Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Lost Racing Pigeon - Found and helped! :)

So, this weekend, I found a lost racing pigeon with a band on its leg, looking weak and just hanging out on the side of my parents' house.

I've always been a little afraid of birds since a chicken scared me once when I was 5, but I have had to help two other birds, so I'm getting over my fear of touching them. Their well-being is more important.

I crumbled up a cracker for it, and gave it a bowl of water, which it didn't seem interested in. I posted photos on Facebook and went on to my friend's house, but then came back to check on it later, and it was still there. My mom's cousin is a nature guy, and he replied to my Facebook post telling me about a man I should call who raises birds and could probably identify it.  So, I called that man, and he asked if I could catch it and bring it to him. That was pretty easy to do because the pigeon didn't move very fast. 

He told me that it was a young bird from the Chicago area, and that AU stands for American Union of Racing Pigeons. Chicago is the club it came from. 2017 is the year it was born and banded, and 8214 is its ID number. He turned it over and showed me its protruding breastbone with no plumpness around it. It also would fall over when it walked. He said it was severely dehydrated and had feather mites. He was going to put something on it's back for that (something like Frontline for birds) to kill all the bugs on it and get it re-hydrated and call the lady in Chicago that he thinks owns it. 

Afterwards, I found this website, which where you can find the owner of the bird if you find a banded one. Mine came Burbank, IL (the man was right about the owner) and was found in Southwest Michigan. 

The website also has a tab that explains how to care for them. It said to give them bird seed or raw grains and a bowl of water at least 1-inch deep because they put their beaks in and suck the water up.  It also said to pour some water into the bowl so they can hear and see it and realize that there's water in there because they might not know because it doesn't look like their usual bowl or water supply. 

I pray every night for children and animals who need help, and ask God to lead me to ones I can help, or to lead them to me, so I think it's Divine Providence that this bird found its way to my parents' house on the day that I visited (although God could have just lead it to a vet or to the man I took it to), but I'm so glad He chose me and I was able to get help for it.☺

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer 2017

Hi Everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't posted for so long, but I've been busy building a life I love!  I've been enjoying summer, the beach, the weather, friends and family.

I went to New Orleans for the first time, and loved it!  While I was there, I rented a big, red Dodge Ram truck (that was fun to drive!) and drove to Oak Alley Plantation, which is a beautiful and interesting and sad (slave quarters and paraphernalia) piece of history. I loved the French Quarter! The food was delicious... beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde, Bananas Foster at Brennan's, Jambalaya and Gumbo at The Gumbo Shop, and a Po-Boy at Johnny's on St. Louis Street.  I took the streetcar to the Garden District and walked around Lafayette #1 Cemetery and looked at the beautiful homes, including the one Eli and Peyton Manning grew up in, and author Anne Rice's house. If you have been there, I would love to hear about your favorite things.  If you haven't, I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list. :)

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fidgeting Isn't Cool

Lately I've realized how much I fidget. - especially when I'm sitting next to someone who doesn't.  In church one Sunday, I was sitting next to a lady who sat so still the entire time while I crossed and uncrossed my legs multiple times, scratched my nose and head, sat up straight and then slouched again repeatedly, moved the hair out of my face and tucked it behind my ear several times, and scratched other itches.

I realize that some people have ADD or other conditions that cause them to fidget, but I think in my case it's mostly from caffeine, and maybe some anxiety. I know I'm not the only one.  As I look around, I notice knees bouncing, pencils tapping, people constantly tucking hair behind their ears, people biting their nails or picking at their fingers, and people nervously looking around as someone is talking to them (which I'm also guilty of). Proper etiquette dictates that one should pay strict attention to the person whom they are conversing with, and to make them feel like they are interested in what they are saying - not looking around the room for someone else, or an escape route - even if they are not interested.

That lady seemed so ladylike and calm compared to me. And, even when I tried to sit still, I couldn't. I fidget usually from discomfort, which is why I cross and uncross my legs - because of pressure on some point that becomes uncomfortable. So, to remedy this, I need to train myself to sit with both feet on the floor, or ankles crossed and to be mindful of fidgeting, and make an effort to be still.

I drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee every morning, and I do notice feeling very jittery and anxious after the second cup. So, another goal is to cut down to 1 cup and then switch to green tea to get less caffeine and more health benefits.

I don't know if I'll ever be able to sit as still as my role model, but I'm going to try to improve that bad habit.  Fidgeting so much makes me look like a nervous wreck - and, I really don't have anything to be nervous about! Thankfully, habits can be broken and changed with some effort.  The fidget spinner has become all the rage lately, but I don't want something to fidget with. I just want to stop.

Maybe in this day and age of being so overstimulated with nonstop updates from social media, email, news, television, radio, games, and other noise, some of us have become impatient and get bored too easily, making it hard to sit and focus on one thing for very long.

Have you noticed yourself fidgeting, too?