So last night we finally got around to putting up some decorations. I don’t know why we procrastinated for so long. I guess it’s hard to get motivated when you’ve already got a fully decorated (fake) tree in your home that you won at a charity auction. Though we did good by helping others, it actually kind of sucks the fun out of decorating for Christmas. The tree is always the high point and focus of decorating for me and I love going through our ornament collection and stringing them up, but because this tree was already loaded with ornaments there was no need to use our older ones.
This is our tree that we won. Obviously, this picture was not taken in our apartment. We don’t have vendor booths and multiple Christmas trees set up throughout our home (though that would be pretty cool). Also, I’m just too lazy to pick up the digital camera right now and deal with uploading.
Now let’s get down to brass tacks (I’ve always liked saying that). Here is our little contribution to the Christmas Spirit and we just decorated it last night. Apparently, the woman has plans for doing even more tonight… My question is — WHERE? We’ve run out of run! I like this shot, there’s a warm glow to it. And yes, in the sliding glass doorway, those are flickering snowflakes!
Just a wider view.
Now, let’s move on to Part 2 of last night’s adventure: ducks. Yes, DUCKS! Y’see, every spring, we get tons of ducks on the grounds looking to get it on with a lady or two. It’s actually quite funny seeing seven or eight males all following around one female and the males even get into a scuffle every now and then.
By this time of the year, the ducks are gone. They migrate and fly south for the winter, right? WRONG. Okay, we had a whole lot of ducks this year and many of them left as the weather started getting cool, but there’s a good thirty of them (at least) still here! The pond that is on the grounds is always the main hangout except now it’s completely frozen, the whole town is covered in snow and we’re into the 10s, 20s and 30s for temperature.
I feel bad for these little mallards, so I go out and toss them some bread every now and again and they must be getting quite hungry because they used to be cautious in the warmer months but now they are walking right up to my feet…
This was just the beginning of the onslaught as they all started quacking and made their way towards me. Notice a few on the frozen pond to the left. When I first walked over, they were all sleeping on the pond and huddled up together close to the bank. These guys are gonna crack the ice and fall in at some point!
How pitiful is this? They walked right over to my feet and immediately sat down and everyone huddled up again to keep warm as I threw the bread out.
Look at how big that duck is! He’s a gargantuan mallard! There was a female duck about that size (we called her “big mama”), but she left while the leavin’ was good back in the fall. I don’t even think this guy was around when she was, but they would’ve made for an imposing pair. He’s actually kinda freaky because this ducks are so hungry they’re nipping at everything… including my shoes! They even started nipping at my pants, not as a way to attack, but just hopping something anything is food. Anyway, yeah, it’s scary having a duck that big standing right in front of you with his beak so close to your crotch. I didn’t mind them nipping at my feet since I had boots on, but once they started nipping at my pants, I had to take a few steps back!
I’m kinda worried about these guys. Why didn’t they leave when the rest of the ducks did? I hope they make it out okay, it’s going to be really depressing if I have to see fifty dead ducks laying on a frozen pond one day as I go over to the gym.
On a brighter note, he’s a picture of the fireworks from the Christmas tree lighting at the Michigan State Capitol in downtown Lansing that took place back in November.