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Friday, December 23, 2011


Doves have been the messengers for God and wars. Even the extinction of the passenger pigeon was a message of a sort. Too bad we’re such slow learners, but tis the season for peace on earth and good will towards men, and the dove is a symbol for that too.

I don’t really have a good story for doves though, unless you want to count the time my dad caught a snow white bird and thought he might be able to hold it for ransom with the rich people up the hill. Alas, it was just a snow white pigeon. I would’ve been willing to keep it just for its tame nature and beauty, but Dad released it back in the wild.

I have successfully taught my dog to leave the mourning doves alone when they splash in my miniature pond in the back yard. “Whooooo whoooooo” in the mornings is a happy way to wake up, and Penny has my full permission to chase as many bunnies, chipmunks, and ground hogs as she wants to chase. She can leave my doves alone – though for some reason I can’t fathom, hunting mourning doves is legal in Ohio. That’s hardly a fair fight when all they do is walk around and peck at bugs on the ground. Am I allowed to use a Bloom County comic here? This has been in my box o’ stuff for maybe a couple of decade because it cracks me up…

The sad thing is that I have personal acquaintance with “fat-bellied stogie suckers”.

But getting back to my miniature pond in the back yard, I keep a pump running in it through the winter. Birds can usually find food, and lots of people put out seed for them, but water can be hard for them to find in winter. The pump keeps the water from completely freezing solid, which may also be keeping my goldfish alive. I’m not really sure about that though because it’s entirely possible that something ate my goldfish. It’s hard to know for sure because the fish like to hide when I come outside.

In case you can’t tell, I’m feeling pretty scattered at the moment. Holidays create chaos, and I’m just typing random thoughts before the next burst of activity. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and a merry new year!


  1. Even if you feel scattered at the moment, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  2. Great one for 'messenger' Linda.

    Have a happy and healthy holiday! :)

  3. Wishing you, Penny, the doves and the goldfish a very Merry Christmas ;0)
    Take care,
    Jane x

  4. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, Linda.
    May 2012 bring you lots of happiness.

  5. Very Pretty :) Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Joyful and Prosperous New Year!!

  6. Merry Christmas, Linda..your doves are beautiful! May you have a happy and peaceful holiday!!

  7. Thanks! MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone! And happy Hannukah too!

  8. These are beautiful doves! I especially like the gorgeous colors on the wings...and your pond sounds wonderful!
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Mourning doves are one of my favorite birds. I just love their sad coo. And I'm painting them on my book project right now. Good wishes for 2012. Thanks for following my blog!

  10. Lovely that your dog can leave those birds alone. Wonderful post to read.

    Hope you've had a great Christmas.

  11. Penny is 1/2 Jack Russell Terrier so she prefers to chase varmints. She hardly sees the birds. I did have a nice Christmas, thanks :) Good wishes for everyone, and happy thoughts for Sharon's project too. Thanks for the comments!

  12. Hey Linda! I hope you and your loved ones are having a great Christmas season! I love the color tones in your doves! FANTABULOUS work! Great “messenger” symbol too and as always ....another very entertaining post.

  13. Love the doves Linda. I'm feeling a bit scattered myself. Well, actually I always feel a bit scattered :o

  14. Thanks! I hope all is well with your family Jack. You've been in my thoughts.

    I'm still feeling scattered Karen. Maybe it will all be better next year?

    Happy New Year everyone!