The Chronicles of Pondlandia©
Friday October 23 2020
What an absolutely perfect morning….to go rescue a teeny kitten from a drain at a nearby Lowe’s. Our good neighbors called our attention to it (now known as a ‘he’) and provided food/water until we could get to him. So, Pondlandia was a bit rushed this morning. Nevertheless, we did have a nice visit with Team Mallard and the Home Team. There was a gaggle of geese on the South Bank (otherwise known as the Cafeteria) but they’d long flown off by the time we got there. As a matter of fact, several of the Mallards few away as we were filming, leaving a lone drake to represent the Team. Just LOOK at the color in this first video!! WOW!
Once again, Harry gave us the slip and was found on the West Bank. And, he was spooked as we got near and wound up on the North Levee. He’s hard to see in the video as he was a bit far away.
So, we didn’t linger as we had a kitten to see about; as you can see, he was not so happy to be in a crate. That being said, when we pulled him from the drain, he settled down quickly and started purring like crazy! He’ll be vetted and neutered as we help find him a home. He sure is a cute thing!!
So, as you anticipate the weekend, remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Look! Up in the Sky!”©
Thursday October 22 2020
It’s Weekend Eve Eve!! Well, we got off to a pretty slow start…even though we were up and at ‘em before the sun topped the trees and the streetlights were still on. Since this is a Big Solid Golfin’ Day, we ‘short-walked’, meaning we did not go the whole Spookey Spikey Woods route. As we strolled down the hill to th Pond, we noticed right off that there was like, NOTHING, going on. Huey and Dewey were paddling in the Pond and rather pathetic show of two Team Mallard (Daffy and Ruby), were all that were in view. So, when handed lemons, you make lemonade…so we did; the idea of ‘duck-ade’ being rather repulsive.
Again, as we were filming and lamenting an absent-yet-again Harry, he flew out of one of the Six Cypress Sisters and leisurely wafted over to the North Levee. We made a elf-line over to DuckFeather Pointe and were able to see His Heron Highness doing what he loves…looking regal and fishing. There was little to do but admire him, set our intentions for this Thursday, and move along.
Such is the Way of Pondlandia and we are most joyful to be a part of it…we hope you are as well. You know, fall is a time of looking back and recalling memories of past years. What are your favorite memories? How did you celebrate this time of year? Did you harvest fall crops? Can food for the rest of the year? Make your kid’s Halloween costumes? However you recall, we hope your day goes well today and that you stay healthy, safe and remember to always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Pondlandia—A Box of Chocolates”©
Wednesday October 21 2020
Man Oh Man…did this morning every turn around on us! When we arrived at the Pond, the action was like….none! The Home Team and Two Team Mallard. Nothing else moved, waddled, paddled, flew, quacked, or otherwise made themselves known. We scoured the pond area for any sign of Harry as we had not seen him in a few days; and he has been such a solid fixture. No Harry to be found. We walked to North Pondlandia and past the Spookey Spikey Woods, the North Levee, the easten bank where he sometimes likes to fish. Nothing.
So we pretty much gave up and came back around to at least acknowledge the ‘folks’ on hand and to set our intentions. And then….and then…as we were filming and whining about our concerns over MIA Harry, a little movement caught our little elf eye. YES!! There he was just walking regally out to the tip of DuckFeather Point!! YAY!
So, it seems that sometimes when you have a tendency to look on the negative side of things, you find a burst of sunshine that obliterates that dark. Notice the brilliant color of DuckFeather Pointe and how it just lights up the whole screen. Take note of the simple joys and bask in them. Just seeing Harry put a whole new spin on the day for us and we hope for you.
So, now let’s take that light and share it. Stay well, stay safe, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“In Pondlandia, Gold Stays....”©
Tuesday October 20 2020
Welcome to the most misunderstood day of the week. Tuesday…it really has little going for it in the way of excitement. It’s not the beginning of the week, it’s not the downhill side of the week…it’s just plain ole Tuesday. So, we’ll just make our own entertainment and fun anyway!
The touch of fog at the top of the trees today sure did add a touch of magic to the Pond. We had almost a dozen Team Mallard ‘folks’ waiting for us and appeared to be most eager for some attention in the form of CORN. FEED ME!! What we were unaware of at the time was that the Keeper of the Corn had already been there and doled out their daily ration. They were trying to bamboozle me into an additional ration…’wascally’ ducks! If you look closely at the first half of today’s Chronicle, you’ll notice a couple of things. First, two hens got in a ‘tiff’ and went at it beak to beak. And second, one of the Home Team (I think Dewey) just decided to take a quick nap while standing on one foot, something ducks often do to conserve energy. He also has his neck crooked under a wing, which is another conservation move to relax the muscles that hold the neck upright all the time. See all the things you can learn from Pondlandia!
Still not a peep, squawk, screech, or otherwise audible notification from Harry, Casper, Opal, and Patrick/Patricia. Our patience is, however, not at all thin and we can wait them out.
Finally, the gradual changing of color is taking place and we especially noted the Cypress leaves today. As the days grow shorter, the cypress feathery leaves begin the take on a bronze color that will no doubt leave you breathless in a few short weeks.
So, y’all have a most special Tuesday by working our intentions, staying safe and healthy, and by all means BEING KIND! Elf Out!
“Pondlandia—A Many Splendored Thing”©
Monday October 19 2020
Probaby nine out of ten of you reading this will not identify today’s title as a play on a famous song from an old tear-jerker of a movie. I watched it with my little Mama a bazillion years ago (1955) and we both squalled like babies. She because of the sad story and me because she was crying, so I should as well. But I digress….
We had quite the webbed feet gathering this morning…Team Mallard, the Home Team, and a whole bunch of Team Gooses. The Geese were totally unfazed by the presence of humans; I’m sure I could have touched one but I’m not totally dumb. One hiss is all I need to back off! Not so with the other two teams, though Huey and Dewey aren’t as skittish as the Mallards.
Other than these feathered friends, there were no others to be found. Harry, Casper and Opal, Patrick and Patricia—all absent today. Maybe the influx of geese deterred them from a morning visit; we’ll check this afternoon. Nonetheless, as always, Pondlandia does not disappoint. The absence of some players does not detract from the peacefulness of the Pond, the majesty of the Great Trees of Pondlandia, the light sweater temperature, and the beauty of the blue and cloudless sky. Indeed a Many Splendored Thing.
So, have a grand start to your week; stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“A Pondlandian Sampler + Lagniappe!”©
Sunday October 18 2020
Throw together some Mallards, Stir in some Domestic Whites, Add a smidgeon of Great Blue Heron with a pinch of the Six Cypress Sisters, and top with a generous helping of the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia..but wait, we’re not done. All Louisianans know the value of Lagniappe, so we had to add that at the end. And VOILA!! The perfect Pondlandian sampler.
What a really nice start to our day. Nobody was in a place where they usually are…guess they wanted a change of pace on this quiet and lovely Sunday morning. Instead of the South Bank, both ‘Teams’ were found paddling out in the middle of the Pond, leaving little bitty wakes behind them…looks like even Ruby was there with Huey and Dewey not too far behind. Instead of his usual haunts of the South Bank or DuckFeather Pointe, Harry was on the North Pond Wall. And we just had to crunch some of the fallen leaves as we took some footage of our wonderfully quirky Spookey Spikey Woods. As we had finished our film elf-fort, Harry took his “I’ve got me a fish to spear” look so we dropped everything to see if we could capture it. Not to be…maybe another time. Besides, we could not figure out how he’d be able to snag a fish when he was so far from the water.
Anyway, we had a lovely time, set our intentions and ambled on home; ready for whatever the day may bring. Hope you are having an equally great day being healthy, safe, and always always KIND. Elf Out!
“All Hands on Ducks, and Geese, and Herons”©
Saturday October 17 2020
It’s been a long time since we captured all of our Pondlandian creatures in one spot and one video!! Yet, everyone was concentrated in the south end of the Pond and under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls. Easy Peasy to say hello to all, to watch for a bit, and to listen as the acorns let go of their elevated spot in the Tree to land with a sharp small smack. No tellin’ how many ‘folks’ this Tree feeds from now through December.
It was hard to determine IF the Home Team had their sights set on Ruby today as they were not nearly as ‘invested’ in keeping her to themselves this morning as they were earlier in the week. We also did not notice open animosity among any of the feathered folks this morning. Mayhaps this chilly air had them preoccupied with eating and staying warm.
So we greet this lovely, albeit chilly, October Saturday. Crystal clear skies, breathably dry air, a sky full of sun and blue, and a whole day to do something nice for someone. Go for it! In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“When It Herons, It Pours”©
Friday October 14 2020
What a great start to Friday!! We’ve been missing Harry the Great Blue Heron for a few days now and darned if he didn’t show up on the South Bank where the Keeper of the Corn usually distributes, well, corn for the Home Team and Team Mallard. We saw no Mallards on the South Bank and spied Huey and Dewey already in their spot on the North Pond Wall. Anway, we tried to get a bit closer to Harry but he took off before we could get a good shot of him. And, instead of going to his usual spot off the tip of DuckFeather Pointe, he lit on the North Pond Wall, close to Huey and Dewey.
THEN!! THEN!! Our little Elf eyes spied not one but TWO Great White Egrets making a landing as well on the North Pond Wall. We thought there was going to be a territory dispute for a bit, but they got far enough apart to be satisfied. Seeing both Opal and Casper land at the Pond at once was indeed a first! Again, we could not get close enough to film them well but hopefully, you can see them. What a treat.
And finally, as we were tryin’ to creep up on Opal and Casper, we noticed a WHOLE LINE-UP of Team Mallard!! on the West Pond Wall. They were hidden a bit by a bank but as we approached, they certainly became visible!! YAY! It appears that Ruby and Daffy have reunited as we did not see her isolated with Huey and Dewey. Tomorrow may bring a different story.
So, let’s start this beautiful weekend off with a commitment to kindness, wellness, and happiness. Be Safe! Elf Out!
“Ruby’s Back…and Guess Who’s Got Her?”©
Thursday October 15 2020
My goodness what a morning! We saw this quite nice sunrise with the clouds moving slowly toward the southeast (it takes us a while to ascertain directions)—we were ‘sunrise interrupted’ briefly but got back on track. It’s pickup day for the sanitation folks, so everyone was getting their cans in gear.
Then we got to Pondlandia Proper only to notice several cars/trucks parked along and on the common area. Enough to flush the ducks back to the Pond; but everyone needs a good roof so we do not begrudge the effort at all…well, at least not for long. Still no Harry today BUT…BUT!!
The Duck Drama is back! Remember last year when the Home Team of Huey and Dewey latched onto the little Mallard hen we named Ruby (she took her love to town) and kept her isolated from her ‘mate’ Daffy. That eventually resolved but GUESS WHAT!! It’s all started back up again…how funny and quirky are these birds! Just watch how the Home Team keeps her apart from Daffy and when either of them try to make a break for it…bingo, they cut her (or him) off like a champion cutting horse…er, duck. To be continued, we think.
We did not make it out to the tip of DuckFeather Pointe…nothing much to see without our Great Blue of Great White Egret. So, we hightailed it home behind Big Solid and Mikey Tyson. Along the way, we noticed a big ole Hawk in a most magnificent perch…he must have been able to see ‘for miles and miles and miles and miles’!
What a great way to start the day! We hope you enjoy and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“The Mist-eries of Pondlandia”©
Wednesday October 14 2020
Good Wednesday Morning!! And what a beautiful morning it is!! We LOVE to see the mist rising and swirling slowly around Pondlandia. This morning, we have a bit of a different view of Team Mallard and the Home Team—when we got to the Pond, we noticed our feathered friends paddling lazily out in the middle…an unusual sight for this time of day. But, we also noticed a car parked on the Pond side of the road and suspect that was a bit of a deterrent to being ashore. So, we walked out on the Gazebo and shot the piece today.
AND, just so you know, we did not walk out on DuckFeather Pointe. There was no Harry to be seen and the grass was really really damp. So we opted out. Instead of a peaceful panorama of Pondlandia, you are presented with Mike Tyson’s display of ‘Lickety-Split’ toward a treat at the end of the walk.
Maybe tomorrow will bring us another full complement of our little wild menagerie. Until then, you know the drill…stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Sunrise Came Softly Through Pondlandia Today”©
Tuesday October 13 2020
And we are darn glad of it!! It’s a bit cooler and drier today than it has been in the past few days and we are also glad about that as well. Since Delta blew in with warmer, very moist and heavy air, and a layer of that heavy air in the form of clouds and mist, we have been waiting with great anticipation for the sun to return.
And with that return, we also have Harry, Team Mallard, the Home Team, Patrick, and a gaggle of Geese to greet us. The Pond is clearer and the autumn sun just shines a different light than any other. The tops of the trees are changing colors as the sun hits them first. It’s just a grand time of year. And, if predictions hold, another cool front will pass through in a day or so and bring us even cooler weather. Time to bust out the sweatshirts!
Harry was almost hard to spot as we found him in his new/usual haunt/perch in the eastern curve of the Pond. He is very well hidden among the water plants and the drooping leaves of the Cypress trees. The other friends were gathered at the Pondlandian Tree of Souls waiting for corn to be distributed. In the meantime, acorn covered ground will do.
So we begin this Tuesday…a most magnificent day. Remember to stay well, stay safe, and always always BE KIND!! Elf Out!
“Gray Skies are Gonna Clear UP!! Put on a Happy Beak!”
Saturday October 10 2020
FINALLY!! Not only did we have Harry present today, but also Casper! AND, they entertained us with an aerial display of territoriality. Casper was flushed from his position on the West Bank and took off across the Pond when all of a sudden, Harry came bursting off the levee in full “this is MY SPOT’ squawk. Casper finally gave up and flew off elsewhere and Harry resumed his levee perch.
In the meantime, Team Mallard and Home Team’s Huey and Dewey maintained their activity under the Pondlandia Tree of Souls…scouring the ground for the abundance of acorns that the ToS is now offering daily. No telling how many of Pondlandians creatures enjoy that bounty!!
Our walk out on DuckFeather Pointe proved to be fruitless in terms of creature sightings, but we knew that and went anyway. We always love the panorama of the Pond from the North Levee, across the Spooky Spikey Woods, all along the Eastern and Southern side to the South Bank and around the West Bank. The pond certainly is clearer today, though some algae remains. The rains Delta brought us indeed were refreshing. As we were departing today, we noticed the clouds beginning to break apart and some blue sky peaking through! After several days of cloudiness, this clearing is most appreciated.
So, we say Thanks to Columbus for his discovery of the New World and the 500+ year evolution of Pondlandia. Stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“The Moving Delta Wreaks; and having Wreaked, Moves On”
Saturday October 10 2020
Well y’all, it could have been so much worse! We did luck out when Delta stayed just far enough west for us to miss that dreaded northeast quadrant…that’s not to say we did not get some weather and wind, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. We lost power sometime in the night, but didn’t even know it until the noise of its return woke us up. Mike Tyson, who is terrified of storms, stayed buried under the covers as close to his Mama as he could get. We actually drove by the Pond last night after having dinner with friends to check on things. It was pretty breezy then but we spotted Huey and Dewey in the Pond just paddlin’ away in the pitch dark…had it not been for the headlights of the car, we’d have never seen them. Spotted no one else.
So, we DID have Harry on the Pond today as well as some nice wind gusts, Team Mallard, and the Home Team. We tried in vain to keep our hand over the mic to block some of the wind but it was a losing battle. We especially had a hard time out on the Pointe!!
We also took some footage of the street in and out of our neighborhood to show you the leaf explosion on the ground! Poot Mike Tyson LOVES to mark fallen leaves but he had his work cut out for him today!
We wish everyone a pleasant Saturday, a safe Saturday, a healthy Saturday and an EPIC Saturday!! And always always, BE KIND! Elf Out!
“I Can Feel It—Delta’s in the Air Tonight”
Friday October 9 2020
Well, it could be a lot worse as we are on the far northeastern quadrant of Delta…that’s the good news. The bad news is that we, according to the latest weather news, will be under a nearly two day tornado watch. The rain amounts anticipated are yet to be estimated as it changes as does Delta. So, with apologies to Phil Collins and Genesis, yes, Delta’s in the air tonight. We will get some nasty winds overnight; tropical storm force. Since we live on a street with only one access in and out which is also surrounded by woods, we hope that trees do not fall across the road as well as across the power lines.
Our walk this morning is much like the past two days…only the Home Team and Team Mallard are present. And LOOK at Huey and Dewey’s beaks!! My goodness, what on earth have they been scrounging for!Our other buddies are again conspicuous by their absence…only slightly worried but there is a kernel of concern about where they might be. We will most likely revisit later today to see if anyone has shown up.
In the meantime, we wish everyone a safe Friday, especially those in the path of Delta. We will keep you posted and try to pull a Weather Channel video ala Jim Cantore if things intensify. Stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Delta Dawn! What’s that Power You Have On!”
Thursday October 8 2020
Such a sunrise certainly befits the old saying—Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning. So, as this day progresses, as does Hurricane Delta, we shall heighten our alert senses and keep an eye to the weather. These are indeed the clouds of ‘unknowing’. How much strength will she regain, how much will she grow, and the biggie…where will she go? If she veers left, more toward western Louisiana/Texas, our weather will not be as bad; if she more to the east, we will most likely catch more of the northeast quadrant (and most dangerous) part of the storm.
Not much activity in Pondlandia this morning…ducks under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls. No Harry, no Patrick, no Casper yet again. Big Solid said we’d scared him off by trying to get too up close and personal. We’ll see.
Nevertheless, we shall keep watch over our friends during the next few days to make sure, in the event of bad weather, they are safe and sound. That includes our human friends as well. Y’all stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“A Pondlandian Hump Day”
Wednesday October 6 2020
You know, as we watch Hurricane Delta move slowly toward another landfall closer to us, we are amazed at the power and intensity that Mother Nature can generate. Hopefully, this storm will de-intensify over the Yucatan and not quite regain the Category Four status before hitting the our own coastline and possibly the Land Mass Between New Orleans and Mobile—otherwise known as Mississippi.
If this morning’s Pondlandia is any indication, we’ll be just fine…though we all know that can change. Today’s utter peacefulness can most certainly dissolve into stormy and dangerous weather, but we will keep our hopes up that all we get is some much needed rain.
Along the South Bank this morning, all we found we two Team Mallard members, a drake and a hen, busily scouring the ground for any leftover corn. The remaining Team Mallard (12 strong) and the Home Team of Huey and Dewey were settled along the Pond Wall at the North Levee, having eaten, bathed, plucked, and settled down for a morning nap. No Harry, no Patrick, no Casper were seen at all.
