Owls

Posted by Ellen

Above the skaters in this Dutch engraving believed to date from a few years before 1650 is a banner proclaiming "How well we suit each other."

This is a political cartoon, with the proclamation evidently meaning that owls do best with other owls or, as Anita sang to Maria in West Side Story, "Stick to your own kind–one of your own kind."

Posted by ted

(This is a guest post by Ted. Since my mother is helping my grandmother move, and will not have time to write Good Mornings for ya'll, she has handed me the keys to her weblog. I will try not to wreck it.

With possession of the keys, and a full tank of gas, I decided to head on down to the Lone Star State. This is the first in a series of three posts from Houston, Texas. The next two posts will be about cowgirl boots. This is Texas after all.)

The entire owl decorating group, Houston Harry Potter Meetup

I happened upon the Houston Harry Potter Meetup Group's Owl Decorating Contest while enjoying a Sunday afternoon walking around Discovery Green, a lovely park in Houston.

The picture above contains the entire Houston Harry Potter Meetup Group (or at least the ones that showed up for the Owl Decorating Contest). I stood on top of a picnic table to take this picture and asked everyone to hold up their owls. My friend Tia, who hosted me in Houston, is also in the picture. She can be identified by her beautiful yellow dress and lack of owl.

I asked who was judging the competition and learned that the sole judge was Alyssa, head of the Gryffindor House. She is pictured below wearing an awesome shirt. Because she was the judge she was not allowed to enter the contest, but she did decorate an owl anyway.

Alyssa, the judge of the owl decorating contest (Harry Potter Meetup Group)

Tia and I were offered owls to decorate, but we declined the offer.

Laura, the Deputy Headmistress, requested that I send her the picture I took of the group. I did so, via text message. Later in the evening I sent Laura another text message asking who won the contest and was informed that Robin was the winner.

Laura directed me to the group's Facebook page, which contained a picture of Robin's winning entrant:

The winning owl from the Houston Harry Potter Meetup Group's Owl Decorating Contest

We here at Hole In The Clouds would like to congratulate Robin on her big win. That is indeed a nice owl.