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I'm retired. Weeks aren't supposed to be this busy (or cold). I did get some good news today. My heart is pumping much better than six months ago and I'm out of the danger zone (barely). Time to celebrate.
I hope y'all got everything you wanted for Christmas. I got a set of pallet forks for the tractor and can't wait to try them out.
I have two photos for you today. The first is called Playing With Petunias. I haven't done anything artsy like this in a while and it was to cold to go outside and play. That's the actual photo I took. It was not modified in photoshop and had very little processing in lightroom. The second photo I took several years ago and it always makes me smile. Grandad teaching grand daughter how climb on a tree with an uncomfortable dad a few feet away 'just in case'. The wisteria also reminds me of spring and warm weather. Come on spring.
I almost forgot to wish everyone a happy new year.
This is the last critter of the year and I haven't taken any photos in the last week. Linda and I have just been relaxing and enjoying the holidays. As a consequence, I decided to look through the slides from when my family was in Ethiopia and picked out two from 1951. The first photo is a dhow (I think) taken looking out over the Gulf of Arden in Djibouti. I've always liked boats and this one looked pretty cool.
The second photo was taken on the Giza Plateau in Egypt. That's my mother, father and older sister and brother on the camels. Back then you could walk up and touch the pyramid.
Have a safe New Year.
I decided to wait until today send out the critter so I could say Merry Christmas Eve. We hope everyone has a happy holiday week and stays safe.
I took the first photo when I went out to feed the birds yesterday and this fellow was looking at me from the deck post. Doesn't he know he's supposed to be hibernating? Of course, it was 70 degrees out. Our back yard has been covered with woodpeckers lately. Their all pairing up for next year's festivities. Our pileated woodpecker is back so you know I had to get a photo of him (I think it's a male).
I hope everyone went out and looked at the geminids meteor shower last night. It was a beautiful night. I been having a lot fun with the tractor. You know, boys with toys. The property at the observatory is looking a lot better. I didn't realize how deep the ditch in the lower part of the property was. Over four feet. I'm glad I didn't try to mow over it. There were several other holes around the property, I called them ankle breakers or leg breakers depending on how deep they were. I'm filling them as I find them.
I have two photos of a Christmas cactus for you today. It bloomed orange this year rather than red. The first photo is looking at the front of the flower and the second is looking at it from underneath. The underneath photo was easy because of the way the cactus laid over the side of the pot. The difficult shot was of the front. No, I didn't end up in traction but had to use several ice packs and an adult beverage (or two) before I felt better. Speaking of Christmas...it's eleven days away. No, I haven't finished my shopping.
Just the type of weather I like. Upper 30's and rain...not. I'm ready to hibernate.
I spent yesterday in Athens going to doctors appointments. Three of them. I thought that would finish me up for the year but no, I now have two more appointments.
In keeping with may last critter I have two more photos from my distant past. The first is of the grand canyon taken in 1975 and the second was taken from my Aunt Thelma's cottage looking at the West River (Chesapeake Bay) in 1976, I think. Thelma and Bernie purchased the cottage back in the late 40's. I remember many wonderful summer vacations there fishing and crabbing. I don't remember much about Bernie because he passed away shortly after we returned from Ethiopia. Thelma, on the other hand, I do. She was one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the pleasure to know. She passed away in the mid 90's and my mother inherited the cottage. We finally sold the house after my mother passed away several years ago.