Z – Zero, Zilch, Zip!!!

Zeagles fishing






I really and seriously considered writing “zero, zip, zilch… that’s it!” and running for cover as the Challenge is over.  Then the other night as I was starting to close up the blinds before I headed upstairs to watch TV, I just happened to notice some movement down at the bay.  The tide was going out and I saw flapping wings. Now what is going on?  At first I thought it was a duck or a seagull, but then I noticed the white head and realized it was a bald eagle.  Ok, what the heck is that eagle doing?  I thought it would swoop up in grand style with a big fish. Then I saw the bump.

Now it is times like this that I wish I had binoculars as I simply could not tell what the eagle was attempting to pull out of the water.  The eagle would peck away at whatever was trapped in the eagle’s talons.  At first I thought the eagle had a fish. Then the eagle would flap its’ wings like crazy trying to rise up out of the water and mud… with no success.  Whatever, the eagle had trapped was heavier than the eagle.  I watched the process for about 20 minutes as the eagle pecked, then industriously flapped its’ wings some more in an attempt to rise out of the water.  Then you could almost see the eagle say “I’m POOPED!  I need a rest” as the eagle would relax and float on top of the bump for a few minutes.  Then the process would repeat itself constantly. Evidently, an eagle can lift up to about four pounds, so whatever was in the water was heavier than the eagle. I’m guessing that the prey must have been an otter or a baby seal; or who knows, maybe a beaver. This eagle must have been VERY hungry to try for something that big.

However, try as it might the eagle never successfully pulled the body from the water so it had Zilch for dinner.  And, I didn’t stick around long enough to find out the results of the eagle’s endeavors, but I did notice that by the time I was upstairs and looked out the window, the eagle was gone, but the “bump” was still there.  So I have ZERO results for you from this story.  However, this could be YOUR opportunity to add your own ending.

Now, thank you for stopping by to visit my blog and for your comments while on this journey.  I truly appreciate your friendship. It has been quite a wild ride.  In the beginning, I thought I might have zip, zero, and zilch to say, but I surprised myself.







About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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18 Responses to Z – Zero, Zilch, Zip!!!

  1. Stephen Tremp says:

    Ha! Love the cartoon. And Congrats! for hanging in there for A to Z!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    Z is for Zombie

  2. pat garcia says:

    I love this post because the eagle is my most favourite bird. Your story make me want to live in a place where I could see the eagle often. What a wonderful view you have.

    Thank you for sharing with us through the entire challenge. You have done a great job and I enjoyed reading everyone of your postings.

    All the best, my dear friend.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I am so curious as to what the eagle was attempting to take off with. I’ll go ask my neighbor as maybe he found the remains, or maybe he saw the eagle trying to take off with “the bump” too.

      Patricia I do so appreciate your support, friendship, and your kind comments. I truly nearly backed out as I had NO CLUE as to what I was going to write. I’m tickled that I made it… and proud of myself. Slowly, I’m growing.

  3. Susan Scott says:

    This is by no means a zip zero and zilch story Gwynn! I want to know – am hoping you’ll go down there and check what the hump the bump actually is. What a lovely way to end the series, it’s been so great! I’ve got some serious catching up of zzzz’s to do …

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      As I told Patricia, I’ll have to ask my neighbor if he found “the body” or if he saw the event. Hehehe… maybe it was a big turtle (not that I have seen any) but I’m hoping no animal was hurt in the process of creating this story! 😉

      I can NOT believe that we did it! I am so relieved! But, I’m proud of myself for sticking to it and surviving. I’m learning and maybe growing a tad too. Thanks for ALL of your support, and for your friendship! Congratulations!! We did it!! I’m in shock. I could use some sleep and rest too! Hugs!

  4. We love watching eagles from our home. They’re so majestic in flight, but then we’ll see crows chasing them away, which cracks us up. I was also surprised the first time I heard an eagle call…much “wimpier” than I expected! They’re just like the rest of us, I guess. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t.

    I have so enjoyed meeting you, both in cyberspace and in person. Enjoy a nice break! Congrats on completing the challenge!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yes, it is strange watching the crows or seagulls chase the eagles out of their turf. I would have expected a war, but the eagle usually leaves for another area or defends himself while sitting in the branches of the tree. It is fun to watch.

      My body is in shock at the moment, as I can’t believe it is all over… WOOHOO!! Oh, was Sandi going to put you on the Teaster’s list for notifications about tea, etc? If you like, I’ll make sure they receive your email. Enjoy the sun and relax!!

