Open Thread: Merry Christmas, all y’all!

I think you guys have figured out by now that this is my favorite holiday video, so you won’t be surprised that I’m forcing it down your gullet again this year.  🙂

I hope all of the Critters and Zoosters are doing well, or at least hanging in there as well as you can.  I know I’m suffering from a severe case of OrangeFuckwititis, and am hopeful it will be resolved in 2019.

Frankly, 2018 can join 2017, and the pair of them can fuck right off.  Who’s with me? 😉

Stop by and say “HI”; I’ll be checking in several times on Christmas, so I’ll say “HI” backatcha.  Or feel free to post music, tell jokes, rant, or whatever.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!

The Watering Hole, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

How to have a ‘green’ Christmas

Probably too late for this year, but worthy tips for the future, unless you are already doing most of these.

Buy Less

Buy Smart – think ‘green’

Connect with Nature

Lower the impact of holiday lighting

Choose a live tree

Homemade Cards

Alternatives to Wrapping Paper



Sunday Roast: What’s After Dinner?


Mmmmmmmmmm, cookies!  Little single servings of sugary heaven.  🙂

Obviously, I didn’t make the cookies shown in the photo, because if I had, I would be forced to hurt whoever had the nerve to eat them.  That just doesn’t go over well with family and friends — so I’ve heard.

If I make cookies, they’re little blobs of dough that get dropped from a spoon, and then bake into gooey deliciousness.  No one is harmed by my ordinary blobby cookies, unless they mind putting on several pounds, or they are diabetic.  I was unkind to my (now former) brother-in-law, who, if he’s still alive, is a diabetic, when I came upon him stuffing cookies into his facial blackhole.  He thought I was joking — I wasn’t.

He deserved it!

Anyhoo, what’s your favorite holiday cookie?  Feel free to share your cookie-related holiday traditions, and how they came about.

This is our daily open thread — COOKIES!!!!!

Sunday Roast: Hanging out with migrating birds on Sauvie Island

A quiet Christmas morning on the Columbia River, Sauvie Island

A quiet Christmas morning on the Columbia River, Sauvie Island


Bald Eagle hanging out in a tree near the river

Bald Eagle hanging out in a tree near the river

Lots and lots of Snow Geese, making all kinds of noise -- wish I could have gotten closer

Lots and lots of Snow Geese, making all kinds of noise — wish I could have gotten closer

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Lining up with the Cormorants

Lining up with the Cormorants

Belted Kingfisher -- He didn't want to stay still!

Belted Kingfisher — He didn’t want to stay still!

Photos by Zooey

This is our daily open thread — The last Sunday Roast of 2014!

The Watering Hole; Thursday December 25 2014; Christmas, and the War Thereupon



For the faint of heart, a quick summary:

“The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers.” ~Franklin Graham

“. . . what we are seeing is the reason America is not mentioned as a world power in Bible end times prophecy. As America continues to travel down the Paganistic heathen slope of perversions—and atheists attacking Christians and Jews—while Muslims are celebrating their holidays in the very capital of our country—yes in our very own White House—Christmas—a legal American holiday—is under attack on a regular annual basis!” ~J.P. Sloane

“Christmas is only a target of the secular jihadists of the American Civil Liberties Union and their co-conspirators at Americans United For Separation of Church and State; their ultimate goal is destroying what Christmas represents. . . . The real target is not Christmas. It’s Christianity. That’s where the real battle lines are being drawn.” ~Joseph Farah, editor, World Nut Daily (oops, I meant World NET Daily)

OK, that’s enough stupid to last at least till next Christmas. Here’s a much more realistic tack:

Christmas Day  is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people . . . While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown, and are not the focus of the Church’s Christmas celebration. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.

So: Christmas is a public holiday which falls on the Gregorian Calendar’s December twenty-fifth. That’s not thought to be the birthdate of the one Christians call The Christ, but that doesn’t really matter since Christmas is NOT specifically a Christian holiday, it’s a public holiday observed all over the world by believers and non-believers alike. Seems to me, therefore and thereby, that the “war on Christmas” is pretty much an exclusive effort by fundamentalist/evangelical nitwits to humiliate and insult each and all of every other belief along with those who have no belief, i.o.w. all y’all who do not “think” appropriately.

OK, now that we have THAT cleared up, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Kwanzaa! And to our Muslim friends, to Atheists, to Non-theists, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, and everyone else, Happy Holidays! And be advised, you don’t need a manger with a doll in it to savor the moment.

In fact, no living breathing critter ever stays in its “manger” for millennium after millennium, even if it’s on the front lawn of the local Court House. Nope, the young’uns hang around only till the time is right, and then they’re off and away. Here’s some (sorta) proof — a photo of a Hummingbird chick, taken somewhere between 1975 and 1980 (that’s A.D., aka C.E. or Common Era) in roughly early summer, in Sun City AZ (I know, I was there!), just one brief moment before the little critter’s first ever flight! (note too the empty “manger”!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe message seems a simple one: wage peace, not war.

And a Happy Holiday to ALL Creatures everywhere!