A failed attack

For three days straight, the above Northern Mockingbird attacked my family’s one-eyed cat, Kit, as he roamed the yard and drive way. I watched the bird chase other birds away as well but the main focus was on Kit. Kit was basically apathetic to the ordeal. By Sunday, I think it was more traumatizing to the bird.

It’s just a little rain …

Arkansas has been in a drought for the past few weeks. We’re still in extreme wildfire danger. So, as you can imagine, our farmers and county officials, as well as the above great egrets, were pretty excited when it began raining last Friday and continued over the weekend.

It always amazes me how a little rain can change Arkansas County’s dry landscape into a flood zone in a short-time frame. My hometown is near Crowley’s Ridge so I’m used to rolling hills. I’m still getting used to the Grand Prairie, which floods easily.

Still, the rain did manage to upset some, such as this House Sparrow. I first noticed the little guy because I thought he was stuck in a vehicle’s grill (see below). Nope, he just flew around the vehicles having a temper tantrum. It was amusing for a bit.


Photo of day: Tools

July 17: July’s Photo A Day Challenge – Tools


It’s the little things that help the most sometimes when you are having a bad day. For me, there are two tools that always help brighten my day – some perfume I got from Hawaii and my favorite every day earrings.

Photo of day: transparent

July 16: July’s Photo A Day Challenge – TransparentIt’s been a rainy weekend so I’m glad our newspaper was actually bagged and tagged closed, which unfortunately is not always the case. The above is not the newspaper that I work for but a state-wide one.

Photo of day: YOU

July 15: July’s Photo A Day Challenge – YOU.

So I didn’t like the idea of a self-portrait so I thought I would share an item that would represent me — a book. I love the written word regardless of whether it is in a newspaper, in a paperback or in an e-edition. Is it surprising when I spend all day writing for a newspaper and all night reading a good book or two?

Even the color is representative of me and, no, I do not mean yellow journalism. I consider yellow as being peaceful and cheerful. Happy. It’s three things I always strive to be.

Photo of day: In the kitchen

July 14: July’s Photo A Day Challenge – In the kitchen

So I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making tea this weekend, which I drank like crazy. I went through gallons of the stuff. However, my co-worker spent her weekend creating an even more sweet delight: a chocolate snack. She shared the cake (above) with us today.

Photo of day: Blue

July 12: July’s Photo A Day Challenge – Blue


I can’t exactly explain why, but my newsroom, OK minus the one guy, is fixated on sharpies.

We love them. There could never be enough sharpies in our medium-sized office.

At least it’s an obsession that makes our inner office notes and daily newspaper proof editing pretty.