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THE OLD WOMAN WHO KEEPS A PARROT

(And the Little Conure)

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THE PARROT

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ABOUT ME

I am a progressive seventy-year-old woman who has an opinion about most things.

I live in Victoria, Texas, USA.

I was a teacher of  English literature for four years  in a public high school in the mountains of North Carolina, USA, after college.

Following my tenure as a teacher, I became a social worker for the State of North Carolina.  My clients were elderly or disabled.  A number of them lived in family care homes or in nursing homes.  I placed people in these homes from the state mental hospitals for several years.  I also  licensed family care homes and foster homes for the state.

I moved to Texas from Greensboro, North Carolina  in 1976.

My husband and I started a concrete business in Victoria  in 1979 and worked together in the business until his death in 2009.

My daughter and her husband have operated the business for nearly ten years.

I have one daughter,one grandson, a dog, an Amazon parrot, a Fancy Green Cheek Conure, and a chinchilla.

I still  have all of my teeth and most of my marbles.

If you want to know anything else, ask me.  :-)    I would like to know about you too.  I am particularly interested in what you think.

Thank you for your interest in my blog.  I hope you enjoy your visit.

George Weaver

MY OTHER BLOG

The Fuzzy Foto

©

Occasionally, someone asks whether I sell photographs.

No, I don’t sell photos.

However, if a photo here makes you smile, please download it.

That will make me smile!

:-)

 

Che scratching nose

Che

208 responses

  1. Your photography world is amazing!! You inspire me much with your passion! Im looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    April 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  2. You have an amazing, wonderful, inspiring blog! I love a good laugh and your wonderful photo stories made me laugh out loud several times today, well done! :-) I’ll be back for more soon; I’m your new follower!
    Warm regards from the North
    Dina

    April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

  3. Sometimes the world seems small. I live in ‘Victoria’…Australia. just two suburbs away is Greensboro (spelt Greensborough). I am pushing that 70year old mark. Still have my marbles….I think. Had a parrot but had to give him away when I down scaled.
    Love your blog and your photos.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:02 am

  4. Hello George, I’m sorry, I can’t remember if I let you know that your image is now posted on sots. It is.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:55 am

  5. “I still have all of my teeth and most of my marbles.”…………………….. hahahahaha! Brilliant!!! Love the photos too ;-)

    March 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  6. Dear George,
    Thanks for visiting my blog recently and leaving me so many likes and such a nice comment! And thanks for making me aware of your own blog through your visit! I had a look at it today and found it to be most original, creative, and interesting. I look forward to reading many more exciting stories on your blog in the future!
    Namaste,
    andelieya

    February 11, 2014 at 5:58 am

    • Thank you andelieya! I just saw this comment. I appreciate you visiting my About page! I hope you enjoy the posts. :-)

      March 18, 2014 at 12:43 am

  7. That’s one beautiful parrot! So, where’s a photo of your chinchilla??? I had one for many years. He was a delightful little fellow.

    February 11, 2014 at 2:05 am

    • I added a photo of Che for you! :-) Yes, they are delightful little fellows! Thanks for stopping by to read my info.

      March 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

      • Oh, Che is so pretty. Thanks for posting the photo. S/he reminds me of my Sparky (RIP).

        March 18, 2014 at 3:16 am

  8. George Weaver, I sure like seeing your face today. I am thankful you are plugging away, and out there on the range. Happy thoughts your way.

    February 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    • Good to see you too, Michael. I’m still having fun here. How about you? What’s up?

      February 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      • You are fun! Been unfortunately ill for sometime, but maybe perhaps coming out of it. The new website is launching soon, with new posts, images, classes, and even an upcoming podcast. I am confident to breakthrough in 2014. Glad to see you are still doing beautiful flowers

        February 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        • I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. I hope the worst is over and you’ll mend soon! I’m happy to hear about the new website and all of the good stuff you have planned for it. I’ll be looking forward to it! :-)

          February 8, 2014 at 2:02 am

          • thank you George! I am ready to feel better too. I think you will enjoy the new space. how are things in S Texas?

            February 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            • Cold and ugly here. UGH! I will be very glad to see spring this year. Tell me what you thought about my latest post on the Parrot. I am not usually into monochromes. As you know, I love deep, bright colors. I even ditched the green palm background. Probably a bad choice, but I feel WINTER in my old bones this year! Be sure to let me know when everything launches. I don’t want to miss the party!! :-)

              February 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  9. Wow. Thanks for all visits and likes. I checked follow again for your blog. I don’t know how I got unfollowed.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    • I loved my visit, Carl. I chuckled all the way through. You are one funny guy!

      Have the best Christmas!
      George

      December 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  10. Nice meeting you via our blogs! I’m a progressive 60 year old woman who also has many opinions and is living in Southern California, blogging with my youngest child, Kat. ~SueBee

    December 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    • Yes, it is nice to have met you too. This is a difficult time for old progressives to be alive, I think. Chuckle… At least, it is difficult in South Texas… ;-)

      December 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      • I believe South Texas is a very different place than most parts of Southern California, but we can hope progressives will win out everywhere in time!

        December 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  11. I am sorry I haven’t read this introduction before. My best to you George!

