November 19th, 2019

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The Holiday Species

The promised cold weather arrived early in the week last week. I dressed warmly. Prior to work on Wednesday, I walked in the early morning on the Watters Branch Trail. House finches fed on the stalks of dead seed pods.

Thursday a surprise meeting outside of the office took up part of my afternoon. This weekend I want to get more done on some tasks I want to get done. Friday I had a busy day, but managed to fit in a good call with the person who heads ccMixter. I am pleased that website continues to exist.

Friday night we ate Mexican food at the place down the street from us over by Thai Pan. I had chicken enchiladads. Saturday I walked in Story Park, where I saw ten species of bird. I took Beatrice for a walk in Glendover Park. The weather was nearly ideal. She completed the walk in 42 minutes. On less optimum days, she can take 55 or 60 minutes. Despite her advanced age, she enjoys a walk.

Saturday night we went to see the movie "Charlie's Angels." The move was a good "Summer movie", rather than an earth-shattering experience. My wife fell asleep during part ot it. We saw it at Moviehouse Grill and Eatery, where I ate a bowl of chicken, salad and black beans.

I measure the onset of the holidays by the arrival of the wintering bird species. In the past several days, I have seen Dark-Eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, and Northern Flicker. It might as well be Christmas. My Collin County species count remains at 103, which is in the usual annual range. Perhaps I can see a few species missing so far, such as Northern Harrier, Merlin and even maybe a Bald Eagle at Lake Lavon.

Sunday I got out early to walk in Shawnee Park in Plano. I saw 20 different species this time. It was a good walk. At WW I was up .6 pounds. At church the sermon dealt with gratitude. In the afternoon, I walked in Glendover Park and listened to the football game, as the Dallas Cowboys narrowly defeated the Detroit Lions.

On Monday my wife had a club meeting, so I bought some vegetables and cooked them up in the microwave in the large microwwave-safe glass bowl I got for that purpose at a very nominal price. They came out all right, though next time I will omit the creamed corn. I also heated a bit of Canadian bacon, which required very little time to reheat.
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warmer times

The weather turned totally pleasant today. That is part of why I like living in north Texas. At lunch I walked in Bradfield Park. An American Kestrel perched on the scoreboard. My retired former law partner called me during my walk. I enjoyed speaking with him. Work proved busy, with lots of client and admin matters to handle.  I like that my new car uses gasoline less quickly than my prior car. 
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