We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Gwynnie ... Lovely pic of an arrogant male at peace with himself. We start to get cardinals showing up down here about this time. This year is going to be a bit different, I think, since we had so many freezes this winter [we normally have an average of three] that a lot of the vegetation is still dormant, and the hibiscus in my front patio are dead. But I am assured that the trumpet vine, the crape myrtles and maybe even the plumbago may revive. And if they don't, I'll get them replaced.
Is that a saucer magnolia the cardinal is perching on?
The male is always red; the female is brownish in color. Most male birds are more colorful than the female birds. They're in PA all year long. I love to see them anytime, but especially in the winter. They light up the most dismal of days.