WESTERN SCREECH OWL: Not Amused

WESTERN SCREECH OWL: Not Amused

Quotation MarksI have no idea the subject of this Western Screech Owl’s (Megascops kennicottii) scrutiny, but he is blatantly declaring, “I am so not amused.” From my experience, owls seem to have no sense of humor, but I am still unable resist their crotchety charisma. They may not laugh, but they make me laugh every time!

—AdL

Written on June 8th, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Birds, Humor, Owls
Zebra-tailed Lizard Preaching

Zebra-tailed Lizard Preaching in the Wilderness

Quotation MarksLike John the Baptist, this lizard preaches in the wilderness, and dines, perhaps more happily than did John, on locusts and honey. At least, that is what comes to my mind when I see this little guy expounding upon his pulpit in what looks like a ray of God’s Glory. I just want to cry out, “Preach it, Brother! “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’”

All in all, an amazing exhibition by arguably one of God’s most dazzling creatures!

—AdL

“He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Luke 3:3

Written on April 1st, 2014 , 5th Day Photography, Humor, Insects

If you like streaming media, I would recommend: Streaming Video Recorder

Written on August 5th, 2013 , Just for Fun
Western Bluebird in Mesquite

Western Bluebirds Basking in the Morning Sunlight

Quotation MarksWestern Bluebirds (Sialia mexicana) are transitory visitors in the Sonoran Desert, so I am avidly “stalking” these flighty birds before they abandon us for cooler environs. Not an easy proposition with these mercurial and wary little guys. This photo is from my second day’s attempt, but I am determined to get close enough to fill the frame with a bluebird using my 300mm lens.

Still, I like the pattern of this little cluster of birds perched in a tall Mesquite tree (Prosopis) basking in the igneous morning light. They were waiting for the gale force (well, it felt gale force in the cold morning temperatures) winds to die down before they began the hunt for an insectivore breakfast. Yum. I pursued the coterie from tree to tree, and ground to tree, but they eluded me each time a genial logorrheic person would stop to visit.

I contend, though, that I will, doggone it (!), get a close shot! Prayer would be appreciated. ;-)

—AdL

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Written on January 6th, 2012 , Mid-Week Giggle, Photo of the Week
Vote to Repeal Law of Entropy

Don’t forget to vote…

Quotation Marks…this is a crisis that could doom all future generations and the Earth itself!

Written on October 27th, 2011 , Just for Fun
Spot the Cat

Can You Spot the Cat?

Quotation MarksMy friend (Thanks for the share, Sara!) recently sent me this fun Find the Cat in the Photo challenge, and I thought you all might enjoy it, too. There are no tricks, and it is a real photo of a real cat. It took me more than the prescribed 15 seconds to spot the cat, but I eventually did. Can you? (You will kick yourself about how obvious it is once you find it.) Have at it, and enjoy!

—AdL

If you absolutely cannot find the cat, and are desperate to know, see: Answer to Spot the Cat

Written on October 17th, 2011 , Just for Fun
Kangaroo Nerds

Hey! Nerds rule!

Quotation MarksWe are coming into nature photography season here in the Sonoran Desert, (thank You, God, finally) so the Mid-Week Giggle is going on hiatus for at least a few months. In the mean time, here is one last giggle.
I love the Far Side, and Gary Larson’s wacky sense of humor. Here are just a few of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
—AdL

Bumper Sticker

My Honor Roll standing just doesn’t seem that impressive anymore.

Curiosity

Kiwi is giggling hysterically to herself right now.

Reindeer Games

When reindeer games transition to reindeer as game.

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Written on October 13th, 2011 , Just for Fun, Mid-Week Giggle

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Did we pay $14 to see this?! (Actual photo of movie screen)

Quotation Marks(Based on a true story.) This past weekend the spouse-unit and I, Mr. and Mrs. Decisive, thought we might like to see a movie. Looked up the schedule online and narrowed it down to two choices: Transformers: Dark of the Moon or Captain America. (Yes, I am talking about the first weekend of October 2011.)

“Which one do you want to see?”
“I’m not sure. What’s your preference?”
“I don’t know. Don’t you know what you want to see?”
“I’m undecided.”
“What about Captain America?”
“I was leaning toward that, but wasn’t sure. Is that what you want to see?”
“I guess. Is that okay with you?”
“Y-e-a-h, I guess we can see that. Do we have time?”
“An hour and a half. Is that enough time?”
“It takes us 15 minutes to get there. Maybe.”
“Let try it.”
A DECISION!

