Tuesday, February 19, at home in Arizona
Southeastern Arizona shortly after daybreak
Reggie and Roger, rolling around in the tangle of warm blankets on the bed, stop their first play time of the day and come running.
“You’re not going to believe this! It snowed!”
Okay, readers. I know, I know. I hear you. Across our frozen, snow-covered land, land frozen and snow-covered for months, a multitude of voices rises up —
“Big Whoop-Dee-Do, RVSue! You got snow.”
Well, you may live in the tundra, but this is southern Arizona. Yesterday I was outside applying stain-sealer to the fence and doing yard work. Yes, YARD work.
I wasn’t able to complete the back side of the big double gate because rain threatened later in the day.
I slide open the patio door and the boys sprint outside.
Little Reggie is the first to venture into the whiteness — such a brave guy!
Brave with a full bladder.
(Sorry for the blueness of these snow shots. No “snow” setting on this camera and I’m all about automatic. Plus dim lighting while trying to catch very brief moments.)
Roger is right behind him.
They take a moment under the Best Little Trailer in order to assess the situation. Then they venture out again.
Funny how the boys must stick to their usual habit of taking their business to the other side of the BLT.
By the way, that snow-covered clump beyond the mesquite tree is a roll of chain-link fencing. Dennis and Gilbert will use it to repair the chain link at the front of the house.
I wait with camera ready for Reg and Rog to come out from behind the BLT.
Revision to original plan . . .
The fence along the back property line will not be replaced. After close inspection we concluded that the fence belongs to the adjacent property. That messy mishmash of fencing (remember the “maintenance lane?”) is no longer in view.
Instead this is the view — much better!
As projects tend to do, the cedar fence project grew in size.
The cost grew, too. To manage labor costs, I’ve taken over staining and sealing the remainder of the fence. I don’t mind the work. It’s actually a somewhat enjoyable activity, being outside in the sunshine and birdsong with my roller and brush while the boys play nearby.
Here comes Reggie!
I can’t wait for the camera to do it’s adjusting if I’m going to catch Reggie crossing the snow at the speed of light.
Next comes Roger!
Roger blends in with the snow. He’s like one of those birds that turn white in winter for camouflage.
I hate to say it, but the Mormon tea may be removed.
Mormon tea tree
Ever wonder why people plant bushes and trees the way they do? Oh, and those clothesline posts? Every house I’ve ever owned has had clothesline posts smack dab in front of you when you step into the back yard. This house is no different.
Why is that?
Yeah, honey, let’s set it up so we walk into underwear flapping in the breeze.
Anyway . . .
The Mormon tree’s location makes it difficult to maneuver the BLT to utilize the underground waste tank which is behind it. After a camping trip, it would be nice to back the BLT up to the opening with ease.
On the other hand, I like how the mesquite trees are placed.
Nature probably did it.
Mesquite trees. Gate to maintenance lane (right).
In case you’re wondering . . .
What’s beyond the crook of the tree in the photo above ? That’s a box of tree branches I gathered up yesterday. Eventually I’ll take it to the transfer station, along with other stuff that’s accumulated, such as the huge box the stepladder came in.
The trash pick-up service would probably take it all without complaint, but I don’t want to put an ugly mess out by the street. It’s only a few dollars for a light load at the transfer station. (The Perfect Tow Vehicle is so versatile! She can do anything I ask!)
Snow caps on the 4 x 4 posts give evidence of the amount of snowfall we received.
I planned to go thrift store shopping today.
Gee, I haven’t been in three whole days!
I may go out later. Maybe not. Depends upon whether I feel like clearing snow off the Perfect Tow Vehicle.
Hmm . . . If I wait, Arizona’s warm sunbeams will take care of that project for me!
Not like the neighbors across the street. I watch them scrape off their cars, snow flying into their faces.
I love retirement!
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