Sunday, April 24, 2011
While I'm thinking about it, I have been asked by a couple of you how the bird watering station, on the right, is working out. It's OK, but, I don't think I would advise anyone to buy one. In high wind, all the water sloshes out, but, ever more frustrating, it's very hard to get the base unscrewed to refill the contraption. I'll keep it up now that I have it, because I do see evidence that the birds are using it, but, if it breaks, I won't buy another.
Visitors to the feeder included this Canada goose, who shows up just about every day, sometimes spending hours just hanging around. I like the two squirrels playing catch me as you can, too.
I'm celebrating Easter with one of my best friends and her parents. We're having the very unconventional fare of Thai food -- yum! And, for dessert, cheesecake -- double yum!! Hmmmm, hope my after dinner mint doesn't turn out to be a couple of Tums.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Just a quick stop by to tell you all hello. And, to let you know that we have had so much rain this Spring that I have fish swimming in my back yard.
I've been staring out the window at them all afternoon. They really are designed so that they look like they're swimming.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Yesterday was very windy and rainy, but, nothing like was experienced down South. The only thing that happened around here is that the little hanging bird waterer that you see on the lower right of the picture swung wildly in the wind, dumping all of its water in the process. It's still windy today, so I'll wait until tomorrow to refill it. If you plan to get one, it might be a good idea to have a regular bird bath handy also.
There were a couple of different visitors to the feeders this week. This mallard pair has, I think, been here before. Every Spring, they decide that the water-filled cover of my neighbor's pool would make a great swimming hole, and decide to settle in. Who wouldn't, with water and food so close together.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The turkey ladies were back at the feeder today. And, they brought along their beau. But, there is one big difference. There were only four ladies. At first I was worried, but, then, I started to think. Could it be, could one of the ladies possibly be nesting? I hope so. Maybe later this year there will be little turkeylets hanging around the yard!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Right now, the temperature is 75 F. I have every window in the house open, to let in some of that sweet Spring air. Becky spent quite a bit of time sitting in front of the rear window, breathing in all of the smells of the outdoors that she hasn't inhaled since last Fall.
Ahhhh, the simple pleasures!
Ahhhh, the simple pleasures!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The feeder is pretty quiet today, but I did see this Red-bellied Woodpecker on my suet feeder.
Friday, April 8, 2011
When I got there, I could see that she had deteriorated significantly from the last time I had visited. After a little visit, I went to talk to the head nurse. She told me that she was very glad to see me, that they had intended to call me next week. They told me that she could no longer function in assisted living and that they felt that she should move to the Nursing Center. She was no longer eating on her own, was not capable of taking care of her personal needs and she was sundowning, which means that, as night falls she undergoes a personality change and becomes increasingly fearful and paranoid.
I agreed, and we discussed the whens and wheres. It was decided to move her right away. That meant that, the next day, we had to completely clean out her room in assisted living and move her clothes, and what furnishings that would fit, into her new room in the Nursing Center, one floor down. It was quite a job, as her room in assisted living was jam packed with her "stuff" and there wasn't nearly as much space in her new room.
Luckily (or not, for her), my very good friend had ridden down with me, just to keep me company on the long drive. She helped me with the move, and we got everything done in one day. It was a real job, not only moving, but deciding what furniture and clothing would go to the facilities' second hand shop, and what of her furniture would go into storage, with the rest of her stuff that was already there.
It took us that entire day, of solid work, to get her situated, and we were both pooped by the end of the day. We made sure she would be settled in her room after the mandatory chest x-ray, and headed back to where we were staying. We got a good night's sleep, and headed back, yesterday, for home. It's an eight or nine hour drive and we weren't fully recovered from the day before, so by the time we got home last night, we were exhausted again.
I plan to do absolutely nothing today but go to the grocery, and take a nice long nap.
Emotionally, I'm a little shell-shocked. It all happened so fast, and while she is 91 and things like this are to be expected, it was very hard to have it descend so quickly. She has been like a second Mom to me for my entire life and is the last living member of that generation, on both sides of the family. It is going to be very hard to lose her.
The next job, which will happen in a couple of months, will be having an estate sale of the "good stuff" that she insisted be moved into storage when she moved to assisted living. Now that she has deteriorated to the point where she no longer remembers it, we can move it along.
I often think that it isn't fair that people who have lived such good lives have to spend their last years in such a continuing state of decline.
I'll try and catch up on your blogs in the next day or so.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Who's hanging around this morning? Well, the squirrels, of course.