    November 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    • Thank you for taking the time to read it. My best to you too, Paula! :-)

      November 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  12. Hi,

    I saw your comment on switter’sb. I thought you might like this and some other shots of “home”.
    http://daisyslaboratory.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/macro-shots-of-some-flies/
    You might also enjoy seeing some salmon flies, they often are works of art (and have become too valuable to fish).

    November 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    • Yes, thanks for the link. I visited last week and loved your blog! I’ll be back to visit more soon. :-)

      November 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  13. Kev

    Love your parrot…looks like a right proper cheeky chappie!

    October 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    • Thanks, Kev. Rita is a real character. She’s a double-yellowhead Amazon. They are cheeky creatures, certainly. :-)

      October 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  14. what great photos and stories! usually i don’t like photos of plants, but yours are so different. love your parrot stories :-)

    September 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    • HI, Olive. I just visited to see your work. I like it. Very natural representations. As Vonnegut said, “It is what it is”. That best describes what I saw on your blog. Honest portrayals of life as you saw it. Unaltered life. That is refreshing and encouraging to me. Unpretentious storytelling at its best. :-)

      Thanks. I am glad you like my little stories. One of my favorites is the Longhorn story about my husband’s cattle. I enjoy my flowers now that I have time to visit with them. ;-)

      September 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  15. hi George! I live in Australia and I looked here to see where you live, because the staghorn ferns you grow are the same ones that grow wild in the bush here … they are lovely aren’t they? I did a post recently on orchids in the bush … but included a photo of the staghorns nearby … here http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/dendrobium-teretifolium/ … just in case you would like to see them. Christine xx

    September 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

    • Thank you for the visit and the link, Christine. I enjoyed seeing the ferns growing wild. And the orchids too! Ah, it must be wonderful to live in a land of such varied fauna and flora! :-)

      September 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      • it is George, despite the ticks!

        September 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

  16. I see you have a Lumix… i used to have that one too I loved it !!!!! You have great pictures btw :)

    September 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

  17. Hi, George. I thought your wonderful blog deserved a mention in my latest post. http://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/cbbh-challenge-ancient-modern/

    August 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    • Good grief, it took me long enough to find this! I apologize. It was very kind of you to link to my blog.

      Thank you very much! :-)

      September 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

  18. Thank you for dropping by wePoets. It’s much appreciated. We’d be happy to showcase your photo’s should you want to share. :)

    August 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

  19. The professor was thrilled the moment you quoted Twain! Huge Twain fan. Nice to meet you!

    August 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

  20. Hello! What an interesting blog! Your parrot looks very friendly! Nice to see another lumix user out there :-)

    August 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    • Hi! Lemony Shots (name of blog too) uses only the Lumix for her remarkable photography. Cheeky is friendly. Rita not so friendly. I’m glad you enjoyed the visit. Thank you for taking the time to visit and to leave such a nice comment. :-)

      August 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  21. Hi George, I used to live in Carrboro and work in Burlington, NC. I remember my days in NC with great affection for the place and the people. I remember Chimney Rock Park like a beautiful dream, with hillsides of blooming rhododendrons and waterfalls of crisp, cold water. Texas must be so different after NC.

    August 14, 2013 at 5:18 am

  22. You got me with the line about teeth and marbles :)

    August 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  23. I am could find the space to mention in the concerned post but Mr Anole’s new coat made me go green with envy.What a handsome guy?

    August 8, 2013 at 3:21 am

  24. Hi George
    Your beautiful capture of a dance to remember by the tulips attracted me to your blog and I am glad that I did.I love your thoughts, insights and bonhomie about everything being beautiful.It is true that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and that is you.Love love love your blog.The tulips made my day.
    Svetlana

    August 8, 2013 at 3:06 am

  25. I came back to check what posts I’ve missed, as I realised it’s been very quiet. Somehow I don’t think I was following you anymore. No idea why, or when, but I’ve fixed that now :-)

    August 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  26. Gorgeous photos! I share your love for nature, animals, etc. Hence I am following your blog… Looking forward for more.:-)

    August 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  27. I lived near Asheville for a while – were you near there? Worked at the local county DSS. Later, in NY, became a social worker, and now work in home health care, far from NC! I bet you could tell some great stories!

    July 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    • Yes, we lived in Marion for several years after college. I was a teacher and a social worker there. Then we moved to Greensboro where I also did social work for DSS. How interesting that we both worked for DSS in N.C. And, yes, there were many interesting stories from that period of my life! Thanks for stopping in to visit and looking at so many posts. I appreciate that. I’ll be around to return the visit soon!

      July 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  28. Thanks for the follow.
    All the best,
    JD

    July 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    • Hey, I just saw your comment. Thanks. I will follow with interest. :-)

      July 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

  29. Pat

    How interesting that I have found your blog. My daughter moved to Victoria almost a year ago – she works for the University of Houston – Victoria. We visited last January. I checked out a couple of your posts and really enjoy your work. Your ability to capture the essence of flowers is phenomenal. And yes, I do have lots to say so I’ll leave comments on your future posts. I was a social worker and an educator, too. I think I’ll enjoy getting to know you.

