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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Renting Out a Room - New Bird House in the Garden

Good morning,

Now that we're retired we thought it might be a good idea to rent out a "room."  ;)
My Honey built this Blue Bird House in his wood workshop.
We had a warm January day so it was our chance to mount it outside.
We are hoping we get it in a spot where we can take pictures when the new tenants move in.
Right now there are no leaves on the trees, but when Spring arrives, the back garden is a "room" of green walls. 
The bird house has a safe spot for the family we hope will move in. 

We are looking to meeting them!

Kjell has made other bird houses for our shop, too.  Click the last image above to take a look.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Blooming Again

Good morning,

My African Violet is blooming once again. 

When I used to travel much more than I do now, the plant would survive for two to three months, but there would be no blooms.  I'm home now, checking the soil every day and, and of course, talking very nicely to her.  She pays me back with beautiful blooms. 

I have more house plants in a large basket that need to be separated.  I'm looking forward to a warm day so that I can do the re-potting outside on the patio where I can more easily sweep up the mess I will surely make.  Buried in that big basket is another African Violet.  I have no idea what color it is so I look forward to solving that mystery.  ;)

Ah, yes, flowers!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grilled Turkey!

Good morning,

OK, more food again.  ;)  We haven't changed much at all after retirement. 

That's Catherine, the grillmeister when it comes to turkey on the grill.
Catherine has plenty of helpers.
Another great meal with friends and family.
I'm not the only one who takes pictures of food.  ;)



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rainy Drive

Good morning,

Now that we're retired, we can decide when we want to go out and where we want to go.

Last weekend, however, we went out driving around in the rain so we could go to our Labrador Retriever luncheon at Belterra Casino.
It was rainy, but it didn't keep us from going to this event.
The food and the slots were much better than the weather.

The club picked a great place for the annual dinner to see friends and where the food was yummy and the slots paid me to be there.  ;)



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sleeping In

Good morning,

Last weekend was a chilly one in Cincinnati.  Penny sleeps on our bed and likes to be covered so I often put an extra sheet over her when she is sleeping at the bottom of the bed. 

Penny is a sweet old soul.  She'll be 12 at the end of this month;  that's 84 in human years. 

There is nothing like the love of such a sweet old dog. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Gray Winter Day

Good morning,

Mostly gray skies and leafless trees continue into Winter, but Old Glory certainly brightens the landscape in our front yard.  :)

Spring is coming!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Signs of Spring

Good morning,

Here we are in the middle of January and there are already signs of Spring.
The first Iris leaves are pushing up in the bed of leaves and stalks from last year.  I leave a layer of airy decaying plant matter over the Iris.  It keeps them warm as the old matter decomposes and enriches the soil.

We will be home to see the Iris bloom this year!