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About jaybirdtoo

Hi All! I'm a wife and mom of two grown daughters, two cats and a dog. We live in Wisconsin and run a dairy farm. I love crafts, reading romance novels and traveling the beautiful U.S.A. But my passion is photography.

Feeling Like Spring…

That’s it, just feeling like spring today!

.               ENJOY!!!


Please, Not My Sock!

brown-socksmOne morning I woke in a rush and ran to take a shower.  I was so engrossed in what I was late for, I didn’t realize I still had one sock on.  Now, soaking wet!  OMIGOSH!

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Sleep Moon

Sleeeeeep! My Hair Even Needs Sleep!

Did you ever lack so much of sleep that even your hair seems tired?  That when you fix your hair in the morning and try to give it that lift, it just keeps flopping?  Well, that was me yesterday.

I’ll back up a little bit to the night before.  I went to bed at 11:00ish.  Woke up at 2:30 a.m. wide awake.  Bummer.  Went to the bathroom.  Went back to bed and tried reading my romance novel.  That should do the trick.

……         Nope, no such luck.  Still wide awake.

.                      Try laying on my other side.    Left side.     Right side.     Left side.     Right side.

.       Hubby finally comes to bed.  He had a late night at work.  #%$@!  He’s out cold in 5 minutes and I’m still awake.

.          Left side.     Right side.     Left side.     Right side.    Left side.     Right side.     Left side.     Right side.  Try reading some more.

.              On my back willing myself to sleep.   Not happening.

.                      My dog starts dreaming; kicks me in the calf three times hard!  Hubby starts snoring.  Dog starts snoring.  And they aren’t even in sync with each other!  The least they could do is snore in synchronization!   iiiiiiieeeeeeee!!!!

–                        Left side.     Right side.     Left side.     Right side.    Left side.     Right side.     Left side.     Right side.

.       Now I’m hungry.  I get up, get a drink of milk and have to use the bathroom again.   Ugh.

.           It’s 5:00 a.m. now.  Still didn’t sleep and I have to get up a 6:00 a.m. to get my daughter off to school.  I go lay down on the sofa and set my phone alarm.  Still can’t sleep.  Read some more.

6:00 a.m. rolls around and these “croaking frogs” start singing in my ear.  Ugh.  My alarm.  I get up, use the bathroom yet again (I should be empty by now) and get my daughter up.

Daughter’s off to school now and it’s 8:00a.m.  I have to get moving because I have an 11:00 appointment.  I think, “I could sleep for an hour maybe.”  I just can’t see straight I’m so tired.  I lay down on the sofa, try to sleep.  Hubby’s still snoring away in bed.

Next thing I know, I hear those stupid croaking frogs in my ear again.  It’s 9:00 a.m.; must’ve fallen asleep around 8:30 I think.  I shower, dry off and try to fix my hair.  Hubby walks into the bathroom and I say, look at my hair!  It’s too tired to do what I want it to do.

I was shot the rest of the day.   I just hate nights like that.

“May the sleep be with you…”

Well, Blast My Ears!

Every morning I drive my high schooler to, yep, you got it – school.  She has to be there by 7:15 so we’re up and going pretty early.  When 7:00 a.m. rolls around, we grab our jackets, her backpack and, of course, the dog.  The dog needs to get out of the house too and heaven forbid he might miss out on something.   We buckle up (yes the dog too), open the garage door, start the engine, turn on the heated seats (it’s still chilly in the mornings) and back out onto the street.  The radio is was left on at low.  We’re settled and on our way.  And every morning, she reaches over to the console and cranks the tunes.  And every morning I turn it down from my steering wheel. She gives me “the look” and turns it up again.  Mind you, it’s only 2-mile drive to school from our house.  In between watching for kids, bikes, cycles, cars and who knows what else, she and I are going back and forth over the radio.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t take the loud radio when I’m not fully awake yet.

.     We never did that to our parents, did we?  Noooooo, never!  Un-uh, I never did that.  Boy, am I getting old?  Guess my hearing’s not going yet!

..                                              Phew!

Chicago Water Tower

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

The Chicago Water Tower is a beautiful building.  Such intricate detail!  It was built in 1867-69.  It now houses a city gallery that changes about every 6 months.  It’s located along the famous Michigan Ave, so you’ll see it when you out shopping.

Did You Know?

  • The Old Water Tower is the only public building in Chicago that survived the fire of 1871.
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Wisconsin Students Make Gigantic Rice Krispies Treat

Wisconsin. We’re known for our cheese, the Green Bay Packers, cranberries and beer.  But Rice Krispies Treats?  UW-Madison students have created a Rice Krispie Treat weighing more than 5-1/2 tons with hopes that it will make the Guinness Book of World Records. It measures 10 feet by 10 feet by  6 1/2-feet tall.  It will be cut up and sold to raise money for charity. Chalk another one up for Wisconsin Badgers! Visit for a video on how they did it.