    July 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • My goodness! How interesting that your daughter lives here and that you were a teacher and social worker too. Small world after all as they say. It’s nice to meet you. I will be visiting your blog too. Thank you for visiting so many of my posts. Have a wonderful Fourth of July! :-)

      July 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  30. you have got amazing skill George…I have been trying to find space in some post to write comments so finally got some space here before I had to scoll few pages :) Great blog dear..and thanks a lot for sharing

    July 2, 2013 at 1:07 am

    • I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit. What a beautiful girl you are! And so very nice too! I love sharing my pictures here. I spend a lot of time exploring my garden watching everything that happens. There is another world there that we often do not see in our rush to go about our lives. I am lucky to have lived long enough to have the leisure to visit that world. And I am happy to share it with travelers here. Thank you for visiting me and taking time to let me know you were here. :-)

      July 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

  31. Deb

    Hi George, thank you for the recent visit, comment and follow.
    I love your space…very lush looking with all the lovely green.
    Wow, you still have all your teeth, that’s very impressive.
    Hugs xxx

    June 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    • The teeth thing is a joke, of course, although I do have them. It’s a southern thing. We say, “She had summer teeth” meaning that some are there and some are not… I’m glad you like my little corner. I enjoy snapping photos of my space. Thank you for coming by and for the nice comment! :-)

      June 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

  32. Hi George! I saw your remark about just asking if we want to know something….so…i’m asking :) I have purchased several cameras and lenses, and none of them give me the results that I want when doing closeups….may I ask what camera and lens you used for these? I need a change in my photography life…the invasion of the little ninja squirrel was telling me to give up the birds, at least the local ones..I’ve wanted to photograph flowers for a long time and I’m wondering if you would share with me they type of camera and lens you used for these images….they are just outstanding :) I’m spending more time in my garden, planting new things, and just kind of over-hauling my life in general. Thanks so much George…Suzanne

    June 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    • I just saw this. Sorry it took me two days to get a clue… :-) I used a Nikon D300 for several years. Then, I saw that Leanne Cole was test driving a Nikon D5100 so I consulted with my expert, Ken Rockwell.com about it. Look at what he says. Essentially, he says that the D5100 produces the same quality image as the D7100 for far less money. Also, it performs really well on auto which I use all the time. The auto white balance is good. And that’s a must for me. He says that the D5100 just doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that a professional photographer would want to shoot always in manual. That is definitely NOT me. I believe I paid less than $500 for the camera body! I couldn’t believe it. And, it is a well-made, well-balanced body. The lens may make all the difference. I am comfortable with this lens that I’ve used for years. I dropped it on the slate floor and dented the rim, but didn’t break the lens. The focus ring is a little stiff now, but I am used to that too. I highly recommend this lens for an all-purpose walk-around lens. I never change it. It is an AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm DX lens with VR. The vibration reduction is great for me with my tremor, but would be good for anybody to avoid camera shake. If you read the manual for the D5100, you could shoot better photos in more light situations than I do. I use natural light and know when it is good light out in the garden. Otherwise, I’m screwed… :-)

      I also have a Panasonic Lumix LX5. Lemony Shots uses hers for all of her macro work. It was her only camera until recently! It costs about $450 and has a Leica prime lens. A very well-made camera with excellent auto white balance and auto settings for all light conditions. You have to read the manual to know how to shoot macro (which I have not done). It is a tiny camera. The image quality is very sharp with excellent color and clarity. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I shot all of the Trumpet Vine and Mr. Anole photos with it last year because I could hold it up over my head and point at Mr. Anole! I take it with me in my purse when I don’t want to carry a bigger camera. Look at Lemony’s blog photos. I use the D5100 when I want a shallow DOF. I am sure you could get that with the LX5, but I am just used to the lens on the D5100. I am holding the LX5 in the self-photo on this page.

      If I can answer any more questions, let me know. I am very happy with these cameras. :-)

      June 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      • Thanks SO much for this info….I’ve been so impressed with your photos and I think either of these cameras would be great for me to use here at the edge of the woods. I also have a tremor, you’ll notice that if I ever post a video its not still at all…lol…..I’ve had the tremor since high school at least! Thanks again George! I appreciate your taking the time to share this with me :)

        June 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

  33. she has a wonderful blog …
    lei ha un blog stupendo…
    dumneavoasta aveti un blog minunat

    March 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

  34. Thanks for stopping by the Sunshine Scrapbook and liking so many of my posts :)

    March 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  35. Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://sunshinescrapbook.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/ooh-yippee-another-award/

    March 6, 2013 at 1:28 am

  36. Great Blog georg! Full of beautiful light and sensibility . Nice to meet you .

    February 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • Nice to meet you too, Anisjarossi. (What? Your name?) :-)
      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment!

      February 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      • Thank you George . My name is Anisja. :)

        February 22, 2013 at 3:56 am

  37. Thank you for your likes to my wordpress site. I have enjoyed looking through yours as well. Best, Jon

    February 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the visit, Jon. Thank you for dropping by. I am very interested in your project and will be reading back to the first of it soon and following along. A great project! So happy to see that you are devoted to creating a photographic record. The photographs that you published already are very sensitive and just wonderful. Thank you.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  38. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

    February 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    • Ciao! I just scrolled through a few delightful posts on your blog. Such a bright and clever and happy place! I will be back! Thank you for stopping by.

      February 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  39. Thank you so much for liking all of my photos!!! Your comments are so very kind, thank you.

    January 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    • Ah, Dave. If you ever change your Gravatar photo, I will lose you for sure. That gentle guy looking out of the little frame makes me happy when I see it. I remember it from the first time I saw it. I thought to myself, “There is a kind man” … and so he is. I do like your photographs. A lot. And, you’re welcome. :-)

      February 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  40. Fascinating to discover you and your blog.

