Saturday, December 21, 2013




Not often our cell phone rings but it did this morning around 9.   It was Les saying he would be over shortly to put our porch posts up.  Ten minutes later he was here & right at it.  Porch roof jacked up, measurements taken, posts cut to exact length, old posts out & new posts in.  An hour later the job was done.  Les is a fast efficient worker & it was a pleasure for me to help him a wee bit.  Key words there were, ‘a wee bit’.  Sometimes there is a fine line between helping someone a wee bit or just getting in the way.  I tried not to be in the way.    


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In the New Year sometime Les is going to make us a couple wood doors for our aluminum garden shed.  The current 2 doors are in pretty grim shape.  That should pretty much complete this winter’s main house projects here in Congress.DSC_0011




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Liked Randy’s thoughts from THE ROAD RUNNER CHRONICLES  when he wrote about BLOG REASONS.  I always find it interesting to read other Blogger’s thoughts on how & why they write their posts.



Commenter Phil had a few questions regarding communications.  Our satellite TV is Shaw Direct which comes out of Canada.  Our cell phone provider is Bell Telephone also out of Canada & for Internet we use Verizon.  There are other Internet providers but where we are located in Congress AZ Verizon seems to work the best for us. Verizon service is much improved since we first came here in March of 2012.  Not smoking hot by any means but it’s adequate for our needs most of the time.


Don in our Shout Box asked, “Did you all train Pheebs or was she trained when she adopted you”?  About the only thing we noticed Pheebs was trained to do was come if we whistled while on walks.  I’ve since changed that to a couple hand claps.  She learns quickly & seems able to figure things out.  We hardly have to explain anything to her, she just seems to know things. She is not an aggressive Alpha type dog & that is a huge help in itself.  Very passive & very caring.  We were just talking a couple night’s ago about how lucky we were to have found her a couple years ago.  We almost didn’t.  We had been so focused on getting another dog in St. Thomas that we didn’t pay a lot of attention to a phone call from our Vet saying he knew of a dog needing a good home.  When we received an email saying the St. Thomas dog was going to another home we remembered our Vet’s phone call.  And the rest is happy Bayfield Bunch history…………….:))


GROANER’S CORNER:((  Every Christmas morning, when my kids were little, I read them the nativity story out of the big family bible.  When my son was old enough to talk, he asked me what a stable was.  I thought for a moment how to explain it to him in terms he could understand, then told him, "It's something like your sister's room, but without a stereo."

Twinkle Twinkle chocolate bar
Santa drives a rusty car
Press the starter
Press the choke
Off he goes in a cloud of smoke!

- 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.


Jerry C said...

Posts look great. Every working man needs someone to hold things. That's usually my job.

Tom _Kathy_Retired said...

The new posts look sturdy and rustic and look good. That gravel yard still looks good also. You just keep improving the place and it shows.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Posts look great! Pheebs peeking over the flowerpot is a pretty cool photo - kind of like Where's Waldo?

Russ Krecklow said...

Great posts, Al.

John Schroeder said...

Love the posts - they look "right" for your porch. BTW loving winter Alaska for a change of pace.

Donna K said...

The posts looks just right for your house. I enjoyed the pictures of Pheebs and your explanation of her "training". Poppy was like that - just seemed to know what we wanted and was eager to comply. Second Chance dogs are often the best of the bunch!

George Yates said...

Yep those posts really look great, Good job so nice that you could help Les out a wee, but too.

Ruth said...

The posts just add the finishing touch to your dessert home. I remember the story about when you got Pheebs. She fit in right from the getgo and obviously it was meant to be. She's a sweetheart.

Contessa said...

Those post are just perfect. They really add to the ambience of your home. Love hearing your stories about Pheebs. She was meant to be a part of your family.

Nan Talley said...

Those posts make such a difference....Wow!

Love the photo of the clouds with the mountains peeking through.

Sue B said...

the new posts look great! Les did a fine job, as you also did by helping just a 'wee bit'!
as for Pheebes?..she is a perfect fit for the two of you!

Geri Moore-Hajek said...

Those pine posts really look great! You were so smart to think of them as a replacement! I am with Chinle, I love the photo of Pheebs peeking out from behind the flowerpot! Shows her personality! Funny how our dogs seem to find us at just the right time!

Dennis and Donna said...

Those posts "complete" the look of your house...Very nice addition...Now, let's get on the road!!

Rod Ivers said...

So now I am having to hurry back to Arizona in order to come up there and inspect those new posts....! LOL Nah they look really nice with out me... And I've always wondered what Phoebes did to get turned away from her former owners.... I know situations change, but it would have broken my heart if I had to give her away....

Me and My Dog ...and My RV said...

I love the new posts - they really make a difference. You've done some nice upgrades to the house. I'd love to live in that area - have I said that before? Every time I read another post of yours, I think the same thing. Beautiful area.

Merry Christmas! :)

Larry Large said...

Hi Al. Sure wish I was in Arizona instead of Mississauga. We got hit with a wicked ice storm last night. Trees down everywhere and lots of power outages. We were lucky though ... no damage to our home and so far our power has been fairly reliable. Not sure what Bayfield is like, but I expect your friend Bruce will check your house and give you an update. Hoping everthing is OK.

Larry in Mississauga