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Tue Apr 28, 2015, 04:57 PM

Good news...bad news


People that read the DU are still learning about my health. A couple weeks ago I started having new symptoms. This morning I got hit with a sledge hammer. I was having having a bad day. It is why I haven't been on much today.

It is possible to find joy in the simple things even when your terminal. We have been waiting for the rest of our feathered friends to show up. We have a huge evergreen tree right outside our front window. It is 71 with a slight breeze. I had the window open. Suddenly like an old song playing on the radio I heard a distinct song.

I called Marta at work to tell her our first Baltimore Oriole is here. I then went out to put out more jelly. My day is much better now. The simple things.

I may not be on much the next few days while adjusting to this new twist.



OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 04:59 PM

1. The simple things, indeed. Much love to you Omaha Steve! nt

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:00 PM

2. Birdies?

Here - enjoy some of our birdies! Quick, though, before they all fly away! (Which is imminent, I think.)

For you, Omaha Steve! Enjoy!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018750193

(I just updated the thread. New photos, new happenings!)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:01 PM

3. thank you for sharing that

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:03 PM

4. My dear Omaha Steve...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:04 PM

5. Glad to hear you can still smell the flowers

 

Hope you have flocks of birds to sing you sweet songs on your journey.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:05 PM

6. DU is better for having your participation, but you need to heal.

 

If you spent your healing time not on DU, I think that would be just fine - or here on DU, if it's important to you.

Watch the sun set, take a walk through the rain, have a really good, greasy, big cheeseburger and fries, ride a horse, go to the beach and walk barefoot through the sand. Come back when you are healed.

Peace.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:17 PM

7. I have nothing but the deepest respect for you and how you handle what you do.

It is a true gift to all of us as you share this so eloquently. I wish you nothing but the best.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:17 PM

8. enjoy your day, OS

 

return of the birds is the best.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:27 PM

9. Hugs

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:34 PM

10. I'm so very sorry!

I've been thinking about you a lot despite my own issues and hoping you were at least status quo. I so hope this latest "sledge hammer" isn't as bad as I imagine and something that you can at least handle or maybe even it will go away or something. Know that there are so many here who love and care about you. Don't pressure yourself to post anything if it's too hard on you - we'll understand though of course we'll worry for you.

I really wish this wasn't just a virtual hug --->



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:41 PM

11. Beauty in the simple things in life is quite moving.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:43 PM

12. .

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:50 PM

13. Even though we have

Never met I hope you do not mind me saying that I have fell in love with a character called Omaha Steve, just by the way your words are put together I can tell you are a person I would be proud to call a Friend. Now I have something in my eyes and need to wipe them clean.

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Response to donnasgirl (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:49 PM

47. +100

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:53 PM

14. k&r...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:56 PM

15. So glad about your new little Baltimore Oriole, what a messenger of spring and hope.

Thanks for writing and take the best care, you're so valued.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 05:57 PM

16. Hang tough Omaha.

Lotsa us, myself included, watch for your posts.

Finances permitting, I'll be able to replace our bird feeder next month (people upstairs broke it lowering furniture off the balcony when they moved).

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:02 PM

17. Sending hugs your way!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:02 PM

18. Every day your feet meet the floor....

is a good day.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:04 PM

19. Wait, who showed up?

These guys...



Or these...





You enrich us all here at DU, Steve. Keep on doing what you love.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:06 PM

20. Peace be to you. We all live each day not knowing if it will be our final day.

I hope all of yours are filled with love, light and serenity.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:10 PM

21. OS...

I hope you don't mind a hug from a guy...but I'm sending it your way any how...

We loves ya man!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:10 PM

22. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:11 PM

23. Good that the birds are coming back

 

and you are right, little things make a huge difference

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:12 PM

24. Hugs to you and Marta. I wait for the Mockingbird to come back; he's been here several weeks...

Stands on the topmost twig of the apricot tree and sings his brains out. Just when he can't stand the joy anymore, he achieves liftoff, flapping up several feet in the air, settles down, takes a breath and starts all over again.

Ah, spring.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:13 PM

25. Hi there Omaha Steve



From your birds and this DUer

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Response to malaise (Reply #25)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:44 PM

32. Thanks, Malaise, from all of us.

Love this song.
I'm not terminal, not much even ill, but slowing down with age.
Love so many "friends" on DU, though they may not know it.
Steve gives us so much, regularly, daily.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #32)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:45 PM

33. +1,000

Dedicating it to the folks in Baltimore as well.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #32)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 02:46 PM

75. we are all terminal

it is just a matter of time. I am looking at death records every day and see lots of people dying young.

