Today I am grateful for:
Surviving crazy-busy work! Yesterday I had to cover all of Corey's job, a hunk of Dawn's job, and a piece of Shelley's job...today I'm 'just' covering Dawn's, though I still haven't much time for my own stuff. Glad the week is almost over...
Catching up on various fronts despite the stomach-ache that tried to flatten me last evening. Refrained from fiction reading for about 22 hours so I could do some magazine/mail/brochure/misc reading catch-up--not quite current yet, but pretty close! And plowed into the mess of my money stuff as well--not quite current either but that's unavoidable since today is payday (yay!). (And I'm not in the hole, double yay!)
The beautiful sight of two male goldfinches in an all-out aerial battle over a tree this morning. They chirped and chittered angrily at each other, but from goldfinch throats it all sounded beautiful. Such a bright, pretty fight!
The people that are making this transition after my mom's departure easier by making time for me. In particular, thanks to Pantha, Beth, Becca, and my mom, of course, for your e-mails/LJ or Elfwood comments/phone call. These two days have been a bit rocky emotionally, but your kindness has helped. It's greatly appreciated. *hugs*
Most of all, thanks to my mom for coming out to visit! It made June the best month of the year so far (which might not be saying much, but still...). I'm glad to have my own visit in October as something to anticipate over the remaining months of summer.
Your goldfinches look nothing like ours ^__^ I hadn't realised there was even a difference. I love goldfinches though, and yours look very cute too. I can imagine seeing an aerial battle was pretty spectacular.
*hugs* I'm glad that June had some bright spots for you.
Did you know they sell European goldfinches over here as pets to keep in a cage? I saw one some months back at the pet store where I buy my fish medicine. He looked quite bedraggled and not half as handsome as your link photo there...I was a little disappointed. ;) It's a good thing it's illegal to keep native birds as pets like that, or my mom would be after an indigo bunting for sure.
So am I!
Now that you mention it, you have said it before. Poor things! But then again, I suppose it's no different to use keeping cockatiels and budgies. I'd love a blackbird, or a magpie. But since I'd have to keep out of the cage, not such a sparky idea with my cats :( else I'd have had four magpies to add to the mess in the house ^_^