Thursday, January 2, 2014

Batting 1000

I'm figuratively batting 1000 going into 2014. This is my official 500th post and I recently did my 500th workout at Curves. I'm not sure I can claim that as a single accomplishment, but I take my victories where I can get them.

Here is my first, ever-so-optimistic post from 2008:

"Hallelujah, I'm a Blogger!
 
I chose the title Ms. Sparrow because I have a lot of affection for house sparrows, a much under-appreciated bird. They congregate in small trees or shrubs in the evening where they twitter away as though chatting about their day--sorta like a homey tavern where people gather after work. There is something about driving past a boisterous and busy sparrow tree that invariably makes me smile.

Sparrows were originally imported from England where they are now declining in numbers. More's the pity. They are industrious, resourceful and chirpy. They will settle in urban areas and for many inner-city children, they are the only representative of the bird family besides pigeons. That's a lot of responsibility for such a little bird.

Sparrows are common, drab and always around. This is a trait I am content to share."

                                      (Borrowed image)
This winter, instead of a flock of turkeys, I'm feeding a flock of sparrows plus an assortment of other birds and lively squirrels.

25 comments:

Bob Slatten said...

Where would we be without our Sparrows!

HNY2014!

Bob Bushell said...

The Sparrows are living their lives. Have a great new year 2014.

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Both of those 500s are achievements worth celebrating! And I'm glad to read your first post, because I never thought about sparrows being the one-and-only bird in some places. We have a flock of sparrows at our feeder every day this winter, and they are fun to watch. Happy New Year, and stay warm!

Carol Z said...

Great to see you posting. I'm happy to be a sparrow, too. Happy and healthy 2014.

troutbirder said...

Batting a thousand is really good. Any chance you could pass on a few tips to our pathetic Twins hitters? Oh and do you do any pitching?.....:)

Willow said...

House Sparrows know how to be wonderfully resilient I love that about them ! :)
Wishing you all the best in 2014 Ms Sparrow !

The Odd Essay said...

Congratulations on both of your 500 events! Quite an accomplishment. Happy 2014!

Jane and Chris said...

Good old Passer Domesticus!
Happy Blogaversary!
Jane x

Rian said...

[obasopmI like Sparrows too! But I think the most interesting birds that I have access to watch are the crows. There's just *something* about them... that intrigues me. Happy Blogging Anniversary!

Joanne Noragon said...

I love the sparrows, too. I took a picture of the snowy bird house for my header, and when I looked again, a sparrow in the branches.

Merlesworld said...

I too like the little sparrow, I like their quick movements and happy chirping but they are becoming rare here to, sad to say.
Merle..........

Linda said...

Awwwww.....such a sweet photo. I do love sparrows!

Jan said...

500 posts - congratulations! I always wondered why you were 'Mrs Sparrow'.... All the best for 2014, Jx

Mitchell is Moving said...

Congratulations on 500!!! I love sparrows and find them to be sweet, clever, and beautiful!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love sparrows too and they're declining in Scotland, though i think the decline is slowing down and there are certainly still places that are full of lively house sparrows!

Congratulations on your blogging milestone!

Knatolee said...

Name it and claim it! Happy 1000! Glad you keep on blogging. :)

Elaine said...

What an achievement.

Happy New Year Ms Sparrow!
x

Elaine said...

What an achievement.

Happy New Year Ms Sparrow!
x

Munir said...

Very nice thing you are doing there. We try and feed Sea Gulls by the mall here.
Hope that 2014 gives you a lot of good things and good times.

Linda Starr said...

happy new year, good to know about the name of your blog, congrats and so glad you are there blogging; this winter I am feeding the feral cats in the campground we are in

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy 1000!!!! That's huge. Congratulation on both your accomplishments.

I've been seeing the new Curves ads with Julian Michael as the spokesperson. It's given me something to think about as there's a Curves right here in my neighborhood. Hmmm. Maybe you've inspired me.

Happy New Year. xo jj

Kittie Howard said...

The world needs more industrious little sparrows! (I grimaced when I learned they're declining in England.) Hope your New Year continues to be a great one!

Kittie Howard said...

The world needs more industrious little sparrows! And if I keep at it, I hope to get past this gotcha alphabet as this will be the 6th try.

Jenny Woolf said...

I like to see huge flocks of sparrows. They're indeed in decline here and that's sad. I love your blog name! :)

Willow said...

Was nice to see you over at our farm this week MS Sparrow . I wanted to come back by here again and say thanks for visiting !
Hope the "curves" are doing well ;)