Wednesday, April 7, 2021

March - Leprechauns, Pots of Gold and Twins

 AJ, AZ   Highs in the 90s and lows in the 50s

WE HAVE BABIES!!!

The dove eggs hatched and we have two little ones. Our twins that we've named Mike and Ike. Have no idea how to tell male or female. Can't even figure it out with Mom and Dad. We are having so much fun watching the developments in the nest.




Jim got too close taking this picture and Mama fluffed right up warning him to stay away.

The other little one is underneath Mom or Dad.

The Twins - Mike and Ike

 


 It doesn't take long for Mom and Dad to throw them out of the nest. As soon as they are able to eat by themselves, it is time for them to move on. Out of the nest.

 


The little ones did stay around for a couple of days but not in the nest. We would see the on the ground quite often and then they were gone.

I got these eggs for Jim since they seemed so appropriate.



March 1 - I got my second covid shot. The nurse who gave me the shot needs to go back to shot school. It hurt when she put the shot in, the injection site bled, and I ended up with a bruise. Other than that the arm was sore but not bad. However, Monday night I had the mother of all headaches. I have migraines and this was definitely not a migraine. A totally different type of headache where I felt like my head was going to explode. Tylenol helped and by Tuesday night the headache was gone. Really glad that both of us have now had our two shots.

For the first time in forever and ever we had some company. Jeri and Terry stopped by after they got their second shot. We sat outside socially distanced and had a wonderful visit. Felt almost normal. 

March 11 was a sad day. One year ago Rocky Joe crossed the Rainbow 🌈 Bridge and left our broken hearts behind. We miss him.

 

St. Patrick's Day was spent like most our days. But we did decorate a little bit out front.



March 30 - This was a big day for us. Skittlez celebrated her 17th birthday. We have had her since she was two months old. She's always been a strange little dog so she fits into our family quite well. She does have several health issues and we aren't sure how much longer she will be with us so we treasure every moment we have. She got to share some ice cream with Dad but no cake.
 

Spring has arrived here in the valley and it feels like summer. Our temperatures have been hovering close to 100. April could be a very warm month. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

February 2021 - The Month of Love

 AJ, AZ   Very warm highs in the 80s and lows in the 40s

Weather here in AJ has been beautiful this month. While most of the rest of the country is experiencing below zero temperatures, blizzards, massive amounts of snow, no electricity, no heat, no water, tornadoes and earthquakes - we are truly enjoying our warm sunny weather. However, there will come a time when those warm sunny days get up above 100 and it won't be quite to wonderful.

Night after night we are treated to incredible sunsets to enjoy.



Jim and I watched the Super Bowl in our own home. We were both really torn about who we wanted to win. Jim really likes Patrick Mahomes but Tom Brady is such a legend. It was kind of neat to see the "old" guy win again.

I got my first shot this month. Paula drove me over to the stadium in Glendale while Jim dogsat Skittlez and Callie. The only reaction I had was a sore arm for a day. Hope the second shot on March 1 goes that good. Jim got his second shot and really didn't have much of a reaction. A sore arm and a little tired. I was so happy when they stuck that needle in his arm I cried.

Love Day arrived without a lot of fanfare this year. We did celebrate with a ribeye and crab cakes from Seafood Market and Restaurant. It was so good. Jim let me have a couple of bites of his steak and it didn't cause a flair up of gout which was extra special.

Jim won't be going fishing for a few weeks yet. A pair of doves decided to build a nest on his boat. He took the nest down but the next day they had kind of rebuilt it and laid an egg. Well, we are not going to disturb babies but were worried that the egg might roll off the boat. Jim built a retaining wall to protect the egg. Both Mom and Dad left the nest for a few minutes and Jim got a look in the nest. Now we have two eggs. Hopefully they will both hatch. 



Update - we still don't know if there are babies or not but our hopes are fading.