Here's a guy David Bilger - August 1907 to Mar 2001. That's a long life, but his first wife was born 9 Feb 1909 and died 15 feb 1937. 28 years old. I don't know what happened to make her life so short. Childbirth? an accident? a disease? Could be any number of things. But did she wake up of 15 Feb 1937 and think "I might die today". Probably not. On 15 Jan 1937, did she think "I only have a month to live"? Again, probably not.

I just got a call today from my 81 year old dad. It's nice to think I might live that long, have another 28 years to live, but there's no guarantee. Any number of things could kill me in the next few hours. A drive by shooting, an accident on my bicycle, or in my car, a heart attack, a stroke, etc, etc.

Personally I would like to get six months warning. I mean, if I knew for certain I was gonna die in less than nine months, I'd quit my job today. I'd take a trip to Ireland and Romania, and so on. I'd probably enjoy the next nine months more than I will without having such knowledge. I think it is nice to have such knowledge of how much time you have.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:22 PM

26. Enjoy the birdies, brother.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:24 PM

27. Hope they will be back here soon, too.

and hope you are better, too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:27 PM

28. Please take care Omaha Steve

I enjoy your posts so much!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:28 PM

29. I wish I knew what to say...

I read everyone of your threads, even if I don't often reply.

Take every day as the one day and find joy in birds singing, flowers blooming, the leaves rustling in the breeze, or even in snow falling or the crispness of autumn.

Peace be with you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:29 PM

30. As one who's lost much in this life ...

 

... I'll say without fear of contradiction that the ONLY joy we'll EVER find comes from the simple things.

Here's the twist ... the folks who DON'T KNOW that are the billionaires! That's why they're always chasing after more and more material goods, believing that, sooner or later, they'll find SOMETHING precious enough to give them some happiness. But they are simply unable to recognize happiness when they approach it, so they try, instead, to do what they see as the next best thing ... making everyone else miserable.

Hang in there, Steve, and keep on taking however much joy you can from whatever time you have left.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:43 PM

31. We all love you Omaha Steve.

And wish you the best.

Stay as strong as you can.

And orioles are cool birds. I lost my trees on my little acre so I don't see as many of my winged friends as I used to. But we still have plenty of chickadees (my favorite), mourning doves, and the little brown jobs. I miss the nuthatches and their upside-down ways, and the woodpeckers. However, I did see a hawk of some kind (caught only a glimpse) and a turkey vulture this last week. Then there are the wild turkeys; they're all over the place.

Peace, my friend.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:48 PM

34. I'm relativity new here on DU but I seem to gravitate to your posts the most....

they are usually very uplifting and make me smile. I love hearing your bird stories. Please keep us updated on your health status and if there is anything I can personally do for you please ask.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:50 PM

35. Rest up...

hugs to you and Marta!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:52 PM

36. I have a little creek on the boundry of my property. I was sitting on the bank today.

 

I was thinking about life and you,,Steve.

The world is a better place with you in it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:52 PM

37. 'finding joy in the simple things'

...quite an accomplishment.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 06:54 PM

38. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as always.

Take care, and I'm glad you're finding joy in the simple things in life -- that's what really matters.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:08 PM

39. Every day I look forward to your posts

If I see something interesting and heartwarming I don't have to look at the name to know it will be from you, Omaha Steve. Thanks and may the blessings you've given to others come back to you and your family.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:14 PM

40. mmmmm.....jelly.......

After you set it out for the tweetlers, don't forget to have some yourself.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:16 PM

41. There is nothing like the beauty of nature to enrich the soul.

I am eagerly awaiting the goldfinches. I bought them a new feeder today. I love those little buggers!

I've never seen a Baltimore Oriole here. I hope yours sings sweetly and brightens your day.

Best wishes and keep on keeping on!!! Never give up.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:17 PM

42. Thinking of you, Steve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:23 PM

43. You'll be in my prayers, my friend!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:29 PM

44. Good vibes headed your way.

 

You, sir, are one of DU's very best.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:48 PM

45. Nature is the healer of the soul, revel in it, Steve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 07:48 PM

46. And Omaha Steve,

my day is so much better after reading your uplifting, courageous post. You have such an innate ability to communicate deeply with people. That's why we all feel we "know" you and can so effortlessly rally around you. We're there with you RIGHT NOW!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:03 PM

48. Hugs

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:15 PM

49. Nothing but best wishes to you Omaha Steve.

n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:17 PM

50. Omaha Steve

Omaha Steve

I wish you the best - and I wish I could do something for you.... And it is a lot of joy in simple things....