We close today with a short clip at the end of our little Pondlandian adventure of a close encounter of the ‘Cervidea’ kind—otherwise known as White-tailed Deer. The urban deer population is growing as their habitat gives way to development…not always progress. Thankfully, we have some nice woods locally so we can appreciate these beautiful creatures.
Y’all have a most special Wednesday as the week begins it’s slide into the weekend. Stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Once More into the Breach named Delta”
Tuesday October 6 2020
This has been a most busy season for the development of tropical systems in our area (meaning the Gulf of Mexico). And just when we thought things had settled with the advent of Fall and cooler weather, we have another potentially major hurricane roiling towards the coastal states. We will be vigilant and keep an eye on the developments. Being inland helps but we also know that the heavy rains an wreak havoc as well.
That being said, the denizens of Pondlandia were few and far between this morning. In fact, DuckFeather Pointe was as vacant as we’ve ever seen it…not a Heron to be seen. Not in the trees, not on the Pointe, not on the levee! So, we have a short film today but we did subsidize it a bit with Mikey Tyson’s version of Lickety-split home for a treat. He’s enjoying being an ‘only child’ at present…but as everyone who knows us understands, that won’t last.
Everyone have a safe and healthy Tuesday and remember to always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
“Monday, Monday! All We Hoped It Would Be!”
Monday October 5 2020
Thank you Mamas and Papas for such a great weekday starting song!! And, for us in Pondlandia, we LOVE Mondays because it means we are off to another great week of Livin’, Learnin’, Laughin, and Lovin’!! And of course, Doin’ EPIC!
Harry has gotten downright camera shy…we were just about to film or take a still photo of him TWICE today and he flew off!! Once on the East side of the Pond and the second time high up in one of the cypress trees. Oh well, maybe we’ve been a bit overzealous.
The Home Team and Team Mallard were on hand scrubbing the ground under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls again this morning AND we DID see Hurt Hen!! If you watch closely when the video first starts, you’ll see her kinda isolated and still. She’s slowly healing and not limping quite as badly. YAY!
So, we wish you a great Monday and week to follow!! Should be spectacular though there is some storm activity developing in the Gulf that bears watching!! In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Sundays in Pondlandia with Harry and Friends"
Sunday October 4 2020
This morning’s first view of Team Mallard and the Home Team looked like a tableau of decoys! They were just still as they could be but began to move about as we drew closer. Apparently the Keeper of the Corn had distributed ‘breakfast’ and headed back to ‘the house’. Usually, they will make a bee-er-duckline to the bank when a person shows up and they have NOT been fed.
Across the Pond on DuckFeather Pointe stood Harry in his usual spot. So we hot-footed it over and got some footage of him before he flew off. We most likely scared him off by talking more than anything. We’ll try to contain our enthusiasm for him to keep him from not only flying off but stop using The Pointe as his perch of choice.
It’s another gorgeous fall day with dry air, as noted by the persistence of active mist, cool temperatures, and cloudless skies. Doesn’t get any better than this! Everyone please have a marvelous day; stay well, stay safe, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Acorns and Mist; Sunshine and Saturday"
Saturday October 3 2020
It was certainly was a busy morning under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls today!! Almost all of Team Mallard and the Home Team were rummaging and rooting around in all the fallen leaves, possibly hunting for acorns. That most marvelous tree provides a bazillion acorns for all kinds of animals during the fall and winter. Today, it was our feathered friends scouring the ground. No sign of Harry AT A:LL! So we turned off the camera and caught up with Big Solid and Mike Tyson in the Spookey Spikey Woods…where Harry was also NOT around.
On our way back around, we were about halfway to DuckFeather Pointe when Big Solid said, “Well, look who’s joining us!” It was Harry, so we got the camera rolling and caught him on the Southwest bank.
Once we did get to The Pointe, all of our Teams were already perched and ready for settle down for a nap in the sun. All that was left was to watch the mist roll across the pond, set our intentions and mosey on home. So, have a magnificent Saturday; stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Greetings with Friday on Our Minds!
Friday October 2 2020
We sure were glad to see Harry back at the Pond early this morning. It was 46º when we spotted him on the South Bank; he was all humped over to conserve heat and had his feathers plumped out a bit as insulation. There were absolutely NO ducks at the South Bank, either. They were at the north end of the pond getting bathed and ready to pop-up to the levee. It’s interesting that Team Mallard fly up to the levee and the Home Team of Huey and Dewey have carved a little ‘waddling’ path up the bank to the pond wall. We did not get over to DuckFeather Pointe in time to film them all making their way from water to wall…we’ll try to make a point (no pun intended) to capture that process in the future.
Other than that, it was a lovely, crisp fall morning and considering that this time last year, we were still looking at intense 90º heat. Thankfully, that’s not the case this year. We always get a kick out of seeing the mist swirl and move across the Pond and with the dry air we have now, the mist is quite active and plentiful. Also, watching the sun gently touch the tree tops of the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia is delightful.
So, we wish y’all a great first October Friday and hope that you have a most excellent day. Remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND!! Elf
"Hello October! Hello Sun!
Thursday October 1 2020
What a great start to the month of October! When we checked on our video from October 1 2019, the high was forecast to be 96º-97º!! Today’s high will be in the upper 70’s! What a difference a year makes.
We were actually so early making our Pondlandian visit this morning, we missed even Harry! Well, it’s Golf Day for Big Solid, so what can I say. Maybe he’ll break 80 today.
We were greeted quite enthusiastically by the Home Team and Team Mallard (still no sighting of Hurt Hen) as they get us mixed up with the Keeper of the Corn. Their disappointment was evident as they quickly turned from us to scurrying around picking at invisible corn or visible acorns on the ground under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls. Patrick, our little Green Heron, flew away immediately when he saw us coming, so we have no proof of his existence today.
We visited Duck Feather Pointe anyway…no day is complete without a trip to the Pointe, even if Harry is not in plain sight. It’s just a place of serenity that soothes even the most turbulent of feelings. What we did see what the lovely rising of the sun and the luscious pinks that bled through the trees.
So we're off to a magnificent start to October. We are also hopeful that this October will present us with some of the glorious colors like last year…keeping our Elfin fingers crossed. So, let’s welcome this month with open hearts and remember to stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Saying Goodbye to September AND The Elf Looks at 74!"
Wednesday September 30 2020
Another gorgeous Fall morning in Pondlandia! Lots of busy-ness on the South Bank as the Geese, Team Mallard, and the Home Team had just gotten a big ole cup ‘Full ‘O Corn’ from the Keep of said Corn. Food coupled with the cool weather makes our feathered friends happy and active. Some chasing going on but by and large a hospitable group.
We accidentally flushed Harry out of his spot in the northwest curve of the pond, where we found him yesterday but we were able to get a few seconds of his flight away from us. He landed on the levee where we caught him a bit later in the last part of the video.
The Pond has a film of green algae on it and the ducks were seemingly enjoying slurping it down. We do know that algae (not THIS algae) has some health benefits such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids and other essential Amino Acids (google it). So maybe they are aware of what their nutritional needs are!! As we begin our 75th trip around the sun, we are hopeful that y’all continue to enjoy The Chronicles of Pondlandia and also continue to DO EPIC!! Every day…stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
OH and PS...Big Solid has yet to break 80 on the golf course but he's determined to keep trying!
"A Perfect Day for Big Solid to Break 80"
Tuesday September 29 2020
BOY-OH-BOY!! What a spectacularly Autumn day!! Crystal clear skies, temperature in the 50’s, flapping and talkative Geese, stalking and graceful Casper, reclusive and reserved Harry, paddling and bathing Team Mallard, and the Home Team settled on the north Pond Wall. Yep, one could even call it EPIC!!
If a day like today doesn’t inspire one to DO EPIC, at least enjoy it for the sheer beauty of it. And, as it is Big Solid’s Golfing Day, we have our fingers crossed that he will break 80 (a 79 will do).
So, initially, we spotted Harry over in the east bend of the Pond and got a nice still photo of him; he flew away before we could get film and wound up perched near the top of one of the Six Cypress Sisters…again, only a still photo of that. THEN, lo and behold, Casper flew in and settled near the gazebo to stalk a fish or two. As we walked over to DuckFeather Pointe, we heard and then saw a gaggle of Canada Geese roll in and splash down in a flurry of braking wings and boisterous commenting.
We began to settle our heart and soul with the Home Team of Huey and Dewey, peacefully and quietly seated on the wall as we set our intentions to be an example of kindness for the day. So, last Tuesday, we were seeking a ‘Tuesday’ moniker of sorts to go along with Manic Mondays, Hump Day Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, TGIF Fridays…don’tcha see. Well, today would be (and could possibly be again) Terrific Tuesday! So, y’all, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Fall, Feathers, and Full Hearts"
Monday September 28 2020
Monday has started off rather slowly…Team Mallard and the Home Team were found waiting impatiently for their morning corn while Harry located himself on the ‘other’ side of the Gazebo to also wait for a fish. We did see Casper fly over but he must have decided that his options were better elsewhere, so he did not linger in Pondlandia.
Aside from that, we wait today for a cool front to come through around noon, bringing some rain and much cooler temperatures. Well, not THAT much cooler, but enough to wear a sweatshirt and beanie, not to mention turning our culinary efforts to making a big ole pot of SOUP! Your Elf’s FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!!
There was not a soul on DuckFeather Pointe yet it was nice to walk to the very end without scaring our friends away. The Pond is peacefully rippled with a southwest breeze, waiting for some fresh rain. Fall gardens are likewise happy to receive the rain; you can water all day long and still not achieve what Mother Nature’s own rain contributes. So, y’all…have a nice start to this week that will usher out one month and welcome another. Stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Little Cat Feets in Pondlandia"
Sunday September 27 2020
Thanks to Carl Sandburg, we have this marvelous experience of fog…and this morning’s visit to Pondlandia only served to solidify that. Not terribly dense, just enough to make its presence known and offer us some rewards to boot. Fog’s airborne water muffles sound and amplifies the peace and quiet of Pondlandia. Fog softens the edges of visuals, further enhances the sense of being in cloaked in stillness. Fog encloses us in a blanket of stillness and adds a sense of security to our consciousness.
Team Mallard was fewer in number this morning but nonetheless vocal in their requests for someone to FEED ME! The Home Team remains as always, though they did clean up a bit from yesterday! And, Harry was nowhere to be seen or found. We suspect he is ‘roosting in’ this early fall day, waiting for a bit of sun to break through later to appear for breakfast.
So, we hope you have a marvous final Sunday of September…man, oh man, it sure does seem like we just began this month. and finally, HOW ABOUT THOSE MS STATE BULLDOGS!! Big Solid was almost apoplectic. Stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Holy Moly! It's a Cluster Duck!"
Saturday September 26 2020
WOW!! We thought we were seeing triple double today when we saw this morning’s Team Mallard. Eighteen in all and we DID see Hurt Hen! in our film we say we could not see her but when we were doing some editing, we DID see her. She’s still limping a bit but isn’t letting it slow her down!! Harry was fishing off DF Pointe until we scared him over to the South Bank, and, well, the Home Team of Huey and Dewey were so filthy on their chests. Initially, we thought it was due to them scrounging around the banks but we also thought they may have picked up some of the algae growing currently.
All in all it was a busy morning with lots of chirping, squeaking, and quacking. Hope everyone has a great weekend; we’ll see you tomorrow! In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Don't Look a Gift Heron in the Beak"
Friday September 25 2020
It was a cloudy, damp, and sorta dreary Friday morning BUT that does NOT stop our feathered friends from their appointed rounds of corn and company. We could not find Harry anywhere initially but as we were strolling by the Spookey Spikey Woods we saw him fly over from his nightly roost. Apparently, he spends his sleeping hours somewhere in the East SS Woods up in a tree. It was quite lovely to see his graceful flight. You know that Herons fly with their necks crooked until they get ready to land and then they stretch their necks our straight. Cranes, on the other hand, fly and land with necks out…that’s one way to tell the difference. We rarely see Cranes in our area, though on occasion, we will spot Sandhill Cranes flying over. But we digress.
Once we wound our way over to the South Bank, we had Team Mallard and the Home Team mistaking us for the Keeper of the Corn and they began a March to the Grain, only to be disappointed. And even though we’d seen Harry fly over, we could not find him anywhere!! Not on the South or West Banks, not on DuckFeather Pointe, not on the North Levee…no where. Nonetheless, we headed to DFPointe anyway to set our intentions. Well, we dang near stumbled right INTO Harry who was well camouflaged just south of DFPointe. Just LOOK at him—-such a patient boy. We were going to try to film him in slow motion if he went for a fish, but after waiting a while, we gave up. Maybe one of these days!
We can feel fall in the air and are beginning to see just the slightest touch of color in some of the trees of North Pondlandia. It will be interesting to watch the color progress over the next few weeks, especially after a couple of really chilly nights. Stay tuned!
OK—y’all have a GREAT Friday! Stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"We Have Been Beta-Clubbed!"
Thursday September 24 2020
My Goodness!! What rains we have had (around 6 inches); and dang glad of them, for the most part. It took awhile to make it to Pondlandia this morning. It rained hard all night and steady this morning. This rain should help the Pond get some new energy which will spread right up into The Gang!
We were very late to get to Pondlandia today as the rain and other activities (Pilates, as a matter of fact) held us up. But when we did, it was still misting; waterfowl activity was practically non-existent. The Home Team was taking a morning nap…so wrapped up in sleep with heads tucked under a wing while standing on one foot that they did not move at all. The reason ducks rest their heads under a wing when they sleep is because it gives their neck muscles a chance to rest from being held erect all the time AND the one foot stance is an heat and energy conservation technique. How cool is that!
So, short and sweet today as we really feel fall in the air today. Love it!! Y’all have a most wonderful Thursday. Remember to stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Much of Nothing About Ado""
Wednesday September 23 2020
What a slow morning today…no ‘ado’ anywhere! But in all fairness, we WERE a bit late getting to Pondlandia; mayhap activities preceded our arrival. Harry was hanging out on the South Bank, Team Mallard (though fewer in number) and the Home Team were likewise hanging out in the Pond. Could it be that they are just enjoying the cooler weather AND can also sense approaching rains from Beta. We’ve been waitin’ for these rains for days but Beta has fooled us more than once but just sitting still over Houston. There is a Flash Flood watch in effect for our area but to look at the sky, you’d not believe it.
This gives us time to share our last clip of our Great Trees of Pondlandia project. We must admit that this Tree is our favorite even though does not EXACTLY border Pondlandia (same as our Little Remember’ Tree). This tree has such character and soul…need we say more. Enjoy. And remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Pondlandian Legends of the Fall"
Tuesday September 22 2020
As we sit here this morning, we learned that Fall/Autumn/Mabon will arrive in about 20 minutes or at 8:31 with the Autumnal Equinox! How cool it is to sit here writing to you about Pondlandia as the season actually CHANGES!! And what a welcomed change it is!
You know, Tuesday has no real identity as a weekday other than….well, Tuesday. It’s not Manic Monday, Hump Day (Wednesday), Throwback Thursday or Weekend Eve Eve, or TGIF Friday. It’s just Tuesday…so I’m proposing a call for Tuesday nicknames from all Pondlandian followers and friends. What you get is an “Attaboy” and a virtual hug from Your Elf, ‘high feathers’ from all of Pondlandian feathered fowl, and a shower of fall leaves from the Great Trees of Portlandia.
Today’s action was all centered on the South Bank with Team Mallard (7 members present today), the Home Team (you-know-who), and Harry, our resident Heron-laureate. We are happy to report that Hurt Hen is still with us and her limp is getting less noticeable as time goes by. We initially could not find her but on a second video, we did pick her out. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see Huey and Dewey have really dirty chests..a dead giveaway that they’ve been scouring the pond floor for tasty morsels…or something.
Though our visit to DuckFeather Pointe was without any feathered accompaniment, it did offer us some quiet time and peace to offer our daily intentions without noise or interruption. Quiet is good and silence is an opportunity to rest our minds for a brief time…we all need to do that on occasion.
So we give you the first Tuesday of Autumn in Pondlandia!! Have a great day and remember to stay safe, stay healthy and to always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"All We Have are Ducks in the Wind!"
Monday September 21 2020
What a nice start to this Monday!! We had three deer who came out of the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia for the first time in a long time. They are moving more actively with the advent of cooler weather, searching for acorns that are starting to drop.
Then we actually SAW Harry catch a fish on the South Bank but were’t quick enough with the video to film it. He made quick work of that fish as it as rather small and not like that big ole dude he caught the other day. The Home Team of Huey and Dewey were found, yet again, scouring the depths on the West Bank before making their way over the the Pond Wall on the North Side. The Geese that have been hanging around lately were nowhere to be seen or heard, so they must be making the rounds to other nearby ponds. Team Mallard was gathered on the South Bank as well but when we tried to get closer to them, they flew off into the Pond. We managed to find them riding the waves at the tip end of DuckFeather Point before locating the Home Team and a few more Mallards on the North side.
It’s quite breezy and cloudy today, in part no doubt, to Tropical Storm Beta’s approach to the Texas coast. We are due to get some rain from Beta later this week. We sure could use it as it’s been really dry of late. We DID get our fall garden planted so keep your fingers crossed that everything lives and grows into edible stuffs!!
OK fellow Pondlandians, have a most special Monday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"A Pondlandian Happy Birthday to Big Solid AND an Awesome FlyOver!"
Sunday September 20 2020
As John Lennon would say, it’s a Red Lettuce Day in Pondlandia,…Big Solid’s 77th birthday. For those of you who don’t already know, Big Solid is Your Elf’s long-suffering but always loving husband. So, the Pondlandians pulled out all the stops today! We had BOTH Herons, Harry the Great Blue AND Casper the Great White Egret on the South Shore/Bank; Team Mallard AND the Home Team on the North Pond Wall, and then an absolutely majestic FlyOver and landing by a skein and then a gaggle of Canada Geese. Geese are called a ‘skein’ when in flight and a 'gaggle' when on the ground or in the water...did y’all know that? We didn’t either but now all of us do! What a way to start this most auspicious day. So thank you Pondlandia for your thoughtfulness.
You know not only does Pondlandia and its living things remind us of our daily intentions, it also teaches us what Your Elf (www.elfspeaks.com) calls the Four L’s...Live, Laugh, Learn, and Love. How do you think we experience those Four L’s...we’d love to hear from you on that. We have some thoughts as well but would much rather hear from you.
