Day 1218: If it isn’t one thing, it’s another

Yesterday, I saw the title of today’s post…


… on the inside of a greeting card.

I agree. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

Here’s another thing: This morning, my boyfriend Michael said to me, “Guess what Harley and I saw last night?”

I could have guessed any one of these things ..

  1. “Game of Thrones”
  2. Our other cat, Oscar
  3. Cat puke
  4. Computers

… but I guessed another: “Was it an animal?”

It WAS an animal that Michael and Harley saw last night, outside the window.

If it wasn’t any thing I guessed, it was another:

  1. Raccoon
  2. Possum
  3. Groundhog
  4. Bird (correct!)
  5. Big bird (correct!)
  6. Hawk
  7. Owl
  8. Crow
  9. Heron
  10. Swan
  11. Goose
  12. Eagle
  13. Pelican
  14. Penguin
  15. Albatross

At one point, Michael said to me, “You’re going to kick yourself when you guess it.”  I replied, “Believe me. I am not going to kick myself.”

If it isn’t one thing I’ve kicked myself for, it’s another.   Self-judgment has really been an albatross around my neck.  Therefore, I’ve decided to kick myself no more.

Here’s another thing: I DID guess the one thing Michael and Harley saw last night, which was walking down the sidewalk. If you try to guess that one thing, it might be another.

If it isn’t one photo I take for this blog, it’s another. Here are some photos from yesterday:







If it isn’t one person making a pun around here, it’s another.  Last night at Market Basket, after the fish guy gave us more fish than we asked for, he said, “What the hake.”

If it isn’t one thing I’m asking my readers to guess, it’s another.  Which one of the greeting cards shown above had today’s title inside?

If it isn’t one thing I want to do on my vacation week, it’s another.  It’s time to end this post with not one thing but another:



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35 thoughts on “Day 1218: If it isn’t one thing, it’s another

  1. If it wasn’t an albatross, it was a hawk!

    • A hawk was one thing my son Aaron and I saw on a walk yesterday, but it’s another big bird that Michael and Harley saw last night. If it isn’t one great comment from you, Val, it’s another.

  2. Did Michael see an eagle? Yesterday, two big, white-tailed eagles circled our house for quite a while. I thought they might be looking for a cat, for dinner.

  3. Cute post. We’ve had eagles circling round here for awhile too.

  4. This reminds me of Gilda Radner’s wonderful line, “It’s always something.” But it can be a lot of fun trying to guess what someone saw–or who they met.

  5. Was it the squirrel card!

  6. It was a Dodo bird. Yes, that must have been what they saw. Right?
    Or was it a vulture? That might be more likely.
    What was it Ann? You have to tell us!!!!! Please…..

    • I guessed a Dodo bird, SD! If you’re one creative guesser, I’m another! And it wasn’t a vulture….

  7. If it’s not a giganto whoopie pie, it’s an overweight cat!

    • Whoopie! If it’s not one observant reader, it’s you, Sunny. Any guesses on the big bird or the greeting card?

  8. I’ll bet it was a big owl!!!! Whooooo!

  9. lana rich


    • If it’s not a comment from my wonderful cousin, Lani! It was a large bird I didn’t name in the body of the post. But good guesses.

  10. Carol Ferenc

    1) A Pileated Woodpecker 2) Smile . . . It’s Your Birthday! Yes, no, Ann? If it’s not one of those, it’s another.

  11. That last one cracked me up. Oh and I love penguins.

  12. Good catch on the hawk! Have a listen to Marcia Ball’s If it Ain’t one thing it’s another:

  13. A turkey?

    • If it isn’t one incredibly great and accurate guess from Maria, it’s another. YES. Michael and Harley looked out the window last night and saw a huge turkey walking on the sidewalk.

  14. Don’t you had it when that happens ?

  15. I can’t wait to hear what the big bird as. I’m guessing a turkey, too.

  16. wow that hawk is a beauty- just waiting there so patiently. if it isn’t one thing its another always makes me think of the late great Gilda Radner and Roseanne Roseannadanna

  17. Very amusing post. Brightens your morning.

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