Saturday, August 11, 2012


Good afternoon (morning, evening; whenever you read this).

One of my favorite bloggers is packing it in, at least for the time being. That would be The Blog Fodder, himself, of  The Blog Fodder. This, after 1129 posts (his count).

He's apparently changing some medication, and life is getting a bit challenging. Tiresome, perhaps. It's the medication that he claims keeps us from being crazy. As he explains:

I find when I take [my medications] that other people don't act like complete flaming assholes all the time just to piss me off.  If THEY would take Prozac, I wouldn't have to.

Well, um, yes. Best wishes in getting through whatever, Blog Fodder.

Bear and J were out of town in the afternoon. Back to our prior home, about half hour's drive south of River City.  Friends of ours for the last 30 year, R and N, were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Well done, friends. Congratulations!

On our way to the party we stopped to check on which Birds were around:

Crow, Magpie, Coot, Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-Winged Teal, Canada Goose, Yellowlegs, Black Tern, Western Phalerope, Mew Gull, Avocet, Cedar Waxwing, and Harrier (as in Marsh Hawk, not as in British fighter jet). I also saw what might have been a Shrike, but I couldn't be absolutely sure.

Wonderful field trip.

The cubs (i.e., grandchildren) are with us on a sleepover, while their parents celebrate their own anniversary. Hard to believe 17 years. But when son and dil are 40, that can be expected. (If you think turning 40 is "interesting," wait until your children turn 40.)

We're going to watch a movie, about Hairy Potter, the Bear who worked in the greenhouse.

What's that?

Oh. Excuse me. It's about Harry Potter, the child wizard at Hogwart's School. Something about a firey goblet. Bears of a certain age need to be continually updated on modern literature and all.

I'm making a small change to my blog. NO; I'm installing word verification. (It is getting more readable, but No; I'm not doing that.) 

But I have decided to live dangerously. I'm giving up comment moderation (at least in part), and will see what happens. That change will let you see that your comments have been posted right after you click "send."

I don't have any people with Open ID, so that will be fine. But I won't be allowing Anonymous bloggers to leave commercial comments (or non-meat spam). I actually met a nony Moose a few years ago; boy, was he surly, eh. So he does't get to make comments. I know him and his kind. Not here, thanks.

I have no idea of how this will work; if Bear starts to have problems with pesky blogger, I already have a fall-back position.

Turning to the weather, sunny with a high of 23°C in the afternoon. In the evening, clear with a low of 7°C. Tomorrow, 23 and sunny.

And that's the news; I'm Rob-bear.

Blessings and Bear hugs. Eh?


J Cosmo Newbery said...

Nice update - thank you.

(I have moderation turned on after so many (7?) days - most of the spambots target old posts, which is dumb because ...who reads them?)

Exmoorjane said...

I relate to the Blog Fodder.

ReformingGeek said...

That's a lot of birdies, Bear! I hear fish taste better, though.

Hee Hee.

Alas, poor, always running into a spot of trouble with that pesky evil wizard.

Maybe that evil wizard should have taken Prozac.

Helen said...

Wait until they turn 50! And grandchildren morph into young adults! Enjoy it all, Bear.

The Blog Fodder said...

Hi, Bear. Still reading blogs and leaving comments. Nice to hear the birds continue in their old haunts even if you had to leave them.
I gave my youngest several years ago Harrius Potterus and the Lapis Philosophy or something. Any how it was the first Harry Potter book translated into Latin

DJan said...

Lovely gentle Bear-type post. I always love to hear about what's going on in your corner of the world. Nice "bits and pieces."

middle child said...

Only a comment about the age of children. My daughter will be 40 in about 1 1/2 years. How is this possible when I am only 27 ???? Right?

Miss Debbie said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my place.You certainly have a creative sense of humor! Can understand why you are Sandie's friend! Hugs to you as well!

Rob-bear said...

® J Cosmo Newbery: Double thanks.
And I do enjoy your poetry!

