

Not long ago, I tried a Nelson DeMille book, “The Panther”. This one was a typical Demille book featuring John Corey as a wise ass hero. This time he is in Yemen. I found the setting to be a bit off, in view of the news of the day where ISIS and ISIL are destabilizing the area. It is number 6 in the series with Corey. Nonetheless, I found the book interesting and very entertaining.

John Grisham, is without a doubt one of my favourite writers. I have enjoyed nearly all of his books. The Racketeer was my most recent read. If you like books that take a bit of time to develop, and evolve into more unexpected twists and turn, this is the book for you. Finally, the ending is quite satisfactory, something that is often elusive.

Another favourite writer is John Sandford, and the book I’m reading now is called “Night Crew”. This book is not the usual Sandford with his detectives Davenport and Flowers. The book takes place in Los Angeles, instead of Minnesota, and was rather slow to start, and I wondered if I was going to return it early, but I hung in and it is working out OK. The writing is a bit jerky, with places that seem to be a leap in faith, but it looks like I will finish it.




This is a video of a young man playing some Jerry Lee Lewis on a piano, looks and sound like Jerry lee to. Take a listen: Piano solo


I was quite surprised to see this one about using old jet fighters a drones. Full size fighter planes taking off and landing controlled by a pilot on the ground. Pretty interesting: Drones


The Calgary Herald featured this article by Karin Klassen, a few days ago, and I finally got around to using it. It is an op-ed piece on the status of women in our society. Very interesting. Take a look: Klassen


Buffalo New York and the snowfall of the century. Pretty bad: Still photos, not video, still amazing: Buffalo snow



Moshe, the owner of a small Kosher New York deli, was being questioned by an IRS agent about his tax return.  He had reported a net profit of $80,000 for the year.  ‘Why don’t you people leave me alone?’ the deli owner said.  ‘I work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, the place is only closed three days a year.  And you want to know how I made $80,000?’ ‘It’s not your income that bothers us,’ the agent said.  ‘It’s these travel deductions.  You listed ten trips to Israel for you and your wife.’ ‘Oh, that?’ the owner said smiling.  ‘Well…  We also deliver.’
———————————————————————- Rhoda and Irwin, a retired couple living in Boca Raton, are getting ready to go out to dinner.  Rhoda says, ‘Irwin, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?’ Irwin says, ‘Do I care?’ A few minutes later Rhoda says, ‘Irwin, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?’ Irwin says, ‘Who cares?’ A few more minutes pass and Rhoda says, ‘Irwin, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?’ Irwin says, ‘Rhoda, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special."

—————————————————————– Q.  What’s the difference between kosher dietary laws, and women?
A.  You can understand women.

———————————————————————- Two immigrants meet on the street.  ‘How’s by you?’ asks one.

‘Could be worse.  And you?’ ‘Surviving.  But I have been sick a lot this year and it’s costing me a fortune.  In the past five months, I’ve spent over $10,000 on doctors and medicine.’ ‘Ach, back home on that kind of money, you could be sick for two years.’
———————————————————————- Yiddish Proverbs

A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

Don’t judge a man by the words of his mother, listen to the comments of his neighbors.

If the Rich could hire other people to die for them, the Poor could make a wonderful living.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.
———————————————————————– Morris is one of the lucky ones because he’s the only one of his family to have survived two years in a concentration camp.  He’s now nearing
90 and his only remaining joy is the national lottery, which he’s been playing for years without success.  But then he wins the big one, a prize of $10 million, and a journalist from the Times calls on him for a story.  Morris tells him, ‘As I’m the only one in my family to have survived concentration camp, this has helped me decide how to make use of my large win.  So I’ve decided to donate $5 million to the Save the Children Fund, $3 million to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, $750,000 to the Jewish Museum,$750,000 Hadassah Hospital and $500,000 to be shared amongst my Friends.  I’m also thinking of donating $1 from my pocket to the Nazi party.’ The journalist is surprised.  ‘But Morris, how can you think of donating even $1 to the Nazi party after everything that’s happened to you and your family?  Morris rolls up his sleeve, points to his arm, smiles and replies, ‘It’s only fair.  They gave me the winning numbers.’

My cousin Murray runs a pawnshop, I asked him to appraise my grandfather’s violin.  ‘Old fiddles aren’t worth much, I’m afraid,’ he explained.
‘What makes it a fiddle and not a violin?’ I asked.  ‘If you’re buying it from me, it’s a violin.  If I’m buying it from you, it’s a fiddle!

Have a Great Day and be nice to each other!

Ross Smile


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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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