    January 12, 2013 at 5:30 am

    • I love it when I see “LensScaper”. I always think “Lens Caper”. That makes me chuckle in delight. I’m sure I follow you, but I’ll check on my notification setting to be sure I’m getting notifications since I fail miserably at following the Reader. It’s my nemesis here on WP! Thanks for finding my little blog. :-)

      February 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  41. what a delightful person you are! i will treasure receiving your future posts!
    lisa/z from ecuador, formerly from mississippi!

    January 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    • Hi, Zeebra Girl. I replied in the recent past, but I failed to hit “Post” apparently. Sigh… Getting old. You are a delight yourself. I smile when I think of your transporting yourself from Mississippi to Ecuador! I have to visit more often. I loved the wonderful face and its smile and the painting when I was at your place recently. I don’t often keep crisp images of paintings in my head, but that one sticks. Thanks! :-)

      February 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      • yes, you are a gift to the world! the personal journey has been a unique one, for sure, and who knows what life has waiting for me ’round the bend?!!!
        thanks so much! lisa/z

        February 10, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  42. Hi George,

    Happy New Year to you. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. And I would like to thank you for keep following my blog. I hope my posts do not disappoint. My subscription went messed up, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of yours! :-)

    Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

    January 6, 2013 at 4:33 am

    • You know, I missed your comment here. And, I don’t get email notices of your blog posts either. I have to check my notification settings. I love seeing your sweet face when visit blogs. Yours is one of the faces I know. Thanks for the new year wishes. May you find an abundance of love, happiness and success too. Thank you for coming to tell me. Now, we can get back on track! :-)

      February 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  43. Hi George, I have nominated you for a host of awards. If you wish to accept please go to my blog http://luccav.com/2013/01/03/multiple-awards/ for the instructions. Congratulations! :) Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.
    cheers
    Luciana

    January 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    • Thank you, Luciana! I am honored to be included in these awards. You are too kind.
      I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year too. I am determined that all of us have a good 2013! :-)

      January 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      • I am hoping 2013 being a bumper year for us all too!

        January 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        • Like you, I am determined to follow blogs that I enjoy more instead of trying to keep going with so many. I love all of them, but I just am too shaky (with my familial tremor) to tour fast enough. I have done a really bad job of responding this year. I will do more if it kills me! :-) If I don’t come calling as I should, please poke me awake over here! Just leave a message: “Wake up, Granny!”

          January 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

  44. George – thanks for visiting my blog and for following it too – I hope you’ll enjoy the images. I certainly like your pictures and the layout of your very classy blog, but I’m unable to follow any more blogs at present as I just can’t keep up with all the emails. However I may be retiring soon and then things will be different.

    I especially like “I still have all of my teeth and most of my marbles.” – I do too!

    I’m also in social care, but on the stats, facts and figures side, rather than the actual care side.

    Take good care of yourself. Adrian (FATman Photos)

    December 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    • I see you everywhere, Adrian, and I like what you do very much. I don’t expect you to follow. I can’t keep up either! :-) Have a wonderful retirement … send photos!

      December 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

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  46. Thanks for stopping by my blogs!!

    December 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

  47. Hello George. I haven’t played with spreading concrete since I was a teenager but your mention of being in the concrete business brought back some memories. Moving from North Carolina to Texas sounds like a major change to me. Wow. We may share some common ground via English Literature. Or should that be common text? :) So glad I cybersurfed here from Lynda’s blogcasa.

    December 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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  50. I can see that we are going to get along quite well. I am thrilled to have come across your blog and wonderful to see that you like my photos and are following me too. Thank you!

    December 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    • Yes, I enjoy what you are doing on your blog. It feels “right” to me. I am very comfortable there and can find my way around easily. I especially like the way you process your photographs.

      December 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  51. George, I hope you’ll accept the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award -
    http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/blogging-a-window-on-the-world/
    No pressure – the important thing is that others come over to see one of your great photos and maybe entice you back to the blogosphere :)

    December 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • Oh, dear… I only just saw this! I apologize for failing to see the post. I think I am not receiving them on my reader or email. Thank you so very much. I really do appreciate your thinking of me, and I will be certain that your posts get to me. I am going to try to post more in 2013. :-)

      January 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      • Don’t worry about it George, but I do hope you’ll be able to find the time to blog more – you’ve been missed! As I said when I made the ‘nomination’, i was hoping we could draw you back somehow :)

        January 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm

  52. Love your resumé , especially the parrot, the teeth and the marbles. :D

    November 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    • “The parrot, the teeth and the marbles” pretty much describes me. ;-) Thank you for stopping by and saying “hi”.

      November 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  53. Real nice introduction. Amusing and informative ;)

    October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  54. Hi George,

    It has been a while since I have heard from you. How are you doing? Sending good thoughts your way.
    Warmly,
    Naomi

    October 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

    • I’m still around, Naomi. Had a kind of hard summer for some reason, but I’m getting back in gear here. You are kind to ask! I remember the first post that I saw on your blog. It was a photo of a reclining figure on a crypt. It sticks in my head. I thought that my own posts were so provincial by comparison. I still do, but I keep posting anyway. Yours was the most sophisticated blog for me. It still is. Thought you might smile at that. :-) I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll get there in my stumbling around. Thanks for the visit.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      • You are too kind, George. I felt the same way about your posts, and have a great admiration for your writing and photography. I am still one of your faithful followers. I am no longer receiving your posts, but I am not sure why. I hope I am not on your spam list! So good to hear from you!

