This is the last year for Virginia Spiegel's Fiber Art for a Cause, where collages and textile artworks are auctioned off to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The invited artists part of the auction starts today, but the artwork of us lesser mortals will be auctioned off starting May 5. Below is a picture of the piece that I have donated for this project. It is about 8 by 6 inches. I started it while I was in New Zealand. (Gosh, that was a good time...hard to believe that it really happened.) Sometimes I think that I will boycott causes that want everyone to join in but reserve the hype for a special few, but they are all that way it seems. And this is a very good cause. I think we have all lost friends and family to cancer.
I wish I had brushed my teeth more and eaten less sugar in my life. Yesterday I had a three hour dentist appointment to repair some of the neglect I inflicted on my teeth all these years. Today I look like I have been punched in the mouth. How does this relate to birds? Well, at my last trip to the dentist a week or so ago, I saw a crow carrying a stick up into a pine tree along the edge of the parking lot. The sight just made me so happy. I love crows. They are smart and seem to be so observant. The neighborhood I grew up in was near the state fairgrounds and a lot of crows wintered there. I used to get a big kick out of putting table scraps out for them to eat. Yes, I had a boring childhood, but there is some entertainment value in a yard full of several dozen crows. At least, to me. The West Nile virus just about did them all in around where I live now, but this year I have noticed a few more around. So, yesterday I was quite thrilled to have a good view of the parking lot pine tree from my "perch" in the dentist's chair. There were definitely two crows working away on a lovely home in the sky. Midway through the appointment, I just had to share this information...so I said to the dentist and his assistant. "You know, there are two crows building a nest in that tree." They straightened up, looked at each other like I had said "Watch out, monkeys may fly out of my handbag." After an awkward pause, I continued "So, that is interesting." And then after a few more seconds of total silence, I finally gave up and said "To Me." Finally, the dentist said, "I'm wondering if crows are a good thing to have living nearby....like pigeons. Aren't they scavengers?" And then the dentist and the assistant started talking about pigeon problems. Crows the same as pigeons....I think not. Here is a great image by someone named Vermeulen that for the life of me I cannot find the link to share. Yell at me for using your image Vermeulen, I would love to know where this jpg came from.