Never know what to expect…

New Year’s Day! We are at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, expecting crowds. We are happy to find ourselves almost alone at U.S. customs. After spending December home, we are returning to our motorhome in Lebanon Tennessee near Nashville. When we left Canada beginning of November, Omicron was non existent in Canada and the U.S.

A young lady at Air Canada helps us enter all our information at the self check-in booth. It helps to look <older> and a bit helpless lol. When she tells us we can upgrade to business class for 100$, we accept. Good move in Covid Times. There is only one other person in business class.

Actually, the plane is only 1/3 full. We are super lucky that it was not cancelled.

We are rushed to board. They do not ask for proof of rapid test that we had to obtain the day before…

When the stewardess announces that they are distributing free pretzels because they do not have sandwiches for purchase, we find it odd. The pilot tells us to expect turbulence, especially nearing Nashville. That is not odd because the weather channel says 25 Celsius today and only 6 tomorrow…Cold front coming in.

Then, just before landing, the stewardess informs us that in the event that we need to exit the plane rapidly, we should leave our personal effects behind… Now that is odd!!

We land without anything more serious than turbulence. But 20 minutes later, it is pouring and the wind extremely strong. What luck!

The following morning, surprise, surprise, snow on the ground! Who would expect snow in Nashville?

No golf today lol

Roger is adamant he will visit the American pickers. Masks are mandatory at least.

They are located in the Marathon Village and home of the Marathon Motor Works Museum. The restoration of this 1881 building is quite impressive. The fact that it houses the museum, a brewery and so many special boutiques is amazing.

So many other points of interest in Nashville but this is not the time…

We head back to our…lol

Sometimes…

Beauty is around us but we forget to appreciate!

Thank you Ryan for taking these pictures and reminding us to enjoy the view. It only lasts a short while…

Summer has come and passed..

Summer 2021 was an exceptional mixture of sun and rain.

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Regular visitors,

unusual ones,

and unseen ones came by. One foot stool disappeared …until Curtis went looking and found it in the bush.

A bear had left a few claw imprints.

Looking out the window, seeing a dragonfly, a bumble bee and a humming bird simultaneously sharing a meal at the same bush made me wonder why humans cannot follow their example…

Sunsets were amazing:)

And now, fall has arrived, as astonishing as ever!

Winter friends

So all winter, Hoppy behaved during the day:)

But then, we realize what Hoppy was doing all these nights…

From this,

To this…

So we did have to bring Hoppy to a new home, R & R Classic Cars lot. The sad thing is that when we left him, he did not hop away but rather stayed there looking at us seemingly saying : Are you deserting me?

Will Roger see him tomorrow???

And then, we hear one of our beautiful pileated woodpeckers…

pecking our chimney… Mating call?

Ah well, that is the price you pay for enjoying their company ha!

Spring 2021 tomorrow!

Is this possible? How time flies!

This winter was the first we have spent at home in a while. But nature never fails to amaze, even at home:)

Hoppy was a permanent visitor, staying put under our Xmas tree during the day and roaming at night. Roger finally discovered Hoppy’s favorite food 🙂 broccoli!

February
March

They kept us company:)

And then, who are those mystery visitors?

As winter rolls around

November 28th 7:20 a.m.

December 1st, 4:40 p.m.

December 2nd, 8:11 a.m.

December 8th, 8:19 a.m.

December 8th, 8:33 a.m.

December 8th, 9:03 a.m.

December 8th, blue jays feasting:)

A lonely goose with a broken wing roams our property.

But wait, a week later, her friends or off springs come to keep her company before…they say goodbye.

Will the lone goose survive the winter? We are told the cold is not a problem as long as there is open water. We feed it corn:)

December 14th, sunset 4:33 p.m.

Biggest woodpeckers we have ever seen…

January 8th, 2021, spectacular skies surround our home at sunset (5 p.m.)

We are blessed!