Friday, July 21


It was really really hot again. Stepping outside for even a bit you felt enveloped by a large hot, wet blanket and your first reaction was OMG! Butch is feeling the pressure of being housebound and for those who know him...well, you can imagine. He has gotten better in his old age but still a ways off from taking it in stride.
In the afternoon I got the dreaded call on the biopsy. The doctor had said you will not hear from me if it is okay. I heard from him. I now go back for additional work next Wednesday. I googled it and felt better about it all.
This and talking with a couple of friends who had it too.

It looked like we were going to get a downpour last night. Lots of lightning, thunder, and dark, dark clouds resulted in 3 tenths of an inch of rain. The grass is brown and flowers and plants need lots of attention. Then this morning it looked like a storm was brewing so I checked radar before heading out to the bike trail. I passed on going and we did get another sprinkle or two, barely enough to wet the pavement. They are getting rain all around us but not here. Frustrating.

There is a wren peeking back at me.

Yesterday getting a break from the heat

"So where is the food dish and why isn't it full?"

Wednesday, July 19

Hotter than Hades

Butch hates being housebound. The dew points have been high and that is a pretty good indicator of unpleasant heat and humidity. I have been walking or riding in early AM and that doesn't work for Butch. Even then the temps have been in the 70's. It was 75 this morning and the dew point was about the same and there was not even the hint of a breeze and this was at 6 AM. The nice thing about bike riding is that you make your own breeze.
My plan was to ride to Winkleman's but south of the trestle bridge a tree was down across the trail. I could have gone around it but the thought of picking up a tick changed my mind. So I headed home and as I glanced down the river I spotted a deer getting a drink. I didn't notice she had a fawn with her until I downloaded my pictures.

On Monday we went to Costco. Butch was tired of being housebound. It had been awhile since making a Costco run so we had the back of the car loaded down pretty good. Butch has decided he likes the Costco (Kirkland) beer. It is listed as one of the top ten things people like at Costco and he is on board with that, unfortunately, it is not available at the Costco in south Texas. I do wonder if the separate liquor store attached to Costco could get it for him. We will have to check that out.
Tuesday we went to the casino for the now famous chicken buffet. $5.34 for seniors. And we were pleasantly surprised to see they had expanded the choices of veggies. Well worth the money. They were busy. After our meal we went to Ames for a doctor appt. Had a biopsy done on a place on my face. Small area near my right eyebrow. Been there awhile and not really concerned. Just a precautionary thing.
I could think of many things to prattle on about but maybe next time.

Sunday, July 16

Photo Update

Oh dear, a deer! In Jefferson on the bike trail
The flow of the river is changing
This cow framed itself.

Lots to look at in this view of the river.

 If I stay still and quiet they pose quite nicely.

The Winkleman's Switch Wren

This bunny is not very old. Taken at Winkleman's Switch

One of our backyard Wrens finally stayed still long enough to get a couple of photos.

Soybean field west of Winkleman's Switch. As you may have noticed I usually take pictures at my turn around point

Work is progressing on the new overpass at Grand Junction
 Looks like they have a long way to go...

 Iowa corn field 7/16/2017