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Ducks Crossing The Road

A mother and ten little fluffy ones decided to cross from the ditch on one side of the road to the ditch on the other. I sat in my idling truck and wondered, as I watched these cartoon characters waddling across, what could there be in the other ditch that there wasn't in the ditch they had just left? Could there be more food, more water? I didn't think so, both ditches looked the same to me. But I'm not a duck. Then again I don't think they do it for a reason. I think they do it because it's there. The road, that is. I think they cross the road because it presents a challenge.  Anyone know or have a theory of why our ducks cross the road, or even worse, just plop down in the middle of the road??

Rain Sayings 

"When the ditch and the pond offend the nose, then look for rain and stormy blows".

"Rain long foretold, long last.  Short notice, soon past".

Quotes from Rube Hornstein, It's In The Wind

As the Crow Flies

When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight towards the nearest land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be known as the crow's nest.


The Cape Island word of exclamation "ayea" almost surely came down from the old English word "aye" or "yea", meaning "yes".  When used in conversation, "ayea" is generally used to respond in agreement to the talker.  It is also a word often said while inhaling or exhaling, usually exclaimed twice, one with exhale and the next on the inhale.