        October 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        • I have no idea how to check the spam list, but I’ll wander on over to the dashboard to see if I can discover why you don’t get the notifications. I haven’t posted anything to the parrot blog in awhile. I post to the Fuzzy because it is easy to drop one photo there. I appreciate your keeping up with me. It figures that we’d remember the “old timers” here. (For me, that means since last January … which may be a lifetime at my age! So much to do and so little time left! ;-)

          October 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  55. Hi George, I’ve been away and out of it for months. My world as chaotic as ever! I thought going overseas would change all that. Hmmm, things are as usual – utter madness! I’ve missed you. x

    October 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    • I was kind of scattered during the summer so I have lots of catching up to do. I missed you too. I can’t decide what to post anymore. I do love visiting your blog though. I went back there to your “about” page some time ago and admired the “couple” in the garden! :-) I was thinking that I’d be too fearful of the bull to get close enough for that wonderful photo! Good to hear from you, Charlene. I’ll be around soon!

      October 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  56. I have nominated you for The Reality Blog Award http://luccav.wordpress.com/. :)

    October 14, 2012 at 4:27 am

  57. Nice meeting you here, George. You have got a nice blog. Keep it up. Thank you for following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint you. Many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

    September 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

  58. Goerge, thanks for visiting my blog. Very nice to know about you. I am 64 it is just one year i have started my blog , I make so many mistakes please feel free to correct me.

    September 22, 2012 at 6:28 am

  59. forevermorephotography

    Hi George, Thanks for following my lil ole blog, I had to stop by and say hi! Im so glad I did…you’re images are lovely and your out look is awesome, you seem like such a hoot! I cant wait to read/see more of your stuff! Take care ;) ~Tonyia

    September 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

  60. Hey!
    I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award!
    Accept your award at http://lifeof24hours.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/kreativity-awarded/ with these rules to follow-
    1. Say 7 things about yourself.
    2. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
    Congratulations! :)

    August 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

    • Tapish, I cannot tell you how happy I am that you would nominate me for this award. When I started blogging in January, I had no idea what I was doing. Since that time, I have discovered so many wonderful writers, photographers, activists, and regular people (like me) from all over the world. I think we join hands for humanity. We learn that we are a global family. That is the significant thing about social media like WordPress. When a brilliant young man like you reaches out to an old woman like me with such an award, we have made the world a better place. I am an old cynic, but even I am convinced that if all of us talked to each other, there would be no more world strife. I feel as if you and all of my friends from around the world live just down the street from me. I have to remind myself sometimes that we live so far apart. Bless you, my friend, for your contribution toward bringing us all closer together.

      August 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      • Yeas Granny, I totally agree with your words.It’s so pleasing to read this wonderful response from your side.I really like your work, and you ain’t a regular person, George!

        Thank you for accepting the award! Keep posting :)

        August 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        • :) :-)
          Oh, and I intended to thank you for connecting me to the other recipients of your award. I am checking them out as I have time. I like every one of them that I’ve seen. Linking to other bloggers is another good reason to pass these awards around. We meet other people whom we would not have met otherwise! We are going to link this world together one day … one person at a time!

          August 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

          • hehe.. great!
            I do the same thing.. I too checked all of the blogs along with my nomination, and I’m following those now!
            Good day! :)

            August 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

  61. Syeda Maham

    I like you and therefore I must follow your blog.:)

    August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    • Syeda, that is the coolest comment I ever read on ANY “about” post anywhere. I like you too … from that comment forward! I must find you! :-)

      August 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      • Syeda Maham

        Awww..that’s so sweet
        Now to find me you must :Either embark on a journey to Planet Weird OR regularly follow my blog…:)

        August 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

        • Embark? I live there, child. :-) It’s been a seventy-year journey, but that’s still my home! Delighted to meet a fellow Weirdian. :-)

          August 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          • Syeda Maham

            Then we should get along sometime AND the pleasure is all mine:)

            August 20, 2012 at 4:43 am

  62. You’re interested in what I think? Well, I think you’re a pretty interesting person, George, and I’m happy to meet you!

    July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Now, that’s a sure way to an old lady’s heart! That and the Gravatar! I know you by it wherever I see it. I don’t get your email notice or your posts in the reader anymore. I have to un-follow and re-follow, I think. I absolutely do not want to miss your Quotes from the Masters” posts! I enjoyed the links post too. My husband was a lifelong golfer who was aware of the building of the links where you were since he followed all of the golfers’ projects, but he never explained it to me. Thanks for that tour! :-)

      August 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      • Thank you, kindly, George; I an so glad to know that you have been enjoying my posts. Perhaps the reason that you haven’t been getting notifications lately is that I haven’t posted in a while! I haven’t been doing much browsing in the blogosphere, lately, either. I do need to post something about that, in fact– and I think I’ll include a quote from the masters while I’m at it. ;-)

        August 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  63. Your teeth and most of your marbles….I hope to be so fortunate. Adorable about me page. I didn’t know you were a teacher…we have that in common. Hope all is well. :) Sam

