Saturday, April 22, 2017

A new patio cover

We finally took on this project and added a new solid roof to back patio area... Patio is not in yet - that will be for another day but at least the cover is up and we can begin leveling the ground to extend patio.  

This is only the 1st phase.  Future plans are to enlarge the area out into the yard and add another cover only a lattice extension - It will take a while.  Our 1st estimate was close to $7000 so we are doing it in sections.. to be continued...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mr Hawk

It was a bit of a surprise to see this guy swoop down on this dove at our "quail block" the other day.  He sat there looking around long enough for us to get a few pictures then flew off to eat in private.  Thank goodness he took the dove with him instead of feasting right there.  They have to eat too; and all that but it is disturbing to come out and see a pile of feathers.  I can speak from past experience they do not leave anything behind besides feathers.. no skin or bones or waste...  Pretty isn't it...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Always loved the Blue Jay

Spring is upon us with summer biting at it's heals - goodness we went from 60's to 90's in nothing flat... in between juicing all this wonderful citrus fruit we are so fortunate to have; I have been having fun at glass fusing class.  Decided I wanted a few birds other than doves and pigeons in our yard so made a few out of glass.  Allergies have really gone on the attack this year too so although no rain in forecast with the rest of the country fighting blizzards, we are having 90+ days.  Pollen and smog are all over so hoping we will get a little sprinkle before too long just to clear the air if nothing else... the joys of living in the desert!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hockey bobble heads

This past weekend was a new experience for us.  Our new step-grandson came for a visit from Washington for the long weekend and a hockey tournament.  We had not actually met before, but we had a great time.  This young man is 12 years old and says he has been playing hockey since he was 4.  He was fortunate enough to pull a "hat trick" - 3 goals in one game.  Their team did not win the series but we had a great time getting to know him and learning about hockey.  Yes, you must dress warm.  It rained most of the weekend, and with learning where all the rinks are in this area (about 7) was a challenge but we were up for it and enjoyed him and the whole experience.  We were able to introduce him to fresh squeezed o j and fresh homemade lemonade with lemons picked fresh from the tree.  He was such a nice polite boy we told him he was welcome anytime.  Appreciated his friendly manners and how friendly he was with us for being virtual strangers. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Taking the Oath

Granted it has been a while, but finally went all the way and submitted my paperwork to the Daughters of American Revolution.  Took the oath and am 1st one under 4th Great Grandpa Abel Fairbanks.  I became interested in this organization when my sister-in law pursued it and in reading about the Fairbanks Family of America.  The DAR stepped up to save the old homestead from the butcher's block back at the end of the last century.  The old house was built in the 1630's and passed down generations until the last two Fairbanks to live there were two ladies who never married or had any descendents.  The DAR stepped in to save the house and the Fairbanks Family of America, Inc. was formed and purchased the house back and is thankfully now the oldest standing wood frame house in America.  The family holds an annual family reunion each August and yes, we did attend one year while back there in Massachusetts.