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Merry Christmas! » 12-23-12 Merry Christmas 2013 IMG_3622

6 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    Merry Christmas to you, Mary. And thank you for the gifts you give to us all year long. Your work enriches my life, and I am very grateful for it.
    Kathie

    December 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  2. Carlene Squires

    Merry Christmas and magical days ahead for you too!! I’m so happy that I discovered you and look forward to every one of your Blogs. Carlene

    December 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

  3. Barbara Holmes

    I can’t say it any better than Kathie did! I look forward to your blog everday as a little more education for my old mind! All Blessings to you in the New Year and Merry Christmas!
    Barbara in SC

    December 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  4. Barbara Holmes

    P.S. Mary, How did you ever get that partridge to sit in your lap?!!!

    December 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • Once in a blue moon a partridge is attracted to the sound of an engine (be it chainsaw, wood splitter, lawn mower or 4-wheeler). This little guy came tearing out of the woods, running a mile a minute, when we approached on a 4-wheeler (I was only on one because a hunting friend had this experience while on a 4-wheeler, so I was duplicating his actions intentionally). I sat down on the ground and it ran right up to me, and climbed up on my knee. One of the most incredible moments of my life! My theory is that to some grouse, engines sound much like a drumming grouse, and they rush out to defend their territory (male grouse beat their wings while standing on a log, both for courtship and territorial purposes). I believe this grouse is a male (black band on tail is not broken/interrupted, as many females’ are) so my guess is this behavior is territorial. Whatever it is, it was a dream come true — I had heard of this happening, but never dreampt I would be lucky enough to witness it. Right up there with watching a black bear take a nap. You just never know what gifts a day is going to bring you!

      December 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  5. Tuula

    Merry Christmas Mary, you are truly special, you remind us of what life is. Thank you!

    December 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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