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So this grumpy little guy fell out of his nest early. He perched himself on the Concrete Turtle that my Stuart loves to jump on. Looks like Big T has a new friend. Fearing my dogs would get him, I went and grabbed my gardening gloves, put down my camera and went over to grab him and move him to a safer place.

So here’s what happened. I picked little grumpy up and was immediately attacked by both his parents. It scared the heck right out of me. I am so glad I had my hair up in a bun on the top of my head, because these Robins went straight for my head and one of them actually hit me in the bun on my head. Flash backs to one of my first horror movie The Birds came streaming back….But I was on a mission to move this little one for his own safety.

It did not bother them when I was taking his picture, I actually did not even see them or hear them anywhere near me, but once I had him in my hands they pounced on me. I was able to get him into the front yard and placed him near a bush and he hopped under it and I ran back into the back yard. They were flying down on me and making enough noise to alert the entire neighborhood. I have rescued birds before, but have never been attacked by them, I guess there is a first for everything. I’d do it again, I will just wear my motorcycle helmet next time!

Grumpy hung out in my front yard for the next few days, with mom and dad staying very close and keeping an eye out for me. I have not seen him since so I like to imagine him flying high and telling stories of the human he escaped from.

So anyway, enough with the bird stories for now, and onto some food talk.

I made a steak, egg, blue cheese and brussels salad. I roasted the brussels on the grill for 20 minutes, fried the egg and used some pre-cooked fajita steak meat to create this really fun dinner. Along with the salad I also made an easy dressing, I took A-1 steak sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard and mixed it all together and lightly coated the lettuce with it. I had no idea what I was setting out to make, but it sure did turn out well. Plus the toasted pita squares really added to the meal.

Sometimes the meals thrown together on the fly are the best. I smashed it all up together and dug in.

Now back to some more bird news. So during a recent visit with the chickens at my neighbors farm, I left with a parting gift.

Poison Ivy. I was visiting my Lovely Ladies and pulled some weeds in the coop that seemed to be growing like crazy. I did have gloves on, but when I stacked up the weeds in my arms to move out of the coop, I had on short sleeves and ended up getting poison ivy on my upper arms by my biceps. Within 5 minutes I knew I came into contact with something because my arms were on fire. So I went to my doctor and got a cortisone shot and some cream to help with the itching. What is it with birds and me lately?

Sometimes you have to take the good and the bad. It makes me think of the theme song from the Facts of Life TV show. Back in the day, that was my favorite show. That show ran from 1979 to 1988. I seriously grew up watching that show. I really did learn the Facts of Life from those girls. Well I’m off, hope you have a great day free from attacking birds and poison ivy plants.

Question of the Day:  Have you ever had poison ivy? I sure hope I never get it again.

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My parents came into town for a visit recently and when I asked my mom what she wanted to eat, and she said Middle-Eastern food. I wanted to kiss her through the phone. Besides Greek Food, Middle-Eastern Food is my favorite. I have an ongoing love affair going with hummus. My Italian Grandmother gets upset when I tell her my love for any foods other than Italian, so this is our secret.

The restaurant we went to was beautiful and nicely decorated. Plus when you dine with senior citizens you can find a seat anywhere, Oh the joys of eating dinner at 4pm.

For my dinner I choose the hommous (how it was spelled on the menu) topped with lamb. Hummus is how I always spell it. I guess there are several versions, I don’t care how it’s spelled I love just want an endless supply of it. Anyway.

To start we received a basket of fresh bakes pita bread and the garlic dip.

My dad would not try it, so that left more for me and my mom. My dad is not adventurous with foods, it took me 15 years to get him to try a tiny little bite of tofu, which he claimed almost killed him. He only likes what his mother served him as a child and what my mom continues to serve him. He actually said to me at dinner that he worries about me getting enough protein in my diet because I eat so many strange foods. I have explained to him 100 times that the foods I eat are protein based, like tofu, hummus, and beans. He means well, he’s just really old school. Another funny comment from my dad was, “what do you eat on your cereal since you don’t like milk? I told him I do like milk, but prefer soy milk. He then told me how worried he is that I don’t get enough calcium. Bless his heart.

Then came the salad, just a fresh chopped salad with a light house dressing and fresh herbs. Hidden under all the greens were some really great chunks of cucumbers and tomatoes.

My parents each ordered the shish-kabob and rice. My dad loves shish-kakob and that was probably the only thing on the menu he would order.

Here’s my hommous topped with lamb, it was very good, I loved the spices on the meat, plus the hommous was so thick and flavorful. Dad would not try it, not even a tiny taste, but I will continue to keep at that one, I think he would really like it, if he would only give it a taste.

It was a perfect meal and time well spent with the rents. On a super sweet end note, my dad gave me a box of Godiva chocolates because he worries I don’t eat enough chocolates! Funny, right.

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