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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Good Friends....

When Bill & I bought our motorhome over 13 years ago we planned to be on the road for one year, then come back to our home in Ohio.  As I've written before, at the end of that year we loved our new life so much that we just kept traveling.  For several years we still fulfilled all our medical, dental and vision needs here.  Gradually we've gotten away from Athens more and more.  But our son and my sister and brother still live here...  and the house we left is still a rental, along with a couple other rentals nearby.  We'll always come back for them.

But there's more...  I worked at O'Bleness Hospital for 20 years.  I've been retired from there for 17 years now.  I had a few good friends there....  and each of them started working there before me.
I started writing a complete history of my friends and our friendship...  decided that might me a bit much.  But that's Rhonda (a mere child now in her 50's), Mimi, the jokester, me, (hmmmm)...  and Jean, who plans to celebrate her 80th birthday next year in Hawaii.  Three of us are "retired"...  Rhonda left O'Bleness when Ohio Heath took over and is now working part-time at another job.  It was wonderful seeing them all again.

I got home around 2pm...  Bill was busy installing the new ceiling fan in the rental.  He told me that he'd heard a Yellow breasted Chat and a Cuckoo while I was gone.  To that I can only say that we four ladies had a great chat (we won't discuss the breasted part)...  and we're probably all a bit cuckoo having all worked at O'Bleness all those years.

I've been hearing the Baltimore orioles way up in the trees....  been reading about feeding orioles grape jelly...  and checking out the pros and cons.  Have any of you had other birds become mired in the jelly?  Like maybe a hummingbird become stuck...  or anything like that?  I'm assuming that in those cases the person put out a bowl full instead of just smearing a glop of it on an orange peel or something?  Just wondering????

I wrote that I bought some sweet mix to feed the deer....  Well, we cleared a spot just below our rig so that we could watch whatever came by.  I'd seen lots of footprints in the mud yesterday, but this morning we were rewarded by this...

Three does having breakfast.
This was before 5:30 this morning so the light isn't real good.  Also, taken from inside the rig looking through tinted glass makes it even more obscure.  But look how scrawny that doe in in the foreground.  It's time for the females to be having their fawns, but these 3 wouldn't be traveling together if they were recent moms.  I'm curious as to what their situation is...  but don't think we'll be here long enough for that mystery to be solved.

We stay very busy when we're here on the farm....  we try to pack in an awful lot of things in a short time.  I realize that my blogs are as scattered in subject as our life is while we're here.  But...  heck...  it will settle down all too soon.

That's All For Today!

12 comments:

  1. Good grief, they're puny. It was a hard winter in southern Ohio, too, apparently.

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  2. Those does do look rather undernourished. I've never heard of hummers getting stuck in the grape jelly, but I don't put out bowls of it either. They do visit the jelly too, but only insert their tongues in my experience.

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  3. It is always nice to visit with friends; looks like yawl had a wonderful time. I put the jelly on top of orange halves, haven't had any trouble.

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  4. We don't have orioles in our area!! Sure wish we did, they are so pretty!!!
    Looks like you have some pretty close girlfriends...pure gold!!!

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  5. grape jelly ... I never. love the pictures and your post.... as always... what fun to retain your friendships ... poor little deer.. well.. at least maybe no one will want to kill the little puny things t'eat.

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  6. those deer do look uncommonly scrawny and shaggy!!! hard Winter!

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  7. What a great life! It sure has been one amazing "year" on the road, hasn't it?

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  8. So nice to get back together with old friends.
    Don't work too hard there.

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  9. Those poor deer half starved! I always put out grape jelly and I've never had any birds get stuck in it. I put a little in a peanut butter jar lid in an Oriole feeder. Lots of birds love it: Orioles, Catbirds, Grobeaks, Robins, even Grackles eat it, and I'm sure a few more that I can't think of right now.

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  10. How nice you are feeding those deer. They look like they need it!

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  11. Wow, those deer probably are so grateful to get some good food for a change. They don't look good.

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