So have a really terrific day as we enjoy this day of rest (or not, for first responders, health care providers, and essential folks). We so look forward to see you again tomorrow. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Ponderin' in Pondlandia"
Saturday September 19 2020
Canada Geese are more than abundant in our area; sometimes, many make a stop by Pondlandia for a looksee and some corn. Lots of folks consider them a nuisance and a pest because their droppings are ill-placed, copious, and extensive. However, we DO love to watch them fly over in full conversation, intrigued beyond measure as to what on earth they are saying. We did have some geese with us today; we aren’t pointing any feathers BUT it does seem that they MAY have gotten the bulk of the corn and chased Team Mallard and the Home Team off to pluck away on the Pond walls. And, that dear Pondlandian followers, was the extent of the action today. Not much at all happening until almost ready to stop the camera when Casper, the Great White Egret, landed on the South Bank. He’s been conspicuous in his absence lately, so we were more than thrilled to see him, albeit at a distance.
Nevertheless, Pondlandia is enchanting even on a boring day as it keeps us focused on things that matter and offers sanctuary to even the most harried of souls. We think it impossible to be there for any length of time without absorbing sense of peacefulness and quiet…and in these days of stress, angst, and worry, what a gift that is.
So, we wish you a wonderful Saturday and forever remind us all to stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Heat and Humidity Goeth Before Our Fall!"
Friday September 18 2020
There was an enormous, gigantic, and cosmic sigh that echoed across Pondlandia, and no doubt the rest of the ‘Land Mass’ this morning…yes! It was 63º when we set foot outside at 7:00 a.m. We saw at least three flocks of geese fly over, with a few landing at the Pond. They were not afraid of us when we walked by but did maintain a close eye on our presence. Mike Tyson most surely represented a big threat…not! Harry was sighted at the extreme end of DuckFeather Pointe, so low on the bank that all we could see was that splendidly designed head…perfect for spearing a fish. We got fairly close but not enough to see the rest of him. At first, we thought we were missing a lot of Team Mallard but we didn’t check both pond walls. The Home Team was set up on the North Wall but when we panned over the the West Wall…there they were!! So we just basked in the delight of this cool and dry weather; though our newly planted (well, half planted) fall garden could use some rain, we are more than happy to water until the ‘real’ water falls. Y’all have a magnificent Friday; stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Beautiful Skies and Cooler Temperatures...YAY!"
Thursday September 17 2020
What an interesting morning…we’ve been in such a stagnant place lately with Team Mallard and The Home Team and Harry. So today wasn’t THAT much different but it was just enough to put a spark back in the films. First of all, Team Mallard today was out in in the Pond but flew, one by one, to the South Bank to wait for the Keeper of the Corn. In the meantime, they grazed in the grass, seeking whatever tidbits of goodies they could find…competing with the squirrels as well. We did not see Hurt Hen initially but spotted her later. So happy she is still with us and seems to be a lot less limpy than the other day. Who knows, maybe she just pulled a muscle or ligament trying to kickbox.
And there was NO HARRY to be found. Not on DuckFeather Pointe, not in one of the Six Cypress Sisters…nowhere! UNTIL we stopped filming on the South Bank and started over to The Pointe…then all of a sudden he just SWOOPED out of the sky and landed on the South Bank. Of course, we missed the actual swooping part as we’d stopped the video. The Home Team seems to be locked in again at the West Bank, sloshing around bottom and Patrick was perched on the drain yet again.
And so we have our downhill slide into the weekend with beautiful weather in front of us and even better in the days ahead. We are thinking of those folks who were hammered brutally by Sally and hope recovery has begun.
We DID get the first half of our fall garden planted, so we are all set for the Straw Bales to finish seasoning so we can finish it out. OK! Y’all have a most spectacular Thursday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Heat and Humidity Be Gone!!"
Wednesday September 16 2020
It seems as if the South Bank has had a magnetic pull for our feathered friends over the past few weeks. Both on and off shore. Today, Harry was perched ON the pipe itself while the Home Team of Huey and Dewey continued their underwater foraging for whatever they find delicious. Team Mallard (counting seven today, no Hurt Hen though) was rummaging around near the Corn Can waiting for the Keeper of the Corn to show up and FEED ME! And that was pretty much it. We did get pretty close to Harry before finally walking out to DuckFeather Pointe to set our intentions.
Today is the day we plant our fall garden!! We are beyond excited to find some nice fall vegetables. The garden itself is prepped, for the most part. We will plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Lacinato kale, and collards in the raised beds, Earth boxes, and remaining summer straw bales. The new straw bales are not quite ready but that’s fine…we do not want to plant everything at once anyway. Not exactly Pondlandian news but close enough…Y’all have a great Wednesday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"A Mid-September Morning...Where DOES Time
Tuesday September 15 2020
As Hurricane Sally continues to churn away, albeit weakened, in the Gulf of Mexico, bringing a LOT of rain and high surf to beachfronts from Louisiana to Florida, we sit high and dry here in Pondlandia. You’d never know that a mere 150 miles south, tropical havoc is being wreaked. So, we are keeping all in harm’s way in our hearts that they stay safe.
In the meantime, the feathered population of Pondlandia seemed to gather pretty much in one spot today…that being along the South Bank curvedy corner, especially along the drain pipe. We almost walked right up on Harry, he was so well hidden. Patrick flew off but came back to the pipe not long after. The Keeper of the Corn delivered a tasty breakfast that pulled the Home Team of Huey and Dewey to the shore and a less populous Team Mallard enjoyed some as well. Harry, being a pescatrarian primarily, stayed close to see if a fish would become an unwitting start to the day.
We suspect the drain pipe may be a source of new elements for the pond, such as minerals, bugs, and/or other nutrients provided via the runoff. Hence the focus on that area.
So, we wish you a good Tuesday as we make this halfway point of September; we are determined to get some fall vegetables planted today (if we can find them) as the weather looks to be cooling off over the next few days. If you had a fall garden, what did you plant? We will make an effort to share some garden film with your during a brief foray into the outskirts of Pondlandia. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Clouds, Ducks, Breezes, and Ripples"
Monday September 14 2020
We are always grateful for a new day but some mornings bring a bit more contentment than others, for no other reason than they just do. This morning was one of those; and it was all weather related. It was cloudy with a nice easterly breeze enough to ripple the Pond and be detected by the microphone but it was also cool albeit humid. Yep, Sally can be felt this far away and we’re just fine with that distance. We know not what the next few days will bring but from the Pondlandian viewpoint, it will be another ‘day at the office’.
Harry was in a slightly different location today near the drain pipe. Apparently he’s been watching Patrick there and noted some successful fishing. Team Mallard and the Home Team were flushed from the Pond Wall where they’d been grooming when a loose dog showed up; all they had to do was make for the water.
The path of Sally is still undetermined, Mother Nature is showing the power of being unpredictable; no telling how many Weather Channel reporters are scattered from Pensacola, Florida to Grand Isle, Louisiana, including the Land Mass between New Orleans and Mobile.
In Pondlandian, that translates into “It don’t make me no nevermind” as we’ll all be here again tomorrow mornin’, eating, fishing, bathing, paddling, stalking, quacking, preening, and plucking. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out.
"Watching Tropical Storm Sally...Closely"
Sunday September 13 2020
We had a really good rain last night which helped the Pond out quite a bit, not to mention my straw bales for the fall garden. We all have our eyes on the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Sally builds and approaches somewhere along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama coasts. We also know that tracks of storms can change almost until landfall, so we are prepared but hope no bad stuffs hit. We also know that, though we are significantly inland, we can also get hammered with severe weather.
The waterfowl do not seem particularly distressed today and are following the routine they’ve followed all week. Eat breakfast on the South Bank, flap into the Pond and get their ten thousand paddles for the day. Next is to bathe and splash and dunk and flap all the way out to the North levee Pond Wall. Then with great featherfare, fly or waddle up to the wall and proceed to pluck excess feathers and preen for the a fine appearance throughout the day.
Harry was at his usual perch with such a bright sun, it was hard to see him. DuckFeather Pointe faces east, so we are always looking directly in the sun to film him.
We also have time today for another of the Great Trees of Pondlandia video…we hope you enjoy a reminder of just how interesting and lovely the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia are.
So, have a delightful Sunday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Stopping by Pondlandia on a Sunny Morning"
Saturday September 12 2020
It appears that we, along with a couple of Mallards, were a bit late to the party this morning. After all, it IS Saturday, when we try to sleep past 6 am. But we did catch Harry patrolling the South Bank…well, patrolling indicates movement and we all know how still Harry can be.
What we weren’t prepared for was this flock of Canada Geese that appeared to take up almost the whole north end of the Pond as Team Mallard and Home Team H&D watched (and plucked errant feathers) from the Pond Wall on the North levee. We are beginning to see an increase in the numbers of geese and Mallards as the days get shorter. It really makes us anticipate other ducks and waterfowl that stop by on their way elsewhere or stay to make Pondlandia their winter digs. Apologies to Robert Frost for the amended title…
And so, we celebrate this lovely Saturday in spite of the continuing struggles with The Virus That Shall Not Be Named and also look forward to the return of College Game Day…especially Big Solid. Remember to practice our intentions, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"A Time for Paddlin' and a Time for Pluckin'"
Friday September 11 2020
We have quite the potpourri today, from deer to a variety of duck stuffs. So, “let’s get all up in it”, to quote HRH Jill Conner Browne.
We saw some deer near the Spookey Spikey Woods for the first time in a LONG TIME!! We waited for the littlest one to come out for a while but finally gave up; sure enough, we hadn’t gone 10 steps when that little one came out. Oh well…we’ll catch up another time. We almost waited too long to catch the entire Team Mallard and Home Team on the South Bank; most took off across the Pond following a corn fest earlier, so only four were left BUT you can see our Duck Dude watching over them until they all took off to join up with the rest of the team as the approached the Pond Wall on the North levee.
There was some serious paddlin’ around, quackin’ and chucklin going on for a while until one by one Team Mallard flew up on the wall itself. The Home Team has established a pathway up the bank, so they waddled up and took their respective place on the wall as well. As we were leaving, we noticed that, to a duck, they were all engaged in a cluster pluck of epic proportions…getting their feathers dried out and disposing the ones that needed to go.
We had feathers all over the ground and a fair number in the pond before we left. There was ONE little hen who stayed in the Pond. We waited and waited but she just stayed in the water, and quacking quite pitifully.
We were afraid it was our Hurt Hen and that she was too weak to fly, so we decided to wait her out. Sure enough, about two or three minutes went by and she flapped herself right on up to that wall without a second glance. And, as it turned out, she was NOT our Hurt Hen. We will watch for HH tomorrow.
And, as we go through this Day of Days in our history, let us never forget what we as a nation endured and how we prevailed. Elf Out.
"Fish Gotta Swim, Harry's Gotta Eat"
Thursday September 10 2020
At first, we couldn’t find anyone at the usual spot on the South Bank but did find Casper there. He’s always very skittish so flew off and up into one of the Six Sister Cypresses. Harry’s sudden movement on the South side of DuckFeather Pointe in the Pond found him catching a fish. We aren’t quite sure if you are able to see him actually snag his fish but he did as you’ll see later on.
There was a significant amount of activity this morning around the Pond that kept Team Mallard and the Home Team (you-know-who) in the Pond itself. Since we weren’t able to see Team Mallard on the ground, we couldn’t determine if our little Hurt Hen was still hanging in and check on her injury. We’ll probably visit later today; they all like to bed down around The Pointe in the afternoon, napping and plucking old feathers in the shade of the Sisters.
BUT!! Look at Harry’s catch! What a fish he’s got, for sure. Casper is perched high in the branches above, no doubt casting a hungry and envious eye. And so the day begins, the heat and humidity will build and we will long for cool weather. Then we will remind ourselves of the fires out West and not give a second thought to our own concerns. So, have a great Thursday and remember to stay healthy, stay safe, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"All Quiet on the Mallard Front"
Wednesday September 9 2020
Every day when we stroll through Pondlandia, we wonder what and who we will see. And every day, though we see the same friends, including the Great Trees of Pondlandia, we see wee changes or alterations in behavior or appearances. We also notice, believe it or not, subtle things we had not noticed before and are amazed at how intricately balanced Pondlandia is.
Yes, it was all quiet on the Mallard Front today with seemingly little action or activity. While Huey and Dewey were busily scouring the East Bank for whatever the heck they are enjoying, Team Mallard had settled from their morning’s breakfast for a rest. But, when we watched a bit longer, we noticed Dude Duck keeping watch over his friends. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice he’s relentlessly alert, watching and keeping the whole Pond in his sights to assure the safety of his fellow drakes and hens so they can rest. And, we did see our little Hurt Hen who seems to be otherwise ok. We hope she will heal without further trauma or difficulty.
We meant to point out yesterday that the Six Cypress Sisters have begun to show the first indications of a change in the color of their feathery leaves with some bronze tints at the uppermost branches. Wait ’til you see them in about a month!!
Harry changed perches or lookout sites to throw us off initially, but we spotted him. Gosh he was still and so engaged in fishing, he didn’t give us a second glance. What an utterly beautiful creature he is. So, there you have it…just another day in Pondlandian Paradise. Y’all stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out…
"Where Did the Cool Weather Go?"
Tuesday September 8 2020
All of last week, the forecasters predicted a real shot of fall weather would infuse the area around mid-week. NOT SO…and we will continue in the 90’s for the entirety of the week and possibly the weekend. AARRGG!! We can say, howsomever, that the humidity is down which at least makes it more bearable…but even that will return in a day or so.
That bein’ said, it does not deter our feathered friends in Ponlandia, and perhaps we can take a lesson from that. Understanding that we do not ‘speak duck or heron’, we can pretty much surmise that when they are conversating, they are not complaining about the weather. They have more important things to discuss or worry about…the corn, acorn, grain, and fish supply, most likely and making sure they stay out of the mouths of predators.
Today, we had a nice gathering of Mallards, Huey and Dewey, and Harry at the Pond. The Patricks (or Patrick and Patricia) always surprise us when they burst out of their hiding spots because they do hide so very well. We have another ‘hurt bird’…a little Mallard hen who has a bad limp. We looked up the previous HB to ascertain if they might be the same Mallard…nope, the other one is a drake. So, we have two Hurt Birds to watch out for. I wonder if it was a case of duckmestic violence?
And so it goes in the land of Feathers, Fins, and Fur (we take the squirrels for granted) on this second Tuesday of September. We hope you have a pleasantly flavored day; remember to stay healthy, stay safe, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"A Pondlandian Labor Day"
Monday September 7 2020
Labor Day in Pondlandia is pretty much like every other day’ however, with more activity externally, the wildlife becomes a bit more reclusive and easier to scare off. Such was the case today, Harry would not stay on the Pointe as he usually does and the Mallards, Huey, and Dewey left the South Bank earlier than usual. You can see all of the ‘groomed’ feathers on the pond at the base of the Pond Wall…looks like most belong the H&D! Since we did not get to see the Mallards walking or grazing this morning, we don’t know if ‘Hurt Bird’ is back or not. Still keeping our fingers crossed. We also have our Great Trees of Pondlandia piece this morning with “Our Little Rememberin’ Tree”. While not terribly impressive to look at right now (wait ’til fall!), this little tree is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a land that is free and to take time to celebrate the good things we have. It’s been a tough few months and things have been difficult, but this tree helps us focus on the good. Y’all have a great Labor Day; stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"All in All, It's Just Another Duck on the Wall"
Sunday September 6 2020
My goodness what a sunrise this morning! We just snatched up our phone, ran outside and captured it as best we could. We sure hope you got a glimpse of it or at least live where you can see skies, sunsets, and sunrises.
Those of you who are Pink Floyd fans will most certainly recognize the ‘amended’ title for today’s Chronicle. We spotted this line-up as we were way over on North Pondlandia and held our breath until we got to DuckFeather Pointe in hopes they would all still be there…including time time we spent saying ‘good morning’ to Harry. And sure enough, they were all in place. Whew!
Other than that, there was not much activity at all. We did fail to mention or note the small amount of mist on the Pond. It was nice and coolish this morning early and a bit drier, the there was so rising mist. Always relaxing to see…such a reminder of how little things can be lovely. OK, y’all have a great Sunday. Relax, be thankful, stay safe, stay healthy, and always always, BE KIND. Elf Out.
"Chillin' on the Pond on a Saturday Mornin' and the Six Cypress Sisters"
Saturday September 5 2020
“Chillin’ in the Pond on a Saturday Mornin’ and the Six Cypress Sisters”
We had a short visit this morning as there was a lot of activity around the Pond…mowin’, sawin’, weed eatin’, and visitin’, so our feathered buddies decided to get away to North Pondlandia and bathe along the way. What a nice way to greet the weekend; a bit cloudy, so not so hot with a slight breeze to dry off those wet feathers.
We also have our third in the series of The Great Trees of Pondlandia by introducing you to the Six Cypress Sisters…those wonderfully designed trees that grace the entrance and walkway out to DuckFeather Pointe. Cypress trees seem to have leaves that look like feathers; what a design for a tree that is primarily located on or near water! So, we wish you a pleasant Saturday today with the following words…stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out.
"DuckFeather Pointe Interrupted"
Friday September 4 2020
Well, after the first video and our resolve to journey straight on out the The Pointe, we finally made it! We kept getting all caught up in other ducktivities…such as, two who flew in unexpectedly and were greeted with quacks and beaks, ferreting out Huey and Dewey from their underwater dining, and finally easing on out to visit with Harry and set our intentions. We did manage to get the date wrong…we said we thought is was the 5th…it’s not, it’s the 4th. Sometimes, us retired folks don’t know one day from the next. In any event, though Casper was not with us today, Harry and our usual gang was…and for that we are grateful. Y’all have a most spectacular start to the weekend. And remember to stay safe, stay healthy and always always be kind. Elf Out!
"CASPER, the Great White Egret and TOTO"
Thursday September 3 2020
We got to the Pond early this morning in hopes of finding Casper..and sure enough, THERE HE WAS next to the drain pipe. He’s really skittish, so when folks start getting out and walking, he usually high-flies it away. And, it didn’t take long until he did just that…if you watch really close when he takes off, you can see how his great white wings barely tip the water in the pond…he’s letting the water life know he’s still around! If you’ll notice when Casper lights in one of the cypress trees, he extends his neck whereas when he flies, his neck is drawn in. That’s one of the distinguishing features of a Heron from a Crane..Cranes fly with their necks extended, Herons do not. Just a bit of trivia to add to your collection.
We were down to four Mallards, no ‘hurt bird’ to be seen…fingers crossed that he’s holed up somewhere recuperating and will be back in duck action soon. Huey and Dewey barrelled up on the South Bank as soon as they saw us, asking for ‘corn, please’. We did finally spot Harry the Great Blue Heron WAAY back in the corner of the Pond on the West Bank…too far to even attempt to film.
