Betrayed By Nature

Lizard {living outside the stacks}

A few days ago, I posted a couple of pictures of a bird who was trying to build a nest in the light fixture just outside the door that I use to get to my car. I say that because, dude, had this bird succeeded, I would’ve had a bird’s nest directly over my head. Every. single. day. Y’all know how I feel about birds, so I absolutely couldn’t let that happen.

A friend suggested that I stuff the light opening with a paper towel roll doused in bleach. It worked. Except I used a toilet paper roll and I didn’t have any bleach. But the opening is blocked and the bird is gone.

So what does that have to do with the lizard above? Everything. I think that guy was serving as a lookout for the bird. For days, I’d been trying to catch the bird as she was building the nest because this was the most persistent bird I’d ever come across. Every day, as often as four times a day, my family and I spent time dismantling the nest and within hours a new one would be in its place.

Lizard {living outside the stacks}

Anyway, on this particular day, whenever the bird would start to fly by the house, the lizard would puff up and get all pink in the throat, like he was warning the bird to stay away. I felt hurt and betrayed. I thought the lizard and I had an understanding.

Side note, I’m down 4 lbs since last week. If you remember I started my weight loss journey. Again. This time I’ve been less visible/vocal/public about it. But I did want to share that bit of happiness.

Have a great week,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Hey, miss you on Insta! You know I am slow to get to the blogs and somehow they disappeared from my email inbox?? Anyway, so happy for your news!! Keep working hard!

    I am so low this week with all the horrible news in our world right now. So much..

    I hope you have a lovely weekend with your family.

    • Hey, Lady. I miss it too but I really needed to take some time away.

      This week has been heartbreaking on so many levels. I just wrote this evening that I’m at a loss for words. All I can do is pray.

  • My mother-in-law had a plant hanging by her back door in which a sparrow built her nest every spring. It was stinky and kind of gross for a few weeks, but she sure enjoyed watching the eggs hatch and the mama bird raiser her nestlings. Our barn cats keep birds from building nests too close to our house, though. … Congrats on the weight loss! I am in serious need of getting back on the Thin Within wagon, but find myself slipping off almost as soon as I’ve managed to heft myself up there. A support group would help, but there aren’t any locally. What plan are you following, if any?

    • Hi, Melissa. See, that’s what I’m afraid of – the mess and the funk. And the danger. I’ve had momma birds dive bomb me and it’s not fun. But it is funny. After the fact. LOL

      Thank you. I’m actually using the Special K meal replacement shakes. I drink one for breakfast and one for lunch. And between the meals I have a granola bar or salad or something as a snack. Then I eat a normal dinner. I think what’s really helping me though is making sure that I get in 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. I notice if I go less than that for more than 3 days my weight either hits a wall or it starts to creep up. Hope this helps.

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