THINGS ARE STILL TAKING SHAPE AROUND OUR BACKYARD PATIO
Just another one of those ‘oh so nice’ mornings. Decided to move what was left of our adobe brick pile to a new location. Figured I’d stack them on our cement patio where at least they add a temporary bit of something different. Also spent some time with my garden rake smoothing out a few cactus beds. Rest of the day was spent simply relaxing, doing some reading, & just enjoying our great warm weather.
PLACED A COUPLE WOODEN BRANCHES IN THE GROUND FOR BIRDS TO PERCH ON BEFORE FLYING TO THE FEEDER >>>
RV Sue has finally found herself a new canine crew member for the team. His name is Reggie & he’s a handsome little fellow. It’s been a long frustrating search for Sue since Spike died awhile back. Reggie will be a great companion for not only Sue but little 4 legged Bridget as well. Happy Campers over there:))
RESTING ON ONE OF TWO BRANCHES I STUCK IN THE GROUND
I saw a few comments about avoiding Chicago. We have done the Chicago route maybe a half dozen times coming & going. Secret there like any large city is to do it early on a Sunday morning if possible & that is generally what we do in the Fall heading west by leaving Bayfield early on a Saturday morning & spending the night somewhere slightly east of Chicago. Our route home at the end of the month ‘if we stick to it’ will bring us up under Chicago & land us on a toll (80/90) road heading east past South Bend & Elkhart to highway 69 south of Lansing. We like this toll road because it’s uncomplicatedly fast & saves a lot of traffic confusion & congestion. We don’t mind paying a few toll fee dollars in order to alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress due to chaotic Chicago traffic miseries. Of course we may not even go through Chicago at all & that will depend on weather & our often traveling habit of changing plans & routes mid-stream. We really won’t know which way we came home until after we we get there:))
INTRODUCING MR. & MRS. HOUSE FINCH
We check the weather in Bayfield several times a day now & beginning Monday we see a warming trend beginning. That is if one can call temperatures above freezing, warming. Well yes one can considering the whole area has just experienced the coldest temps for February on record. The folks up our way have experienced freezing temperatures for weeks on end if not for over a month with no break or let up. In Grand Bend’s Yacht Club web cam photos below you can see Lake Huron is frozen out as far as the eye can see. People this afternoon walking out on Grand Bend’s pier which is nearly buried in ice & snow. In the other photo you can see the Ausable River frozen over on the right. We always say it’s not time to head for home until we see this river is free of ice & flowing again. We have our fingers crossed we will see the river ice breaking up soon.
Not a lot else to write about tonight. These are quiet days right now as we slowly gear down our Arizona days. It’s kind of like a lull before the storm of travel soon begins. For sure we will again be very sad to leave here in a few weeks yet we are both looking forward to a change of pace & getting home to Bayfield. Once there we have all summer to look forward to coming back to Arizona in the Fall again. Despite my griping, grumbling, & complaining from time to time we do have a pretty great life & for that we are very grateful……………………..
A COUPLE FILE PHOTOS OF OUR FRONT PORCH AT NIGHT
GROANER’S CORNER:(( One morning I found a beautiful long-stemmed rose lying by the kitchen sink. Even though the flower was plastic with a long wire stem, I was thinking how, after all the years we had been married, my husband could still make such a wonderful romantic gesture. Then I noticed a love note lying next to it. "Dear Sue," it read. "Don't touch the rose, I'm going to use the stem to unclog the drain."
A wife, being the romantic sort, sent her husband a text:
"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears. I love you." He replied, "I am in the bathroom. Please advise."