Finally, our second video features another of the Great Trees of Pondlandia. This is such a wonderful tree that we named Toto…you can figure it out but if you don’t, we’ll share next time (if we can remember!). That’s it for this third day of September. We wish you a peaceful, safe, and healthy day, remembering to always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"Now You See Them; Now You Don't""
Wednesday September 2 2020
When we saw our first glimpse of Pondlandia this morning, Casper the Great White Egret was on the West Bank waiting to catch a fish. By the time we completed our walk through North Pondlandia and back around, he was gone. Phooey! We DID however find Harry on the North levee with a really big fish he’d caught. In fact, it was too big to just swallow whole, so he had to figure out some way to eat it. The video is a bit far for our little camera, but we hope you can see him anyway. AND, he took off and disappeared not long after we filmed…so we had two of our ‘stars’ to vanish before we could get some really good film.
However, we did have a significant number of geese on hand today to compete with the nine Mallards. We were missing one Mallard, so we hope that it’s not because of our ‘hurt bird’, who we did not see. Huey and Dewey just paddled around the West Bank, scouring for food both above and below the water.
With no distractions, such as Harry or Patrick or Casper or the discovery of a whale in the Pond, we were able to set our intentions with renewed spirit this morning. Discouraging bitterness and hatred by loving someone forward rather than engaging with anger; Discovering and sharing the glee of an unexpected act of kindness; Delighting in the joy of making someone feel special; and Dispelling negative energy by Doing Epic. Everyone have a great Wednesday…stay safe, stay healthy, and BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Welcome September and The Pondlandian Tree of Souls"
Tuesday September 1 2020
It was a very quiet start to this month today; no Harry, no Casper. BUT, we did have a nice group of Mallards to honor us with their attention. Actually, they were requesting some corn but we’ll take that as a warm greeting anyway. Our little ‘hurt bird’ was not present today; we sure hope he’s just restin’ up and getting better. We will most definitely keep you posted.We DID, however, miss pointing out when Patrick took off and flew to one of the Six Sisters Cypress trees. You may have to look at the second video twice to see him.
AND!! We are introducing our First look at the Great Trees of Pondlandia. Today, we salute the Pondlandian Tree of Souls (thank you 'Avatar')…this magnificent tree is such a focal point for Pondlandia and sets a message of hope, strength, endurance, safety, and solidarity. And, ‘boy howdy’ that’s a message we can all latch onto in these anxious days. Just a quick aside, the Tree video was taken earlier this year which is why the weather is so different!! Been waitin’ for a good time to introduce the Great Trees series. Now is a great time!! So, have a most spectacular start to September by doubling down on being safe, being healthy, and yes indeedy, always always being KIND. Elf Out!”
"Goodbye August; Marchin' into Fall"
Monday August 31 2020
The cloud cover this morning helped elevate this last day of August to a tolerable mornin’. We know when the sun burns off this visible humidity, it will be steamy beyond words. Seems like everyone person we ran into on our Pondlandian visit greeted us with the same expression…”Man, is it humid or what!”
We spotted Harry lurking near the East Bank but scared him off trying to get closer; Casper was nowhere to be seen. Maybe he doesn’t like to fly in such heavy air; takes too much effort. That being said, we had a nice complement of ducks today. Several Mallards and Huey and Dewey. We did have to holler at Huey for being a ‘corn bully’ and biting one of the Mallard hens. AND, we have a ‘hurt’ drake (at least we think it’s a juvenile drake). We have no idea how he got hurt buy he does have a rather pronounced limp. We’ll keep an eye on him and hope that he spend some therapeutic time in the pond doin a little duck leg rehab.
So, we hope you’ve had a decent August and are looking forward with great anticipation the advent of fall. We have one more week or ten days of Pondlandia’s Open Air Steam Room before the potential for some cooler drier air. And so we make our days good ones by staying safe, staying healthy, and always taking every opportunity to be kind. Elf Out!
"The Sunday of Camera Inspired Evasions"
Sunday August 29 2020
Today’s Pondlandian excursion was fraught with episodes of camera-shy herons, as you’ll see. We started out trying to capture Casper on the South Bank with a cluster of Mallards but as soon as my foot scraped on the pavement, he took off! Great White Egrets such as Casper are in the heron family, hence the reference. We did have quite a busy group of Mallards, 5 pairs to be exact. They were so chatty and gregorious; just having a great time quacking their greetings, salutations, and general hellos. Along the West Bank, once again were Huey and Dewey—I scared the heck out of them trying to get them up close but they recovered nicely and acted like, “What! Me scared? Nah.”
As we approached Casper, who had flown out of sight several times, as he perched on the Pond Wall, he once again got spooked (as in the ‘real' Casper) and took off to the levee. We also tried to sneak up on Harry to get a good close-up of him, but even HE took off across the Pond when we started talking. All in all, though, it was a lovely start to the day with lots of good feathered friends to entertain and delight. This penultimate day of August will be another humid scorcher, so we will hunker down inside and plan our fall garden. So, y’all have a great day and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND! Elf Out!
"The Duck Salute"
Saturday August 29 2020
WE welcome this lovely Saturday morning with an early walk. The day is forecast to be brutally hot with heat indices reaching 111º later on. We caught Harry in the same yard he was in yesterday and Patrick perched on the aerator on the eastern side of the Pond. Our Mallard crowd has diminished to three, two hens and a drake. The one hen was especially friendly and was most likely in search of some corn. Huey and Dewey provided the best entertainment with a variety of bows and salutes as they worked the western bank. With no one on DF Pointe, we didn’t wander out and chose to set our intentions as Huey and Dewey performed for us. We hope you have a pleasant and relaxing Saturday, keeping in mind those who have lost so much in Hurricane Laura. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Thankfulness in Pondlandia"
Friday August 28 2020
We are certainly happy to report no significant damage from the outer bands of Hurricane Laura as she poured her devastation on Louisiana. We did have some pretty significant winds off and on during the day but by and large, came away with little harm. It rained heavily last night, which was actually a really needed rain. We are in the process of ‘seasoning’ some new Straw Bales for our fall garden, so the rain was indeed welcomed!
As for Pondlandia, we strolled by the Spookey Spikey Woods to see how they fared and were not disappointed. They stood tall, spookey, and spikey just like they always do. Such dramatic trees and branches. We did see a rather large limb that looked to be slightly ‘off’ but scurried out from under it quickly.
The South and West Banks this morning were home to several Mallards and Huey and Dewey. DuckFeather Pointe was bare! No Harry to be found until we spotted him in a yard along the Pond. Patrick, in typical Patrick fashion, would not be still long enough for a photo but we did see him flying across the Pond. Such is the beginning of a new day here in Pondlandia. We hope your day is a good one, filled with interesting things to do or ‘pond’er; no matter what, we wish you a pleasant day to start the weekend. Remember to stay well, stay safe, and always always, BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Feeling Laura's Impact"
Thursday August 27 2020
We started this ‘episode’ with our camera eye to the Sky…see how fast the clouds are moving? Isn’t that beautiful! We certainly have the folks in the immediate path of Laura in our hearts and wish them safe keeping; we are far enough away to get some wind and the lovely sweep of clouds before us. The we moseyed on down to the Pond where we were greeted by a LOT of Mallards; guess they flew in from the danger zone to escape Laura’s wrath. We are sorry for the wind in the microphone; will have to work on a way to protect the vocals without the noise. We were out pretty early this morning since it’s Big Solid’s golfing day; so early we even beat Harry to his spot on DuckFeather Pointe. And finally, we found a wind-protected spot on The Pointe to try to film Huey and Dewey as they jumped, well, eased themselves into the Pond to paddle on over to the South Bank to check out the Mallard crowd. Then, what to our wondering eyes and ears should appear, but a big ole flock of Canada Geese! We thought they were just going to fly over but they actually landed. We had some ‘cinema verité’ going on with the moving camera but at least got to see them land. There were greetings all around; we lost Huey and Dewey momentarily (more cinema verité) before watching them swim against the wind as we were setting our intentions and sharing our sadness at the loss of our Marley Barley, The Wayward Poodle. Y’all have a safe day, a healthy day, and a day filled with kindness to one another. Elf Out.
"Dodging the Laura Bullet""
Wednesday August 26 2020
On a morning where the thought we’d be bracing for some serious weather and storms, we awoke to bright skies, brutal humidity, and very still air. Laura, a major hurricane, decided to take a different course than originally thought, so we are relieved to be spared her fury, we also wish those in her path safe keeping. When we first approached Pondlandia this morning, there were a LOT of Mallards, Huey and Dewey, and Harry all along the South Bank. Yet, something spooked them before we could film and most of them took off, including Harry. As you can tell from the video, Harry located himself on the North levee and was actively patrolling for some breakfast. He is such a regal animal. We made our way back over to the South Bank and did find our stalwarts, Huey and Dewey, as well as about 4 Mallards. No Casper or Patrick to be found. Such is a day in and on Pondlandia. Some days are busy, some are not; some days are cool, some are not; some days are sunny, some days are not. We are thankful for every single one. Stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND.
"A Pre-Laura Mallard-Palooza!"
Tuesday August 25 2020
WOW!! Look at all these ducks!! They must know something we don’t because they are certainly gobbling up all the food stuffs they can find. AND, Casper is along the West Bank with Huey and Dewey with with him. Casper did take flight and we were able to watch him gracefully make his way out of Pondlandia. We didn’t see Harry at first because he’s usually so visible on the tip of DuckFeather Pointe…but we finally saw him, obscured by position and cloud-effect shadow. So we especially wish to underscore our BE SAFE reminder today as things can change quickly with a storm of this nature. So, y’all keep an eye to the sky and an ear to any alerts that may come your way. We’ll do the same and keep watch over Pondlandia and its ‘people’. Stay well and always, always be kind.
"Doing the Marco Fizzle"
Monday August 24 2020
Hurricane Marco, thankfully, had no impact on us. Today is quite lovely and we are getting the week off to a good start. That bein’ said, we do have Tropical Storm Laura to contend with and it appears her course is changing as we speak. No matter, we are prepared for any eventuality. Today we had an assortment at the Pond, four Mallards, Huey and Dewey, Patrick and Patricia playing flight tag, and our usual Pointe Guy, Harry. We are preparing our first video on the Great Trees of Pondlandia to show tomorrow…so we hope you enjoy! In the meantime, y’all stay safe, stay healthy, and always, always BE KIND!
"Storm Watchin' Pondlandians"
Sunday August 23 2020
Looks like folks were at the Pond early this morning, perhaps to stock up on eating in the event “we’re in for nasty weather”! Anyone know where that lyric came from? We had Casper right there on the South Bank, but he flew off before we could get close. However, seeing him take off and fly offered us a neat view of his mirror image as he flew over to the North Levee. Then, we had a third Mallad glide in for a smooth landing as he, too, is eager to get set for a couple of rainy and maybe windy days. We had Patrick, the little Green Heron, spotted on top of the drain pipe and finally, Harry on his usual spot at the end of DuckFeather Pointe. You know, we have TV, Internet, and other electronic means of finding out the news and weather. Our feathered and furry friends don’t but they know anyway. Can you think of a time when you learned of something by watching animals? They sure can teach us a lot in we pay attention. Ok, just as we said, we are off to the grocery store to stock up on goods ourownselves. Usually, when we do that, the storms go away! Y’all have a great Sunday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always, always BE KIND!!
Saturday August 22 2020
Boy, do we hope ou enjoy today’s edition! It’s a bit of a departure, as you’ll notice right off the bat. We did not get to Pondlandia early as usual as we made our bi-weekly trip out to a most magnificent farm about 25 miles from us called Salad Days (in Flora MS). It’s not your average farm in that they grow hydroponically, meaning that the produce is grown using liquid nutrients rather than in the soil. It’s really clean and healthy BUT the major draw is that the lettuces we get from them are THE most delicious we’ve ever tasted. Google Salad Days or look for their FaceBook page for more information. When we pulled up this morning for our curbside pick-up, we asked Leigh Bailey, aka MS Salad Days herownself, if she minded us filming a little bit. She’s such a good sport and said Yep! When we got home, we did get to Pondlandia much later than usual but still got some nice pictures of the Mallards and Huey/Dewey. We missed Harry’s Pointe position but he’ll most likely return tomorrow. One of the great shore birds, either Harry or Casper, must have been perched in one of the Six Cypress Sisters and took off when we started talking. We missed him directly but if you look close on the pond itself, you see the reflection! We are keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t get hit too hard with the two Tropical Storms that are headed toward the Gulf of Mexico. We hope wherever you are you likewise stay safe, stay healthy, and always always be kind.
"Rumbly and Thundery"
Friday August 21 2020
It wasn’t quite a dark and stormy morning but close. It was cloudy with rumbles of thunder in the background, so we did not wish to linger. Nothing as threatening as we had Sunday evening, but just enough to be weather-wise. Since it’s Friday, I had Mikey Tyson with me as Big Solid was on his way to the Iona House/Food Pantry. There was absolutely NO action on the South Bank, so we meandered (albeit quickly) over to DuckFeather Pointe where the usual small crowd had gathered. Huey and Dewey were on the Pond Wall but had started their morning constitutional, then they decided to jump in the water and get in a quick swim. Two Mallards did remain on the Pond Wall. Harry was just Harry…still as a portrait, watching for a fish. The mist was really lovely and moving quite nicely across the Pond from North to South. As mentioned, this is the time of year for us in the Deep South to keep a watchful eye on the tropics as we have a couple of ‘disturbances’ that bear watching. We aren’t on the Gulf Coast but close enough to get some significant weather if the track and timing is right. Do any of y’all live in areas where you get seasonal storminess? We always keep an eye on the animals of Pondlandia, as they feel the air pressure lower when storms are near and know when and where to take cover! Y’all have a most excellent Friday and remember to stay safe, stay health, and always, always BE KIND! “Elf Out!”
"Harry Catches a LEETLE Bitty Fish"
Thursday August 20 2020
We ‘snuck’ up on Harry this morning and actually saw him catch a fish…it was a tiny little thing…a morsel more or less. But, when we saw him on the South Bank, he was hunkered down right in the water at the edge, all hunched over to spear something. And sure enough, he did. The ‘folks’ were kinda upside down this morning..Harry on the South Bank, Huey, Dewey and the Mallards on the North Pond Wall. You can get a really quick glimpse of Patrick, the Green Heron, as he flies onto the West Bank. The day began on the cloudy and coolish side again, but we understand our fall-tinted weather will return to the heat of summer for the next several days. Oh well, we have enjoyed this brief respite, for sure. There were a few deer on the North levee when we got our first look at Pondlandia this morning, but as soon as they saw a human bein’, they took off. Maybe we can find them tomorrow! We wish you a great Weekend Eve, this Thursday and hope you remain health, safe and are able to practice the art of kindness every single day.
"Feeling the Touch of Fall...Just a Tiny Bit"
Wednesday August 19 2020
We know that August in Mississippi is one of the most hot and humid months we have; yet, with the slowly decreasing daylight and some of the other telltale signs of the approaching fall, we sure begin to anticipate its arrival. Today, we saw another indication of one of our favorite times of the year as there were 7 Mallards at the Pond this morning,souring the ground for whatever tasty foods they could find (along with that cup or two of corn). And, Huey and Dewey were on hand, not paying one bit of attention to the growing group of Mallards. We do know that will change on occasion but that’s all in a duck’s day. We must have been talking too loud because some of the Mallards took off and flew over to the Pond wall. We once again flushed them as we walked out on DuckFeather Pointe to check out the statue that was Harry. Patrick, the Green Heron, was also along the Pond wall and took off as well. It was fun to think about all of the things fall means to us and has meant to us through time…so, what about you? When you were younger, how did you know fall was approaching? So, as this Wednesday rolls by, we wish you to be safe, healthy, and always always kind. Happy Hump Day. “Elf Out!”
"Walkin' with Huey and Dewey"
Tuesday August 18 2020
We Welcome this Tuesday with open arms and a happy heart…it is a coolish and cloudless morning. Not much action on the Pond but enough to enjoy. We did manage to walk along with Huey and Dewey as they made their morning trek from the South Bank to the Pond Wall. They have a routine that they follow every day that keeps them in good duck shape. Early in the morning, they walk from their night roosting place (somewhere on the North Levee) to the South Bank where they nosh with fellow ducks and squirrels and get a cup of corn. That done, they parade back on over to the North Levee where they spend a considerable amount of time grooming their feathers and getting cleaned up for the day. In the meantime, Harry is secure in his spot on DuckFeather Pointe, waiting for just the right fish to wander by. We hope that your routine is a good one as well and that you face the day with anticipation of a good one. Just remember to stay safe, stay healthy and BE KIND! “Elf Out!”
"With Apologies to Forrest Gump"
Monday August 17 2020
Remember the famous line from the movie “Forrest Gump”? Well, we amend it slightly this morning to “Pondlandia is like a box of chocolates; you never know who’s going to show up.” We had a potpourri of creatures today, so let’s get on with it. Actually, we start this video off with some footage of the storm that we had last night; it’s pretty dramatic and we know the Pond was happy to get the rains. So, first we saw the Mystery Mallards, then we manage to get a quick clip of Patrick (the Green Heron). O/C (Opal/Casper) the Great White Egret was once again perched in one of the Six Sisters Cypress trees and we are always happy to see this stunning bird. Though youc an barely see him, Harry, the Great Blue Heron, is on the north levee just to the right of the overflow drain—hard to see, but he’s there. And finally, our stalwart pair, Huey and Dewey were found getting in a few steps in the morning constitutional. One of the Mystery Mallards must have decided to get a ‘mist bath’ by flying into the fairly thick mist and getting all humidified. Nothing like a little moisture to perk up those feathers. And, finally, the mist itself was a faster moving ‘body’ than yesterday, a direct result of cooler temperatures and drier air that moved in after the storm. Wow! What a morning. Hope everyone has a most wonderful start to this week; stay safe, stay healthy, and always always BE KIND. “Elf Out!”
P.S. We regret our hand in the video but the sun was blinding us!! We'll figure out a way to remove things like that another day!
"And One More Thing...Twice!"
Sunday August 16 2020
We sure didn’t expect all of the things that occurred today…and what a lovely beginning to this day. Once again, a really nice surprise lurked in one of the cypress trees and we ALMOST missed it!! Just goes to show you that keeping your eyes and heart open often results in a something really cool. We have not seen Opal/Casper (or O/C) in a while to video; remember we did see him/her on an afternoon walk when we did not have our camera. He did not escape the camera today, for sure and we were delighted to get some good footage of him. The other water/shore fowl were around. Huey and Dewey, Harry, and Three Mystery Mallards. We had almost given up of having O/C up close and personal until we saw the reflection as we were leaving DuckFeather Pointe. He does look like he’s hanging from a trapeze, doesn’t he. Oh well, we thought it would give folks a chance to see him closer, even if upside down. We wish y’all a great Sunday; stay safe, stay healthy, and BE KIND to one another.
