You guys do like to spoil my critters! MomSense sent me three beautiful scarves, colored especially for each duck. I may have video of putting them on, I haven’t looked at it yet, it may be just a blur of feather, wings and yarn.
They removed them very quickly :
When I have a bit more time, I’ll do one scarf/one duck and take photos. It kind of stresses them out, but I bribed them with romaine lettuce and they have mostly forgiven me.
Okay here is the big reveal, Penelope Pearl in her pretty red scarf:
Thanks so much MomSense! With luck, there will be more pictures.
RESPITE open thread.
Soooo very stylish!
Awww, Penelope Pearl looks perfectly happy to wear the scarf! (Mabel, not so much.)
MomSense is awesome.
I have seen the Who’s Pinball Wizard performed on an outdoor organ, and now I have seen a picture of a duck wearing a scarf. I have truly seen it all.
It looks like something Beatrix Potter would draw.
Hats. I want to see ducks in hats.
Looks like MomSense did a different pattern as well as a different color for each girl. Great work!
Penelopearl is rocking her scarf!
Mabel… does a dignified dip to be rid of hers.
My dogs didn’tike their sweaters at first, but they eventually got used to them. Keep at it.
Dorothy A. Winsor
Penelope looks fabulous. Was it hard to get the scarves on them? Will you have scars?
I LOVE how Penelope’s scarf contrasts with her white feathers yet still matches her yellow beak.
I should be so great at putting my own outfits together.
Penelope is quite the looker.
@HeleninEire: MomSense did a great job in color matching all the scarves to each duck. She had a little help from her offspring.
She looked so lovely. So you can’t dress a live duck. Good for them.
I stopped by my dad’s nursing home. They had some event going, so I had to park in back by the rehab facility. After wending my way through the maze I decided I would leave by the outside and walk through the grounds.
They have replaced the evil swans ( they swear they went to a farm) with black ducks to blend in with the white ones. Every duck in sight swam over when I walked by. I felt bad. In future what should I bring to fed them?
[email protected]: Haven’t seen you on a thread in a long time. How are you? Where are you? Erie or Queens?
@Sab: Green things – lettuce, kale, mustard greens. Stay away from grains – bread, popcorn, crackers, etc. They do like birdseed – but too much fat can cause wing drop.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Not too difficult. But they may see me coming next time, LOL
And well placed unfolding of the pics. Scroll past the scarves. Nice. Then poor Mabel. Oh, not going to work out, is it? And then – ta-da – Storybook Girl!
Actually said “Awww” outloud.
@Baud: My cocker loves her sweater, it can be 80º and she doesn’t want to take her sweater off.
@TaMara (HFG): This here is why I love this blog. A blog commentor took the time to match scarves with the DUCKS on this blog.
Yeah beat that sentence.
Now THERE’S your 2020 Christmas card!
@TaMara (HFG): Seriously? Kale and lettuce? I and they will be happy. I will do that at least weekly this winter.Those ducks expected to be fed. Followed me in the water the whole way around.
Dad and I can do that next summer. Roll him out in his wheel chair. He has always loved ducks.
I’ve seen a peanut stand
Heard a rubber band
Saw a needle that winked its eye
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see a duck in a scarf
[hmmm. needs work]
What should I bring to feed [ducks]?
Purina duck chow.
Yes!!! My youngest will be pleased to know his favorite, Mabel, is as rebellious and head strong as he is.
I’ll have to get some pics because one of my knitting friends has a flock of geese she wants to outfit.
@Ohio Mom: I’m in Queens. Mostly lurking here. Posting periodically. Lots going on. My stepmother died at Christmas so I’m working on moving my 85 year old Dad here to Queens. Pretty sure I can get him in my complex which has 3 buildings and 1300 apartments. He’s about to accept an offer on his Long Island house. But he’s been there for 60 years so there’s a lot to sort out. It’s the house I grew up in and I’m old ?. So by May he’ll be here within 3 minutes of me.
Lots of other stuff. Anyway. Once he’s settled and comfortable with living in the city I’ll go back to visit my Ireland friends. I miss them.
Thanks for asking.
I suspect that keeping a scarf on a duck is like keeping a hat on a baby. They don’t care how cute it looks, they just want it OFF! RIGHT NAOW!
NYT reporting that intelligence officials told the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is meddling to support Trump – and that’s why the acting DNI just got canned. Not terribly surprising, but the House should already be investigating whether Trump is coordinating. I have zero doubt that they are, again.
@HeleninEire: I know I have been a jerk to you before. Best wishes moving your dad. That’s hard. Been there, done that. He and you will be so much better off if he is near where you can check on him easily
We sold my parents lovely house to the next door neighbor and he immediateky flattened it. That was a shock. But Dad is safer, so there is that.
Is she just daft or completely suicidal?
@MomSense: Do any of these waterfowl want scarfs? It appears to be No!. So why aren’t we knitting for dogs who do want sweaters?
@Sab: My little Henry has two sweaters knitted by MomSense.
Let me see if I can rustle up some photos. In the meantime, here is Henry without the sweater.
@WaterGirl: That’s a fine photo.
Henry in MomSense sweater #1
Henry in MomSense sweater #1 (underside)
Momsense is super talented. I learned to knit as a punishment. We had to learn to crochet, knit and sew in my all girls school. I only did those things because otherwise they wouldn’t give you a rank if you had an incomplete in those projects. So I did them out of compulsion. I knit booties which I still have and haven’t touched knitting needles again after age 13.
@Baud: Henry thanks you!
