July 30, 2021
Last week end as I published the weekly post, we were under a flash flood warning. It rained for two days. We hunkered down and did something we rarely do...binged on movies ! Not just any movies...we watched five Rocky movies in order. We didn't start out with that in mind, it just happened. Rocky (the first in the series) was filmed in 1976. It was written by and starred Sylvester Stallone. The 45 year old classic is a rags to riches story about hard work, determination, and a desire to fulfill your dreams. It won "Best Picture" that year and in 2006 was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the US National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Rocky spawned eight sequels. My favorite in the series is Rocky IV.
Sometimes on our walks, we pass by a reservoir. It has been dry the entire time we have been walking. That was until last Monday. What a difference a couple of days of torrential rains can make, and...
the open area (that was once a fairway) behind our home has greened up nicely too. We have had a couple more storms this week in the wee hours of the morning. Yipee !
We haven't walked since Monday morning. Joe had the first of several MOHs surgeries (on top of his hand close to his wrist) this past Tuesday morning. It hurt pretty bad Tuesday night and Wednesday. Thursday morning, we had an appointment with The Countertop Factory rep to do the field measure for kitchen countertops.Guy pointed out things, asked lots of questions and answered all our concerns. We were most impressed with him and his equipment. Things (technology) have changed since we had countertops installed in the GA home and in the MH.
Now we wait for Home Depot to contact us. When Guy's detailed CAD drawings are complete, they will compare his actual dimensions to the dimensions Joe and I submitted on the original order. This means we probably owe more money!
And this morning we had an appointment with Bill's Home Service to install in-ground Sentricon bait stations to deter termites from invading our home. Eighteen stations were strategically placed around the perimeter of the house for safe measure.
Termites were always a huge concern in GA, but we never realized they were just as invasive, if not more so in the desert. We are discovering a lot about pests here...like how destructive pack rats are (they love to chew the plastic coating off wires) and kangaroo rats that burrow complex living chambers and then there are the scorpions. Joe found one in our bathroom. We should be pest safe now !
Feeding the birds is evolving every week. The large cedar feeder like we had in GA definitely was not a good idea here. We replaced it with smaller feeders for the smaller birds and added ground trays for the dove thinking they would be satisfied to enjoy the seeds on the ground. Well, it didn't take long for them to figure out they could pile on the feeder and feast non stop. It is quite comical watching them maneuver onto the feeder, perch and try to get a seed. They aren't bullies, just bigger than the other birds and I figure they need food too, but sometimes it's a little ridiculous.
Not feeding the birds is not a good option for us...well make that me. Every morning Joe fills the feeders and puts fresh water in the birdbath. I fill the suet feeders. We have two single suet feeders and one double suet feeder with a roof.
|The happy dance...I feel the same way when we get ice cream !|
|Do you have napkins ?|
|Just watch...I can do tricks for food !|
Sometimes we see a pair of Gila Woodpeckers. I even saw him feeding her one morning. I think he was introducing her to the suet. So sweet to watch them.