Saturday August 15 2020
We approached Pondlandia this morning with all the anticipation of another day filled with surprises, new faces, and some ‘wake-up’ activities. Sadly, there were none…things were much quieter and more subdued than yesterday. No new ducks, no deer, and no Opal/Casper. We had our usual suspects who we are always happy to see. Harry took off from DuckFeather Pointe quickly, so we didn’t really get much of a visit. The coolest thing about this morning was the rather fast moving mist across the Pond. The air was less humid, so the mist was heavier and more prevalent. It’s always quite lovely to watch drift over the water and swirl about. So, we hope you have a most wonderful Saturday and remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always, always BE KIND. Elf Out!
"Right Place, Right Time"
Friday August 14 2020
WHAT A MORNIN’!! Just when you think that it’s gonna be a ‘same song, second chorus’ in Pondlandia, we get some wonderful surprises! And, with your videographer being such a rank amatuer, one surprise we completely bungled, so you’ll just have to take our word for it. Remember yesterday we had three Mystery Mallards, well, this morning we had four. And we got to see the sunrise over Pondlandia with Harry in the foreground. It was quite lovely; we set our intentions and moved off DuckFeather Pointe. AND THEN, we noticed a little deer, so we HAD to film her AND THEN, we noticed about 6 ducks circling the pond. They do that a few times to make sure it’s safe to land, well…they did and we at least captured the landing. What we failed miserably to capture was the Duckapalooza reunion that took place on the South Bank when this new flock (Mallards) bounded to land and were greeted by their buddies. We did get it on film but it was so blurry, it made us dizzy. Oh well, lesson learned. We DID manage to get a good still photo, though. You can see that as our intro picture!! Howsomever, it was all in all a special morning. What a nice start to the weekend!! Have a special Friday; stay safe, stay healthy, and always, always be kind.
"The Lovely Look and Sound of Rain"
Thursday August 13 2020
What a lovely morning in Pondlandia. It’s raining…not a hard driving rain but a gentle reminder of how much we enjoy seeing it fall and caress the Pond and its beings with life. We sure needed this, not only for the moisture but also for the peaceful sound of drops hitting the leaves and the water itself; water meeting water. We had three Mallards on the South Bank and Huey and Dewey on the North Pondlandia Pond Wall. It looks as if we will have this rain with us most of the morning, if not longer. Poor Big Solid will miss his golf game but he will also enjoy the softness of the rain. We hope you have a most special Thursday as the weekend is almost upon us. Stay safe, Stay healthy, and always always Be Kind. Elf Out!
Wednesday August 12 2020
Hump Day is upon us already! It seems like we just started this week and now we are looking at the approaching end of it. So, we had a nice surprise this morning with finding no less than four Mallards at the Pond in addition to Huey and Dewey. Like we said, this is the beginning of the slow infiltration of additional ducks as the days shorten, even though they may be hot and humid. Mother Nature has such a wonderful way of guiding life through the seasons and giving signals of when it’s time to move from one environ to another. So, we were delighted to see these ‘newbies’ today to inject a little lift in our spirits…we hope you feel the same. The scene at DuckFeather Pointe, however, is unchanged with Harry’s presence dominant. He sure can be still!! We hope you enjoy this day as we begin to round out this second week of August and we wish you safe keeping, healthy minds and bodies, and forever the resolve to be kind.
"Just When You Think...""
Tuesday August 11 2020
This time of the year in Mississippi is a time when people long for a change in the weather…you know how folks who live in a cold climate wish for spring and summer. Like, ‘if I see another snowflake, I’m gonna scream’. Well, are the opposite...if we have to go through another week of heat indices topping 105º, we will melt! So, we were delighted this morning to be surprised a pair of Mallards…you’ll see. AND, we got a chance to see Patrick take off across the Pond to the levee and THEN if you look really close after he lands on the levee, you’ll se a second Green Heron greet him. We think that’s Patricia. Right after that, they are seen in a couples flight across the Pond. How fun!! So, what a great start to the day on this Tuesday! We hope you have a equally good start as well as an entire day! Remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind!! MSVO ElfOut!
"Hot August Mornin'...UGH!"
Monday August 10 2020
Even though we were out early this morning, the muggies were with us. Nevertheless, we found Huey and Dewey taking a leisurely tour up the West Bank of the Pond, scouring for whatever delicacies, they could find for a breakfast snack. Our little Mystery Mallard wasn’t quite as adventuresome, preferring to stay closer to the South bend near the drain pipe. If you spot a man and his chihuahua walking along the road, that’s Big Solid, husband of the Elf and his faithful little buddy Mikey Tyson. We typically do not film folks (and would NEVER do so without permission) but he’s an exception. We got a good view of the Six Sisters Cypresses (not ‘sick’ sisters) that draw folks to DuckFeather Pointe and also shot some video to use in our Great Trees of Pondlandia vlog coming soon. Harry the Great Blue was in his usual spot, patiently waiting for a nice breakfast fish to swim by. So, we are off on another week in Pondlandia and we wish you all a good start as well. Stay cool, stay safe, stay healthy and always, always be kind. Elf Out!
"Busy Pondlandian Morning"
Sunday August 9 2020
Well, as predicted, our cool, dry air has been replaced by increased heat and moisture—a southern combination that defies defies accuracy of description…other than less than tolerable. Yet, we seem to thrive in the early hours of the morning and the waning hours at the end of the day. This morning, we seemed to have everyone on DuckFeather Pointe. Sure made for some good video! We had Harry, Huey, Dewey, and Mystery Mallard (who came in on a nice landing amongst them)..all gathered in close proximity, enjoying the opportunity for some cool shade provided by the Six Sister Cypresses. So, all we needed to do was set our intentions, stumble through the date (it IS August 9th) and be on our merry way. So, on this Sunday, please have a wonderful day; stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to one another. It’s how we’ll get through all this. Elf Out!
"The Six Cypress Sisters" Pondlandia
Saturday August 8 2020
You know we’ve been working on a little vlog about the Great Trees of Pondlandia; we hope to have it ready to share soon. We’d be totally remiss to omit the Six Cypress Sisters that grace the entrance to DuckFeather Pointe. Not only are they stunning just to look at, with their towering branches, feathery leaves, and year ‘round beauty (their fall colors are stunning), they also provide shelter and housing for so many of the Pondlandian birds. The Herons (Patrick, Harry and on occasion Opal/Casper) are particularly fond of hanging out ‘upstairs’…must be a really great view. So, here we stand on this warm and humid Saturday with Huey, Dewey, and Harry; all’s right with our world and we wish the same for you. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
"Our Halcyon Days are Over" Pondlandia
Friday August 7 2020
We took a bit of a different walk this morning across the levee at North Pondlandia. We spotted Huey and Dewey slowing paddling over from the South Bank, so we thought we’d track them and see what they were up to. As it turned out, not much but just a slow relaxed ‘drive’; then they started this head bobbing behavior…we don’t know if Huey told Dewey a joke and they were laughing or if they were having a contest to see who could bob heir neck the most without stopping.Who knows the mind of a duck. In the meantime, we also spotted Patrick, the Green Heron, perched on the overflow drain AND, as almost always, Harry the Great Blue Heron on the tip end of DuckFeather Pointe. It almost seemed like Huey and Dewey wanted a lot of ‘air time’ today as they were paddling by DuckFeather Pointe as we were filming Harry. We also managed to get Mikey Tyson in on the action this morning. He loves to cross the levee…lots of great smells. And, yes, our wonderfully cool and dry mornings are ending today…at least that’s what the weather folks say. Starting this afternoon, the heat will return with mid-90’s AND, to make it more uncomfortable, the humidity will bring back the muggy air. HOWSOMEVER, we’ll deal with it and redouble our efforts to stay healthy, safe, and above all, kind. Have a great Friday, Y’all. Elf Out!
"You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me!" Pondlandia
Thursday August 6 2020
Today was such a treat!! Even though we were bereft of many of our Pondlandian friends, namely Harry and Patrick, we had SUCH a fun and nice visit! This morning, the temperature was 62º—THAT’S SIXTY TWO!! Our typical early morning low this time of year is in the mid-70’s with air so thick one can hardly breathe! For our out-of-state followers, what about where you live?? Anywho, we did have Huey and Dewey on the Pond Wall and the ‘socially distant’ Mystery Mallard. Howsomever, the ‘star’ of Pondlandia today was the lovely and graceful mist that slowly wove it’s was across the Pond. Such a peaceful and elegant flow; almost like getting a loving massage (and yes, that's massage and not message though it could be both) for your soul. We especially wish to thank Rebecca Donovan for having us on her show on MS Super Talk radio. Her show is titled “Good Things”. OK, everybody..have a most wonderful Thursday. Remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind. “MSVO Elf Out!”
"A Wonderfully Cool Wednesday Morning" Pondlandia
Wednesday August 5 2020
The morning temperatures for the past few days have been quite lovely…coolish (in the upper 60’s) and less humid. We are most grateful for that as we know in our bones that the heat will come later in the day. And, if the truth be told, we’d like to see some rain!! However, we will celebrate yet another day with Huey, Dewey, and who we will now call our Mystery Mallard…esconced on the South Bank, just being ducks. On DuckFeather Pointe, we find Harry who is at his most ultimate stillness. We can appreciate his ability to be silent and still; seems like we could all use that during these hectic times. There was just the hint of a mist moving softly across the pond, offering us ‘stillness in motion’. Y’all have a most wonderful Wednesday; we look forward to talking with you again tomorrow!
"Tuesdays with Feathered Friends" Pondlandia
Tuesday August 4 2020
It seems as though August has gotten off to a cooler start than usual, but we think that is about to come to an abrupt end. Forecast temperatures over the next few days promise mid-90’s and we are also pretty sure that the humidity will also be high. If you look at the sky, you can see that it too is paler than usual and that’s a telltale sign of the water droplets (aka humidity) gathering to help fade out the usual brilliant blue. That does NOT deter our buddies, though, as they proceed through their daily routine of cleaning their feathers, finding something to eat, resting, and flying around. Just as we have our FOUR daily intentions, they no doubt have some of their own. What do you think they could or would be? Have a spectacular Tuesday, y’all. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. MSVO “Elf Out”!
"First Monday, Bright Sunshine" Pondlandia
Monday August 3 2020
Welcome MONDAY Everybody!! We hope that you join us for this week’s adventures in Pondlandia. We also have some other projects to share soon. Today found Harry (the Great Blue Heron) again on the South Bank of the Pond. With such a bright sun and cloudless sky today, we think he might be enjoying the shade and probably finding it easier to spot a fish without the glare!! If you look close, you can see Huey and Dewey heading over to the North levee area—you can probably spot them through the Gazebo. We caught up with them on DuckFeather Pointe. And finally, the little lone Mallard hen (Ruby?) just chillin’ under the Pondlandian Tree of Souls and in the Pond over near the levee. We wish all a very good Monday and as always, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. ‘Elf Out!’
"Celebrating a Quiet Sunday" Pondlandia
Sunday August 2 2020
We found Harry in the standing in the Pond at a place he doesn’t usually haunt…the Southwest corner AND in another flip-flop, Huey and Dewey were paddling around out in the middle of the Pond along with a Mallard hen (could be Ruby). No clashes or duck wars though…thankfully! Patrick blew out from an unknown spot, as he is wont to do! We look forward to this day of rest and relaxation and rely on our Pondlandian connection to help keep us grounded in what is important and what we can let go. Basically, living in and celebrating each moment we have. Happy Sunday Y’all!!
"Welcoming a Cool August" Pondlandia
Saturday August 1 2020
We said yesterday that we would welcome August with open arms and a warm heart…well, we most certainly have a spectacular beginning to a month that is typically known for the heat and humidity that drains all of your energy. NOT TODAY, howsomever! It’s a lovely, breezy, cloudy and cool day that greets all Pondlandians this morning. We kinda snuck up on Harry this morning and didn’t see him right off the bat. Consequently, by the time we got our camera ready and began to film him, we scared him off. But, you can see how he has the whole pond at his wingtips as he heads out toward DuckFeather Pointe. And that’s exactly where we picked him back up along with Huey and Dewey and Patrick. We hope you have a good start to August as well and, remembering our daily intentions, to stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind. ‘MSVO Elf Out!”
"Goodbye July" Pondlandia
Friday July 31 2020
Well some days just seem exactly like the day before…today is no exception, well, unless you consider the paucity of ‘pond critters’. We had three ducks out today; Huey and Dewey plus a lone Mallard we almost did not see. Not Harry, not Patrick, not Opal/Casper, not strangers travelin’ through. We did have our nice breeze, lower humidity, and cloud cover that helped us start the day in relative comfort. And so it goes…as we bid goodbye to July, we anticipate August with some trepidation as it is usually our hottest and driest month. Yet, we welcome August with open arms and a kind heart. Have a most special Friday. MSVO Elf, “Elf out”!
"Breezy with Ripples" Pondlandia
Thursday July 30 2020
WHAT A WONDERFUL MORNIN’!! Cloudy with a nice southern breeze that makes the Pond ripple and the Spooky Spikey Woods sing with their leaves. We should really let the videos speak for themselves today as anything we should say would be superfluous. Only one thing, we must correct a misspoken date when we set our intentions…we said AUGUST instead of JULY!! Looks like our brain was thinking too far ahead..we did get it right when we were visiting with Huey and Dewey. Nevertheless, this lovely morning has caressed our heart and soul with a most excellent outlook today. We sure hope you have the same feeling! MSVO ‘Elf out’!
"Peace and Stealth" Pondlandia
Wednesday July 29 2020
Good Hump Day Morning to all the friends and fans of Pondlandia!! We had such a lovely visit this morning…it was overcast and delightfully cool!! Something we all appreciate in late July with hot August days and nights bearing down on us. But today, we have a reprieve and can linger at the Pond and on DuckFeather Pointe to see our buddies in action. We are not sure if this little Mallard hen is Ruby but she sure has settled in. And Huey is curious about her but not the typical bully; Dewey didn’t follow Huey out of the Pond and we are slightly concerned. The two of them are typically inseparable or at least only a short time. We will watch Huey carefully over the next few days to see if he continues to isolate more. We could not find Harry anywhere, or so we thought. We wandered on over to DuckFeather Pointe, watching for him in all his usual haunts. We were so involved in looking OUT for him, we almost walked up on him tucked along the north bank of DF Pointe, crouched at the ready to snag his breakfast. We did manage to interrupt his stealth, however, for which we apologize. He sashayed over to the tip of the Pointe and adjusted his outlook. He was none the worse for the disturbance. And so it goes, another day of Peace and Stealth in Pondlandia. As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind. “Elf out’!
"The Calm Before the Calm" Pondlandia
Tuesday July 28 2020
One of the qualities of Pondlandia is the invitation to relax and let a little bit of calmness drift over you. Today’s cloudy skies and coolish temperatures sure do surround us with that feeling of well-being…and in today’s world, that’s a blessing. We have no surprises today; Huey and Dewey greeted us with welcoming quacks while the little Mallard hens were a little less enthusiastic but present nevertheless. It took a second look around to eventually find Harry but he was there on the Pond. The Pond itself is clearing up as the mirror images reflect without a ripple in the water. And so, we begin this last Tuesday in July with a with soft anticipation of a day without turmoil and stress; only good stuffs. Have that same kind of day yourownself.
"The Last Monday in JULY!" Pondlandia
Monday July 27 2020
Well, yes it's the last Monday in July though I said AUGUST in the video!! What a stupidhead! Don't need to speed up time any more than it's already flying by!! And speaking of flying, we have only our ducks today at our rather late visit. Huey and Dewey as well as either two Mallard hens OR a hen and a juvenile drake. We did drop Marley The Wayward Poodle off at the vet to see if we can figure out what's going on with him. So, we missed our typical crew that's active much earlier in the day. This week will be one of intermittent rain and somewhat cooler temperatures. That's fine by us!! Y'all have a wonderful start to this last week of July! MSVO 'Elf Out!'
"More Rain, More 'Clearer'!" Pondlandia
Saturday July 25 2020
Well, it's a lovely Saturday morning for several reasons! YES! We got more rain last night, thanks to the outer bands of Tropical Storm Hannah! THEN, the Pond was very quiet this morning with almost everyone just really settled in for a morning nap (with TWO notable exceptions), AND FINALLY, we had a nice variety of feathered friends on hand...Huey and Dewey, of course; a sweet little Mallard hen, and Harry on DuckFeather Pointe. Then all of a sudden we see Patrick and Patricia (Green Herons) playing tag and flying all over the place. We are supposed to get additional rain for the next few days, so we are pretty sure the Pond will be much improved; and we will not be so brutally hot and humid. We could NOT be happier. So as we roll on through this weekend, we celebrate the rain and hope it washes COVID19 AWAY! I the meantime, stay safe, stay cool, and be kind. MSVO Elf saying 'Elf out'!
"What a Difference a Rain Makes!" Pondlandia
Friday July 24 2020
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!! WOW! We had a nice rain that REALLY helped the Pond last night, not to mention all of Pondlandia! And this morning, the skies are cloudy with a cool breeze just making life really sweet. The 'fur kids' are home, 'Big Solid' is volunteering at a local food pantry, and MSVO Elf is solo today. We probably babble on too long but it was such a nice morning. Huey and Dewey were also quite talkative; Harry was scoping out both the South Bank and DuckFeather Pointe, AND we even got a quick glimpse of Patrick (the Green Heron) as he perched on the drain pipe before taking off. And, though we missed the comet NEOWISE, we have decided to BE the comet when it returns in 6800 years!! Remember our intentions as we set our sights on the day and stay cool, calm, and collected in the face of all this stress. Y'all have a most wonderful Friday. If it stays cool and nice most of the day, we may even have an evening video! MSVO Elf saying 'Elf out'!
"Four Ducks and a Heron" Pondlandia
Thursday July 23 2020
GOOD THURSDAY Morning!! We have a little complement of feathered friends this morning. Huey and Dewey along with two Mallard hens grace and graze on the South Bank as Harry the Great Blue Heron is perched on the drain pipe waiting for some breakfast. It's a very warm and muggy morning as we slowly but surely approach the weekend. And, YES, the Pond still looks pretty sad with all the overgrowth of nitrogen fed 'stuffs'. We understand that not only do we need some rain to provide a new supply of oxygen but an aerator would also be helpful to continue the movement and re-oxygenation of the water. So keep your fingers crossed that both of those events occur!! In the meantime, we wish you a good Thursday and say as always, be safe, be well, and be kind. 'MSVO Elf' saying, until tomorrow, 'Elf Out!'
