Monday, April 04, 2016

OK-OK ALRIGHT ALREADY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

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PHEEBS & I MET THIS RASCALLY LITTLE FELLOW ON OUR AFTERNOON WALK

Ok-Ok alright already enough is enough is enough!!!!  My infatuation with our twinkly Christmasy winter wonderland is over & it ended about the time I was on the end of a snow shovel this morning plowing a path through an overnight 5” snowfall.  It’s cold, there’s snow all over the darn place, skies are overcast ‘again’ & our 10 day weather forecast shows no signs of warming up any time soon.  Still very glad we’re not sweltering in 90F temps anywhere but I’ve had enough of this miserable 30F stuff too.  I’m gonna cram myself in a box & mail me out to San Diego California where it’s predicted to be a ‘PERFECT’ 74 degree sunny day:))

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STARTED MY MORNING OFF BY SHOVELING PATHS THROUGH THE SNOW

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SHOVELED A PATH TO THE BIRD FEEDER STATION

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CROSSED JAYS

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BICKERING OR SHOULD WE CALL IT BEAKERING

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GOT THE LANDING GEAR DOWN

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NOT GOING TO SHOVEL THE DRIVEWAY JUST GONNA DRIVE OVER IT

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SKIES ARE BEGINNING TO BRIGHTEN

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JUST A COUPLE DAYS AGO I HEARD SPRING PEEPER FROGS IN OUR FRONT YARD POND & NOW IT’S ICED OVER AGAIN & THOSE POOR LITTLE PEEPERS WILL BE JUST A SHIVERIN……..

Do you know we have been home now for 15 days & I have had to wear my heavy winter lined pants 8 out of those 15 days & the 1 day those pants were in the wash I wore my warm pajama bottoms under my heavier TSC work pants.  Am I complaining about our winter weather yet??  Ya darn tootin I am!!  DSC_0013

IT MAY BE COLD BUT SNOW SURE CAN MAKE THINGS PRETTY DSC_0015

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SOOOOOO NICE TO SEE BLUE SKIES TODAY

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Shoveled off neighbor Monica’s back porch this morning knowing her arms are gonna be really tired after her long flight back from Florida.  Shoveled me a few paths out & around the carport & Motorhome but none of that driveway shoveling anymore.  With Libby’s 4 wheel drive we just plow through the darn white stuff instead of shoveling it.  I could go out & take more snow photos but I’m already tired of our short exposure to Winter like weather.  Gad Zooks can you imagine the mental mess we both will be in the day we can’t go south anymore:((

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PHEEBE LOVES RACING AROUND IN THE SNOW

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THIS CANADA GOOSE IS KEEPING A LOW PROFILE ALONG THE POND’S ICE EDGE

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PHEEBS & I HEADED OFF DOWN THE PINE FOREST TRAIL THIS AFTERNOON

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Happy to say we did end us up with a real pretty day when our oppressive cloud cover finally broke up in late morning.  Sunny enough this afternoon for Pheebs & I to head out for a walk over by the pond.  I could see she was interested in something down by the water besides a single Canada Goose along the edge of some pond ice.  A closer look & I spotted a young Raccoon.  Very rare to see a Raccoon out in the day time & it didn't appear to be very afraid of us so I was particularly careful to keep Pheebs away from it just in case.  Luckily I was able to get a few photos before it headed off into the woods.DSC_0013

AT FIRST I THOUGH PHEEBS WAS INTERESTED IN THE CANADA GOOSE BUT NO IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE

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WHAT’S THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE??

