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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Catching Up... Again....

Last blog I wrote about the April snow...  hope y'all didn't think we got snowed in, lost our power and had to melt snow for water.  Truth is, it melted off the same day....  and it's been gloriously spring ever since!  But my laptop spazzed out....  two trips to Staples to have the virus(s) removed.  I still have all my programs but all my bookmarks and other stuff were wiped out.  So today is the first time I've used my laptop for almost 2 weeks.

But I haven't been twirling my thumbs and watching the world go by...  One of our big projects this summer is to get the studio apartment back up to speed.  Or really...  in better shape than it's ever been, including the 10 or 15 years that Bill & I lived there.  Bill is doing all the electrical work and other "high tech" stuff...  I "get" to do the painting.  

Next week is Bill's appointment in Columbus to have the cataract removed from his left eye...  he figures he'll be on "light duty" for a while so is trying to get all the heavy stuff done now.

I haven't taken a lot of photos...  but these will do for now...

Here's our rig....  
Bill put in this parking site before we left 15 years ago, but we didn't have the concrete pad until last year.  There is a dump station at the base of that big poplar tree.  Right now we're still using an extension cord, but when we get the rental done, Bill hopes to run an underground electric line and have our own meter put in.  Lots to do this summer....

We don't have a Weber Q...
A renter left this charcoal grill sometime past....  it'll do for us.
(I think of George and lovely grill)

Grilled pork chops and marinated veggies....
Yeah, I need to learn how to adjust the heat.  Really though, those chops didn't taste as burnt as they look.

Although it's been 15 years since we've lived here we still have friends from way back...  sometimes we're here such a short time we don't get to visit much.  This time we are even here long enough to get invited to a party.  Friends of ours were having a get-together to introduce their new puppy to everyone.  Maybe I should have asked what breed the puppy was before taking this....
Isn't this Doggie Binkie about the cutest thing you've ever seen?  It really is a teething ring for puppies and you can put a treat in the handle.  Well....  here's the puppy...
That's our friend Kathy holding her baby...  a rottweiler.  His ears are still in bandages to keep them standing up.   Look at the size of his feet!  He really is just a baby, but he's already a fair-size dog!  I hope he doesn't swallow his binkie whole....

It was kinda funny at the party...  there must have been 20 or 30 people there, and aside from the hosts, Bill and I knew only 1 person.  Guess we have been away for a while.

We have a deer-feeding area below our rig and while the feed would disappear overnight, I didn't see any deer.  A day or so ago I raised the blind...  looked out.... and...
looking back at me was this doe.  
I think this photo was the impetus to finally clean the rig's windows....  

The hummingbirds should be back any day now.  I have two nectar feeders out waiting for some takers.  We have several other feeders out as well...  black oiler sunflower seed, a couple of thistle feeders, a mixed seed feeder, some suet...  the usual.  We were sitting outside the other afternoon and were delighted when we had this visitor...
A Yellow-throated Warbler!
He's not a regular, but we've seen him at least 3 different evenings.  There are woods on 2 sides of us so we're getting a nice variety of birds, but this is the first time we've seen this guy.

So... spring has sprung....  Bill mows every couple of days, and I've mowed the field twice already.  I'm way behind on reading blogs....  I tried to comment from my IPad and nothing ever posted.  Oh well...  I've missed my blogging friends and hope to catch up soon.

One thing I did while my laptop was off line... I freed up space on my computer by downloading 24 gigabytes of photos onto CDs.  I never did say I was shy about taking lots of photos!

That's All For Today!

9 comments:

  1. Glad you are enjoying your stay at home with the birds and the deer, etc. BTW, the picture of the puppy does not show up.

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  2. Sounds like y'all are enjoying Ohio and the nice weather that has finally arrived.
    I put my feeders out. I haven't seen a blue jay or a cardinal yet. No humming birds either.

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  3. The rotty showed up for me. I'm envying your woods and birds. Still getting used to a desert environment.

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  4. Aw, love the little dog. Painting eh? Birds are gorgeous and the deer appeared to waiting on you.

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  5. The rottie is cute. I think the binkie will last exactly as long as he needs it.

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  6. Great shot of the warbler!! We had a Rotty a long time ago, before they got so popular. She was a sweetheart...

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