    July 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

    • Thanks, Sam. I am a little nutty, as you know. But, nutty is fun. Yes, I loved teaching, but it nearly killed me. I was far too serious about it, I think. I did love the students though. I bet you are a fantastic teacher. Too few of you are in the business still. It’s just too difficult for most talented, caring people. Thanks for the visit and liking my post! :-)

      July 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

      • Yes…I taught about ten years and left…I loved it so much, but it was too draining on me emotionally and physically. Now I know I was taking on too much for my sensitive being. Thank you for your kind words. I love your quirky-parts. Hugs and light to you. :)

        July 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

  64. George loved this page ..damn if only i could say something similar about my marbles…nope have lost all of them way back…

    July 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    • Oh, heck, I’m just faking it. And not too well sometimes! You’re too funny, Soma! Glad you liked my page. :-)

      July 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  65. I am so thrilled you visited me today… if not, i would not have met you nor spent the better part of this past hour(missing project runway too! ;) reading and clicking your posts. You are an inspired writer. x

    July 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    • Well, thanks, Linda. I love your Gravatar. I decided I’d follow you simply because anybody who looks like that is bound to be elegant and clever and very talented. I see that I was not mistaken when I look at your work and read. Glad you liked my little blog! Thanks for visiting. :-)

      July 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  66. Wow thank you for visiting my bulldogs turf site where I do golf courses, and then to pay me the honour of following… thank you…
    You might like and enjoy looking at my other Blog where I do more everyday work (animals, birds etc.) its address is http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/

    July 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

    • Hey, thanks. I didn’t know you had another site. I’ll check it out. I’d LOVE to see your birds and animals. I appreciate the visit and look forward to enjoying your posts. I understand they are National Geographic worthy! :-)

      July 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  67. Hello George :) You have some gorgeous photos here :) Happy Sunday!

    July 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

  68. Love random thoughts! I look forward to following yours and thanks for stopping by and following Keeping up with Carol!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    • I don’t know if I can keep up with Carol at my age, but I’ll give it my best shot! :-)

      July 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  69. Thank you so much for visiting my Blog :-) really appreciated!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

    • Thank you for taking time to visit my little corner. I’ve seen you on The Fuzzy too. I appreciate it! I’ll be following along, Dave. :-)

      July 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  70. Wonderful macro work.. Congrats!.. Keep the good work, and thanks for sharing :)

    July 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  71. hi,

    thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the parrot and lizard pics! :-)

    Cheers,
    Elisa

    July 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  72. I was drawn in by the words “She keeps a parrot” because …. so do I. Then, I see a cute little lizard on your front page and I thought….I really like this lady! Nice blog!

    July 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • Thank you very much. Yes I have a parrot. I feature her sometimes on my other blog, She Kept A Parrot. I appreciate the visit and the nice comment. :-)

      July 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  73. Pingback: One Year Later and Beautiful and Lovely Awards « THE COASTAL CRONE

  74. I’m making you an official family member :)
    A Sisterhood Award for you!
    http://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/attacked-by-awards/

    June 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  75. To a BEAUTIFUL Blogger & a BEAUTIFUL person
    http://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/overwhelmed-with-blog-awards/
    PeAce!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    • Rosy! Lord, I just saw this! I have no idea how I missed it. I just nominated YOU for the One Lovely Blog award. This is nuts! Overwhelmed is an understatement for you, and you just got here. You must be doing something awfully right! You do have a lovely blog. Really. Just shelve the Lovely Blog thing until you collect another dozen or so! :-) I’m giggling about this one…as if you need one more award…

      June 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

      • Hi George – LOL – Thanks for the Lovely Blog Award – You made my day! :)

        June 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

    • Hey, by the way, thank you for the award. I do so appreciate your following and always saying such nice things about my posts. You are a sweetheart!

      June 14, 2012 at 3:07 am

      • You’re very welcome. You’re blog is eye candy to me with the wonderful pictures you share. And – you know I LOVE the stories too. They add so much life to your posts!

        June 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

  76. Thank you very much for all your kind words and the follow. I can’t seem to see the follow button on your blog. And I don’t mean the one at the top left corner since that will take me to wordrpress. I would want to receive your posts in my inbox, please.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    • You’d laugh if you had seen me squinting at my blog page! Hell, I couldn’t find the follow thing either! Ha Ha
      Once I followed myself! Now that’s a shame. I think I was the only follower I had too. The thing is on the upper left of the page. Thanks! :-)

      June 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  77. George, you really have a beautiful blog, here. I’ll be coming back lots.

    June 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

    • Thank you so much, Richard! I’m happy you like it. I’ll be around to your place too. I don’t hop around as fast as I used to. But, I’ll get there! :-)

      June 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  78. cat

    Dear George, ahem Ma’m … finally made it to your blog … and I’m glad I did … mainly because I found out that you are who you are … would like to follow you … you have the wisdom I am looking for … might be pestering you some more because of that … Love, cat (http://catsruledogsdroole.blogspot.com)

    May 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • Well, Cat, you just pester me all you like. I see you at Shimon’s place often. I’m happy that you like my blog. Come on back any time. I’ll get around to your place soon. Thank you very much for your confidence. Call me “George”, BTW. ;-)

      May 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  79. George, thank you for following my blog, i got an email about it, but it did not come through in the blog properly.

    Would you like to click follow at top left again and then i’ll come back. Harry.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  80. anaslense

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY GEORGE!

