It was an effort to get myself motivated this morning. Seems the gray dismal looking day outside our window matched the mood I woke up with this morning. And try as I did today I just couldn’t shake it.
WE HAVE LITTLE RED SQUIRRELS IN OUR FRONT YARD
WOODPECKERS…… DOWNIE ON LEFT AND HAIRY ON RIGHT
NUTHATCH AND CHICADEE
Pheebs and I did make it out for a Jeep ride southeast of Bayfield but my mind wouldn’t leave me alone and kept chasing itself round and round on a twirling merry-go-round of thoughts. Tried my best to dig out all those positive reasons for not traveling south this winter. In my head just days and weeks before I had all the answers lined up perfectly and they were all logically well thought out too. Still are, but when I went looking for those solid well thought out ‘staying home’ reasons again this morning they weren’t there and I stumbled backwards. Do I really want to just sit here all winter looking out the window from our cozy comfy little house upon a snowy frozen landscape but at least be free of traveling stress? Yes I do, no I don’t, yes I do, no I don’t. And so that is how my day went and knowing my mind as well as I do I suspect today was a harbinger of long cold winter days to come.
For me this past dozen years I have had two big things I always looked forward to. Heading south in the Fall and heading home in the Spring. It was this great change of lifestyles I loved best. We weren’t stuck in a stationery house for 6 months of the year and we weren’t stuck in a confining RV for 6 months of the year either. We had the best of both worlds as we tweaked those time periods around a bit these last few years ending up with maybe two thirds of our time spent at home and one third of our time on the road.
Guess I’m just venting my feelings here folks while trying to adjust to a change I do not seem to be adjusting too very well some days. Maybe in the morning when I wake up my mind will have re-set itself and I can make some sense out of my feelings again. A few readers over the years have described my blog as kind of a ‘fireside chat’ and I suppose my post tonight is just that as I sit here by the fire chatting once again about my confusing thoughts and feelings.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the "in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."
Pilot - "Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land ... it's a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern."
And, after landing: "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."
As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"
After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced: "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as Hell everything is going to fall out."
From a Southwest Airlines employee.... "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more.
Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive.
Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."
"As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses." "Last one off the plane must clean it."
And from the pilot during his welcome message: "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately none of them are on this flight!!
Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what ya'll are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendants' fault.....it was the asphalt!"
Another flight Attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."
After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.
Part of a Flight Attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us here at US Airways."
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