Squirl's Nest

Sunday, May 15, 2005

There are blessings and there are blessings

I've been out driving around this weekend. Saturday I saw four pairs of Sandhill Cranes. I also saw a Great Blue Heron flying. Today Ichabod and I went to the Manistee, MI, area. The plants aren't as far along that far north. But they do have a Sequoia tree up there that keeps growing and is very healthy. For those of you who don't know where Manistee is just picture the back of your left hand that is the shape of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Manistee is just about to the first knuckle up from the hand. It was cold and kinda damp but there was a lot of moss, lots of ferns, and a nice walk.

On the downside, we got stuck going through Baldwin at the end of the Blessing of the Bikes. Motorcyclists from all over go there once a year in May for the blessing. They also appear to like the leather vendors and all the food stands along the way. Wouldn't have been so bad, but like I said, we went through just as it was letting out and we spent a lot of time just sitting in traffic. It was still a lovely weekend.


Blogger Kitty said...

Baldwin... shiver! I lived there for a few years of my childhood. When I was in 6th grade, a student stabbed another student with a letter opener in math class.

So happy you got out this weekend and witnessed some of this state's beauty :-). Hope you guys got some good pictures!

Sun May 15, 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Well, did you at least pick me up some new assless chaps while you were stalled there?

Kitty: math class always made me wanna stab somebody. But the leather restraints really helped with that urge control.

Sun May 15, 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

bucky and her leather restraints... sheesh... and me without my kentucky jelly!

Mon May 16, 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Squirl, it looks like all of Dooce's comment spam has come to your site.

Don't you feel lucky as a leper dipped in Krazy Glue?

And Kitty, don't forgit the Kentucky Jelly next time.

Mon May 16, 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Looks like I might need to make this site unavailable to anonymous comments. I'd rather not have to but I HATE SPAM.

Mon May 16, 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Pretty rotten spam y'got there--I hope that doesn't start up on my site--most of my fam. posts anonymously....

What's Kentucky Jelly?...oh wait--the short form for Kentucky is KY...boy I'm slow--it's Monday morning
In Port Dover (Ontario) on every Friday the 13th they have a biker's day--lots of leather and assless chaps for everyone!

Mon May 16, 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Woo-hoo, Effie, Kitty and Bucky, KY and assless chaps today. I think I got all the spam deleted. I'd like to go back to allowing anonymous commenters if I thought I were safe now.

Mon May 16, 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Every time I read "Manistee" I thought it said "manatee" and had to go back and read it again.

Yep, it's Monday morning, alright.

Mon May 16, 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Ah, nature.


Mon May 16, 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Ladybug, yes, people who are from Michigan would catch that one, but I can see where anyone else could be confused. :-)

Mr B, I just take my pill and go on out anyway.

Mon May 16, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I take my pill(s), go out anyway, and then end up nearly loosing my voice. Then I come here and bitch and moan and whine and complain and bellyache and sniff and snort and clear my throat....but all with a hoarse voice of course.


Mon May 16, 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, sounds like you really have bad allergy problems. are they primarily in the spring when so many things are blooming?

Mon May 16, 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Hello! Sounds like everyone was having a pretty nice weekend! Either being lazy, spending time with loved ones, or getting spanked like a wicked girl.

Ok maybe that was just me.


Mon May 16, 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

The allergies are with me all year, but do pick up during the "fun" seasons.

And not only did I not get spanked, my weekend sucked.

Mon May 16, 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

We get a 'lotta' bikers in my neighborhood, especially on the weekends, due to the hills and curvy roads.
What's scary is that they stop at several bars on the way up to this area.
For entertainment we turn on the scanner and listen to the EMTs picking up the pieces.

Mon May 16, 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Jess, welcome back! Glad you had a great time!

Mr B, sorry your allergies are so bad. I wouldn't suggest it, but the North Pole might not be so allergenic.

Sierrabella, that's one of the reasons I was worried on the way home. I was hoping that they wouldn't have been drinking at 9:30 am. But by 2:30, who knows?

Mon May 16, 03:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Nah, I don't get along with the snow and ice deal. I guess I'm stuck.

Mon May 16, 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Effie said...

Hey Mr. Bloggerific--you could live in a bubble--wouldn't that be fun?? Then there'd be no more sneezing! One of my brothers has really really nasty allergies--I remember days in my childhood when he went through multiple boxes of Kleenex in a day...when you heard him sneezing you'd run because he had explosive sneezes--he'd need 2 or 3 to contain it (sorry for the gross out factor!)

Mon May 16, 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

A bubble huh? I don't look as good as Travolta, I doubt I could pull it off. May have to give it a shot though.

My sister refuses to let her sneezes out. Holds them in, face turns red, you see a slight expansion in the face...a little air squeezes out, and that's it. Yeah, we're weird.

Mon May 16, 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Wait...you saw Sandhill Cranes...with Ichabod!? Bwahahaha! Too funny!

And after I stop by Greenie's homestead to see the goshawks, I will be showing up at your place to see the rose-breasted grosbeaks.

This is great! I can meet bloggin' birders all over the country and then take a giant road trip and never have to pay for a hotel. ;)

Mon May 16, 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie and Mr B, maybe the bubble thing could work. Perhaps you'd only have to use it when you were outside.

Ern, it is fun hearing about the different birds that people can see. Maybe we bloggers should set up a little blogger "hostel" so we can stay places on the cheap. (no bird pun intended, well, maybe, yeah)

Mon May 16, 08:10:00 PM  

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