    May 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    • Ana, I saw this the other day and smiled. I got distracted as usual. Thank you for the wishes. I hope your day was good too. I miss those wonderful photos. Come on back to visit us! :-)

      May 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  81. Such a lovely blog! And a such a unique perspective! Your “Muffler Morgue” is my favourite :)
    anne

    May 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    • Thank you so much. I am sorry I am so late in responding. I have to hop on over to visit. I see you around all the time. I am a bit slow to find folks, but I don’t forget. I’m glad you liked my mufflers. I had fun with them.

      May 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  82. Hi George – I have nominated you for the versatile bloggers award, for instructions on how to accept please check http://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/my-first-blog-award-versatile-bloggers-award/
    BTW – Can I add you to my blogroll too?

    May 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • Thank you so much for honoring me with this award. I really do appreciate it, Rosy. I am going to enjoy your poetry, I know. It is good stuff. Of course, you can add me to your blogroll. I appreciate that too. You are just too nice!

      May 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  83. I love your photographs. My dad was a professional photographer. We have that in common — but I don’t have teeth as good as yours. I look forward to seeing more of your photography.

    May 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  84. I’ve nominated your fabulous blog for a Versatile Blogger Award, and the details are here: http://bit.ly/IRGXz2

    May 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

  85. Thanks so much for following my blog and for all of the likes! I really appreciate it!

    May 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • George Weaver

      You’re welcome, Michael. I am from NC, and was fascinated by the old church. Your photography is superb … always!

      May 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

  86. George, thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to catching up on yours! :D

    April 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

    • Thank you. I appreciated your reading so many of my posts. I noticed. :-)

      April 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

  87. Thanks for checking out my blog, glad to see you like it! I love yours, so I guess we’re even. ;)

    April 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    • Ha Ha. Girl with a sense of humor. There is something I want you to write about. Statistically, one in five young women who want to have a family won’t have one. That’s up 80% from ten years ago. Women are staying in the workforce and getting more advanced degrees to support themselves primarily because they cannot find suitable fathers for their children. Young men, so the statisticians say, are getting lazy. Traditionally, they had to be ambitious enough to do well enough to attract an intelligent, suitable mate. Now, they can text in a whole herd. I know nothing about this. However, the trend interests me. Since you are a young women about to be in that position, I thought you might be interested in the phenomenon too. :-)

      April 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      • Haha, well as a single 23-year-old, it’s not something that’s on the horizon for me right now… but I have always had it in my general life plan that I would like to have children. I think it probably has less to do with laziness and more to do with the fact that people put off having children until they’re much older now. Women will eventually reach a point where they have to either have children straight away or risk not being able to, but as men don’t have that fear, I think they’re more complacent. The social pressure to get married and settle down just isn’t there anymore, and unfortunately it means for women that they might miss the boat.

        April 23, 2012 at 6:14 am

  88. I’m looking forward to hearing more about you and your life, George! “The kind of person that keeps a parrot” is certainly a telling detail. I would imagine that training a parrot would take a great deal of patience. I hope the bird doesn’t keep you awake at night!

    April 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    • I think Twain was describing the sort of woman who is not particularly sophisticated in a societal, cultural sort of way. One who dabbles in ditch digging and collecting Alfonse Legros prints at the same time. Most women would find a parrot entirely too messy, loud, and annoying. Nobody who is tidy keeps a parrot, I suspect. My husband defined parrots this way: “They eat, shit and squawk.” Now, mind you, that was an entirely crude and unfair description, but one that I didn’t argue since it is partially correct. Rita bit my arms until they were black and blue and bloody for six months after I bought her eleven or so years ago on a whim at a feed store. She said, “Ariba” and cocked her head in the most appealing way. What could I do? I knew nothing of parrots, and only discovered that members of her particular species are the most difficult parrots to manage. She is a double-yellow-head Amazon. I have photographs and a description of her on the blog. Thanks for visiting. I am interested in your blog too. I’ll be seeing you around! :-) I highly recommend keeping a parrot. They have opinions.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

  89. Hi George, I just wanted to tell you that on my next post I am nominating you for the 7×7 Link Award. Great job!

    March 24, 2012 at 2:19 am

    • George Weaver

      Naomi, I am truly getting senile. I haven’t forgotten this honor. I am going to respond before April 24! That would be a MONTH. Lordy, where does the time go? I go off down one rabbit trail after another until the day is gone! You are so kind to me. I appreciate it although you’d never know it by my response would you? Forgive me. My claiming old age is getting tiresome. I was equally flaky at twenty. Thank you! :-)

      April 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      • Dear George,
        I sure know how that goes! I still have several awards that I keep meaning to acknowledge and pass on. There is never any time limit or any obligation at all, so don’t think twice about it.
        Warmly,
        Naomi

        April 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  90. Hi there. Just wanted to say I finally got around to doing something about the ABC award. Thank you for your nomination and for leading me to some other wonderful blogs! Enjoy your weekend.

    March 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    • George Weaver

      No hurry. I still have one that I haven’t done anything about and may never do it. I’ll go on over and see what you did with your response! I forgot about the whole thing! I’m so bad, huh?

      March 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  91. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your comments, gweaverii!

    You have a lovely blog.

