Saturday, September 23

Where do I begin...

Dental update
Once again we made a run to Atlantic for Butch to see the dentist. I thought, "Great, This isn't going to be any big deal." "Perhaps we can get some visiting in."
On about Tuesday or Wednesday, Butch asked me to look in his mouth because it felt like there was something in there that shouldn't be. He was right. There was a piece of gold perhaps connected to a piece of tooth in the hole created by the removal of the tooth and root. So we thought perhaps it would work its way out. Along about Thursday he talked me into trying to pull it out. He kept closing his mouth and I could not get a grip on it. So Friday morning we call and they tell us to come in. It was almost if not completely as traumatic as the first go round. He was in severe pain and spitting all the way home. Once home and with a couple of pain pills in him he quickly rebounded to reasonably good health.
So my Atlantic area friends- Maybe next time?

Weather and Birds
We have had a streak of unseasonably warm weather- in the 90's and very little rain. So Butch has been keeping the birdbath filled with fresh water and the birds are very grateful.
We have several Doves and they seem young. They are a beautiful bird. Difficult to photograph as they seem to be skittish and fighting each other most of the time.

Todays Walk on the trail.
I would prefer to ride but the walnuts are a problem. I'm thinking I might do a bike run with the sole purpose of clearing the trail of walnuts. I keep hoping someone else will think of it and beat me to it.

Today's sightings on the trail consisted of 4 bikers, 4 deer, 2 cats and three Bob-White Quail. I had my phone with me because it is easy so the pics are less than ideal. The Quail are not at all spooked as I walked beside them for quite a ways. That and now they are in town, less than a 1/2 block from the elementary school.

Latest window project
This craft project has been fun and incredibly easy.

History and story of My Favorite Chair
Years ago when we were first taking a stab at the full-timing lifestyle I bought a chair at a furniture store in Lees Summit MO. I loved the chair. It fits me, and is perhaps the most comfortable chair I have ever had. It is made by BEST. Yes, the name of the chair is BEST.
After several years use it became worn and shabby looking. It was still comfy as all get out but did not look the best. So we went on a search for a new BEST chair and we found them at Nebraska Furniture Mart. We were looking to buy 3, one new one for the house and two new ones for the motorhome. They are not the same chair. My original chair sits in the 3 season room and every time I would sit in it I was once again reminded of how comfortable it was. It is a far cry from the 3 others we have. So I decided to have it recovered. I had a hard time finding someone to do it but finally found Pam Chance in Jamaica Iowa.
Chance Upholstery, Jamaica Iowa 515-314-0290 It is done and we now have the chair back in the 3 season room looking very fine and feeling wonderful. It has picked up and off odor from her shop and I am working on getting rid of that but I am most happy with the chair and Pam's work.

And there you have it for now.

Tuesday, September 19

Butch's Trip to the Dentist

Butch had his root canal job finished and an exposed root removed from a lost tooth. He was in the process for 1 1/2 hours and did not feel very chipper afterward. So for those of you who know his dentist is in Atlantic, please forgive us for not stopping by. Butch did not feel like visiting so we returned home.
The trip down and back took up a big chunk of the day in itself. He is still in recovery mode this morning. Having a go at breakfast right now and hoping for the best. Smileycons!

Window craft project

Butch replaced the window in the garage when the new siding was applied. He was going to toss the old one but I protested. It is in rough shape but there was a craft project I wanted to try.
I did clean it up a bit before I started.

And here is the final result

Method: Find coloring book pages and print them off. I found mine online by searching coloring book pages of flowers. Then I cut the pages and chose the flowers I wanted, Taped them to the backside of glass and then traced around all the lines with a permanent ink Sharpie. Paint them just like you would on paper only using paint.

Tracing around all the lines is important. If you do not you lose detail. Now I want to do another one!

Sunday's Bike trail walk

Keri, Jason and I walked the bike trail Sunday and we were discussing the hurricanes, soil content, and elevations among other things. Where we winter in Texas the elevation is around 50 feet and I guessed Jefferson to be 1014 ft. So I googled it and here is what I found. I wasn't too far off.