@Baud: That sentence somehow doesn’t comport with the image of Mahatma Baud that I have in my head!
Beautiful as can be
ETA: Penelope has real panache!
@Sab: Ah no worries. You have apologized already. You are grand. I have also had a few “fuck you other commenter” moments on this blog. And been mortified by my words.
Again. No worries. ❤
@debbie: That was an incredibly diplomatic comment!
MomSense can think you are talking about her beautiful scarves.
TaMara can think you are talking about her gorgeous ducks.
John can think you are taking about his girlfriend, Penelope.
Henry can think you are talking about him.
MomSense can think you are talking about her dog sweater!
You thought I’d let my dogs stay cold?
I love that picture of Henry. Your two dogs are very sweet to each other.
Oh, good. Okay, yeah, I was talking about all that! ?
I love all of the knitting. I learned to knit when I was a kid, and somewhere there’s a lemon yellow sweater with 1.75 sleeves. I wanted to crochet like my Mamaw, but it just made no sense to me.
@WaterGirl: Can I give my hearty “FUCK YOU!!!” to welcome your return?
Also: Valdiva came back around for a bit too. Gonna work on AsianGRRLMN and RedKitteh next. They both add character here.
EDIT: Of course you do too!
I can do dog sweaters! A Bixby sized one may take longer than a couple of Sanditon episodes, however.
@Yutsano: I miss Valdiva. Sorry I missed her.
@Yutsano: I just said to someone this week that I have been wishing that AsianGrrlMN would come back. RedKitten, yes! I remember when her baby was born. (At least one of them.)
@Baud: I believe that Valdivia is planning to come for the BGinCHI culture threads, at least.
@WaterGirl: Shit. I need to get some culture stat.
@MomSense: Henry looks so jaunty in his sweater with his white hair and his tail curved up for contrast.
He has given you permission to use his adorableness in any sweater advertisements. :-)
@Baud: Just read the first 5 comments in each culture thread and you’ll get all the culture you need by osmosis.
@Yutsano: Red Kitten… Her children must be pretty big by now. Her wit was unmatched.
@Baud: She’s well worth a follow on Twitter where she is known as Valdivia. Unless it’s a different Valdivia; I haven’t asked.
@debbie: A couple of years ago, the older lady that did the early morning swim with me tried to teach me how to crochet – I made a little “square” something that I could use to wash dishes.
Square is in air quotes because I was not legally allowed to use the word square to describe the shape of my creation.
J R in WV
Hey, Irish Helen, good to see you back home at Balloon Juice!! Take care, keep in touch !!
@Yutsano: Was that supposed to be in reply to Helen?
@J R in WV: Thanks darling.
@WaterGirl: Rut Roh.
@HeleninEire: I hope the move is stress free or as stress free as a move can be.
HeleninErie: My two cousins are going through something similar, needing to clean out my aunt’s four story house in Jackson Heights. Fifty-five years of stuff. My aunt liked to shop, had the money to do so, and then kept it all.
She was quite organized and tidy though. I was there last month for her memorial service and afterwards went through the house with the older cousin. The drawers and closets would be the envy of Marie Kondo.
I keep suggesting looking for an estate auction service but I don’t think they are there yet.
Anyway, it’s a big project, moving your dad. Sounds like he is agreeable, and that’s to his credit.
So the shakeup at DNI was because they informed the House about Russia’s interference in trying to elect trump for a second term. trump was pissed
@HeleninEire: In all my years here, I have never been FUCK-YOU’d. Plus he was welcoming me back and I had only been gone for a minute or two. :-)
@WaterGirl: Girl. I think you are responding to others.
@HeleninEire: Now I’m totally confused.
I thought that was a fun FUCK YOU from Yutsano to you, welcoming you back that way since you had referenced fuck you in your comment.
Did I get that wrong?
@WaterGirl: OK gonna lay my cards out. Sab apologized for saying stupid things to me. I told her it’s grand I’ve been an asshole here too. No worries.
Yutsano is here why?
It was Yutsano at #48 (for me) who posted this:
I think he meant to reply to you. WG hasn’t been gone long enough to be welcomed back.
@debbie: Thank you for explaining that. I was starting to think maybe I had lost my mind. :-)
I didn’t realize one of the site upgrades was osmosis. Nice.
@Mary G: I don’t do Twitter anymore.
@debbie: It was kind of you not to also include the supporting fact that I am most definitely not in the same league as Valdivia, AsianGrllMN, or RedKitten. But Helen is.
@Baud: I tried to think of everything. :-)
That’s so sad. Are they just using it for a bigger yard or are they building something new?
We were lucky to find buyers who affirmatively liked the mid-century modern style of my parents’ house (which my father had designed) and have kept that while updating some things that sorely needed it.
So sad to have all those memories “disappeared.”
@Mary G: same one. I asked her to come back last year. Yutsano clearly has more clout than me ?
@satby: I think it was BGinCHI who may have coaxed Valdivia back. But Yutsano would definitely be the one to work on the others. :-)
So cute! She even looks like she’s posing. Hope I get to see pics or video of the other two even if it annoys them.
Reminds me of an old favorite at our house, No Roses for Harry. But Penelope is styling in her red.
O.M.G. These sweaters and scarves are gorgeous! Love love love.
Now I kind of want to see Penelope in a sweater.
The scarves are lovely, but I think the photo of the duck getting it off is hilarious! Good for them, my chickens would be scarved for life if I tried that.
Oh Pearl ???
Henry is so cute ?
@ziggy: Nice one!