    Amused.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    • Oh, my. I failed to see you here! I think WP doesn’t tell us sometimes. Thanks for visiting. I recognize your Gravatar around WP because you look very much like a brilliant and highly successful friend of my sister’s. You must be too. At any rate, I attribute her characteristics to you. You would not be offended, and I’m certain she wouldn’t be either. ;-) Thanks for the compliment.

      April 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  92. Thank you for the following and find your Blogg interesting. Will be following too ;) Great job!

    February 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • Thanks, Jenny. I am sorry I took so long to find your comment. I am a little slow. A little? You posted this on Feb. 29. I just saw you on another blog and remembered. I’ll be around soon. Thank you again.

      May 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      • Your welcome..No problem..Currently slow too. Working on 3 things now so abit busy too like too!

        May 27, 2012 at 1:47 am

  93. thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog….Your’s is creative, funny and interesting!
    G

    February 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    • George Weaver

      Thanks, Gail. We all have such fun here, don’t we!

      February 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  94. Dear Mam, I nominated you to receive ABC Award

    check it here:
    http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/awesome-blog-content-award/

    February 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

  95. http://photographyofnia.com/2012/02/22/i-am-honored-by-your-awards-thank-you/
    Dear George, you are one of my nominated bloggers for the ABC Award. Thank you, with my love, nia

    February 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  96. shurteac

    Meowmeowmeow. Meow meow, meow?

    February 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    • ARF! ARF! ARF! GRRRR! :-) Thanks for stopping by.

      May 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

  97. elmediat

    Your blog is now included in the Dark Pines Photo’s blog list. :)

    February 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    • In February, I responded to YOU instead of Lemony! Good grief, why didn’t you tell me! I guess you hated to tease an old lady back then. However, you got over it , thank goodness. I really did not know what I was doing here, did I? Ha Ha. I can only imagine how you laughed about that! I am relieved that it was you instead of some judgmental person! :-)

      May 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  98. Hi! Thanks for liking a post of mine. Glad to follow your blog. Great day :D

    February 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    • gweaverii

      Thank you, eunice.

      February 12, 2012 at 3:37 am

  99. myfullresearch

    A real surprise to browse your blog (thanks to http://lemonygregghead.wordpress.com/author/lemonygregghead/).
    Interesting the way you structured it.
    Thanks.
    mfr

    February 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    • gweaverii

      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the comment too. :-)

      February 12, 2012 at 3:38 am

  100. Good morning! : )

    And by the way, I’ve nominated you for Liebster Blog Award. Whether you are interested in such awards DOES NOT MATTER! At the very least I hope you will check out my post mentioning you and your wonderful word. Thank you for your inspiration!

    February 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    • gweaverii

      Alex, I’m no good at this. I can’t keep up! I just saw this comment. Good grief. Please give me a big nudge now and then! :-)

      February 12, 2012 at 3:40 am

  101. fivereflections

    a friend of mind had a parrot for over 25 years, and gave it to another friend – the parrot was very very grouchy!

    February 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    • gweaverii

      Ha Ha! You tickle me. Rita can be moody too. She nailed my thumb awhile back because my grandson squeezed by us as I was bringing her through the door to the house. She couldn’t reach him so she bit the hand that feeds her! She would never intentionally bite me. Parrots do that sometimes if something threatens them. Actually, a parrot in the wild will bite his mate in order to make her fly away if he senses danger. I love your description of “grouchy”. ;-)

      February 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  102. Cowboy

    Howdy –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m glad you did, I’m going to enjoy yours !

    February 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  103. I like your comments, I like your photographs, and most of all, I like your attitude. I’m signing up!

    February 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    • gweaverii

      Somehow, I missed seeing your kind comment. I like your attitude too. I’m grinning here! Thank you!

      February 8, 2012 at 1:02 am

      • Lordy Mercy, Lemony! I was just describing you to a friend of mine who lives in Houston. I met her when she defended our company in a frivolous lawsuit years ago. We became fast friends. You remind me of her. She was a drama major from a little town in Arkansas. She has been an attorney for Jackson Walker in Houston for many years now. She still has that “southern” girl manner and outlook. She’s tiny and sophisticated and chic and smart, but she has the heartiest laugh you ever heard. I don’t know why you remind me of each other. You are very different kinds of professionals. You chose different lives, but I can imagine the two of you playing dress-up in those wonderful old clothes and laughing and telling stories. You are too good to me, Lemony! Thank you. ;-)
        The funny thing about the above comment is that I posted it in reply to Joseph’s comment instead of yours! I am reposting it now so you can see how Joseph must have laughed at me in February! I started this blog in January, and I really did not know what I was doing! I’m glad it was between the three of us. :-)

        May 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  104. dou dou

    You know what Mark Twain said about us women that keep parrots….

    “She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.” :)

    Love your photos!

    February 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • gweaverii

      Interesting to read that quote. My description of myself and my blog were taken directly from that Twain quote. I’ve used it on my FB page, on my tumblr blog ,and just added it to my profile here. Yes, I think women who keep parrots really ARE different, and he captured the essence of that difference in his description. It’s nice to meet some other woman who understands it! I’m glad you like my photos. Thank you for visiting and for your interest!

      February 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  105. Anonymous

    Your photographs are rich with story! Thank you for sharing these: what a wonderful site to visit and travel and so be deepened…

    February 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    • gweaverii

      Thank you for visiting my blog. Life is rich with story. I enjoy recording things and people I see…when I can remember to take my camera along! :-)

      February 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

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