“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan



Another quote I have laying around my house. It strikes me I have a lot of quotes about birds. It also strikes me that I have a lot of bowls containing things that are important to me - things with which I have some sort of spiritual connection. The lovely lovely Katie says that Robert (yes, the usually-packing-heat Robert) is the same way. Lulu does this too. She has a bowl of nutshells that have fallen from trees & have been emptied by squirrels, leaving teeny little holes in the shells - the squirrels can make the tiniest holes & still get out the yummy part & that just amazes her & makes her happy. You can't beat keeping a bowl of happiness laying about the house. The even funnier part about Lulu's tale has been the discovery that her aunt does the same thing - on a trip to Texas, Lulu discovered a bowl of empty nutshells on her aunt's kitchen table, tiny little holes in their sides. Her embarrassed aunt began to explain, but Lulu stopped her - no need for that explanation.

UPDATE April 9.08: After speaking to RBL last night & reading his comment this morning, I realize I was very unclear about these little nutshell holes. Sorry! I was rushing, and I'm not very good at rushing! Anyway, the teeny holes aren't as teeny as I made them sound - they can actually be as big as 1/4 of the shell, but if they're that large, Lulu's not interested. They need to be smaller. Also, they're not perfectly round little holes - they're jagged, in-a-hurry, let-me-at-the-food openings. And last, but not least, never acorns. Always bigger nuts. Pecans here in East Texas.


  1. Those teeny acorn holes are holes from moth larvae drilling in. The larvae eats out the inside and finally exits. Or maybe the hole is when they drill out. I noticed when i had a big bowl of acorns and ended up with a lot of dried worms at the bottom.

    Pong Ping, by the way said: The acorn worm carries the earth in his overalls.

  2. Here's some interesting reading for you if you dream about birds...16 more days!

    Birds are generally considered a most fortunate dream omen, especially if they are brightly colored, singing and/or flying. Dead or injured birds are an indication of coming worries, unless they are birds of prey, in which case the worries will be short-lived. Birds' eggs in a nest signify money, broken birds' eggs forecast disappointment, and birds hatching in a nest indicate delayed profits. An empty nest is a warning not to be drawn into family arguments. To be aware in your dream of the beak of a bird is a forecast of a change of residence; whether for better or worse depends on the other details of the dream.

  3. Christy - I LOVE this! Thanks!

    Robert - see update on post. Thanks again.

  4. I love your birds and bowls and quotes. Love them.


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