Our Big Adventure begins

When I woke up this morning, one of my first thoughts was..one more night in my comfy bed. For some reason when we’re close to leaving on a trip I mark the time by how many more nights in my own bed. Tomorrow is the day we’re leaving on our trip to Oregon. As, I’m sure some of you remember we’re traveling by train. The first leg of our journey will be by bus. We leave Bowling Green 7:40 pm tomorrow heading to Indianapolis. We’re to arrive in Indy around 2 am, then get on the train to Chicago about 6:30 am. In Chicago we change trains to get on the Empire Builder which will take us all the way to Portland, OR. Tomorrow night I don’t anticipate we’ll get a lot of sleep. We’re pretty well packed, just have a few last minute things to do. So tomorrow should be a fairly relaxed day.

The daffodils are blooming…at least part of them are. I was so afraid I would miss them. It looks like there should still be plenty blooming when we return. They seem to retain their bloom for quite a while and look like they have a few days before blooming. I enjoy the spot of sunshine they put around the yard.    IMG_9856I took a few photos that leave a bit to be desired, but I’m sure it gives you the idea. 🙂

The birds are still busy eating. I was hoping they’d slow down a bit more than they have with sunshine and warmer temperatures. We have so many birds around here. I had hoped to share a video with you, but I haven’t figured out how to insert mine on here. I will figure it out for the future…think I need to find an online service that will give me the needed code.  I want to show you why my bird seed has disappeared so fast, so will work on that when I return.  Here’s a couple bird pictures.    IMG_9851 This little guy rarely sits still long enough for me to take a picture. He’s probably the loudest scolder when I’m refilling the feeders. Just sits up in the tree and complains…at least it sounds like complaining to me.

After I’ve finished filling the feeders usually the first one to return is the Tufted Titmouse. Sometimes I have barely gotten in the door and he’s back starting to eat. They will even come to one feeder while I’m filling the other.IMG_9831

I’m trying to adjust to new glasses. Garry and I decided we needed to have our eyes checked as it had been 6 years. It’s not that we were having any problems with seeing, the problem was our glasses wearing out. One of the ear pieces broke on mine…was able to be soldered. Then Garry’s broke…could only be taped.  My first new pair was just not right. I tried them several days before giving up and saying ‘I just can’t wear these’. He rechecked my eyes and came up with a different correction. I decided to go for the no line progressive lens…if I can’t adjust they’ll change them and refund the difference. Anyway this time the correction feels right, it’s just they are so different after being used to the lined bifocals. I love them at the computer…has made it so I can sit back in my chair and see the screen easily. Now if I can just adjust to the rest. I’ve had them since Wednesday. It’s becoming easier, but I’m not there yet. Hopefully I’ll be adjusted to them by the time we return home.

I think it’s bedtime. Need to get some sleep tonight, as tomorrow night is questionable. I’m hoping to have some pictures to share when I return. Will try to check in a few times while gone. Otherwise I’ll catch up when back.


Sunshine…wonderful sunshine!!

We have had 3 wonderful days of sunshine. I’m so ready for an end to the dreary cloudy days. Today is partly cloudy, enough sun to make me feel positive…even to doing some laundry and hanging it outside. Didn’t even need to wear a coat while hanging it up.

If you haven’t entered my son’s maple syrup giveaway, you still have a chance. He will be doing the drawing after he does chores in the morning. So that gives you the rest of today to enter, and probably up to 7:30am Monday. But, why take a chance, go here and enter now. Would sure love for one of you to win.

A week from today we’re taking off on our great adventure. The train trip to Oregon. It’s hard to believe the time is almost here. Garry and I are really looking forward to the trip. Plus looking forward to seeing our son and his family. Just wish they didn’t live so far away. Those girls NEED me closer, so I can spoil them properly with lot of hugs, snuggles and kisses…just time together doing whatever.

Our cats have been very content to be inside cats this winter. It started when Darryl’s family dog sat for some friends. The cats were fine the first week, then I noticed neither one was asking to go outside. Precious had beIMG_9794en like clockwork going to the door wanting outside. I tried taking them to the door, both would make it quite clear that was not what they wanted. It took me a bit to realize it was because of the dogs. Mostly because nothing changed for a week or better. The other cat (the grandkids cat) on the farm also started wanting to stay in about the same time…to begin with, he disappeared for a couple days. We think he was holed up in the garage or under their house. Talk about one sad family. Darryl commented he didn’t realize how much he liked that cat until he disappeared. Thankfully he (the cat) showed back up. And is now being spoiled quite royally.


Snickers in one of her favorite places…on the furry blanket. She will be 10 next Monday. I’m not sure she realizes she is a cat, other than being a super good mouser. Danny loves it when she’s out, as she catches mice in his chicken house…she’s very welcome there. Even though we’ve had Precious 6 years, or nearly so, Snickers still doesn’t accept her totally. Although, I have noticed with them being in so much lately, she’s not growling or hissing quite as much. And they do chase each other, usually when I’m trying to sleep and would rather not have cats thundering down the hallway. Oh well, we do enjoy them both.

Think maybe I better get busy. Have a lot to do around here in the next week. I was sick for a couple weeks, so am a bit behind in what I had hoped to accomplish. Had the worst cold and cough I’ve had in several years…won’t mind if I never have to deal with that again.

Have a great day!


Homemade Maple Syrup Giveaway

Just wanted to take a moment and suggest you visit my son’s blog. He is giving away maple syrup. To enter, all you have to do is make a comment and your name will go into the drawing. I’m not eligible, since I already have some of this wonderful stuff. Still you can tell him his mom sent you when you comment…that way he’ll know where you came from. His sister and I have been putting it on Facebook to give more people opportunities. So be sure and take time to visit here. My personal opinion is that this years syrup is tastier than some we’ve done in the past. And even if it isn’t, it’s still mighty yummy on pancakes! So go on make a comment for your chance to win.