Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, March 5, 2012

Not exactly the day I had planned

The day dawned sunny with no strong winds, so I felt pretty good about being able to take a canoe paddle down the bayou this afternoon.


                                                                        Chipping Sparrow

I spent the morning gathering all the documents necessary to send my stuff off to my tax preparer in Minnesota.  I know many people do their taxes themselves, but I’m not one of them.  It’s worth it to me to let someone that knows what they’re doing take care of the filing.

_MG_6490                                                                          Carolina Chickadee

Once I had gathered everything I needed, I headed for the Post Office in town.  While I was gone, John and Diana had left the volunteer village as well. 


                                                                           Tufted Titmouse

That fact was important to me since I can no longer carry a 17’ canoe down to the bayou launch site by myself. 


                                                                     Red-winged Blackbird

Diana and I planned to tackle that together, and then enjoy a nice paddle.  Things didn’t turn out that way, though.


                                                                 Eastern Towhee (male)

As the afternoon wore on, I replenished my bird feeders, threw some seeds on the ground, and got out my favorite book to read in the warm afternoon sun.  Emma enjoyed her time outside protecting our site from marauding squirrels, and my camera was at hand to document our avian visitors.


                                                                     Northern Cardinal (male)

My stomach began growling, so I tried firing up the grill with the new propane hose attached to my mini-tank.  In very short order, I had a couple of hotdogs cooked to perfection along with toasted buns.  Halleluiah!  It appears that my long standing problem with grills has been solved.  Of all the different things that can go wrong, I obviously never guessed until the other day that it could be the hose.  Iron Chef Bobby Flay watch out!  Winking smile


Pretty soon, the sun was setting and the moon was rising.  No trip down the bayou today, but I had relaxed and enjoyed myself anyway.  It turned out that Diana and John had a death in their extended family, and had to take care of family things today.  Totally understandable.  We’ll do that paddle some other day…


                                                                               THE END!!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy


  1. I am so glad you can grill again. Even cheap hot dogs taste better on a grill!!

  2. I knokw there are many more flashy looking birds, but for watching bird behavior I could spend hours watching the Carolina Chickadee.

  3. Sounds like an excellent day to me and now you have that paddle to look forward to. I know they say "live in the moment" which is what you did and I try to do but I still like to have something to look forward to.

  4. It's great you finally got your grill working! I love the shot of the moon! I bet those "quick" hot dogs tasted good!

  5. Grilling just doesn't go very well with my current diet restrictions. Maybe when the local weather is warmer I do up a big batch of veggies!

  6. grilled hot dogs and toasted buns..perfect dinner!!

  7. I knew you could work that grill. Good going! ~wheresweaver

  8. 17' canoe? I am not sure I could ever handle one of those by myself! were you taking a complete boarding crew with you:)

  9. Now you can have your own cooking show...water snake steaks in 30 minutes! :c)

  10. I like your shot of the Towhee bum! And listening to Chickadees giggle is a wonderful way to spend time.

  11. Totally agree with your tax thoughts...

  12. Loved the ending photo! Very cute! sounds like a wonderful day to me.

  13. I think I need to ask you for permission to print your bird photo's for an ever changing home "wall of art" I so enjoy your shots.

    Just BS!(Bob and Sue)

  14. McGyver did our taxes online and we already have our puny refund..We are lucky, I know...McGyver IS McGyver..Actually, we is going to help our 88year old Uncle do his when we get home. Uncle Jr.has always done his own, but his handwriting is too shaky now...and so is his wife's (she is 95)...Theirs cannot be done online..too many goofy stuff, and he doesn't own a computer anyway...Good idea not to try that canoe lifting alone...no more back issues!!!

  15. I just love your bird shots. Maybe I should load up the feeders and see what I can get out here. Should get some migrating birds this time of year.

  16. Sounds like a wonderful day. The moon shot is gorgeous and of course what would my day be like without a good "the d
    end" shot. :)

  17. So with you on the tax issue. Have been using the same CPA in Texas for - OMG - 20 years. Is that right? Has it really been 20? Goodness!

  18. Your bird photos are just fabulous. Put an immediate smile on my face. Thanks!

  19. butterbean carpenterMarch 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,
    Judy we have a 17' Alumacraft canoe and that thing SLIDES over grass, sand, dirt or gravel slick as if it had rollers.. All you need is a rope long enuff to keep it off of your ankles and when you're close enuff to the water just spin it around and push it in.. Joyce can do ours and rig up the outriggers,
    put the trolling motor on, set the swivel seats on their pedestals and go riding!!! A PIECE OF CAKE!!! Or you could hitch Emma to it and let her drag it to the water!! Please, give her a hug and pat for me...