Mr. & Mrs. Decisive have no problem choosing a parking spot at the mall; it is the only one in the shade. You understand if you live in the Sonoran Desert. (See JUST FOR FUN: You May Live in the Sonoran Desert If… to learn more.)

Once inside…

“Do we have time to go look in that store before the movie?”
“Uh…I’m not sure. What time is it? We have an hour and a quarter.”
“What do you think?”
“It’s cutting it a little short.” (I kid you not.)
“I think we have time.”
“Okay.”
We have CONSENSUS!

Finally at the cashier buying tickets…

“Two tickets for Captain America.”
Cashier: “Two for Captain Amer…Captain America?” The cashier gawped at Mr. & Mrs. D (the obviously obtuse antediluvian elderly folks). “That movie’s been gone for awhile.”
“What?”
“But we just looked at the schedule online, and it was on there.”
Cashier: …
“What do you want to see instead?”
“Uh…” Stare at board. No Transformers either. Great. No idea what to watch.
“We’ll be back.”
Cashier: “Whatever.”

Mr. & Mrs. D slink abashedly toward an ultra-comfortable acrylic (sarcasm intended) bench, and stare at a board of completely unrecognizable movie titles. Now what?
“Do you have any ideas?”
“No. Do you?”
“Do you recognize any of those movies?”
“No. Do you?”
“I know about Dolphin Tale.”
“Oh.”
“I wouldn’t mind seeing that. It looked okay.”
“I’d rather not.”
“Okay. What do you want to see?
“I don’t know.”

"Dialogue" condensed out of pity for my readers.

“Well, what do you want to do then?”
“We could go see what store went in to the old Borders store.”
“Sounds exciting, but you know how I hate shopping.”
“Then what do you want to do?”
“I’d like to see a movie.”
“But there’s nothing we want to see.”
“Do you have a better idea?”
“Not really. Isn’t there anything else you want to do?”
“No ideas come to mind. Do you have any suggestions?”
“No.”
“Okay.”

"Dialogue" condensed out of pity for my readers.

Silence. Minutes pass. Big sighs.
“There must be something you’re willing to see?”
“Not really.”
“How bad can Dolphin Tale be?”
“I don’t know.”
“We’re here already, and I would hate to waste all that effort.”
“Y-e-a-h, I guess that makes sense. We can try it.”
“Okay.”
A FINAL DECISION!

During the movie…

Mr. & Mrs. D enjoy the movie more than expected, and the spouse-unit especially appreciates the Ride of the Valkyrie.

During a scene about a hurricane that hits Florida, a six-year-old pipes up from behind the Ds.
Six-year-old: Why does it look like that?
Grandfather: That’s what happens after a hurricane.
Six-year-old: Why don’t they just go someplace else?
Stunned silence.
Six-year-old: Why is everything broken?
Grandfather: The hurricane blew everything down?
Six-year-old: They should fix it.
From the mouth of babes.

After the movie…

“Where do you want to go now?”
“I don’t know.”
“Me either.”

With mercy and consideration for my readers, we will fade out here. Just think, if it is tedious and painful to read, imagine living it. The upside is that same equanimity is the reason we never argue. ;-)

—AdL

Written on October 5th, 2011 , Just for Fun, Mid-Week Giggle
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Word of God

Quotation MarksHaving perused the Bible cover to cover, lived it completely and intimately, and become a doctrinal sage, I’ve discovered some fundamental Godly principles to building devout relationships. I, myself, have perfected these ten commandments, and I’m confident that you too, as sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, can apply these commandments with great success and rich rewards.

Commandment #1 Rebuke any flaws you see in others
It’s your Spiritual gift to exhort those around you, especially other brothers and sisters in Christ, and because you’re a quintessential Christian you are consummately qualified to do so. Don’t worry if you have the same flaw—that’s different; you are sanctified.

Commandment #2 If you covet, name it and claim it—for yourself
In His Tenth Commandment, God only specified coveting your neighbor’s belongings, so excluding your immediate neighbors, you may covet all you want. (You can trust me; I have direct revelation.) If you can’t acquire what they have, at least sabotage them so they can’t either. They need to rededicate their lives to Christ anyway.

