Sunday, January 29, 2017
We used the long holiday weekend as an opportunity to travel to Elk County and hunt a few lightly visited caches. They were so lightly visit that a couple had not been found in over 2 years. We spotted a few butterfly and some orchid leaves on the way. An artesian well was the subject of a few of the cache titles. We visited the well on the way there and back.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Our only geocache find of the day was at the midpoint of a walk in the Erie National Wildlife Refuge. We tried this cache much earlier in the year, but only needed a few feet on the severely iced boardwalk to realize Phineas was too energetic to make the walk without risking serious injury. I had hoped for an earlier return than late summer to see what spring wildflowers might be present, but the finds on our walk made our timing a fortunate event.
Friday, January 20, 2017
There's something assuring about having a few rituals. Going to the Geauga County Fair is one of them. Seeing the animals. Watching the retrievers. Visiting with friends. Waiting for a winner in the horse pull. If I'm lucky. winning Ali a prize in Skee Ball.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I was walking down the stairs at my office and spotted a praying mantis on the window. When I was young and lived in the city, I would these a few times each summer. Now I see them once every few years. This one stayed on the window of the offices for a long time.
Friday, January 13, 2017
While Ali does all the hard work of organizing and managing the work at our home, my only real task is to get out to the office and stay there until the work is done. Not getting out before the workers arrives means they need to stop what they are doing and let me out of the drive. I haven't been so successful at that, but this morning I was. My reward was arriving at Sunny Lake on my commute just as the sun was rising over the tree line and mist was still on the water.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
We've been planning for some time to have the exterior of our 1850's home restored. Last year Ali had contractors correct a build issue with a section of the foundation. This year was the big, long haul with windows, doors, siding, rebuilt porches, and a rebuilt, corrected addition. My activity has been limited to some yard work and landscaping to assist the crews and keeping out of way, but Ali's been dealing with three to four groups on site at a time working basically 360 degrees around the house. It's life in a fishbowl. Today was a day to take a break. After a pleasant walk at a Lake Metropark to find a new cache, we headed to Holden for more walking in the gardens.
Monday, January 09, 2017
It's been five months since my commuting time doubled. I went from two peaceful thirty-minute rides along a river to two hour-long trips of congestion, construction, and slow drivers. For years, the short commute had somewhat offset the significant number of days I spend away from home. This hasn't been the happiest transition of my life. My old office was at a run-down site, but offered a half-dozen places nearby where I could get a good lunch if I chose to venture out. My new office is wonderful, but I now consider myself lucky to have at least one choice for eating thanks to a newly opened restaurant that offers take-out in a portion which meets my rather modest appetite. The area around the new office used to be dotted with farms. As we continue to destroy our farmland to build more homes and business parks, those farms have all but disappeared. I hoped to be able to locate one remaining hold-out where fresh corn might give me something to look forward to as a detour from my commute. I found that oasis this evening. The corn wasn't up to par, but the rest of the vegetables on offer were very tasty. The chocolate zucchini bread was just a pleasant topping.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
I took a lunchtime walk around our new facility to see what might be blooming. Lunch time was blue skies and fluffy clouds. It was also a new-to-me flower. pest. Too bad it is still being sold on Ebay. Within a couple hours, the blue sky was gone,
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Killdeer are usually very territorial and put on a frantic dance whenever humans are present. This one was standing in the unsuccessful lawn attempt near the parking lot of my office. Rather than protesting and moving about this one stood quietly and gave an easy chance at an image.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
We walked along the Allegheny River to look for ducks before heading west. One our way home, we stopped for a second walk at PA Game Lands 263. The numerous ponds created within the area for wildlife management make this a nice walk while looking for nature.