Saturday, January 19, 2013

TODAY WE SAID GOODBYE TO OUR GUESTS FROM THE EAST

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For Pheebs & I it was our last night camped out in the Motorhome. Really enjoyed the time kibitzing about, morning snuggles, quiet music, & just simply doing what us guys wanted to do.

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ALWAYS AN INTERESTING MORNING WALK FOR THE PHEEBS & THESE TWO LITTLE SPIKES CAN DO  THAT 2.8 SECONDS TOO  

Peter & Leslie did a walk around the block with us this morning & then it was time to say Good Bye.  Suitcases in the car & they were on the road for the Phoenix Airport by 9:30.  All & all, it was a good week & we were happy to have them here.  And, it was the first time ever that we actually had someone stay in our house & be a part of our lives for a few days.  Aunt Jean visited us a year ago but she stayed in the Ranch House when we were in McNeil Az.  It is very possible that in a month from now Aunt Jean might just once again be with us here in Arizona:))

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Y’ALL COME BACK NOW YA HEAR:))

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SURE HOPE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THOSE BACK SEAT SAGUAROS ON THE AIRPLANE

By 10:30 this morning, Pheebs & I had all our stuff moved back into the house & put away.  Kelly did laundry while I did dishes.  Back to our old routines.  Warm enough to have our doors wide open again.  No bugs in Arizona during the winter.  Ahhh, what a life:))

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CURVED BILL THRASHER

By 11:30 I had my paint brush in full gear painting our front screen door.  It was an old scuffed & weathered black aluminum door that just needed some spiffing up.  We have always liked a southwest color called Taos Blue, so without further adieu, it became Taos Blue.  Kelly had picked up a quart of it one day a week ago but the temperature had not been warm enough to put the paint on.  Standing back & looking at it I can see where we will have to paint the white frame something else now as well.  And, at some point we also plan on replacing our 4 square white porch poles with new round pine posts. 

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BEFORE & AFTER…HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT WHITE DOOR FRAME NOW

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HOPE TO REPLACE THESE OLD WHITE POLES WITH MORE NATURAL LOOKING NEW PINE POSTS

By 2:30 this afternoon I had replaced our broken outside tap valve which had froze & cracked in the freezing temperatures this past week.  I think it was my first ever successful plumbing job.  And, I even remembered to turn the water off first too.  Imagine that:))

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Made a few more changes in the house today.  In the evenings Kelly has her TV shows she likes.  Not my cup of tea so I spend my time putting the blog together.  In Bayfield I am able to escape the night time television drama by hanging out in the sunroom with my soothing ambient music.  Up till now, I couldn’t do that here in our Congress digs so when Kelly’s TV shows were playing I had to put on my headphones in order to concentrate on what I was writing.  Today we solved that problem by making some changes & I now have my own little computer set-up in my bedroom.  Brought the Poang chair in from the Motorhome & with the Sirius Satellite radio also moved to the bedroom I once again have my quiet relaxing space.  Some of us guys need our quiet relaxing space you know:))

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I’m tossing around another small fence project.  Now that our good neighbor Bud is gone, we have some younger, maybe not so good people moved in over there.  The view over that way is not great from our back yard anyway so I figure I can put up a section of wooden privacy fencing 40’ long by 8’ high.  That should help cut down on ‘young people’ noise as well.  If I can get the Boss to loosen the purse strings a bit, maybe I can get that little project underway shortly.DSC_7884

THESE WARMER DAYS HAVE BROUGHT OUT A FEW LIZARDS

And, another medical scare for JERRY & SUZY over there in that Benson Arizona place.  Jerry, still recovering from a heart attack last month had to quickly head for Tucson where Suzy was taken by ambulance for emergency surgery.  Drop on over & Jerry will tell you what happened.

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PYRRHULOXIA (SILVER CARDINAL)

Well, maybe I can shorten the blogs up a bit now that we won’t be out & traveling about every day.  I’m sure, not posting as many pictures will help shorten up the blog.  I do get myself a little overboard at times.  I was averaging 100 photos a day this past week when Peter & Leslie were here.  That’s a lot of photos to go through at the end of the day when one is usually tired enough to fall out of one’s chair……………………..

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  Morris was at his usual place sitting at the table, reading the paper after breakfast. He came across an article about a beautiful actress that was about to marry a football player who was known primarily for his lack of smarts and common sense.
He turned to his wife Sherry, with a look of question on his face.
"I'll never understand why the biggest bozos get the most attractive wives."
His wife replies, "Why thank you, dear!"

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- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

17 comments:

John and Nan said...

We love you photos and your posts. I know it is a lot of work and you are appreciated.

gumo said...

I can relate to your quiet zone at night. Me, too.

One thing about young renters: they often tend to move on.

Jean and Skip said...

Love the blue door, your place is looking pretty spiffy.

Sue and Doug said...

sad to see your family leave but it sure sounds like they had a lovely visit! Nice to get the old routine back though!

Mike McFall said...

Thanks for the heads up on Jerry amd suzy.....

Boy when you own property the projects just never end do they?

Front door is lookin good...anxious to see the finished product.......

Teri said...

Good shot of the sparrows taking off.

Steve and Joan said...

Sure do enjoy your blog and pictures. Especially like the laugh I get at the end! Thanks!

BJ said...

I especially like the pictures of birds in flight. Their wings are beautiful. You sure know how to capture them at just the right time.

Russ Krecklow said...

Hey, Al, nice that you have your bedroom all fixed for your quiet place, now. That will be great. Too bad your time in the motorhome is over for awhile, that was fun, I bet. One of our blogger friends in Q was reading that lizards can come inside motorhomes and they like to nibble on the inverters sometimes. She said they recommended glue traps to catch 'em, and then put vegetable oil on 'em to release 'em back into the wild. Never heard that one before, have you?

Donna K said...

Great bird pictures Al. Too bad you got some new renters in so quickly. Russ and I were thinking of taking that place for the winter (ya, right!!). You know what they say, good fences make good neighbors.

George and Suzie Yates said...

Nice t have the company and enjoy your times together, and nice to see them go so you can get back in the routine.
The house is lookin good!

Dennis and Donna said...

Sometimes I, too, find my blog waaay too full of photos...Your photos are always enjoyable..mine..not so much. Your diggs look great!!

Gaelyn said...

Like the blue door. Sorry to hear about the new noisy neighbors.

Ron & Dee's Great Adventure said...

Love the new blue door. It sets off the front of your home perfectly.

Tammy Fletcher said...

Really like the 2.8 seconds that was cute. And I really like the blue you painted your screen door, really stands out. Great bird pictures too.

Gypsy said...

What a difference with the door being painted blue. I love it. There is never an end to projects when you have a house - I run out of money way before I run out of projects.

Bob and Jo said...

Your experience with painting the door is why we hesitate to start projects. New paint job shows that the trim needs painting, that shows the walls need painting, then a new roof, then a new place, quickly becoming a snowball going downhill out of control.