Friday, September 15

Nose to the grindstone

We all have tolerance levels for various things, like lawnmowing and house cleaning. I have kept my mind focused on getting things done outside. Cleaning flower beds and flower pots and doing some fundamental cleaning on my corner of the garage.
In the meantime, things tend to get left undone in the house. So today I kept at it till it was done and on top of that I cleaned a bit deeper and more thoroughly than I normally do. So tonight I am tired but gratified to have it clean and off my list for at least a day or two.
I did ride out to Bullhead farm on Thursday and I have a few pictures of the day. The first one that comes to mind was a flash of red. I was crossing the trestle bridge with no mind to stop and then I saw a flash of red on the outside of the rail and so I stopped to see what it was. It was a vine that climbed up onto the bridge.
This was the flash of red that caught my eye.
 And this is a better view of what it was.

 And then I looked up and saw a bigger flash of red in a tree!

 River pics

I do not usually take pictures from this part of the bridge. The rail is exactly in the wrong place for me to get good photos up river or down river.
Before I rode the trail I was looking out the front door and spotted this boy taking his dog for a run. The traffic was much busier than usual and I thought it to be a dangerous situation.

And then there is my geranium. It was gifted to me in the Spring and it was a little too big for its britches so I repotted it. It has really come into its own this summer. It is so sad to know it will not make it past winter. Anyone want to adopt this grown-up baby.

Monday, September 11

Today's photos

Butch and I have been a whirlwind of activity today. Yesterday Jason helped me get my landscape fabric over my hostas with holes cut so they can grow through. To back up a bit, I had been wanting some hostas so I asked a Master Gardener I know if she planned to thin some hostas or knew anyone who was and she told me that it is a myth that hostas need to be thinned. She said hostas are one plant that will take care of itself. On one hand that is good news for after I have them established but not so good for when I want some to plant. So rather than run myself ragged trying to find some, I ordered some online and Butch helped me get them planted last Friday. I received them last Wednesday, planted on Friday and they were visibly growing on Sunday. Not bad so far. $30 for 11 plants. So today I wanted to get them mulched. I put bowls over the plants to speed up the mulching process. Butch brought me the mulch and I finished in no time. I took this photo while waiting for the mulch. The upside down flower pot is another project.
I was going to toss the orange pot because it was past its prime but decided to turn it upside down, paint it and add a plate for a bird feeder. In the picture, it is an experiment before painting to see if I thought it was worth the effort. I did and will take a picture of the finished project later. Also while waiting for the mulch to arrive I took these photos:
Painted lady with frazzled right wing on miniature hollyhock.
 Lawn mower garage and storage shed and Rhubarb patch

Then Butch went golfing and when he returned he did some maintenance on the motorhome. Checked the batteries and filled them with water and cleaned those two bins. I went for a bike ride, not all the way to Winkleman's Switch but only to Rogers Road. There was a strong southerly breeze this morning. I stopped at this spot and kicked all the walnuts off the trail. There were other places where there were walnuts but this was the worst spot.

These next shots were taken as I was sitting at the computer looking in the back yard birdbath/satellite dish. I kept all three of these shots because this young house finch is saying something different in each one.

 Finished feeder project

Saturday, September 9

Friday's Photos

Painted Ladies...

And Bailey Starr (Mickey's puppy)

Updated face

All is well with my face. Still looks a bit rough but sure looks and feels much better to me.
I have a lump that I now call my unicorn horn that the surgeon says will go away in 3-4 months. I told him that he got my unicorn horn a little off center. Where the actual cut was made and cancer removed looks very well and you will soon not be able to see where it was.
Today's photos:

Looks much better with my glasses on.

Thursday's ride

Added note: I started this post below in a timely manner but then promptly forgot that I had not finished it. My friend Colleen is in Jefferson for a few days and staying in our motorhome. So great to see her and walk the trail with her again. She lives in Punta Gorda FL but has been visiting her daughter in Cincinnati and is quite fortunate in that with the hurricane bearing down on her home. At this writing, we do not know the outcome and she is not sure if she will have a home to go back to.

I have noticed on more than one occasion that if I stop and just stand for about 5 minutes and look all around me that there is always a plethora of things to see that you miss when you are riding like the wind. I saw a mink cross the path today. He would not pose for a pic. Darn it.

These butterflies have almost taken over the bike trail. They are not Monarchs. I am not sure what they are but I do know there are a LOT of them.

This vine is draped over an old tree stump. I would be glad to know what they are too.