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Good evening from New York to all you owls whose eyes will not close.

Our chief owl Camilla has had a lovely day with her grandson, and has asked me to put up the post tonight.

Tomorrow, we will again be treated to one of Camilla's wonderful pictures. Meanwhile, tonight, the perch is open, so if anyony else has a picture to share, please do so.

It's been a beautiful day in New York, sunny and warm. I've been preparing for my return to work tomorrow morning. I'll go in early, to have more opportunity to see what I have missed, and to view the general lay of the land.

Right now, I am so relaxed, and glad to have had the time off. And also a bit proud to have refrained from even checking on work-related e-mails during the past two weeks.

Hoping that other owls are around....

Posted at 22nd Nov 2009 - 12:26AM   Posted by Frances   if you cannot sleep... Comments: 26

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No Owls, but a Bear is in the vicinity.

Need to make a quick check about, then climb up to the perch.

Don't run away -- er, make that "fly away."

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:12AM

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Blackbird's Avatar Hi all, a quiet night here. I've been waking up so early that I'm going to lose my night owl status. 4am it was this morning- wide awake. I should get another puppy if I'm going to keep those hours.

Posted by: Blackbird on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:15AM

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Well, Tiddles and the clock have been "minded," and are doing just fine.

What's happening with you Blackbird?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:16AM

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Frances's Avatar Isn't it funny how our normal awake/asleep patterns can change? I am normally an early riser, and find it difficult to stay awake past 11 pm.

However, if do make it 'til 11:300, forget about my eyes closing for a while. And I will still be up at 7 the next morning. Ah, but the afternoon will call and call again for a nap. That nap cannot always be delivered!

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:19AM

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Blackbird's Avatar Planning for Thanksgiving and all of that. We're not eating here so there's less of that kind of cleaning but loads of shopping and cooking.

And driving twice a day for son's swim team. 6:15 am and then 2:30 to 5pm. A wait in the afternoon as I have to bring kids back with me. Not fun times of the day to be driving. It gives me a little time for reading and knitting as long as I can stand the bleachers. Hard on the back, they are.

Posted by: Blackbird on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:21AM

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Frances's Avatar Blackbird, I can just about imagine how those "relay" drives would eat up lots of the day. Good to have some sort of project available to while some of the time away, when you aren't cheering on the future champions.

I really do lots of my own reading waiting for subway trains, or buses, or riding on same. It turns empty time into valued time.

I won't be doing any Thanksgiving cooking. My strange little tradition for years has been to send a check off to Doctors without border, or some other philanthropy, in an amount similar to what I might have spent for said feast.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:27AM

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Well, most afternoons I do have a nap -- thought not today. I was busy running errands and making meals, and doing things with Sadie (who is none the worse for wear after her hair cut).

She just wandered over, as she does from time to time, and looked at as if to say, "Pet me." So we have some "face time" and she gets lot of strokes, until she's ready to move on to something else. In this case, a snack. Now she's sleeping beside my chair. I guess she's calling it a day.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:28AM

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What a thoughtful "Thanksgiving" idea, Frances.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:30AM

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Frances's Avatar Well, after all, Bear, that Saide is still quite young, and needs lots of rest. Otherwise, how could she possibly keep up her usual high energy during the day?

You might enjoy visiting a blog written by a lady who regularly visits my site. Her name is Elizabeth, and her wonderful young dog's name is Buster.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:31AM

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A long sit in the bleachers is a tough way to spend the afternoon, Blackbird. You should get a medal, or something, for your dedication and stamina.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:32AM

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Blackbird's Avatar Hi Puffin- birthday girl!

It's just the first week of double practices a day so it's more amusing than exciting to watch at this point. It's old routine now as my son is a senior and captain of the team too, I might add (proudly).

I've had a couple of Thanksgivings with just 2 or 3 of us- I have fond memories of them. My favorite is the day after when the house is clean, empty and the fridge is full of food. And there's some champagne too.