"New Ducks, Old Ducks" Pondlandia
Wedneday July 22 2020
Good Wednesday morning Y'all!! Hump Day it is and we do have some new ducks to visit this day. They appear to be Mallard hens but if anyone out there knows better, please let us hear from you. And, we have a Pond update as well, even though the pond is still looking pretty 'wore out', we did find out that the cloudiness and floating islands of 'stuffs' are related to a cyclical response to the intense heat as well as the efforts to control a bad week via poisoning. The result has been an increase in the nitrogen level that in turn invites the growth of these islands. These will eventually dissipate and the Pond will be ever so much prettier. In the meantime, we all endure this because we know the end result will be worth it. Huey and Dewey dont' seem the least bit worried nor does Harry. So, we'll rock along with them and look on the Bright Side!! Y'all have a most wonderful day; we'll see/talk to you tomorrow. The is the MSVO Elf saying "Elf out!"
"ONE YEAR AGO" Pondlandia
Sunday July 21 2019 as Tuesday July 21 2020
We are bringing you this video from one year ago, July 21 2019. It was a Sunday BECAUSE the Pond was SO nasty looking (and smelling) we just couldn't post it. We are hopeful that it's a cyclical event but as you can see, a year ago, the Pond was a lot clearer. SO! You'll notice a couple of things; first, a year ago, we only had THREE intentions that we set, whereas now there are FOUR. And, in the last part of the video (which includes a brief glimpse of Ed the Chihuahua) there were 3 domestic ducks instead of our current two (Huey and Dewey). The Chinese Crested duck was named Louise and she crossed that Duck Rainbow Bridge just before Thanksgiving in November 2019. She was quite the character and we still miss her. Keep your fingers crossed that the Pond will clear up a bit so we can get back to our current time. If not, then we'll trip down Memory Lane again tomorrow. MSVO Elf saying 'Elf Out!'
"Monday Already" Pondlandia
Monday July 20 2020
My goodness here we are at Monday, July 20th!! We took a bit of a different view today for a couple of reasons...one, it's just nice to see things from another angle or viewpoint. That goes for more than just a video, don't you think? AND, the second and more compelling reason is that the Pond is taking on that 'summer sluggishness' where the long hours of heat help all sorts of growths occur that may eventually be helpful to the overall Pondliness BUT sure don't look very pretty. So we found Patrick over in East Pondlandia and decided to walk the levee from East to West. Along the way, we spotted Harry at the tip end of DuckFeather Pointe cleaning his feathers and Huey and Dewey taking advantage of the shade to just paddle around slowly. Such is a morning in mid-July--slow and lazy with the promise of a really hot afternoon. Y'all stay safe, healthy and kind until we meet tomorrow. MS Very Own Elf saying 'Elf Out!'
"Sunday All Around" Pondlandia
Sunday July 19 2020
The Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia really REALLY called to us today; it was so hot even around 7:30 this morning we just felt like setting up a chair and sitting in these glorious woods all day. BUT, then we'd miss our other friends...namely Harry the Great Blue Heron who continues to make DuckFeather Pointe his launching pad for breakfast and a great view of the Pond. Finally, we could not help but show you more of our 'Turtle Tree' aka Oak-Heart the Elder as we wound down our daily Pondlandian visit.
"Sweet Rainy Night" Pondlandia
Saturday July 18 2020
Well, we had such a nice refreshing rain last night; the earth was so thirsty and today is so grateful. The Pond is still a bit on the sluggish side, but as it absorbs the summer heat, all sorts of things grow up and out. That, however, doesn't stop our friends from making their way around, over, and across Pondlandia. Most are in search of food, some (as in Huey and Dewey) want to be territorial, and others, like the two little Mallard hens, just want to paddle around and stay cool. Harry, always like a statue, was in hopes of finding some breakfast as was Patrick, who may be really hard to see. He's a smaller heron and is well camouflaged. We hope you enjoy today's visit to Pondlandia and will return tomorrow to see what new has evolved over the day and night. Have a most glorious day and always remember to be kind.
"Sunny Day, Cloudy Pond" Pondlandia
Friday July 17 2020
Good Morning Everybody!! Welcome to Friday in Pondlandia. As you can see, the pond looks like it was 'rode hard and put up wet!'--an old Southern expression for tired and worn out. But, this too shall pass and soon some soothing and refreshing rains will clear all that out. BUT!! We do have Harry the Great Blue Heron, Huey and Dewey, and little lonesome Ruby on hand to greet the day. No matter what, make this a great day for yourself and those you know...be safe and be kind. See you tomorrow!
"Cloudy and Slow" Pondlandia
Thursday July 16 2020
Today, July 16th, we find activity in Pondlandia a bit on the slow side BUT Huey and Dewey seem to be bound and determined to chase Ruby (the little Mallard hen) around the pond. Out on DuckFeather Pointe, you'll notice it's a bit cloudy and somewhat cooler than it's been these past few days. We are MOST grateful for that. And FINALLY, we introduce many of you to 'The Turtle Tree' (big old tree whose trunk looks like a turtle). He even 'talks'. He's been around for a long time and knows how to survive just about anything, so he's giving us a little pep talk. We hope you enjoy our Chronicles of Pondlandia as much as we enjoy bringing them to you!!
"Hot Doesn't Even Begin..." Pondlandia
Wednesday July 15 2020
It's Wednesday everybody!! What a glorious day but a HOT ONE!! Not much action this morning but we do find Huey and Dewey paddling around. No Harry to be seen BUT we did find Ruby (the little Mallard Hen) all alone on DuckFeather Pointe. If you look closely, you can see the ripples on the water which shows a slight breeze, which feels wonderful. So, another day in Pondlandia!! We hope you have a day filled with smiles and an opportunity to be kind. See you tomorrow!!
"Launching on You Tube" Pondlandia
Monday July 13 2020
NOW WE'VE GONE AND DONE IT!!I We've started a You Tube channel for The Chronicles of Pondlandia!! We invited everyone to join it and never miss a thrilling minute of life in the slow lane. SEE!!
"Duck Doldrums" Pondlandia
Saturday July 11 2020
As we work on establishing our Pondlandia You Tube channel, we will endeavor to keep everyone up to date with our friends and ensuing shenanigans. That being said, trust Your Elf when she says that the heat and added humidity will slow down the shenanigan actions quite a bit. For example, this morning, Huey and Dewey could, as it appeared, have cared less at Ruby's proximity to them. All they seemed to be interested in was cleaning their feathers and maybe a nap following.
Harry located off DuckFeather Pointe today and decided fishing would be best from the levee.
But NOTHING was more representative of this time of the year than Golden Pond ITSELF! It was the poster child or gold standard for SLUGGISH and thick and slow and tired. And this was at 7 in the morning!!
And so it goes...we will continue to stress the call to be kind, to help each other out, to provide a smile when you might not want to, and to heed the needs of your neighbors. In other words, as one of our intentions states, 'DO EPIC"!
"What's a Ruby to Do?"" Pondlandia
Friday July 10 2020
Apologies are in order for NOT posting for a couple of days. We are trying to get a handle on how to navigate our Elfspeaks website and maximize it's access. Turns out, we'll be locating a lot of our videos onto a YouTube channel to cut down on the sluggishness of posting directly to The Chronicles page on Elfspeaks. We'll continue to post on here as we grapple with understanding how to do what we just said!
In the meantime, rest comfortably in the fact that 'you ain't missed a THANG' as life in Pondlandia slows down and creeps along during these summer months. Today's heat index will approach 115º which is dangerous. This morning at 6: 30, when we made this video, the temperature was already 77º BUT the humidity was 96%. Y'all, that's just wrong. As we write this now at 12:15, the air temp is 87º with humidity at 77% bringing the heat index (or feel) at 105º.
Huey and Dewey were being really nasty to Ruby this morning; their feelin's must be hurt from her hanging out with Daffy. And, the still shot is a reminder that sometimes, even the smallest of things are beautiful...this toadstool no doubt offering shelter and shade to some tiny elves or roly polys.
Take care and stay cool, healthy and home!
"Peaceful, Easy" Pondlandia
Monday July 6 2020
We welcome the first FULL week of July with this Monday. Once again, we were greeted by our pals gathered on the South Bank. There is such a peaceful vibe here this morning with no fussin, feudin' and fightin'. Everyone was quite into doing their own thing, be it sleeping, foraging, or fishing.
We hope this week brings some relief to this time of upset and anxiety...to the extent we can be a little less unsettled. The attempts to complete the intentions always makes a difference in how you feel. When one does something nice or kind for someone else, it just naturally makes some tension flow away.
Y'all have a really good Monday!
“The Calm AFTER the Storms”
Sunday July 5 2020
We have survived the fireworks of the Fourth both the man-made and Mother Earth made. This morning's walk was in a very pleasant coolness we don't often get this time of year; the heavy rains and thunder from yesterday's storms provided a much appreciated buffer for the firecrackers. Unfortunately, for many veterans and animals, the sounds are terrifying.
The duck family has gathered on the South Bank now for the past week and today was no exception: Huey and Dewey were sound asleep with the heads tucked under their wings while about 5 Mallards were pecking along the ground for something tasty. Harry the Great Blue once again posted himself on the tip of DuckFeather Pointe. No Patrick or Opal/Casper noticed though no doubt somewhere close by. Have a most spectacular Sunday from all of us here in Pondlandia.
Yes Indeedy!! It's Party Time for America, the Good Ole US of A! The land we call home. This most likely will be a little more of a subdued party because of all the COVID19 issues. And though we have been through the proverbial wringer thee past few months, we KNOW in our little Elfin heart that there will be a turning point to this turmoil, borne of kindness, patience, endurance, and belief in the our future.
So, take a look at our little Pondlandia today; do these inhabitants look worried? They may be but they don't let get to them. So let's us try to enjoy this holiday without the pervasive stress and celebrate who we are!
Our "Little Rememberin' Tree" stands tall and proud to be a reminder of all the great things we have to be grateful for and to celebrate. He stands sentinel at the threshold of Pondlandia and we are ever so glad to see him every day!!
“HAPPY 244th BIRTHDAY 'MERICA!!!”
Saturday July 4 2020
“The Calm Before the Storm”
Friday July 2 2020
Yep, this is a Holiday weekend, so lots of activity will occur in the Pondlandian neighborhood; cookouts, gatherings, and fireworks. We are not big fireworks fans as it scares the fur kids to death and doesn’t do our feathered friends much good either. Pretty sure ducks don’t like anything that sounds Iike a gun! That being said, we had a nice gathering on the South Bank today—Huey and Dewey with no Ruby in tow; Ruby, Daffy, and The Bachelor; and, of course, Harry.
We here in Pondlandia wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy and COVID free weekend.
Thursday July 2 2020
On a deceptively cool-ish morning, we watched an interesting situation unfold in the ongoing saga of Huey/Dewey/Ruby and Daffy. You can watch in the first video how H/D went after Daffy as he glided toward the South Bank. You can see by their ‘attitude’ (necks out, paddlin’ hard) they meant ‘bidness’ about ridding themselves of Daffy’s presence. You can see how Daffy slowly but surely turns his way back toward to South Bank; Huey and Dewey follow and then decide to grab some yummy eats along the bank, burying their heads underwater, paying no attention to Ruby up on the bank.
Welp—watch what happens next. We had stopped filming but when we noticed that Daffy had eased over to Ruby, we began the film again. You know, we believe in that animals are sentient beings and be hornswoggled if we don’t think this was a result of problem-solving behavior. When we finally left, Ruby and Daffy were grazing away by themselves ad H/D were still chowing down at the South Bank. We’ll see if this Duckly Subterfuge is sustained all day.
"A Refresher on Intentions"
Wednesday July 1 2020
It occurred to us the other day that several of our newer viewers may not be familiar with the four ‘intentions’ that we set daily. As we move to the ever increasing heat and humidity of the next few months, our current levels of anxiety, discomfort, and tension will be further challenged. We have choices to make on a daily basis that impact the people and world around us, so making good decisions about how to make and manage our actions is often a struggle.
As we walked an abbreviated Pondlandia route today due to some rain, we felt the presence of Pondlandia constance...things we can count on every day and that offer us a sense of stability. Huey and Dewey (though we know their days are numbered as are all our days); the great trees of Pondlandia (Toto the ‘African Tree’, the Pondlandian Tree of Souls, and our Spookey Spikey Woods); the Pond itself, the resident shore birds (Harry and OC) and the anticipation of seasonal fowl that come and go.
Every day, we pause at some point (or Pointe) along the way to ‘set our intentions to help us keep moving toward the positive. They are as follows:
To Love Somebody Forward — this simply means to take the high road when someone is unkind, argumentative, mean-spirited or otherwise inviting negative actions. The most frequent illustration is ‘a soft answer turns away wrath’. This in no way means to ‘wimp out’ but to respond in a manner that invites your antagonist to step back from that ledge of anger. It’s an answer that de-escalates the emotional build up and opens the door to more positive communication. And, it’s ain’t easy.
To Perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) — this one is self-explanatory; often hard to do. But, man oh man, does it make a difference.
To Pay a Compliment to a Stranger — same as above AND you don’t have to fall all over yourself to pour on the sweetness. It could be something a easy as ‘cool shoes’, ‘nice smile’, or ‘you work really hard’. Nothing too personal or over-board-ish.
To ‘Do Epic’ — my ABSOLUTE favorite. It means to actively strive for your best effort at every thing you do. In other words, don’t waste your time with negative actions when the universe can offer so much more. This phrase comes from one of my favorite all time books, “Bright Side” by Kim Holden. You’ll just have to read it...truth be told, Big Solid loved it as well.
So there you have it, our intentions and what they offer or make up your very own!
Enjoy our great feathered friends too!!
"Pep Talk from Oak-Heart the Elder" Pondlandia
Monday June 29 2020
We were so thankful this morning for some cloud cover; it made our morning walk bearable, for sure. It also seemed like every time we’d get within filming distance of OC (Opal/Casper the Great White Egret), s/he would fly off. AND, of all birds, Harry stayed in the middle of the levee where we really couldn’t see him well. Our trusted love triangle was on hand, however, as was another pair of Mallards.
We don’t know about y’all but we’re getting pretty weary of this ongoing virus situation. There are only so many Netflix/Amazon Prime series we can tolerate, especially since we are approaching the time of year when bein’ under an air conditioned roof is not only a wish but a necessity.
As we were walking home, we passed our friend, OakHeart the Elder (previously known as The Turtle Tree). Since he is so very connected to this area, with his massive trunk and equally deep roots, he offered us some Heart-felt support. Hope you’ll give him a listen.
Hang in there...from all of Pondlandia!
"Goodbye Dust! Hello Heat!" Pondlandia
Sunday June 28 2020
And so we have this Sunday, our last Sunday of June…coolish this morning, heating up quickly. We had Mallards on hand that took off quickly; leaving Huey, Ruby, and Dewey in their ‘take off’ spray. Even Harry did not wish to stick around this morning as we tried to creep upn a bit closer. Sometimes, you gotta just let things be. We will do just that…Be Well, Be Mindful, Be Kind.
I wonder how the water birds/fowl deal with the heat and humidity; but wait, that’s kinda easy. All they have to do is jump into the Pond, swallow a bit of cool pond water (ugh), immerse their heads and bodies with a few quick dunks, and all is right with the world. For the shore birds, there is such shade under the many cypress and other trees, finding cover from the sun is not an issue. As for us, well, that’s a whole ‘nuther story. It’s like being dressed in clothing you took straight from the washing machine and slapped it on your body. You will never dry out even though the sun is blazing. The distressing part of this, for many of us, we are on the very, very front end of this…we won’t see relief until late October. I remember as a kid when there was no air conditioning, the heat didn’t seem so awful. And the sound of an attic fan pulling the nighttime air through the house was like taking a trip on the African Queen with Humphrey Bogart.
"Clouds, Dust, and Wet Air" Pondlandia
Saturday June 27 2020
The temperature this morning at 6 a.m. was 75º and I think the humidity was pretty close to that, if not more. Walking out a door outfitted with condensation, a cup of dark roast coffee in hand,we were immediately engulfed by a giant water balloon. The garden loved it and happily presented its bounty of okra, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and assorted peppers with a “See what I did during the night!” and “Pick Me, Pick Me!” After ridding some okra blossoms of a gaggle of ants with some botanical spray that they don’t care for, we came back in to ready the fur kids and Big Solid for the morning trip to Pondlandia.
We encountered Patrick the Green Heron right off the bat as we walked towards the Spookey Spikey Woods; he was perched on a lurching pallet, once a nice roosting place for the ducks. He did not linger but we did get some film of him. He’s a flighty bird…pun intended.
Huey and Dewey were grooming themselves with such fervor, we wondered what they were getting all gussied up for…the weekend? Ruby’s return? With no Harry insight, we did not intend to go out on DuckFeather Pointe BUT we finally spotted him on the North Bank of DFP. His mastery of stillness the envy of those who must be busy.
Have a most pleasant, safe, healthy, and kind weekend.
"Unseasonably Wonderful" Pondlandia
Friday June 26 2020
Ho-hum…and so it goes yet again today. Huey, Ruby, and Dewey seem to be a fixture. There was another Mallard pair today, so we are always happy for a few more quacks.
And Harry was in his spot. It's almost a sacred place to watch him and to set our daily intentions for the practice of mindfulness
I guess the weather today takes center stage for it’s sheer comfortableness. This is the time of year when the heat and humidity crank up the intensity and make us wish for fall already. We had a downpour yesterday afternoon and some rain during the night as well. There has been continuing cloud cover most of the morning which certainly does help keep the heat at bay.
I’m seriously considering adding some additional material to our Chronicles or at least posting to another Elfspeaks page and just sharing its link. Actually there are several Elfspeaks bloggeries that cover a multitude of subjects —and as the duck doldrums set in, I’ll try to crank up the additional Elfery fun and entertainment. And, if there are ideas you may like to suggest we cover (no politics AT ALL), we would love to see them. We’ll commence this elf-fort beginning July 1…next Wednesday
Of course, when there are epic happenings in Pondlandia, they will be covered, promoted, and enjoyed!!
Thursday June 25 2020
There was a calmness and stillness over Pondlandia this morning; perhaps the Universe is telling us to slow down, breathe deeply, and take stock of our blessings. These past few weeks have been filled with so much turmoil, uncertainty, and anxiety, it's been hard to focus on how to move forward with lighter hearts and minds. Today's visit to Pondlandia served to show us that there is a pocket of beauty and solace, no matter where you are. Search it out and celebrate it OR keep us handy for quick refreshment. As my friend, Dick Ford, used to say, "Be of good cheer." Our friends on hand today, Huey, Dewey, Ruby, Daffy, and Harry, share their lives with us through thick and thin. Nothing spectacular today; just plain ole livin'.
