Monday, April 6, 2009

A - Z MONDAY...The Letter

Yes, the letter M is this week's A - Z letter. But Martin, who supplies me with most of my letters uses a beautiful bird for the letter M. Martin is so silly!

But silly or not, Grandma J will use another one of Martin's educational tools to pose this question about the letter M. Because Grandma J searched high and low for the M bird, but to *no avail. *And by no avail, Grandma J is disregarding birds like mocking, mallard, magpie and macaw.

And so, like Martin, Grandma J will post about M(b)irds for letter M Monday. Here in Texas we have plenty of these....and Grandma J put herself and her precious grandchildren in harms way by pulling off the highway in Dog Ridge TX to take these photos.

Can you believe what she found out about these fowl birds? Unlike Turkey Vultures, these
Black Vultures in Central Texas are killers. Not only do they do carnivorous stuff on dead animals, they kill small mammals baby cows.

So maybe Martin's M is for Murder Birds.....maybe not.

Unrelated important update!
So many of
you were all worried and concerned about Grandma J's swollen feet from her ultra spa pedicure Saturday.

You were right, the photo does raise the question, does grandma J's feet always blow up like a balloon? Is she drinking and all the gin settles in her big toe? Could it be those feet have been subjected to botox?

The answer to all of the above is NO. Here's what happened. You see, Grandma J's granddaughter had a driver's ed. class at four in the afternoon on Saturday. So we rushed back sixty miles from the baseball tournament, and since we had an hour to spare, we stepped next door to our favorite nail salon. That's right, the driving school is in the same strip mall with our nail salon. SAAAAA.WEEEEET!! Now, it's 3 p.m. on a Saturday! Michelle #4 is very popular and Grandma J had to wait over an hour! No problem because she had two hours to kill...and, Tony, who happens to be Michelle's boss, and who happens to have a huge crush on Grandma J's wallet feet, and the feet of all her relatives, let Grandma J sit in a spa chair to soak her calloused feet for an hour while she waited. I just won for having the longest run on sentence in blog history! That, and the hot towel, and hot stone treatment added to the visual.

Well rest is a picture taken the next day. Not the prettiest feet, with all the different sandal and flip flop tan lines......but not swollen and red like the day before. I know you all are breathing a big sigh of relief!

Brought to you by A - Z Monday. Come join us!


Margaret said...

Maybe M is for Meat-eating vultures??
Your feet look MMMarvelous.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Most Messiest Birds ever!
Your tooties are magnificent.

Elm said...

Vultures kill animals!? Scary!

Busy Bee Suz said...

The vultures freak me out...scary birds. I best warn the dogs to hide from them outside!!!
So glad your feet are better. i was not going to say anything....I figured someone with your DNA would question you. ;) That is what daughters do. right? One hour in the massage chair? were you snoring????

Pat Jenkins said...

doesn't any bird in the "open" in texas mean he is a dead bird. because i am sure a some hunter will find it, yes grandma j?

Grandma J said...

Pat, the black vulture is a "protected species" in Texas. That's not to say most Texans don't own guns and take the law into their own hands.

Since I'm a transplant from CA, I don't own one. But I do defend the rights to own one. But I also wouldn't report anyone from blasting those birds to kingdom come.

Cassie said...

Mmmmmmm.Yup thems birds!

About your swelled up footsies. That swelling was a bit strange, even under the circumstances.I will suggest that you get your blood tested (creatinine, creatinine clearance and BUN) for kidney problems. Just a suggestion from a concerned fellow blogger.

Grandma J said...

Cassie, thank you for the concern, my feet are fine, I get blood tests every sixty days because of a thyroid imbalance, and because I'm a regular blood donor. My kidneys are fine.

I see my doctor next week and I'm printing out the pictures of my feet and all the concerned comments for her because I hate it when you bloggers start worrying about's gonna drive me to drink. I don't think taking up booze at my age would be pretty.

reliv4life said...

mmmmm those birds seem a bit scary - the actually would eat a baby cow??
Beautiful feet btw!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Grandma J. - don't be so quick to rule out the medicinal qualities of a nice glass of wine, but on the other hand don't do anything that would jeopardize your imbalance. The hormone imbalance, of course.

I continue to be impressed by your list of male acquaintances...what does this Tony look like?

Anonymous said...

Those MIRDS can be dangerous and probably carry a killer virus. I'd rather be bitten by a snake than one of those vultures

Your feet are dancing fools.


Living on the Spit said...

Scary looking birds...we don't have those in VA, rest assured...just lots of crappy seagulls...that really say...Mine.mine.mine.mine...mine.

I am glad your feet are fine. I have been so worried, I started to drink...and I don't drink.

sista #2 said...

Thanks for clearing the foot thing up.


Jen said...

Nice M; But I hope I don't find one of those M birds at my feeder!

Chris said...

Those Black Vultures are creepy.

The Chocolate Lady said...

Glad your feet are ok, just keep them away from the birds!



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Ben said...

Wow, one minute I'm readin' about killer death vultures from Lone Star, next thing I know someone's bloated feet appear on the screen! Quit stompin' on them vultures and your dogs'll be just fine!

The Chocolate Lady said...

hey, I cant figure out how to get the video embedded on the side. I have tried...and I used their "video roll" and I cant get the right video to show up. Do you know how to do it?

The Chocolate Lady said...

Thank a bunch for helping me figure it out,


IM SORRY!! Im Sorry I brought up your feet and caused all the more scolding me about bringing up your feet, ok?????

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

GRANDMA J! I've been a lurky loo on your blog for A LONG TIME. If I had ANY idea what would make you come out of the woodwork on mine, I'd have been talking about elephants A LONG time ago!

You are AMAZING and I am so honored that you stopped by. I hope you do again soon.


M said...

...well birds are decendents of the dinosaurs...perhaps that's why they are so carnivourus!

I like the designs on your big toes...I can never sit still long enough to get mine done!

Life with Kaishon said...

See what I missed by not coming. I didn't even know there was a foot problem to be concerned about! Your feet are fine! Just perfect! I am glad Tony loves them.

Don't you just LOVE those chairs in the pedicure places. I want one for our house. Do you think that would be a wise investment? I would like to sit in one every single day : ).

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Your "M" is so funny! Murder Birds! Ha ha ha!

I think someone else did birds as well....or am I thinking of Jen's hummingbird photos??? Weird.

Love your feet!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.