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SPOTTED THIS RACCOON BY THE POND’S WATER EDGE

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NOT TOO SURE ABOUT PHEEBS ROCKY RACOON HEADS UP THE BANK

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ROCKY & PHEEBS KEEP EYES ON EACH OTHER

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AS PHEEBS & I CLEAR THE AREA ROCKY COMES BACK DOWN THE POND BANK

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PHEEBS IS STILL KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT RASCALLY FELLOW

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AND THAT RASCALLY FELLOW IS STILL KEEPING AN EYE ON PHEEBS

So when one is stuck in the house due to either too cold or too hot a weather what does one do??  Well don’t know about all the Ones in the world but Kelly bakes cookies & today it was Molasses cookies.  And what does Al do when stuck in the house??  He eats Molasses cookies that’s what.  I think I ate about 105 of them……:))

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BAKING UP A BATCH OF MOLASSES COOKIES

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OH & HANGING A FEW CURTAINS AS WELL

Years ago starting in about the early to mid 80’s somewhere I was a sweater guy during the winter right up to about the Spring of 2000.  Can’t remember how many sweaters I had but I had a lot of them & I wore them most ever day during cool & cold weather.  I was driving for ‘Airports Anywhere’/’Stratford Airporter’ for many of those years & I never liked wearing big bulky winter coats while in the driver’s seat.  Too restrictive & too hot in the vans.  Winter or Spring jackets were the norm for me with a nice warm sweater, shirt, & T-shirt underneath.  I remember an all white bulky one, a dark burgundy one & another lighter sweater with a pastel pink & gray diamond pattern to it.  Since packing in the Airports job back in the summer of 2000 I don’t think I ever wore a sweater again.  Still don’t & all those sweaters of mine from back then must have found their way to area Goodwill stores because I sure haven’t seen any of them for years & years:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of an enormous forest fire.  Smoke at the scene was too thick to get any good shots, so he frantically called his home office to hire a plane.  "It will be waiting for you at the airport!" he was assured by his editor. As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway.  He jumped in with his equipment and yelled,  "Let's go!   Let's go!"   The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire,"   said the photographer,   "and make three or four low level passes."  "Why?"   asked the pilot."  Because I'm going to take pictures!   I'm a photographer,   and photographers take pictures!" said the photographer with great exasperation and impatience.  After a long pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?"

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A Preacher was standing at the Pulpit giving his Sunday sermon, when a note was passed to him.  The only word written on the sheet was "FOOL".  Looking up at the Congregation,the preacher smiled and said  "I have heard of men who write letters and forget to sign their names, but this is the first time I have seen a man sign his name and forget to write the letter."

11 comments:

  1. I can imagine how frustrating it must be for you, but the snow sure is beautiful!

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  2. That snow really is beautiful! Pheebes looks so happy out there running in it, but then she doesn't have to shovel.

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  3. The snow is gorgeous, in Canada. Nice 70s in southern Utah. Perfect weather to go play. Stay warm.

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  4. I've had my warm lined winter pants on every day for months!

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  5. It seems that old man winter is playing a trick on you all!!!
    I see that Kelly is the proud owner of the Pioneer woman canisters!!!.. Lucky her!!!

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  6. Ok you can make that snow go away anytime soon, We gonna be home earlier than we would like too, Mid April would be much better.

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  7. Oh man, Al you are stuck in snow. I just can't believe this is happening. It's darn cold out here too, but no snow. Thursday and Friday it's gonna warm up but then it's gonna be pouring again. Well, that's Canada. Shoulda stayed down south for another 2 weeks, Al. You got some great shots of that Coon. Watch out Pheebes is not gonna get too close to them. They bite!

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  8. The raccoon is so cute, too bad they're so destructive :-( I wondered if Pheebs liked to play in the snow, and these pics of her are delightful. Soon all the cold and white will be just a memory - but in the meantime I'm glad you don't have to shovel the driveway! That last pic is amazing.

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  9. The photos are beautiful but brrrrr! Enough already for you:) Love those cute photos of Pheebs running in the snow. You can see her grinning from ear to ear:)

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  10. 78 and Sunny here, so Kathy took a 4 mile walk on the beach and I painted some boards. Very different than your Northern life. Great Raccoon pictures. Giid joke about lady who's porch you cleaned.

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  11. Living in Niagara Falls, I would gladly take the 90' weather right now and just turn on the air conditioning mid day. We would play in the sun all day and work on our tan. Yep! Give me the 90's!

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