Minimum wage for these two cuties is a bowl of kibbles and as many hugs and cuddles a day as they can garner from staff and customers at Canadian Tire, a company with heart. Workers rescued these kitties, now named Baby and Jimmy, from harsh winter conditions where they found them outside the store in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now they live quite contentedly in their new home. Who knew that cats could help sell tires?
I came across this pineapple fountain in a small square on First Street in the Riverside District of Fort Myers, Florida. I looked high and low for an identification plaque but couldn’t find one. Even googling it produced no results, although I did find a gorgeous pineapple fountain in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ll visit that fountain in April. I’ll check with the Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Myers’ Visitor’s Center next for some info on this First Street fountain. There must be a story behind it, other than representing early pineapple plantations in the area.
Yesterday I visited Lovers Key State Park near Ft. Myers Beach in Florida with several family members. We were lucky enough to see a very bold Great Blue Heron striding about in royal manner, seemingly unafraid of the people enjoying the beach. Even the pontoon boats pulled up on the sand did not seem to bother this fellow who was simply intent on getting his lunch.
My friend, Connie, is a birder and can identify all kinds of birds by sight. Not me. Even so, I am thrilled when I see beautiful birds in a natural setting such as at the J.N. ”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida. Here are a few birds that I can identify by name. Connie will make me into a birder yet!
White Pelicans with ten-foot wing span spend the winter in Florida and migrate to Canada for the summer.
Roseate Spoonbills, often confused with pink flamingoes, live at the J.N.”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge all year round.
Brown Pelicans swim among the docks at Sanibel, Florida waiting for the fishing boats to come in so they can get the tasty tidbits the fish cleaners throw to them.
I haven’t identified this bird yet, but with its distinctive coloring, I am sure I will identify it soon, possibly a member of the cormorant family.
Little Blue Heron
A friend told me about an eagle’s nest in North Fort Myers, Florida, not far from where I was vacationing. I had to check it out. Here is what I found.
An eagle cam is set up to document the growth of two unnamed eaglets born on Christmas day, 2013. You can find more pictures of the eagles at https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestFloridaEagleCam Here is a close up of Ozzie taken by Greg M. Hill on January 12.
The eaglets made the local news tonight in Fort Myers, just minutes after I published this post, because the eagle cam showed that the bigger eaglet was picking on the weaker eaglet. Today’s Facebook notes on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam noted this bullying.
At Margate Community Church in Margate, NJ, for the four weeks preceding Christmas, we unfold the drama of the birth of Christ as it happened over two thousand years ago.
This is the fourth week in Advent, and this morning we lit the fourth candle on the Advent Wreath representing LOVE. This candle is sometimes called the Angel’s Candle because the angels announce the birth of Jesus. The fifth candle in the middle of the wreath represents the birth of Jesus, and that will be lit at the Christmas Eve candlelight service.
Appearing on the Advent calendar this week: more animals in the manger scene, a peace dove, and Joseph standing by the manger. All is ready.
But the baby has not yet been born. The manger is still empty.
The major event is yet to come.