  5. What a fantastic way to close, Gwynn. In typical fashion, you make me laugh, smile, and laugh some more. I have so enjoyed coming in here this month and laughing along with you.
    We did it!!! Got zilch energy left, but we did it. Congrats on completing the challenge, and thank you for all the wonderful topics you provided. Now, a little rest, then I will see you soon.

  6. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Ohhhh Man Silvia, I am SO relieved this Challenge is over, especially since WordPress has changed its’ format and I can no longer edit my stories. I am so frustrated I’m about ready to blow a fuse. I’m glad this happened AFTER the challenge!! Evidently something had to be changed in order for Google to track my blog. WEIRD!! Technology drives me nuts!!

    Silvia, you are so special!! You are such a dear. I don’t know how funny my story was, but I was about as frustrated as the eagle as I wanted to see what it was trying to get airborne! At least he didn’t go “splat” in the mud. I do so wish you lived closer so we could get together for that wine, cheese, and crackers… or right now I need something seriously chocolaty! Congratulations on surviving and thanks for being such a wonderful friend. Big, big cyber Hugs!!!

  7. Gwynn, oh my goodness, every post from you is a treat. I always click away from your blog feeling happier than when I clicked in, and part of that is just know there’s someone out there in the world with your warmth, humour and appreciation for life.

    And, as Susan said above, there is no zero, zilch or zip in this post. It is made of awesome, and so are you. I’ll catch you again n May as life slowly returns to normal. Rest up and enjoy not having to come up with a blog post tonight. Or tomorrow. Or next week. YAYYYYY!!!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Kern, you have such a lovely heart. Your comments are dear to me. The best part of this Challenge is meeting new friends along the way. Thank you for being there. Also, you need to take a bow, as I truly enjoy your blog. You find such interesting things out there. You have a clever mind that I enjoy.

      Now, I don’t know about you but I’m SO relieved that the challenge is over… especially since the formatting of my blog has changed because of Google. I’m ready to tear my hair out… actually, if you hear some screaming… that would be me! (sigh) Now I’m going to drink my tea and read the Seattle Times. Thanks for being such a dear person and I look forward to reading your posts again. Hugs, Gwynn

  8. Patty says:

    Great job Gwynn. It’s been very fun following your journey through the alphabet with some very fun and interesting stories. I knew you could do it. Well done!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Patty! I’m EXHAUSTED!! It is so nice not HAVING to worry about posting something more today. Also, because of Google the formatting on my blog has changed and I’m freaking out. Technology drives me NUTS!! I can’t believe I did it… but I did… Yaaayyyyyyyyy!!!

  9. Oh, hey, you’re not done, Gwynn. You HAVE to tell us what the bald eagle was struggling with. Possibly, since it was pecking away at its prey, it did get something to eat.

    Congrats on making it through the A-Zs. I have watched you grow and gain confidence as a writer throughout this process. I am so proud of you. Thanks for your gentle prodding to get me to join the journey. It has been a pleasure, as I suspect it has been for you, too.

    Meanwhile, what is it with your blog. How could the format suddenly change. It was on WordPress. What happened? It’s even got my website URL wrong. I’m going to try to change that now.

  10. Gwynn Rogers says:

    I have to talk to my neighbors to see if they saw the Eagle situation or if found any bodies.

    Thank you so much for your compliments on my writing. That does mean a lot to me. I never know whether people are just being “kind” or what. As they say, the more we write, the more we improve. But I also have you, Tammy, and Susan to watch and learn from. Watching your incredible descriptions is a huge benefit to me. So THANK YOU for your guidance, mentoring, and friendship!

    I am totally in shock that I completed the A – Z Challenge as I fully expected to drop out as I had NO CLUE what I was going to write about. But slowly ideas would pop out. I would expect the Challenge would benefit your book selling, I would think. But, either way, I’m glad you participated. I even made a couple more friends, and one, Nadine, lives close enough that we have met and enjoyed one another. We will get together again.

    As for my blog…. GRRRRRRR. Evidently Google has changed something in how it tracks blogs, websites, etc. to show up when you do a search. So my friend, Bill, from Manhattan Beach, updated my blog to be in synch with Google. Now the formatting, the fonts, and even the colors have changed. I heard a bunch of people on WordPress complaining too. I am having to learn a new way of working with my blog. Plus, since Bill only has a website and doesn’t Blog, God only knows what all he changed. You will notice the format of the replies has changed too. TECHNOLOGY…HARUMPH!!!! 😉

  11. Changed all that and you still don’t have likes. 🙁

    I think the google thing is about mobile friendly, which word press was already supposed to be. No changes on mine and it does fine on phones and such.

  12. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Thanks for this information as my blog is fragmenting. It is driving me crazy!

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