"Spooky Spikey Woods and Waterfowl" Pondlandia
Wednesday June 24 2020
Hump Day in Pondlandia started with a reminder of just how awesome the North Pondlandia Spookey Spikey Woods are and how they seem to reflect our state of mind these past few months. See!
When we first noticed H&D, we did not see Ruby; she was almost buried between the two of them. We did have more than our usual complement of Mallards this morning, so maybe they are massing an intervention. And, finally, we missed Harry this morning but it was OUR lack of seeing him on the side of DuckFeather Pointe instead of his usual spot. Our bad...I'm sure he would have had some cool pictures from a different locale. We'll keep our Heron Eyes open tomorrow!!
"Ruby's Back and Guess Who's Got Her" Pondlandia
Tuesday June 23 2020
We were quite surprised this morning by sunny skies, a cool southern breeze when The Weather Channel's forecast for us was 100% rain almost all morning. Big Solid was likewise thrilled because his Tuesday Golf Game was ON!! AND, to top it all off, as we approached the pond's South Bank we were absolutely delighted to see a Mallard drake perched on the bank. THEN, we spotted Huey and Dewey a few years away with none other than RUBY in their midst!! We figured Ruby and Daffy went of a small vacation to Disney World to see Donald...I mean, isn't that every duck's dream!
We wandered on over to DuckFeather Pointe to check in with Harry. He has made this place is perch for the past few days. As we were setting our intentions, Huey and Dewey BOTH went after Daffy with a vengeance but we were a bit too far away to capture it well on film. Just take our word for it, it's wasn't pretty.
"Fisher-Heron Harry'" Pondlandia
Monday June 22 2020
Goodness, what a lovely morning here in Pondlandia. We had some great rain last night complete with lightning and thunder (but not bad stuff). It cleared the pond up a bit, cooled the temps down a bit, and heightened our mood a bit, as well. We appear to be totally bereft of ducks other than Huey and Dewey. No Ruby, no Daffy, no Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego, no The Bachelor. You get the picture. So H&D seem to be content with the current status of ducklessness; we wonder if they miss the excitement of chasing 'intruders' away, if they miss Ruby, or if they would like to see some more 'accidental tourists' like the Whistling Ducks pass through. Methinks we'll never know.
Harry, on the other hand, enjoys his solitude at the end of DuckFeather Pointe AND today we were privy to watch him stalk and snatch a tiny little fish clean from the pond. Probably not gonna get Harry to become a vegan. And so it goes...
"Hooray for Dads" Pondlandia
Sunday June 21 2020
Greetings and Happy Father's Day from the banks of Pondlandia!! Today's shenanigans were almost non-existent BECAUSE there were no other ducks on the pond but H&D!! Huey found himself going after a squirrel but that really didn't meet his expectations. We did have Opal/Casper, the Great White Egret, on hand for a bit but other than that, Q.U.I.E.T. was the word. Even Harry was absent from his DuckFeather Pointe Perch though he did surprise us by a flyby which we missed filming. We hope everyone has a Father's Day that is meaningful, happy and full of great memories.
"Double Down" Pondlandia
Friday June 19 2020
Saturday June 20 2020
Well, this will teach me to get behind!! Goodness...let's catch up from Friday. You can clearly see how possessive Huey and Dewey are with Ruby, so we KNOW it's not just any Mallard female...it has to be Ruby!! It's interesting how H&D assume the warning 'neck' when approaching a duck they want to dismiss. I guess it's like a horse laying back his ears...'Danger Danger Will Robinson!' Harry's position, once assumed, rarely changes. Works for him to better catch breakfast. And finally, if anyone knows what those growths in the pond that look like lungs are, please let us know. Actually, they look like a cross between lungs and a cantaloupe!
Today found lots of action! Initially, it appeared to be a rather dull morning BUT that quickly turned to a busy one. Between the Mallard/H&D goin's on and then seeing Opal/Casper drop out of the sky, our little camera was busy. So just sit back and enjoy!!
"Cluster Duck" Pondlandia
Thursday June 18 2020
You know, one can never underestimate the mind of a duck....just when you think you've got 'em pegged, they offer a whole new set of actions. For instance, we were quite taken aback when Huey and Dewey recently re-asserted themselves between Ruby and Daffy after months of, well, not. Yesterday, there was no Ruby to be found, so we thought the Ménage á Duck was but a passing fancy. NOT SO. This morning, Ruby was being 'kept' and a Ménage á Duck wannbe chased away without a second glance.
Such is life in Pondlandia. To quote the late, great John Prine, 'One day you up, the other your' down'. Even DuckFeather Pointe was bereft of fowl life this morning, so Marley The Wayward Poodle and I had it all to ourselves. Enjoy our daily adventures and feel free to share with anyone you think would likewise enjoy.
"Pleasantly Placid (mostly)" Pondlandia
Wednesday June 17 2020
The Pond looks pretty nasty this morning! Just look at the debris that shows up on Huey's breast as he exits through the scum!! It's that time of year where the warmth of the water invites the growth of icky stuffs. It certainly does not deter them from heading for the corn. But what DOES deter them is the Mallard that flew over to the South Bank from DuckFeather Pointe. They would have NONE of it; also conspicuous by her absence is Ruby. We'll see what the afternoon brings.
And, finally, Harry's reign over DuckFeather Pointe continues. It obviously meets his requirements for strategic fishing, a panoramic view, and peacefulness. We MUST recommend a movie to you we watched last night Thanks to my Movie Mate, Terry Woosley! The title is 'This Beautiful Fantastic'.
"A Very Pleasant Surprise!" Pondlandia
Tuesday June 16 2020
What a lovely surprise this morning! A little bitty dry cool front drifted through last night and left us with a delightful morning.
Duck action on the pond has not changed--Huey and Dewey are still surrounding Ruby and she seems to be either enjoying the love or resigned to the isolation. Sooner or later, this situation will resolve and she will become 'just another duck in the Pond'. Daffy will no doubt be thrilled and their lives will begin again.
Harry was being his regal, statuesque self but the real star of the 'show' this morn was the mist. It just seems to have a life of its own; I completely understand the famous Sandburg poem 'Fog'; he's absolutely right.
"Thankful for Mornings" Pondlandia
Monday June 15 2020
Well, this morning's temps were tolerable; the increased humidity is not welcomed, that's for sure. On our first glimpse of the Pond this morning, there were about 6 geese (a double batch of Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego), a couple of mallards, and Huey and Dewey. By the time we made it to North Pondlandia, Huey, Dewey, and Ruby were over at the levee. Yep, the love trio was still active. Poor Daffy was relegated to loving from afar.
Harry maintained his Duckfeather Pointe perch and all seemed right with the world. We set our intentions and made the commitment to honor them.
"Just a 'Tetch' More Humidity" Pondlandia
Sunday June 14 2020
Well, it's still a mite cool but one can feel the increased moisture in the air. We heard from a good friend in Texas yesterday sayin' "Get Ready"; the heat and humidity is on the way.
Life in Pondlandia remains unchanged. Huey and Dewey are still 'in love' with Ruby and are keeping her isolated. The other Mallards were eventually chased off.
Harry was locked onto the end of DuckFeather Pointe while Patrick decided to hunt from the Pond Wall.
Local gardens are exploding with produce; ours is no exception. The next few weeks will bring us a bounty (we hope) of tomatoes, shoshitos, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, okra, spaghetti squash, and maybe even a cantaloupe or two.
So, kick back and enjoy as we plunge headlong into the last half of June.
'Goin' for THREE' Pondlandia
Saturday June 13 2020
Well, take a look at the picture from Alexa this morning. That temperature!!
So we most certainly gathered 'the boys' up for their morning stroll in our Pondlandian digs.
There seems to be a repeat performance of an earlier 'love quadrangle' between Huey, Dewey, Ruby, and Daffy; Daffy being the odd duck out. A few months back, it seems that Huey and Dewey wished to engage in ménage á Mallard with Ruby. They kept her isolated from Daffy for at least a month and would intervene when Ruby tried to get to Daffy or vice versa.
Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego were on hand to look regal, Patrick the Green Heron was so perfectly camouflaged, we could barely see him, and Harry was far across the pond on the levee...also hard to see. Nonetheless, we always enjoy our daily visits (aren't you glad we don't post our afternoon walks!)
'What Is So Rare as a Second Perfect Day in June'?' Pondlandia
Friday June 11 2020
When we walked outside around 6:20 for our morning constitutional with Marley The Wayward Poodle and 'Mikey' Tyson the Chihuahua/Werewolf combo, it was 61º and there was not a cloud in the sky. HOW CAN THIS BE? Best we not question and just relish the cool, dry air for as long as it is willing to stick around.
Apparently, the inhabitants of Pondlandia were also lulled into a sense of relaxation and tranquility, as there were no duck shenanigans or overt displays of ill-will. There was one moment or two that gave us appuse but even that turned out to be a false alarm.
Ruby, Daffy and The Mallard Bachelor (who flew away early); Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego quietly munched on some tender grass; Huey and Dewey were relaxing close by, though Huey did crowd Ruby's space a bit but did not try to intimidate; Harry carried on as his statuesque self at the very tip-end of DuckFeather Pointe. It was indeed a Peaceable Kingdom.
So, it's a portend of a great weekend where kindness, thoughtfulness, and The Golden Rule, well...Rules.
'Perfect Day' Pondlandia
Thursday June 11 2020
You absolutely could NOT ask for a more lovely morning. It is cool (low 60's) and it is crystal clear. It appears that Cristobal paved the way for some gorgeous weather. We KNOW this will not last...this IS Mississippi and the heavy humid air coupled with the 90's is right around the corner. The pleasantness of the morning, however, seemed to be limited to the weather as Huey and Dewey (mostly Huey) were being such 'duckheads' and bullies to Ruby and Daffy...especially to Ruby. Harry got disgusted and flew over to Duckfeather Pointe to get away from the noise and aggression; Patrick wants no part of anybody, except a fish; and the three geese (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) flew in late and missed all the shenanigans.
Yet, the sight of the mist moving across the pond soothes even the most turbulent of emotions and lets a little peace filter into the soul. Have a most excellent day.
'Hump Day' Pondlandia
Wednesday June 10 2020
Welcome to Wednesday...'Hump Day' in Pondlandia doesn't really stand for anything other than 'just another day in Paradise'. Days of the week and keeping track of time doesn't matter to our inhabitants, both animal and plant. You gotta love that the beings here just rock along doin' their own thing...and sometimes being bullies. Today we had a nice variety of 'friends'...not many of them but a nice selection! We haven't seen Opal/Casper, the Great White Egret, in a while; Harry the Great Blue had DuckFeather Pointe (yep, we embellished the spelling to give it the proper designation), and of course, Huey and Dewey. It was a much cooler morning than yesterday...we'll take all the cool we can get at this time of the year. Y'all have a day filled with smiles, health, and kindess.
Tuesday June 9 2020
Well, yes, we missed a day here on Monday but did manage to post to our FB page late last night.
Just as we figured, our Pondlandian friends weathered Cristobal just fine; it got blowy and rainy but nothing so severe as to wreak havoc or cause a substantial amount of damage.
Patrick, seen at the last minute, Huey and Dewey, and three geese were our companions this morning.
BUT!! We discovered that DuckFeather Point has a Sentinel!! Indeed, it does...from the depths of the Point, he's there. We think he's quite amazing! See for yourownself!! He looks like he's winking at us, letting us know all is well.
'Waiting for Cristobal' Pondlandia
Sunday June 7 2020
Our friends were scattered about this morning, hence the multiple videos. Two Bachelor Mallard drakes were snoozing quite nicely on the south bank but our presence eventually woke them up. Don't know where the ladies are.
Dewey gave us a real scare by secreting himself in the clump of bushes on the west bank...we could see Huey easily but NO DEWEY. Then Big Solid spied his little beak poking out and he was located. We are still worried that he may be ill because he has never hidden like that before. We speculated that he may be sensing the approaching weather and decided to take shelter early.
Harry fixed himself on the end of DuckFeather Point, alternately preening and checking out the food supply.
And finally, though not in actual Pondlandia but in our backyard garden, we are finally getting the bee population back up after a toxic spray by our pest control folks....that will NOT happen again.. Note this pollen heavy bee we picked up in slow motion. The flower he was enjoying was a spaghetti squash blossom.
'You'd Never Know We Had a Storm' Pondlandia
Saturday June 6 2020
From all appearances this morning, you'd never know we had a terrific storm last night. We'd barely made it home from Kebab & Curry when it hit; the wild wind blew down a couple of trees ACROSS tne only way in/out of Pondlandia!! Thanks to quick response from the Madison Police, Madison Fire and Entergy MS, they had the road cleared and power restored in about 2 hours!! Plus, there were live wires so the neighborhood helpers could not just jump in a start up a chain saw. We posted a couple of pictures we took this morning. Just so you know, our "little Rememberin' Tree" was unscathed and standing Sentinel on this D-Day; reminding us yet again of the sacrifice of many;
But, if you take a look at our stalwart feathered friends, you'd think it was just a 'nuther mornin'. Huey and Dewey, Patrick, The Bachelor Mallard were out and about in the misty pond.
'The Prayerof St. Francis' Pondlandia
Friday June 5 2020
Day Whatever -- We've Quit Counting
Today, as the world around us continues to turn in turbulence, in peace-making, in emotions, and in reconciliation, we here in Pondlandia celebrate this little oasis where we can enjoy the antics of those beings who do not watch TV and be pensive, grateful, and tranquil. Today, we jut let the pictures and video speak for themselves. "Make me an instrument of your peace...".
'A Momentary Lapse in Time' Pondlandia
Thursday June 4 2020
Day Whatever -- We've Quit Counting
We have been SO remiss lately but will try to catch up some today. Too many irons in the fire and by the time we'd get ready to post, the day would be gone. In the long run and greater scheme of things, though...nothing has changed and Pondlandia thrives. We are all watching with great interest and wariness the path of Cristobal. Today was relatively slow; Daffy and Ruby were on the south bank; Huey and Dewey on the Pond wall on the north levee; and Sam and Dave (the Green Herons) were racing around the pond again playing tag. We missed getting them on film but they'll most likely play again. We may take a small detour later to share some pictures of our garden!! It's been such fun! Stay tuned!!
'Bustin' Out All Over' Pondlandia
Monday June 1 2020
Day 26 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer?"
HAPPY JUNE !!! Let's hope that June will bring us better times all over...from North to South/East to West. Let us be healthy and well again. Very very quiet today...a bunch of squirrels, some Mallards, and our ever-present Huey and Dewey. We could do with some softness for a while.
'Goodbye May and Welcone June' Pondlandia
Sunday May 31 2020
Day 25 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
What a perfect morning on to say farewell to this month of May. It is clear, it is cool, it is dry, and it is peaceful. We would like to think that this is a portend for the month of June and the COVID-19 crisis will end. In the meantime, we continue to celebrate the life and time of Pondlandia and the wonderful wild lives that keep us grounded, including the enduring and powerful trees that populate this area. We are so thankful for the developers who held these trees dear and kept them. We see so many housing developments where that does not occur.
Today we had Patrick, the little Green Heron; some Mallard drakes just lazily paddling across the pond, Huey and Dewey sunning within striking distance of the corn, and finally, our Harry, the Great Blue...preening with a watchful eye to potential breakfast fish. Quite lovely. Not only is tomorrow the first day of June, it is also First Monday. You'll see that later project later on!
'Tag! You're It' Pondlandia
Saturday May 30 2020
Day 24 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, what an interesting morning we've had! We've added a new 'find' to our list of 'friends' to keep track of...a lovely robin (Rosie) who is patiently sitting on her nest. Our neighbors, the Grissoms, pointed her out to us the other day...so we are keeping a 'hatch' watch.
Then, we saw Harry perched on a not-so-elegant drain pipe, figuring he really could care less about elegance, bein' elegant no matter where he lands. A sprinkling of Mallards were also on hand. HOWSOMEVER!! The energy of Pondlandia was more than adequately showcased this morning by the antics of a pair of Green Herons...who were NOT Patrick and Patricia. Sam and Dave put on a display of 'aeriality' with their 'tag'. Reminded us of an old movie about airplane racing...I think it was 'The Tarnished Angels' with the sub-title Pylon. 1957!! I remember seeing it with my folks at the Drive-in (that handsome Rock Hudson was in it). But I digress. They were indeed enjoying themselves immensely.
And FINALLY!! Yes, the turtle trap is still on shore and empty. We are so encouraged and feel assured that the continued use of the Turtle trap will be regularly monitored to make sure trapped turtles are re-located in a timely and humane manner.
'Doe, a Deer or Three' Pondlandia
Friday May 29 2020
Day 23 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we have a regular potpourri of life in Pondlandia today!! First, we spotted a lovely doe at the entrance to the Spookey Spikey Woods early this morning. What a Treat!! We've not been privy to seeing many deer lately, most likely to all the construction that is destroying their world. So we were more thrilled to see her, knowing that where there is one, there are usually more! And sure enough!! We weren't quick enough on the video trigger to catch a film of them but more than happy to capture a picture.
DuckFeather Point brought us the beautiful slow swirl of mists AND yet another spectacular image of the cypress 'featherleaf diamonds'.
As we turned toward home, we encountered this magnificent snail. Just look at him! He's huge, as domestic snails go and we had to move him out of harm's way smack dab in the middle of a busy road.
And FINALLY!! Yes! The turtle trap is out of the water and we understand the turtles are free, hopefully in a new home.
Thursday May 28 2020
Day 22 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
The recent storms have ushered in a couple of days of very lovely weather...lower humidity (we can fold up our gills for a day or two) and temperatures in the lower to mid-80's. YAY! Weather was also responsible for the SpaceX launch being scrubbed yesterday...will hopefully go up Saturday.
As for the life of our Pondlandia, nothing much changes. The ebb and flow of our friends is always anticipated. We missed our stroll through the Spookey Spikey Woods today as Big Solid was eager to get on the golf course AND, possibly more compelling, he forgot the treats that are usually provided during our time there.
On hand today were several Mallards, Huey and Dewey, and a brief squawk fly-by from Patrick. No Geese or Herons (other than Patrick). A couple of cool birds that we could not see well enough to identify. Anywho, enjoy and we will see you tomorrow!!
