The phoebes planned to hatch a brood on my front porch light.

They built a delicate yet sturdy mini-masterpiece. But crows prowl and bluejays egg-and-baby-snatch at will.  Ravens and grackles sport dark feathers and do dark deeds. Even the cheery house wren can turn into an egg-destroyer.





When she was six years old, Genevieve Jones rode with her father on buggy rides into the wilderness, searching for birds’ nests and collecting eggs. Gennie found an intricate bird’s nest that no one could identify. She couldn’t even find a book that would solve the mystery since no one had yet written one. When Gennie got older, she began to illustrate the eggs and nests of Ohio birds.

The bittersweet story within a story is here ~

 America’s Other Audubon.  

A woman’s love for birds, a family’s love for her.


Toni 8/14/13

Empty Nest? It’s Complicated. Another 420 Character, 9-Liner that Connects Humans and Birds.

It gets complicated for us Mamas when the kids fledge.

I watch the House Wren parents trying to lure their teens out of the house.

“Time to go Litter # 1!

Your Mama’s laid 6 eggs,

kept a 12-minutes-on-8-minutes-off-brooding-schedule;

and she and I made 300 feeding trips a day once you all hatched.

Time’s passing;

gotta make room in the house for your little sibs.

Honey?” (Mr. HW looks around) “Hey honey where ya goin’?”

Patty 6/4/12

 House Wrens fledging…

Bedbugs, Borers, Beetles and The End of The Nine-Word Memoir Giveaway Contest

The Bugs.

They’re Everywhere.

Here’s the skinny on the Top Three –

Cimex lectularius. Its Latin name means “bug of the bed”.  Not much that hasn’t been said about this tiny, flat and oval nuisance.


Then, there’s Agrilus planipennis.

Commonly known as the Emerald Ash Borer,

its larvae girdle the tree and kill it.


And, of course, the Mountain Pine Beetle. Dendroctonus ponderosae bores through the outer bark of lodgepole pines, mates, lay eggs and feeds voraciously.


Widespread outbreaks of these pests create social, economic and environmental havoc. As pests go, they are all seasoned travelers, hitching a ride on the wind or in your suitcase.


But we Desperate Housescribes have lots of ways to distract ourselves from these pesky invasive creatures.  One of which is reading your nine-word memoirs.

The  Nine-Word Memoir Giveaway Contest has ended. We’re reading the entries and will announce the Lucky Winner on Monday, September 13.

Thanks for the memories!