Eric used his connections and presented Kathryn with flowers, a card and chocolate for Mother’s Day. Well done.
Billie Jo and Eric each gave me a pear tree for my birthday. My small orchard needed a couple of replacements and I have found pear trees to be low maintenance and productive. Tripp inspects the work.
I read a lot during our quarantine and binge watched 10 seasons of Shameless. I re–read the five George R R Martin Fire and Ice Series. After visiting the Frederick Remington Museum I binge read 6 Will James novels: Sun Up, Cow Country, Cowboys North and South, Scorpion, The Drifting Cowboy and the Lone Cowboy.
According to my public library I checked out 60+ books since January 2020:
- Life by Richards, Keith, 1943-
- The persuasion by Johansen, Iris,
- Unsinkable : five men and the indomitable run of the USS Plunkett by Sullivan, James, 1965-
- Raft of stars : a novel by Graff, Andrew J.,
- Three-ring circus : Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the crazy years of the Lakers dynasty by Pearlman, Jeff,
- The last trial by Turow, Scott,
- The dangerous river : adventure on the Nahanni by Patterson, R. M. (Raymond Murray), 1898-1984.
- What it’s like to be a bird : from flying to nesting, eating to singing – what birds are doing, and why by Sibley, David, 1961-
- WordPress : the missing manual by MacDonald, Matthew,
- Winter world : the ingenuity of animal survival by Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-
- WordPress by Sabin-Wilson, Lisa,
- The final deception by Graham, Heather,
- Himalaya : a human history by Douglas, Ed, 1966-
- The Best of the American West II : frontier adventure by Gorman, Edward.
- The great alone by Hannah, Kristin,
- Selected stories of Bret Harte: The Luck of Roaring camp, The outcasts of Poker Flat, Tennessee’s partner, and other tales by Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.
- Exercised : why something we never evolved to do is healthy and rewarding by Lieberman, Daniel, 1964-
- The MeatEater guide to wilderness skills and survival by Rinella, Steven,
- Of wolves and men by Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
- Roundup at the Double Diamond; the American cowboy today by Surface, William.
- American buffalo : in search of a lost icon by Rinella, Steven.
- Paddle to the Amazon by Starkell, Don, 1932-
- Trails plowed under by Russell, Charles Marion, 1864-1926.
- Cow people by Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964.
- Meat eater : adventures from the life of an American hunter by Rinella, Steven.
- Warpath & cattle trail by Collins, Hubert Edwin, 1872-
- The biggest bluff : how I learned to pay attention, master myself, and win by Konnikova, Maria,
- Calked shoes : life in Adirondack lumber camps / by Barbara Kephart Bird ; photographs by Royal G. Bird by Bird, Barbara Kephart, 1897-
- The pillars of the earth by Follett, Ken.
- The second wife by Fleet, Rebecca,
- Where the lost wander by Harmon, Amy,
- Vesper flights : new and collected essays by Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
- Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know by Horowitz, Alexandra.
- The bird way : a new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think by Ackerman, Jennifer, 1959-
- Superman’s not coming : our national water crisis and what we the people can do about it by Brockovich, Erin,
- Utopia Avenue : a novel by Mitchell, David (David Stephen),
- Winter counts : a novel by Weiden, David Heska Wanbli, 1963-
- The back roads to March : the unsung, unheralded, and unknown heroes of a college basketball season by Feinstein, John,
- American boy by Watson, Larry, 1947-
- Dairy Queen days : a novel by Inman, Robert, 1943-
- Flirting with Pete : a novel by Delinsky, Barbara.
- Everywhere you don’t belong : a novel by Bump, Gabriel,
- Oona out of order by Montimore, Margarita,
- Until the end of time : mind, matter, and our search for meaning in an evolving universe by Greene, B. (Brian), 1963-
- Unconscious basketball: playing the game for keeps, skills that endure by Rosenfeld, Bruce.
- Every tool’s a hammer : life is what you make it by Savage, Adam,
- The Facebook effect : the inside story of the company that is connecting the world by Kirkpatrick, David, 1953 June 14-
- American Sherlock : murder, forensics, and the birth of American CSI by Dawson, Kate Winkler,
- Gathering moss : a natural and cultural history of mosses by Kimmerer, Robin Wall.
- The impossible first : from fire to ice–crossing Antarctica alone by O’Brady, Colin,
- The lost art of reading nature’s signs : use outdoor clues to find your way, predict the weather, locate water, track animals–and other forgotten skills by Gooley, Tristan.
- Oh Florida! : how America’s weirdest state influences the rest of the country by Pittman, Craig,
- American dirt by Cummins, Jeanine,
- Every last lie by Kubica, Mary,
- The good girl by Kubica, Mary,
- Imperfect union : how Jessie and John Fremont mapped the West, invented celebrity, and helped cause the Civil War by Inskeep, Steve,
- Educated : a memoir by Westover, Tara,
- Sandworm : a new era of cyberwar and the hunt for the Kremlin’s most dangerous hackers by Greenberg, Andy,
- Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast : A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation by LaRusso, Nicholas, 1942- ,
We set up a 50 gallon watering tub under the eaves on our deck to catch water dripping off the roof. Cullen readily jumps into the tub after a walk that has left his paws somewhat dirty. Now Tripp has been trained to do the same. After the ‘wash’ the dogs can drip dry on the deck or in the mud room before coming into the house. It helps reduce the amount of dirt and silt tracked into the house.
As the ice melts off our ponds we begin to monitor the water temperature and guess when the catfish and bass will be eager to eat. This year that date was April 8th. We fed a small amount of fish food to a few rather sluggish but hungry catfish, skipped a day and then fed a more more active group the following day. Tripp was fascinated by the fish activity.
To celebrate my retirement Kathryn planned an overnight trip to the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Frederic Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry.
We had fantastic weather and enjoyed siting alongside the St Lawrence River; reading and watching the boats pass by.
I was a little late starting my garden seeds this year, but withing the range of start dates from other years. I started 20 plants of three different types of tomatoes: Early Girl, Roma and a Heirloom Orange tomato. I also started 10 each of brussel sprouts, Broccoli and egg plant. All but the egg plant were sprouting 4 days later.
On April Fools Day we were surprised to see a 4′ tall Sandhill Crane in the field south of our house. The birds are mostly slate gray colored, with some tan/brownish feathers on their sides and underside, and a red crown on their head around their eyes. When they fly, they keep their necks and legs extended. Within the last few decades, Sandhill Cranes have greatly expanded their nesting range and numbers. It’s been a record year for migrating sandhill cranes at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. “This year we had the highest number of sandhill cranes ever reported during a fall migration – 256. Recently they have become an occasional breeder in Upstate NY including Tupper Lake. Sandhill Cranes nesting in north migrate long distances. The cranes come to mid-continent to rest and refuel – beginning in late February through early April.
Tripp has been itchy and shedding in a new coat. Eric volunteered to give him a bath. Tripp isn’t a brave dog but he is accepting and you can build his confidence up to tolerate new and challenging places. He was coy, but ended up willing to enter the shower stall and receive his first bath.