Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A MORNING’S GOOD DEED AND PHEEBS GETS ALL STINKY

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Needing some new blog photos Pheebs and I were again out the door early and off over to the Hullett Marsh to see what we could find.  Beautiful summer morning with no humidity, lots of sunshine and a nice lite breeze off the lake.  Again not a sole to be seen anywhere as we ambled along slowly taking in Mother Nature’s sights and sounds.DSC_0013

MARSH GRASSES ARE TALL

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I’M GUESSING A MUSKRAT FAMILY LIVES UNDER THE BANK I AM STANDING ON AND THOSE ARE THEIR PATHWAYS OUT INTO THE MARSH WATERS

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I’M THINKING THIS MIGHT BE A TYPE OF  CLOVER

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I am still surprised at the lack of frogs.  Other years walking this time of year in the same area we had to be careful where we stepped with frogs, frogs, everywhere.  Today we saw one and that was it.  How nice to see an abundance of wildflowers though not only in the Marsh but alongside country roads as well.  DSC_8772

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Unfortunately though our morning outing was cut short when I noticed a certain odor on Pheebs when we returned to the Jeep.  Obviously while my attention was diverted taking some flower pictures Pheebs found and rolled in some dead stuff somewhere.  It’s not often she does that but this morning was one of those times.  With all windows down we started for home and there were no doggy snuggles along the way either.  But, we didn’t get far.

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SO NICE TO BE OUT WALKING AMONGST SUMMER’S WILDFLOWERS

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Noticed an object on the gravel road ahead of us so slowed down thinking it may be a turtle and it was….right in the middle of the road.  Pulled over, hopped out and seeing it was a ‘Painted Turtle and not a Snapper I gently picked it up and set it off to the side of the road near the ditch.  Thought about that for a minute then decided it was not the safest place for it so I loaded the little fellow into the Jeep on the floor in front of the passenger seat.  I knew a good spot not too far away where the turtle would be much safer so off we went.  Pheebs never even knew the turtle was on the floor.  A few minutes later I pulled into one of the Marshes parking areas near a pond and carried our little hard shelled passenger across a short grassy field to the water’s edge gently setting him down and wishing him all the best.  Nice feeling inside knowing we had done ourselves a good deed.  Fifteen minutes later we were back home, stinky doggy and all.

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STOPPED & MOVED THIS LITTLE TURTLE FELLOW OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

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AFTER THINKING ABOUT IT I DECIDED TO LOAD THE LITTLE GUY INTO THE JEEP AND DRIVE HIM TO A SAFER PLACE

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ALONG FOR A SHORT RIDE

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A CUTE LITTLE DICKENS

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HEADING ACROSS THIS FIELD TO A POND OVER YONDER

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SET THE LITTLE FELLOW AS CLOSE TO THE WATER AS I COULD AT BOTTOM RIGHT….NOTICE THE DARK HOLE LEFT OF THE TURTLE, THAT’S WHERE i STEPPED AND SANK INTO THE MUD OVER MY SHOE SO HAD TO SET HIM DOWN THERE….BYE BYE TURTLE GUY:))

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NOW BACK TO THE CAMOFLAGED JEEP OUT THERE SOMEWHERE IN ALL THAT GREENERY

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THIS GOOGLE EARTH MAP OF THE HULLETT MARSH SHOWS WHERE I TOOK THE FLOWER, BEES, AND SCENICS PICS THIS MORNING AND ALSO WHERE WE PICKED UP AND DROPPED OFF THE TURTLE….CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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Wasn’t long before we had a bucket of warm water and some doggy shampoo on the go.  Pheebs isn’t especially fond of water but she did good with Kelly and I faring fairly well without getting ourselves all drenched in flying bath water when Pheebs vigorously shook herself.

