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I trust that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours turned out pretty good…so good that we had it on Thursday AND Friday. Our friend Linda H. came over on Friday and joined us for dinner, bringing a home-baked pumpkin pie with her. The turkey was not as good as it had been in previous years. It was a tough old bird, or as my Aunt Grace used to say, “like a yard bird”. But it was good enough, and so were all the sides. I ate way more than I should have, and then did it again the next day!

Linda and I took a walk at Randall Park again the Friday before Thanksgiving, just to check up on our ducks and geese. As soon as we got out of the truck, they were immediately all around us. We told them that we didn’t have any corn for them that day, but the next time we go there we promised we would bring some. 

Our Randall Park Duck Friends

The pond was partially frozen over. The poor little ducks were just sitting on top of the ice or swimming around in that freezing water. It makes me feel so bad for them, but I know they are used to it and are well insulated. Still, I can’t imagine being in that cold water!

A group of American Widgets arrived to the pond right before we left it to walk around the park. They are so cute, and they tend to all stay together in a group.

Randall Park Pond Happenings

There were several ducks at the park with different, unusual colors. A few of them appeared to be completely black. One had a black head, motley brown body, and blueish-green back. So pretty! I suspect they are just more of the Mallard duck hybrids.

A Black Duck

A Brown Duck

A Mallard Duck

This guy was quacking so fast his lower beak is just a blur

This fellow had some beautiful blue-green feathers

When we got back from our walk at Randall Park, we had a covey of Quail show up in the front yard to forage underneath the feeder. We have seen this group a few times this fall, so we are hoping that they continue to come throughout the winter. (I had to shoot this video through the blinds, so that is what the blurry lines are).

The hummingbirds have been steadily coming to their heated feeder. I know they appreciate the semi-warm nectar when it is so cold outside. It is actually only about room temperature, but that’s better than being freezing cold! I have had at least two coming to the feeder still, and I know because I have seen them both appear at the feeder before taking off on a wild chase.

A Hummer Thanksgiving

A couple of years ago, my cousin Lorrie sent me some framed pictures of birds as a “just because” gift. I have them hanging up around the puzzle room where the computer is located. When I sit at the computer I can look over to the left a little bit and look at this one in the picture below. I love the little saying it has on it. We should all remember this: it doesn’t cost anything to dream, so why not go big?


We had a little snow predicted for yesterday and today, so we got our snow tires put on the truck Monday morning. I am sure glad that we did because we have about 2 1/2 inches of snow right now, and more predicted for the upcoming few days. While all the snow was falling, Summer Girl was quite unconcerned because she was inside asleep on top of the big bed.

Snoozing Kitty

Look at that cute little smile!

Join me every Wednesday or Thursday (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for more from the Southerner in the Northwest.


Published by Peg

In 2007, my partner and I decided to pull up stakes from North Carolina, where I had lived all my life, and move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. When I retired, I decided to write a blog because I had always wanted to be a writer, but somehow never found the time for it while I was working. I figured that writing a blog would give me the chance to share my thoughts with others, and also combine my interest in writing and photography in one place.


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