Wednesday, January 2, at home in Arizona
When Reggie, Roger, and I turn in for the night, the ground around our home is almost completely clear of the day’s snowfall.
I awake this morning and discover more snow has fallen than before!
Hey, is this typical?
Every time I ask a local, “Do ya’ get much snow here?” invariably the answer is an offhand, “No, not much” or “a little bit but it’s gone in a few hours.”
Oh-kaaaay . . . .
What they don’t say is that it snows on consecutive days.
I think weather is designed to keep us alert. Otherwise we’d get complacent or sluggish or dyspeptic or something.
Whether the weather (now there’s a phrase for ya’) is a tap on the shoulder or a slap upside the head, it reminds us that we really don’t have much power over nature.
We just think we do.
Reggie and Roger hop in a hurry.
They hop like rabbits through the snow to reach a bare place under a tree. They do their business and hop in a hurry back to the door.
I’m sorry I don’t have any photos of the crew in the snow. They’re in and out so fast, I don’t catch a good shot. The snow is up to their bellies!
In the background of the next picture, you can see the cedar fence boards that have protective coating and stain.
Checking the hummingbird feeder . . . .
I find the water is not frozen, but the platform at the bottom where the hummers insert their beaks is covered in snow. I brush it off and go over to the seed feeders. When I look back, already a hummingbird is taking a drink of sugar water.
This little guy sits on a branch of the pine tree nearby. He attacks any other hummingbird that goes near “his” feeder which he visits often.
(These are long distance shots. My camera is pushed to its limits here.)
The other hummers have access to other feeders.
The house two doors down has feeders out for them.
I put up another feeder under the eave of the back patio. A hummer has claimed it. He sits there, staying out of the snowfall. (Yes, it’s still snowing, and has been, off and on, all morning!)
Any attempt at taking the hummer’s picture will drive him away, so take my word for it.
See the fence?
Someday I’m going to have pretty plants growing along it.
Arizona ground is very hard. At least the ground around our house is. Dennis and Gilbert say I can have them come over with the auger to make planting holes all around the property for trees and bushes.
I’m thinking I need to get myself a pick-axe in order to plant annuals and perennials this spring. Not kidding.
I have a grocery list all ready for a trip to the store.
One look at the Perfect Tow Vehicle and the snow-covered street persuades me to postpone shopping until tomorrow.
It doesn’t matter if we stay home for another day.
I have enough food on hand. A hankering for a hot pocket hits me at lunchtime. Being very intent upon putting together the refried beans, green chilies, salsa, and havarti cheese, folding it all up in a flour tortilla just so, and cooking it crispy golden in my cast iron skillet, I don’t think to take a photo.
Like the boys hopping over the snow, that hot pocket goes fast.
I think I’ll make myself another one in a little while.
I’m glad I left the pecans at the top of our two trees. I’ve had enough to snack on almost every evening and there are plenty for our feathered friends, too.
Nature’s bounty . . . .
Several inside projects await my attention.
I admit I’m not motivated to accomplish anything. Instead I dawdle on the internet. I play with the boys. I putter in the kitchen. I eat. I look out the windows. I eat some more.
I day-dream . . . .
Remember those days of inclement weather when Bridget, Spike and I were cooped up in the Best Little Trailer? And after a while, Spike bounced off the walls in frustration?
Reg and Rog aren’t at that point yet. They do have room to run inside and I let them. I hope they keep taking frequent naps, too, until they’re able to patrol and run and play outside again.
I’ll try to have photos of the canine cuties for the next post.
So . . . That’s our news. What are you doing today?
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