Commandment #3 Never observe with, or relate to, different perspectives.
There is only one perspective. Yours. In fact, insist that others adopt your perspective. It’s the only perfect and legitimate one, and after all, you are building unity in the body of Christ.

Commandment #4 Apply bigotry and stereotypes preemptively
Be sure to form opinions before you meet others; it’s too easy to perceive others as children of God, and thus fall into the trap of approval and respect, unless you take time to prejudge. Then you might just find yourself in the awkward position of admiring one of “them.” That could ruin your whole testimony.

Commandment #5 Confess to others that you bear the formidable burden of infallibility
When you’re right, (What am I saying? You are always right.) apprise others ad infinitum. There is no sunset clause on this commandment. Regards of the incident’s antiquity, remind others of your accuracy; don’t forget to point out their fallibility. In fact, if anyone accuses you of error, mention their previous blasphemous errata, and their obvious need to repent.

Commandment #6 Administer rumors and gossip unceasingly
You are called to edify others with your discernment, and to demolish Satan’s strongholds in the lives of others. Moreover people are flattered by all the attention they receive in the form of stares and whispers. The best source is your church’s prayer chain; use it extensively.

Commandment #7 Never accommodate the temperament or preference of others
It is their duty to follow your headship in the body of Christ, for the head does not answer to the armpit. If they prefer a straightforward delivery, be circuitous and devious. If they live for a lighthearted manner, be morose and intense. If they are sensitive, and require a gentle approach, be harsh and punitive. And if they are introverted and self-driven, bully and correct them every day—multitudinously, if you can manage it; never surrender to weariness.

Commandment #8 Never admit you are wrong
It is your viewpoint, and you have a right to persevere in it, despite how silly you may look afterward. You are never wrong anyway. It’s God’s anointing in your life. Let everyone know that.

Codicil to Commandment #8
If you are proven wrong, deny it vehemently, and inundate your accuser with excuses and justifications. No excuse or justification is too lame. The objective is to prove the other person wrong, heedless of any perceived injury. You are building a hedge of thorns about them to bring those stray sheep back to the Lord (as exemplified in Hosea 2:6).

Commandment #9 Reveal no humility
Humility is for the weak, and, need I remind you, for lesser mortals than such as yourself. You are justified in the blood of Christ. There’s no reason to get legalistic now.

Commandment #10 Show no mercy
Mercy is also for the weak. What are you, a doormat? Remember to always follow Jesus’ example. Never mind that adulteress He saved from stoning, or that despicable tax collector upon whom He took pity, or even that He died for our sins, which need I remind you, weren’t even His. Just meditate on that time He chastised people with names like, “white-washed sepulchers,” or “hypocrites,” or that time He assailed the temple with a whip. Work yourself up into a righteous fervor whenever you are opposed, never you mind that you aren’t righteous; you’re living victoriously. Furthermore, see Commandment #8.

These precepts may feel awkward at first, but persevere, and soon you will discover that you like and respect yourself more, even if others do not.

If you want to know more about building great relationships, go directly to the Source yourself, and these are good passages with which to begin:

  • Romans 3:22
  • Romans 12:3-21
  • I Corinthians 12:12-31
  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • 1 John 3:11-24

May God be with you on your exciting and fulfilling crusade!

©2007 A. deLeeuw
Written on September 28th, 2011 , Just for Fun, Mid-Week Giggle

Redneck Duck Hunters

Quotation MarksKnowing my ridiculous love of animals, and especially birds, you might wonder why I have a Mid-Week Giggle about duck hunting. Well, these “ducks” are completely unharmed, and actually volunteer for huntee-duty. This video was forwarded to me by my friend Nancy (thanks Nancy!), and I had to watch it several times…and laughed each time. I had never heard of the Jackass (No, it is not a profanity. Look it up.) franchise, but I have to admit that after looking over their videos on You Tube, I wholeheartedly concur with their choice of names.

The video really needs no commentary, as it is silly enough on its own, but I must point out the flippers and feather-covered underwear for special note. Is that to add to the realism? I shall let you decide. The full-length version is below, and obviously video recorded from the TV. (Please note, there is some profanity in this video, so you can either skip this version, or if you prefer, watch it without audio; you won’t miss much other than the, “Quack quack, quack,” and, “Pull.”) Giggle on.

—AdL

Only guys would come up with this!

Written on September 21st, 2011 , Just for Fun, Mid-Week Giggle

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