Skittlez has had a few bad days. We did take her to the vet and they wanted to do a thousand dollars worth of tests to tell us what is wrong with her. But because of her age and heart there isn't anything they can do. So we brought her home and she rebounded and is back to doing what she does best. Eating and sleeping. Her back legs are really getting worse so we carry her back and forth to her pee pads as much as we can. She is not in any pain except her arthritis and she is on gabapentin for that. We are just spending as much time with her as she has left and letting her know how much she is loved.


 Our son Todd is really into racing remote control cars. He drove over 500 miles in -32 degree weather to raced in Jamestown, ND. I try to remember that I would have done something like that when I was his age but not anymore. I don't understand the differences in the classes but he took a third and a first place. Now he needs a trophy case. He had a great time and returned home to his very understanding wife safely.



When I think about looking, we also have some pretty sunrises but not as colorful as our sunsets.



The rest of the month has been like the last year has been. Absolutely nothing to blog about.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January 2021 - An Historical Month

AJ, AZ  Highs from 58 to 78  Lows down to 34

We are still in isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully with the rollout of the vaccines by next Autumn we can all breathe a little easier. I've read a lot of books and watched a lot of game shows on TV. Jim has completed several projects and keeps looking for more.

Like making lemonade

Or making a cover for our large propane tank


 

 January 6 was a day that will go down in infamy. That is the day that a mob stormed the United States Capitol in a violent attack against the 117th Congress. This mob of thugs wanted to overturn President Trump's defeat and resulted in five deaths and so much destruction of our beautiful Capitol building. At the end of January our country is still divided and there seems to be so much hatred spewing forth from people in both political parties. Praying the Lord can help us come together in unity and an understanding and forgiveness.

Our weather this month has been interesting. We finally got some rain and everyone is overjoyed. The desert plants and wildlife are all doing happy dances. The storm has brought some cold weather into Arizona with snow in the high country (including our glorious Superstitions) and even a short snow shower down here. It also gave us a little bit of hail to keep us on our toes. But what amazing clouds and blue skies.

These next three pictures were all take within an hour and a half. In the first picture, the storm cloud is bearing down on that small patch of blue sky. The storm clouds took over the sky as they passed; then we had beautiful fluffy white clouds and blue sky.




The Superstitions covered with a sprinkling of snow. So absolutely gorgeous.


Our neighbor, Wendy, takes amazing photographs and this is one she took of our retention pond filled with wonderful rain and the Superstitions.


Skittlez had another bout of colitis and we made another run to the emergency vet. She is doing good again but keeps us up at night. Jim takes the 8 pm to 12 am shift and if we're lucky she sleeps until 4:30 when I get up with her. Often she has peed and wants to let us know that she deserves a treat. Other times it seems like she just wants company out in the living room. She won't sleep in the bedroom with us. She will be 17 in just two months and is really quite healthy for an old dog. And yes she is spoiled and we wouldn't change that for anything.

 

 

 


Meet Callie. Isn't she just the cutest little girl. No, she's not ours. She belongs to Paula but I got to go with Paula when she picked her up and held her on the way home. She is just a pistol - non stop motion machine and then just collapses. We do get to puppy sit which doesn't impress Skitz but sure is fun.

She is 10 weeks old in this picture.



Jim got his first covid shot but we haven't been able to schedule his second one yet. He had a sore arm for a couple of days but that was the only reaction. They do say the reaction to the second dose is stronger. My first shot is scheduled for February 8 over at the Cardinals stadium in Glendale. 

We arrived for Jim's appointment at 7:00 a.m. and were on our way home by 7:45 a.m.  That included the waiting time to see if he was going to have a reaction to the shot. Not bad at all.




 
Ginny Feet - our friend and neighbor knits slippers for many people. These are my new Ginny feet of many colors. I love them.


 Covid has certainly taken a toll on getting paperwork done with the state of Montana. Remember when we bought our new to us pickup back the first part of September? We, just a couple of days ago, finally got the information to pay the registration and license fee. Only took five months. Sure glad we didn't get stopped and had to try to explain that we really weren't criminals. 

February has arrived and it is the Love Month. So hopefully all of us can find someone who needs to be told they are loved.