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THIS IS THE ROAD WHERE PHEEBS AND I LUCKILY RESCUED THE LITTLE TURTLE

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FIELDS OF CORN FOR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

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OUR TURTLE RELEASE STOP

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THIS AUTHENTIC WORKABLE DUTCH WINDMILL LESS THAN A MILE EAST OF OUR PARK IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RESTORED

Our next project was to see if our ‘new to us’ leather recliner would fit well in the Motorhome.  It had past my sleeping test for 2 nights in a row and for sure was totally comfortable so knew we were going to keep it.  Recliners can be heavy and this one of course was no exception but we both surprised ourselves when the time came to move it to the rig.  I had measured the door width in the Motorhome and of course I could see the recliner was too wide to fit through but I also knew I should never be allowed to measure anything.  With that thought in mind we took the easy to remove back off the chair then carried it out onto our back porch where we lifted it down into the wheelbarrow and wobbled our way over to the rig.  Knowing it wouldn’t fit plus also knowing it would be a heavy uphill lift I had no confidence in our move at all with just the 2 of us.  Of course I always underestimate Kelly’s super powers and before you could say ‘Jack Splatt’ we had that recliner out of the wheelbarrow, through the narrow impassable door that ‘I knew wouldn’t fit’ and up 4 steps onto the Motorhome’s living room floor.  Seconds later we had it in place on the slide where it fit perfectly.  Minutes after that we had a new plan.

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RECLINER WITH THE SLIDE IN AND COACH CONFIGURED FOR TRAVEL

Fortunately my old recliner was still in the house so rather than take the newer recliner back out of the Motorhome and back into the house we decided to leave it in the rig and I would continue using my old recliner until at some point it disintegrates into the floor.  Of course that was quite fine with me as I was kinda missing my old recliner Pal these past couple days anyway.  If our Congress house sells this coming winter and we end up boon-docking our way around the Southwest again like we used to do I’ll sure be happy for that totally comfortable newer Lazy-Boy recliner in the rig which also doubles as a bed for me.  When I sat in it later today after moving it to the rig I definitely felt that good old ‘Hitch-Itch’ just a tuggin at me for sure.  Hey, a month from now we will already be a month closer to getting the big wheels a rollin again for another winter’s season and if I can keep that thought and attitude foremost in my mind maybe I can even manage to pull myself out of these hot weather summer doldrums…..Ya think:))

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GROANER’S CORNER:((   A lawyer's dog, running about unleashed, beelines for a butcher shop and steals a roast.  Butcher goes to lawyer's office and asks, "If a dog running unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog's owner?"  The lawyer answers, "Absolutely." "Then you owe me $8.50. Your dog was loose and stole a roast from me today." The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $8.50. In a few days, the butcher opens the mail and finds an envelope from the lawyer………$20 due for a consultation.

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Did you know that heaven and hell are actually right next to each other? They are separated by a big chain-link fence. Well, one day hell was having a big party and it got a little out of hand. God heard the ruckus and arrived to find his fence completely smashed by the wild partiers. He called the devil over and said "Look, Satan, you have to rebuild this fence." Satan agreed. The next day God noticed that the devil had completely rebuilt the fence...but it was 2 feet further into heaven than before.  "Satan!" beckoned God. "You have to take that fence down and put it back where it belongs!"
"Yeah? What if I don't?" replied the devil.
"I'll sue you if I have to," answered God.
"Sure," laughed Satan. And just where would you ever find a lawyer?"

7 comments:

  1. Nothing like a good ole Lazy Boy Recliner we had 4 on our house, but just one in the coach for me Suzie gets the couch and she is fine with that.
    That hitch itch can grab us all pretty soon, Time to keep those big wheels rolling.

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  2. Be careful picking up turtles. I let my son pick one up when he was a kid. The turtle crawled up the front floor board and managed to wedge himself under the dash. We had a heck of a time getting him out.

    The flower pictures are beautiful. You sure live in a nice area. It looks like everything is in a hurry to grow before winter get there again.

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  3. I wonder where all the frogs went? That is quite the mystery. Hard to believe Pheebs would ever get stinky, she's such a lady :-) Nice that turtle guy has a new water spot for awhile - after his limo rescue from the huge tractor!

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  4. Great turtle rescue:) How nice of you to give it a safer place despite your muddy foot:) Love all the beautiful wildflowers! Recliners look great in the MH!

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  5. At Thomson Causeway campground, they have the U of Iowa students out there in tents, putting little flags where turtle eggs are layed..and sometimes they put a screen over it to keep out the raccoons!..Not to mention the "Turtle Crossing" signs on all the park roads..They sure love their turtles..

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  6. Very nice reading and oggling at your pics Al. How's the little "stinker" doing? Say hello to your electronic wizard Kelly for me.

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