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100 Theme Challenge No. 29: Happiness

The newest 100 theme challenge topic is happiness, and I have to admit, this is a very difficult one for me. Happiness has been very hard to come by in recent years, what with our neighborhood going downhill and the inevitable moment when we realized that we were going to have to leave, as it was never going to get better. Being forced to flee one’s home against their will is bad enough, but it grows worse still when one starts to realize that the place to which we were forced to retreat may not be the safe haven we had hoped for. No, happiness is still not ours, nor has it been for a very long time. So…what would happiness be for me?

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Cat Naps in People Laps

I haven’t talked about my Siamese cat sisters, Rosalina and Carmelita, all that much lately, so I thought I would, once again, recount a few things about my precious, little angels. Because you can never talk too much about your pets. To start, both cats like sitting on Mother Duck’s lap. Usually, Carmelita sits on her lap during the first half of the day, and Rosalina sits on her lap in the evenings. I have no idea why they won’t sit on me during the day time, but…

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A Festive Graham Cracker House…and Grumpy Snowman

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  To celebrate this most festive of days, I have a silly little story to share with you all!  We were recently watching YouTuber Barry Lewis make a tiny gingerbread house (video below), and it inspired us to make our own…except it wouldn’t be tiny, and it wouldn’t be made of gingerbread!  Since we felt like cobbling together a miniature house out of whatever we happened to have lying around, we decided to make…a graham cracker house, decorated with old Halloween candy (we didn’t plan on eating it anyway) and any other appropriate ingredients!

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100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 28: Sorrow

The newest topic for the 100 theme challenge is sorrow.  These negative topics are feeling rather redundant at this point, considering #26 was tears, leaving me to write about some of my saddest experiences in gaming.  How many times must I write about sadness, hmm?  Well, today’s topic hits a bit closer to home because writing about such a thing as sorrow is especially poignant when in the right mood for it.  And dear readers, I am in the mood for sorrow, whether I like it or not.  Of course, I am not the only one.  We’ve all been through it.  Many of us are probably feeling sorrow right now.  I will not claim my situation is unique, but that doesn’t mean I can’t write a little something from the heart. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 28: Sorrow

A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream

As the Fourth of July fireworks began to fade into the background and my mind, at long last, drifted off into slumber, I had a dream.  A silly dream.  A dream where I went to Disneyland with Zucker the octopus from Animal Crossing. Continue reading A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream

The Great Grape Massacre of 2020

If you’ve been following along with the Duck’s blog for the past year, then you’ll know we got two Siamese kittens back in August of 2019.  They are now a little over a year old, but as naughty as ever.  At the moment, they seem to have a great obsession with getting on the kitchen counter, and no amount of discipline has yet been able to dissuade them.  The only positive aspect of this obvious lack of respect for rules and boundaries is that it has led to three rather humorous tales. Continue reading The Great Grape Massacre of 2020

A Decade of Blogging Well Spent

It suddenly occurred to me that my blog’s anniversary was coming up.  As I do every year, I sat down to write up my usual post on the topic.  And this is when I realized that this is a mighty big occasion indeed.  Ten years ago, on this very day, I started this blog here on WordPress!  Yes, the one you’re reading right now!  And today, on this most special of days, I’d like you to join me as we reminisce on what has taken place in all that time. Continue reading A Decade of Blogging Well Spent

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 27: Foreign

Another 100 theme challenge, proving the Duck is low on ideas!  The newest topic is foreign.  The first thing that comes to mind are foreign countries, but I haven’t really been to any of those.  Not enough to speak about, anyway (I went to Tahiti once when I was way too young to remember, so it hardly counts).  And I already wrote a similar post for topic #21, vacation.  It’s one of my most popular posts, so perhaps you’d like to read it.  The next thing that comes to mind, and the focus of this post, shall instead be foreign languages. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 27: Foreign

The Baby Bird and Its Posse of Protectors

Not too long ago, I woke up one morning to a sound that I could only describe as some very frantic and angry popcorn popping.  Utterly confused by the mysterious sound emanating from outside, I did not come to understand the source of the racket until I peered from a downstairs window.  A brown bird (a grackle, to be more precise) was standing on our neighbor’s roof, boldly scolding a cat standing on our fence.  The cat, who is known to patrol our fence-top from time to time, simply stared at the bird, seeming quite confused by the bird’s sudden rage. Continue reading The Baby Bird and Its Posse of Protectors