Well, the weather may be “cold” by Arizona standards with temperatures dipping to the 30’s at night and frost on the convertible this morning, but it’s not the plains states. Our friends in Kansas and Oklahoma are shivering, many doing without electricity and dealing with broken tree limbs on and around their houses due to ice storms. It wouldn’t be nice to whine about what we have, would it? At least we don’t have ice!
Every year we try to feed the birds near our RV and we enjoy watching the dove and quail feeding on the ground and finches on the thistle feeder. This year it took a while for the finches to find the feeder and the ones we have seem to be larger than last year, but maybe that’s just my perception. We haven’t seen any of the cute little Gambel’s quail with their topknots bobbing as they run. We also have a hummingbird feeder hanging and we have attracted a woodpecker! It hangs by the edge of the feeder and is trying very hard to make a bigger hole to be able to drink. We’ve seen a hummingbird, too, but it is easily frightened away by the bigger bird. Last year LeRoy had to pick up trash at least once a week after the javelinas had upended a trash cart. In our absence, the church traded in their trash carts for a small dumpster and we haven’t had javelinas yet, either. We often hear coyotes around us, too, but they’re still being pretty quiet. Probably waiting until they have families to set up a howl.
I hope all the family gatherings for Thanksgiving were enjoyable for everyone. We didn’t have family here but we were reminded of holidays past with some family member or another. Last year we were in Texas with my sister Florence Marie. Our son Robert took us to share Thanksgiving dinner on Goodfellow Air Force Base. Next year, he will be in Georgia. Back in Kansas, our newly-married granddaughter Jordan and her husband Marc hosted a family Thanksgiving at his parents’ house and we missed being a part of that. We will be flying back to Kansas for Christmas, though, and we will see Robert and Shelly in January at their wedding. Shelly has been in Arizona with her parents for Thanksgiving and Robert enjoyed time with Army friends.
Not much on the schedule for this week but we’re planning to go back to the gym. Silver Sneakers is provided along with our health insurance and we became members of Anytime Fitness a couple of years ago but haven’t taken advantage of it much recently. We do try to walk (yesterday our destination was lunch at Subway) but we think we should work on being more fit this winter at the gym, too. I’ll let you now how that goes, if I’m not too stiff and sore to type!