Posted by: Blackbird on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:33AM

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To tell the truth, Frances, I'm having trouble keeping up with people I know already in blogland. If I have about four or five free hours I can manage it. Otherwise, it's the Purple Coo and a very few others. And, of course, I try to attend to at least one of my blogs (from time to time).

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:36AM

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Frances's Avatar Hey Puffin, hoping that you have been having lots of celebrating!

Blackbird, it's wonderful that your son the the captain. I am sure that is not just an honor, but also carries lots of responsibilties. (I am thinking of our beloved Derek Jeter, the captain of the Yankees!)

xo

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:40AM

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Happy Birthday, Puffin!

Do we need to call the fire brigade to help with all the candles on the cake? (It's standard procedure if there are more than 20 candles.)

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:40AM

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Blackbird's Avatar Rob-bear- Imagine having 4 or 5 hours each day- free. And not on the bleachers!

I love visiting blogs and writing my own but it does take time and the ability to sit still. No laptop here for me yet. The photography is what takes so much time for me but it's so rewarding.

I will have to visit your blog, bear and see what Sadie and you are up too- I haven't been for a while.

Posted by: Blackbird on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:43AM

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Yes, Frances. Captain = skill +ability to inspire others.

You son's done well, blackbird! good show!

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:43AM

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Puffin's Avatar Hi Blackbird,Yes,a favorite day of mine too.The fridge being full.Can relax and snack to hearts content.It has been a great day.Went to a church bazaar and a close friend treated me to lunch for my Birthday.
I had another surprise--a copy of the Coo cookbook from my Dear Friend Seashell--didn't even know it was in print yet.
Great recipes and fun to read.

Posted by: Puffin on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:43AM

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There is a slight challenge here. My study in an alcove in the basement. Where Sadie sleeps is in a location when I have to step over her if I want to go anywhere. I'm always afraid of tripping over her.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:48AM

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Sounds like a fine birthday, Puffin. Many happy returns.

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Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:49AM

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Sounds like a fine birthday, Puffin. Many happy returns.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:49AM

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Frances's Avatar Hmmm, Bear, I believe that poodles are very smart dogs. Perhaps Sadie is showing very good taste in wanting to be near you. Perhaps she is in early training to be a protector.

Maybe when she gets a bit older, you can train her to rest just a bit more out of range?

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:51AM

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Puffin's Avatar Hi Bear,Yes,better send the whole dept. Might be a big big fire,haha.Good to see you are your 'old' self again.Had my dinner out,last night at an Irish Pub.I am still looking at puppy's--still lean toward another Carne.We miss ours so much.I know it won't be the same,but Terrier's are Terrors.

Posted by: Puffin on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:51AM

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Puffin's Avatar Thank you Frances for opening the perch.
I am sure Camilla had a grand day,
Have a few more posts to do.
Sleep tight everyone.Great getting her early enough to share.

Posted by: Puffin on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:54AM

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Frances's Avatar Sweet dreams to you, Puffin ... hoping all your Birthday wishes will come true.

I am also going to have to leave you all now. Got to get extra rest tonight, so I will have lots of energy for tomorrow's early start.

See you all tomorrow. xo

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Nov 2009 at 02:57AM

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Good night, Owls. Sleep well. Bear will head to bed too -- a bit early, but it's been a busy day.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 22nd Nov 2009 at 03:00AM

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Blackbird's Avatar I think that I'm heading off too, my computer is a little slow tonight. Enjoy your cookbook Puffin- it's great.

Bear, my Jack sits on my feet if he gets a chance so that I can't go anywhere without him. Dogs are smart. Too smart sometimes.

I'm glad that Camilla has a chance to visit with her grandson- I'm sure that they're having fun.

Good luck tomorrow, Frances at easing back into your work schedule. They may not let you get away again.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Posted by: Blackbird on 22nd Nov 2009 at 03:02AM

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