Diclotican

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:42 PM

51. We have eight chickens in a stock tank

in the bedroom. (Picture Ma & Pa Kettle.) Anyhow, come this weekend, I will be able to look out the window and hear them singing in the yard--where they belong. They aren't Orioles, but they'll do. I have loved your stories for a long time, Omaha Steve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:51 PM

52. Take care Omaha and stay strong!

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Tue Apr 28, 2015, 08:52 PM

53. Your in my prayers

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:12 PM

54. ...much love to you....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:21 PM

55. Sending hugs and prayers your way

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:25 PM

56. May Spring renew your soul

Omaha Steve,

Please know that all of the effort you've shown here through the years means a great deal to so very many of us.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:35 PM

57. It is wonderful you can do that

Find such joy in such a simple thing.

You are much loved and such an incredible inspiration

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:55 PM

58. Much love to you. You are truly a gem.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 09:58 PM

59. We love you, OS.

I always read your posts first. I am wishing you and your dear Marta nothing but the best. Take care.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 10:22 PM

60. I'm so sorry ....

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 10:38 PM

61. That's sweet....

 

Do you use one of these?



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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #61)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:45 AM

68. We just bought one a month ago


We have 6 jelly feeders. We only had a couple out since we put out the jelly on March 26th: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026418885

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #68)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:57 AM

71. We were putting out seed but all we got was pigeons by the flock....

 

They were like piranha and pick the feeder clean in seconds. Very messy birds.

Now we have a backyard lawn and a bird bath and we're seeing all kinds of song birds.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:00 PM

62. I enjoyed your post Steve. Birds and afterlife have a very very special meaning for me. Much love!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:21 PM

63. keep a strong heart, omaha steve.

birds have always been special little gifts of joy in my life, too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 12:02 AM

64. We should all take a lesson and stop to enjoy the simple things. nm

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 01:02 AM

65. Keep up the fight, Steve

 

and enjoy the little things

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 07:14 AM

66. Twists suck, OS.

Hard enough walking the straight line most days.

Take the time you & Marta need. Listen to the birdies, watch the new flowers popping up. Know you are loved here, and thought of with compassion, concern, appreciation, and smiles.



DLO

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:04 AM

67. Sending hugs your way

The weather is getting nicer every day, so I hope you get many more visits from the birds and other critters who live near you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:46 AM

69. :-)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:50 AM

70. may you find a way to keep your peace

 

peaceful and good vibrations sent your way!!!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM

72. (((((((OS))))))))

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM

73. Not a praying man

But I'll say a few for any person who can find peace and joy in a bird's song, a child's smile, or a cat's purr.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 12:36 PM

74. The Simple Things Matter Most

eom

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 02:49 PM

76. Did not know...you are so important to DU and the labor movement

so important

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 03:24 PM

77. Vibes to you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 04:05 PM

78. I want to join in the group hug

and to wish you the best and to urge you to take care of yourself.

Can the hummingbirds and the Monarch butterflies be far behind?

And, no doubt, Bernie Sanders announcement has been a celebration for a union guy like yourself.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 04:52 PM

79. Here's a hug from Australia

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 08:31 PM

80. Two Baltimore Orioles showed up today - males

I think you had a map showing their migratory progress..don't know where it is. I put my hummingbird feeder right next to my kitchen window. The first place the orioles always go is to that feeder, and then I put out their jelly.

Also today, had a Rose-chested Grosbeak show up. Could be that the female is here too, but she travels incognito. They'll be here till their eggs have hatched and the chicks are able to fly.

Also, some White Crowned Sparrows (we ususally have 10 or so) showed up yesterday. They mostly feed on the ground the way the juncos do in the winter

Also 2 days ago a Brown Thrush, maybe a Thrasher, not sure, came back. They come every year.

I am in Michigan, zip 48059 if you want to put markers in or something...

You know to give the Oriole grape jelly, hopefully in a white jar lid. I put the lid in a wood hopper feeder with the clear panels removed.

Most spoiled are the robins and woodpeckers. Both like suet (homemade), but the robin needs his crushed on the ground because he is too stubborn to eat from a wire suet cage. We also have to buy him grapes or he stares at the sliding doors until we can't stand it anymore.

I love the birds and am enjoying them. I know you are too. One of the blessings we have (even if it costs too much).

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 08:43 PM

81. the bad news

"This morning I got hit with a sledge hammer. I was having having a bad day. It is why I haven't been on much today."

Can you ask your doctor for more painkillers? Maybe the warmer weather will have a good effect on you...

Sad times for you, my friend, and I wish I could do something for you and Marta...

DU can be depressing sometimes, if your problems are more painful than the elections, riots, etc., because you can turn off DU, but the pain and the truth remain. Sending a heartful of love, hope you can feel it.

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