® Exmmorjane: No good deed ever goes unpunished. Or something like that.

® ReformingGeek: Birds are for watching; fish are for eating. The other way around doesn't work. We Bears know about these things.
Potter on Prozac? Interesting possibility. Might have been healthier for him.

® Helen: Is your goal to totally terrify people? You're doing a marvellous job at it, I think.

® The Blog Fodder: Here I was, just telling the world about you, and you show up.
Harrius Potterus magnus ursus est.
You heard it here, first.

® DJan: Glad you enjoyed receiving the Bear facts of life in this part of the world.

® middle child: I noticed a typographical error in your message; you got the numbers in your age reversed.
Bear has similar problems form time to time. No need to be embarrassed by the erorr.

® Better is Possible: Great to hear from you, Carol. Hope all is well. Did you know that Bear worked in radio news for a decade?

® Miss Debbie: Welcome to the world of insanity — Bear style. So good of you to visit.
Ah yes, Miss Sandie. Delightful soul. Like you.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I always find it interesting when a long time successful blogger decides to give it up. I can understand why. It's a constant pressure and some days you wonder why. I've had to rethink my blogging priorities countless times, and also reevaluate why I'm here, because it's changed through the years. But I still get a lot out of the process and enjoy it! Hope your comment experiment works!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I must say I enjoyed seeing my comment go up so quickly :) But that's my vanity for you.

cheshire wife said...

Some weekends are more exciting than others.

Anita said...

Grandchildren, the wife, children, birds... all well worth spending your time.

Good luck with Blogger. I've tried various options with my fingers crossed; however, I'm still appreciative of having this wonderful outlet.

I'm terrible with celcius. How are you with farenheit? :)

Hilary said...

Nice to know you're attending to the bear necessities.. ish. I keep comment moderation on for posts which are older than 14 days. They seem to attract a lot of spam for some reason.. though Blogger's spam filters are good at catching most of those.

MyTruth0812 said...

Hi Bear...I noticed you stopped by my blog many months ago (When Life Hands Me Lemons, I Have To Take Prozac) and wanted to let you know I'm blogging again. If you're still interested, please stop by.

Diana said...

I just had my grandkids for an overnight last weekend. And then two days through the week. I am so, so tired!! I hope you had fun.
Love Di ♥

ain't for city gals said...

I was sorry to hear about BF but sometimes I think we just need a break...hopefully he will be back every now and then. I'm not doing much blogging either...I'm doing good but just kind of done with the computer thing...has to be more out there in this thing we call life. I never understood why people have both verification and moderation...but whatever works.

JerseyLil said...

Hi Rob-bear and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I have no young children or grandkids but I admit to loving the Harry Potter books and movies. My husband does too. They are so imaginative. I love watching birds and how great that you got to see so many on your drive. My husband and I often get out our bird book to identify a bird we haven’t seen before. I have not done comment moderation yet on my blog but I do monitor and zap out any spammers lurking around. Good luck with that. I like your blog!

That Janie Girl said...


You're not gonna moderate comments?

Hmmmm. I'll have to think what I can sell on your blog page.

(All I have to do is look at my Yahoo spam for ideas. Are you worried yet?)

Nancy said...

I understand taking a break from blogging. I had to do much the same thing over the last couple of months. Sometimes it just feels better to be quiet. As for the children turning 40 - geeze - I'm already having a hard time with oldest going to turn 30! Wasn't she just a little girl following her dad around the yard with a bucket of water?

Inger said...

Great to find out what you have been up to. That was an interesting comment about Prozac. It will stick in my mind for a while. I would have cut off all Samson's hair, but my hubby didn't want to. A whole lot has come off though. And we got rain!!! Nice to see you and hear about your family.

About Last Weekend said...

Said this beforem but your grandkids are so lucky to have you so close to play and dote and do sleepovers - win win!

Chatty Crone said...

I am reading this after the other one - but I loved your update! I hope you had a great time with the grandkids.