'Diamonds in the Cypresses' Pondlandia
Wednesday May 27 2020
Day 21 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
What a most spectacular morning following some rather brilliant lightning, equally explosive thunder, and delicious rain that our garden's occupants slurped right up as last night boomed on through. None of this disruption seemed to make one iota's worth of difference to our Pondlandians but we do remember two 'leetle' bitty chihuahuas whose ears grew a foot long when it stormed. The Feathered Convention Center from yesterday was completely vacant today...all we had tap today was Harry at the DuckFeather Point tip and Huey/Dewey on the Pond Wall. Enjoy as we barrell toward the end of May!
On the video with Harry, doesn't it look like the cypress 'feather-leaves' are sprinkled with diamonds? Just lovely!
'A Bounty of Water Birds' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 26 2020
Day 20 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we have a LOT of feathered activity this morning with what appears to be a Bachelor Convention with many Mallard drakes AND a sextet of Geese. We were also fortunate to catch Patrick the little Green heron in flight as well. PLUS, if you'll notice in the first video, Harry the Great Blue is perched in perfect stillness on the bank just this side of DuckFeather Point!! The second video is quick but speaks to some Geese territoriality that took place off camera.
In North Pondlandia this morning, we did run across a pair of Mallards...the shadows cast would not let me determine if they were Daffy and Ruby or just two more drakes and I was loathe to disturb them.
The final video does find Harry fishing for some breakfast as well as Huey and Dewey. It would appear that Dewey was in the 'duck' house and having to stand in the corner!! I wonder what he did, or did not do!! And as always, we set our intentions to make our day meaningful to ourselves and to others. See you tomorrow!!
'Remembering The Fallen' Pondlandia
Monday May 25 2020
Day 19 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
We'll make this short and sweet today. It's a beautiful morning with the promise of a blisteringly hot afternoon. Nothing of import happening in or around Pondlandia as life goes right on. We do take time to give thanks for our lives and for the lives that were given for us. If Huey, Dewey, Daffy, Ruby, Harry, The Bachelor, Opal/Casper, and Patrick could talk...they too would say thanks.
Sunday May 24 2020
Day 18 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
A most Glorious Sunday is upon us!! We slept late (past 6:30 even) and just took a nice long lazy walk through Pondlandia. At first we could NOT find Huey and Dewey so kinda panicked a bit. We did have Patrick, Ruby, Daffy and Father/Mother Goose on hand. The storms of yesterday evening brought a slight cooling off period. YAY!! Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. Be safe, Remember our fallen, and be kind.
'Glorious Saturday!!' Pondlandia
Saturday May 23 2020
Day 17 "Sorta Opening Up But Safer At Home A While Longer"
Well, we certainly had a nice visit this morning and had a chance to see Harry (the Great Blue Heron) in action!! We had JUST turned off the camera when he went into action, so we didn't catch everything BUT you can see what occurred!!
Not only was Harry in full glory but also we had Mother/Father Goose (squared), Mallard Drakes (squared), Patrick the Green Heron, and eventually, Huey and Dewey! I guess everyone was in full energy mode (well, except for Huey and Dewey) because we are going to get into the 90's today again. Hopefully, we can back off this heat for a while before it becomes like a damp and heavy blanket over us for the next FOUR/FIVE months! We did include one picture (not video) of the turtle trap, one soul's head reaching out for freedom. We are optimistic that relief will come for them soon.
'Where Time Doesn't Matter' Pondlandia
Friday May 22 2020
Day 16 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Well, when we say 'Time Doesn't Matter' in Pondlandia, we mean just that. The wonderful lives that thrive here really don't go by calendars, watches, or other time measuring devices. They go by the sun (or lack thereof), the temperature, the air pressure, hunger, need for rest, need for cleanliness, escape, watchfulness and various reactions to their environment. They do not worry about the news, politics, who's gonna win The Voice, what to binge on Netflix next, or all the things we use to pass time in our own lives.
So, we have today, a small but peaceable kingdom. We hope that the approaching heat (yes, we will most likely hit our first 90º day today) will find them in the cool shade offered by the Pondlandian Tree of Souls or any of the other magnificent trees we have, or paddling around in the cool waters. Like we say here in the deepest of the South, 'it don't make us no nevermind'. Happy Friday y'all.
'Weekend Eve Eve' Pondlandia
Thursday May 21 2020
Day 15 "Sorta Opening Up?"
What started out as a pretty boring Pondlandian visit turned into a pretty decent one...in no small part thanks to a nice meeting with Oak-Heart the Elder, our Turtle Tree friend. And speaking of turtles, the trapped ones are still trapped. No one seems to be concerned but me 'n Big Solid.
Huey and Dewey were nestled on the pond wall and levee, completing their morning ablutions; The Bachelor took off after Ruby and Daffy; and that was pretty much that. We did take a still photo of the gaggle of cypress knees as one enters DuckFeather Point. Looks like a little village, doesn't it. All one needs is to see little tiny plumes of smoke coming up from them.
'Hump Day' Pondlandia
Wednesday May 20 2020
Day 14 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Welcome to the penultimate Wednesday of May!! Yes Indeedy--this month is almost history! That means we only have 12 days to make May a special month. We can do that by finding a way to be kind, to be polite, to stay healthy, and to enjoy his spring weather. It won't be long before the heat and humidity drive us indoors to the a/c and more Netflix.
In the meantime, our feathered friends just roll with the days and nights...not at all bothered by the passage of time. We could certainly learn something there!
Harry the Great Blue was at his his STEALTH-iest best hidden in the Salvinia. I don't think he moved a single feather for quite a while.
Huey, Dewey, Mother/Father Goose, and Ruby/Daffy were hunkered down on the south shore, getting a few relaxing moments in for the day.
Tuesday May 19 2020
Day 13 "Sorta Opening Up?"
What a quiet and peaceful day it is!! We missed yesterday (BOO!) due to rain and when I tried filming yesterday afternoon, got side-tracked by a phone call. Nevertheless, we are, as Minnie Pearl used to say, "Just so proud to be here."
Hardly any duck action today; Huey and Dewey were hunkered down on the pond wall and The Bachelor was chilin' on Duck Feather Point.
Y'all have a most special day; stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
'Still Quiet, NOT so Peaceable' Pondlandia
Sunday May 17 2020
Day 11 "Sorta Opening Up?"
GOOD SUNDAY MORNING!!! We spotted Harry the Great Blue on the levee as we were winding down our North Pondlandia stroll; he wound up in the Salvinia and assumed his Hunting pose of a statue. We left him to his own devices and hoped he enjoyed a tasty breakfast. Patrick and company (who we didn't get a chance to film flying and squawking this morning) were also on hand. And our regulars 'seemed' to be just hangin' out, all sweetness and light....NOT. Huey took off after The Bachelor and the chase began. And so it goes...
So, enjoy this lovely Sunday; stay safe, stay healthy, and always be kind.
'All Quiet, All Peaceable' Pondlandia
Saturday May 16 2020
Day 10 "Sorta Opening Up?"
WHAT A TREAT this morning! Everyone, nearly, in the same spot, acting sweet and nice. They must have set their intentions early. It's a kinda cloudy and coolish day here today. As you can see in the video, we had no less than THREE Green Herons fly into the cypress trees on DuckFeather Point. We've never seen that before...quite lovely. Not sure if you could hear them squawk but they were sure talking.
Otherwise, everyone was chilled and laid back this Saturday. We most certainly can live with that. Be safe, be healthy, be kind.
'Weekend Eve' Pondlandia
Friday May 15 2020
Day 9 "Sorta Opening Up?"
GOOD FRIDAY MORNING!! Looks like all is well in Pondlandia today. Huey and Dewey seem to be doing fine...maybe the little scare with Dewey is over, though we do understand that they are Elder Ducks.
We were also graced with not one but TWO of our shore birds today...Casper/Opal the Great White Egret and Harry the Great Blue Heron. Patrick, our little Green Heron, managed to take off before we could get him. Mother and Father Goose (squared) were also on hand as were Daffy and Ruby. What a way to start the day!!
'Protected by the Earth's Beanie' Pondlandia
Thursday May 14 2020
Day 8 "Sorta Opening Up?"
The sky kinda took center stage this morning..the mix of puffy clouds scattered across really blue skies and then a low level bank of streaming clouds passing beneath. Sure made for a lovely morning's view. Y'all know I'm a sucker for wearing beanie--wool blends for the fall and winter, cotton blends for the spring and summer. Well, I got to thinking that the SKY is the Earth's Beanie. Stay tuned for how we'll play with that!!
The pond was active this morning with Patrick (the little Green Heron); Huey and Dewey; Ruby and Daffy; and Mother/Father Goose who swooped in at the last minute in a flurry of wings and 'words'. You can see a third Mallard drake, known only as The Bachelor, as the geese are landing. He pretends to be shy. And, it was a peaceable featherdom this morning as well. And yes, the turtles remain in the trap, stuck in the salvinia.
Wednesday May 13 2020
Day 7 "Sorta Opening Up?"
Not a lot of action in Pondlandia today...in fact, everyone was downright lazy! I suspect they sense a falling barometer and decided to kick back and wait for the rain. We DID have a couple of sightings--Patrick, our little Green Heron was so beautifully camouflaged in the green banks, we missed him 'til he took off. And, Harry the Great Blue Heron was caught on a fly-by. Yes, the turtle trap is still stuck in the weeds and is still full of turtles.
So, we had two geese (Mother and Father Goose), three Mallards (Ruby, Daffy and Bachelor Mallard), and our faithful guys, Huey and Dewey. And so it goes...
'A Momentary Lapse' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 12 2020
Day 6 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We DO sincerely apologize for our lapse yesterday...we just got behind in our doin's and never made it to the screen. Believe us when we say, you didn't really miss anything dramatic...no duck wars, no deer, no thrills of any kind.
Which brings us to today; after some concerns about the health of Dewey yesterday evening (see the FB page of Janne Swearengen), we were utterly delighted to see Huey and Dewey paddling around the Pond together. So, that's what today is about...being happy that these two, as territorial and bullying as they can be, are still the pair we know and love. So, enjoy them, set your intentions for the day, be safe, and stay kind.
'Happy Mother's Day' Pondlandia
Sunday May 10 2020
Day 4 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We HAD to feature the Spookey Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia simply because of the noisy woodpecker echoing throughout them. Then we got REALLY worried when we only saw Huey without Dewey...that NEVER happens! But, lo and behold, you'll see Dewey come running up. He must have been napping or lounging behind the levee when Huey decided to hoof it on over to the banks of South Pondlandia. And, of course, they spent time harassing Ruby and Daffy before finally settling down.
It was 43º this morning when we bundled up to walk and 47º in Madison WI. Kind of a topsy-turvy cool. Have a most special and Happy Mother's Day to all y'all!!
'Blustery and Airish' Pondlandia
Saturday May 9 2020
Day 3 "Sorta Opening Up?"
We'll curtail our waxing philosophical and wordiness of yesterday; our brain is depleted of intellectual momentum. Following the rains and wind of yesterday, we were welcomed today with clear blue skies, a very brisk northeast wind, and the usual suspects of Pondlandia. Huey and Dewey, Ruby and Daffy. No deer were to be seen; Casper/Opal was seen briefly before being scared off by the goose squawking. Father Goose's limpiness seems to be easing a bit. He and Mother Goose were in the pond this morning scraping up some luscious mud from the pond floor when a second pair of geese dropped in on the other end of the levee (near the infamous turtle trap). Such noise!! Such greetings!! Such assertion of territory!! And finally, after resolution, they commenced to gossip. If only we could speak Goose.
'What a Difference a Day Makes' Pondlandia
Friday May 8 2020
Day 2 "Sorta Opening Up?"
You know, it's interesting how the Universe is in constant change, even though that seems like a non sequitor or 'does not compute'. Yesterday was the epitome of a magnificent day; warm but not hot, breezy but not too, dry but not the compression humidity that will soon arrive, and a cloudless sky of resplendent perfect blue and not the washed out tired blue of oft washed jeans.
Today we have gray skies dark enough for the street lights to stay on way past their time, thunder and lightnin', rain, and the promise of near record cold temperatures. My goodness...what's the deal? It is as it will be...one day this, the next day that. It all boils down to how you choose to live it.
We had quite a surprise as we strolled toward the Spooky Spikey Woods of North Pondlandia when we spied at least four deer. The video is a bit far off but we were loathe to frighten them as it's been many weeks since we've seen any sign of deer other than a few tracks. So we are tickled pink.
Our 'limpy' Father Goose was more intent on staying off his bad leg, as in sitting down. We find that worrisome. There no sign of Ruby today, perhaps because there there FOUR Mallard drakes in the area, and Huey and Dewey were tightly tucked in on the pond wall, ready for whatever may head their way.
So we set our intentions as always and remain hopeful that the turtles will soon find a new home; we look forward to another day in Pondlandia tomorrow to see what's changed and what has not. In any event, it's a day to celebrate.
'Mistful and Wistful' Pondlandia
Thursday May 7 2020
Day 34 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
We are at THURSDAY already....How did this happen? Seems like yesterday, we were talking about Monday and now it's Friday EVE!! We are grateful for the constant that is Pondlandia to ground us and relieve our restlessness. Father Goose has the limp, we tried to video him but he decided to just rest in the 'unipedal' way. We did notice that the limp was a bit more pronounced...darn. Huey and Dewey were catching a morning sleep (this looked more intense than a nap) as lo and behold, Ruby and Daffy came gliding through the wisps and the mists before taking to the pond wall to preen and relax. Have a most spectacular Friday Eve! Stay Kind and DO EPIC!
Cloudless in Pondlandia
Wednesday May 6 2020
Day 33 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
What an absolutely STUNNING day!! The bluest of skies, the coolness of temperature, the slow current of mist moving over the pond, the absence of duck wars, a goose with a limp (no video, just trust me), a lonesome Mallard drake, Ruby and Daffy preening, Huey and Dewey nowhere to be seen (though behind the levee is a good guess, and TOTO, one of the MAGNIFICENT TREES of Pondlandia. Just Wow!
'Cinco de Mayo' Pondlandia
Tuesday May 5 2020
Day 32 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Buenos Dias and Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Very quiet on the Pond today. Geese talking, a quick view of Patrick, the little Green Heron, Huey and Dewey practicing social distancing and setting our intentions. Ruby and Daffy were so far away, they were almost hard to spot. Stay safe, healthy, and kind.
'First Monday in May' Pondlandia
Monday May 4 2020
Day 31 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Look, we took a bit of a day off yesterday, never imagining the drama that unfolded during our afternoon walk. There was a 'death match' fight between Huey and Daffy yesterday afternoon. This wasn't your "I'm chasing you away fighting, this was I WILL KILL YOU fighting. Huey had Daffy by the neck and was trying to throw him around. Well, we could not have that so we raced down to the pond and broke that up. I was SO MAD!! They eventually settled down but I stayed close until they went to their separate corners.
Today, you'd never know it. All was peaceful. No sign of the "Lost Boys" (the Whistlers) but we'll keep looking for them. Goodness, if they were witness the the Huey/Daffy violence, they were probably getting the heck out of Pondlandia!
The turtles remain trapped. You can see them poking their little heads out. ARGH!
Saturday May 2 2020
Day 29 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
HOLY MOLEY Y'all...what started out as a regular ole morning (video 1) turned into sheer joy when...well, you just have to see for yours-elf (video 2). THEN, we raced home, grabbed the binocs and flew, well,poor choice of words, raced back to the Pond and caught video 3!! Plus a still photo! The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks came BACK!!
And, finally, can one possibly say Mississippi (or The Weather Channel's 'The Land Mass Between New Orleans and Mobile') any better than this!
'WELCOME to the Lusty Month of May' Pondlandia
Friday May 1, 2020
Day 28 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Oh My GOODNESS!! Do we ever welcome this month of May! Thinking of how aptly these next 31 days are named. May we see the light at the end of this dismal tunnel; May we go back the gym and an exercise regimen that keeps us strong; May we find Lysol and toilet paper in abundance; May we return to a living wage; May we get a HAIRCUT and relief from roots of a different color; May we shop 'til we drop; May we hug our friends; May we visit our families in hospitals, long-term care; May we celebrate our faith(s) at church; May we continue to enjoy the simplicity of Pondlandia; May the turtles find a new home instead of a trap; and above all, May we be DONE with COVID-19.
Simple video today...Pondlandia's morning stillness. Geese on the banks, Mallards in the water, and Huey/Dewey resting on the pond wall. Cypress knees and trees and The Pondlandian Tree of Souls ever watchful.
'So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adeiu' Pondlandia
Thursday April 30, 2020
Day 27 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Today our little Peaceable Pondlandia bids 'Adios' to April; and indeed peaceable it was this morning. Ruby and Daffy have found refuge with their bodyguards, Mother and Father Goose. You can see that Huey and Dewey have distanced themselves nicely from any territoriality issues
The turtle trap remains stuck in the same place; we even tried (with Bocage permission) to move it with a long pole. Alas, the pole was not long enough and we were loathe to risk impaling ours-elf on a cypress knee or possibly worse, being on the receiving end of a Water Moccasin's mouth.
Tomorrow we welcome May and the increasing warmth of spring. YES!! In the meantime, stay healthy, stay safe, thank those who are caring for us, be kind and DO EPIC!
'One April Day More' Pondlandia
Wednesday April 29, 2020
Day 26 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
April is a month we typically enjoy for it's welcomed spring temperatures and release from frosty mornings. Gardens are planted, flowers erupt with stunning colors, the animal kingdom shares a bounty a new lives, and sometimes, we wish April would just last another month or two before the punishing heat and humidity settle in.
Well, NOT THIS YEAR! This April has been one for the record books for us and for many, and while we do not wish time to go by any faster than it is, we are so not sorry to say goodbye to April tomorrow.
'Clouds of Knowing' greeted us early this morning. Knowing the rain was moving out, Knowing that sunshine is in the offing, Knowing the storms that rolled through overnight could have been worse, and Knowing their presence wraps us to the earth.
Huey and Dewey enjoyed eating some mud. Ruby and Daffy warmed the pond wall. And the turtle trap is full of turtles desperate to get out and find a new home. Enjoy this penultimate day of April; Covid-19 needs to be escorted out of this universe and May is just the month to do it!
'One-Foot Nappin' Pondlandia
Tuesday April 28, 2020
Day 25 Continuing "Shelter in Place/Safe At Home"
Easy day today...not much activity at all other than seeing our two pair taking a morning snooze..one legged snoozes at that. It's called 'unipedal resting' and helps the duck regulate body heat. Another interesting duck fact has to do with why ducks sleep with their necks craned backward and tucked under a wing...this helps the neck muscles relax since they have to work hard to hold those long necks up and it,too, helps with temperature regulation. How about them apples!
Y'all have a great day, be thankful, healthy, safe, and kind.