Monday, December 09, 2013



About 5 this afternoon there was a thump at our dining room window & Kelly hollered, “come look at this large bird”.  I recognized it as a hawk right away & I am guessing a young Cooper’s Hawk.  Figure it was probably pursuing another bird when it zigged instead of zagged.  It didn't appear injured only stunned.  We have bird’s fly into our sunroom windows in Bayfield from time to time & I have learned to just leave them be.  They generally regain their bearings after a few minutes, pick themselves up, dust themselves off, & fly away.  Quickly grabbed my camera & took a few photos through our dining room window.  Could have stepped out on the porch for a better photo but I did not want to stress the bird more than it already was.  We just watched it sitting there looking around trying to get it’s bearings.  Took about 7 or 8 minutes for it to orient itself & with a quick flurry of wings it was gone.  By the way that is the brand new Ikea chair I just assembled that this fellow is sitting on. 

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Woke up to colder temps than the folks back home in Bayfield Ontario.  We were at 29F & they were 32F.  I could feel the colder morning soon as I got up & knew we had us clear skies overhead.  Kind of a good & bad thing about clear winter skies here.  They bring us warmer days but also colder nights.  However, with a stiff 15 mph North wind this morning we kept our activities inside.  We even forewent our walk.  Just too uncomfortably cold as our temps remained in the windy low 40’s.  Had planned on bringing a few loads of dirt home today, but……….



More than a few RV’ers were/are unfortunately caught up in the bad winter storms crossing the country at the moment.  George & Suzie now out of it in Deming New Mexico sure had their troubles getting themselves across Texas a few days ago.  Here is just one of those days…FROZEN WATER PUMP 


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Wind did die down later in the morning & I was able to get a few things done outside.  Kelly, who has been having a little trouble with the cold seized the opportunity to  head off to Wickenburg in the warm toasty Jeep for a couple hours.  Pheebs & I watched a couple ‘Corner Gas’ shows this afternoon.  She has been a big help in keeping me warm these days.  No sooner do I sit down in my recliner & she is on my lap all snuggled up keeping me warm.  


GROANER’S CORNER:((  A dog’s property rules:

1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If its in my mouth, it's mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
5. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
6. If its mine, it must never appear to be yours.
7. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.
8. If I saw it first, it's mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If its broken, it's yours.

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. I sure hope this weather passes soon for everyone! Rain just started here, once again. It is 34 here in Red Bay and may go as low as 29. We need nice winds out of the southwest...mexico and beyond.

  2. There's nothing like a warm, toasty animal in your lap to help with the warmth...Also grandbabies are good for this, and we miss ours...We haven't seen the sun since last Thursday ...that will really work on your "happy thoughts"...

  3. I like the pictures of the hawk, and he seems to like your new chair!

  4. I seem to have a lapful of puppies anymore. Could be because I have a blanket that they can snuggle under to keep me warm. But they can cause problems with computers if you're not careful.

  5. Stay warm, all of you. We have had temps below freezing now for a few days, and we're tired of them. Supposed to gradually warm up toward the end of the week, with some possible rain. Hope it doesn't freeze again after the rain.

  6. Looks like the only warm place is in south Florida, It did make it to the low 60's in San Diego today. just on the edge of what I can stand wh en taking a walk without a jacket. Saw lots of people rea lly bundled up.

    Me, no jacket or hat. Them, winter parkas, Ugg boots, scarf and mittens. Must be because I'm from Wisconsin. Cold starts in the 40's or lower.

    Hope you stay out of the wind.

  7. Thanks for the shout, we got everything all thawed out and hooked up in Benson for a few days.
    Hopefully now that we are here it will warm up for you guys too.
    Great pictures of that hawk,
    Maybe you could get warmer in Winnie the bago?

  8. HA~maybe that is one of our hawks! Apparently they have LEFT the neighborhood! The doves are back in droves and I haven't seen or heard them now in 5 days...
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

  9. I just love pictures of Pheebes! ... and the Groaners corner...too funny! Reminds me of a cross-stitch I did "Dog Lessons for People"

  10. Pheebes is such a charming girl. a real darling.

  11. I believe that is a young red tail hawk, not a cooper's hawk.
    Gene in Ohio

  12. Thankful that you knew what to do when the hawk hit the window, which was nothing. All too often people around here find themselves in this situation and think they have to do something.

  13. We had a hawk veer off at the last minute a few days ago. Almost hit our living room window. You sure got a great picture of your hawk.

    Thanks for sharing "The Many Faces of Pheebs." She is such a great dog, and I always enjoy seeing her in your photos.

  14. Sorry Gene, but Al is correct in his identification of the hawk. By its size, I'd say it is a hatching year female Cooper's Hawk. By this time next year, the feathers of its wings, back and head will be gray; its eye will be red; and the striping on its chest will be horizontal rather than vertical. :)