Is Kindly Contributed by Ruth Shields, aka “Crabby”

Ruth Shields and her Staff Car, a 1934 Plymouth.
It’s hard to imagine how anyone who drives such a classy car could be “Crabby!”

Ruth is also a renowned lexicographer.

Ruthie’s “Oh, no, not again!” Department
Spring, 2007: Ruthie says “This falls under the category of fairy tale. Northern fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time.’ Southern fairy tales begin with, ‘You ain’t gonna believe this!’ This is a Southern fairy tale.

“For the past week or so, I have started up the truck, driven a few 10ths of a mile and seen a bird fly away from the truck - seemingly out of nowhere. This happened before - maybe 2000 - and I thought - no, it could’t be - not again!

“When I got to my destination, I opened the truck hood and what did I find - the same thing I found back in 2000 - only on the other side of the motor.

“So I removed the nest, placed it on a wooden box near the truck and I can only hope the mother finds her family - if the engine heat hasn’t cooked the eggs!
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