Whew, we’re tired!! Had a houseful of teenagers since the day after Christmas. Two stayed the entire time and they were joined by their 3 local teenaged cousins at various times. A couple of overnight visits ensued and last night was a New Year’s watch party with all 5 spending the night. They all went home this morning leaving behind a lot of memories and a lot of laundry!!
I realized as I waved goodbye that I had neglected to take one single picture the entire time! I must be getting old – I know I feel old. Even though they are pretty self-sufficient and clean up after themselves better every year, I still have a hard time maintaining my energy levels. I think it might be time to let one of the parents host these school vacation marathons – maybe!!
Anyway, teenagers left and our oldest grandson arrived – bearing enchiladas! Tim is 25 and is almost finished with getting a degree in electrical engineering. He also works full time and has put himself through school as he can afford. He lives in Portland and between school and work, we don’t get to see him very often. I am proud of Tim. He is also a fine cook and he brought us some of his homemade chicken enchiladas. I made some rice to go with them and we had a fine feast. It’s not often that visitors come bearing food so this was a very special and tasty treat.
Russ noticed what he thought was a robin in the yard the other day. We have been trying to get a better look at this bird but it is shy and fast and I haven’t been able to get a photo. Today he showed up and I managed to snap a couple of shots before he disappeared. Photos were taken through the window in a hurry so they are not very clear but there is no mistaking this guy – it is a male varied thrush. I looked it up and it is on the Audubon Society’s watch list. I’m not sure what that means but it made me feel special that one came to visit our house ha-ha!!
Isn’t he beautiful? He looks more blue in person and the orange on his throat is just brilliant. I am happy to see this fella in my yard. How blessed we are to have a big picture window and a yard that attracts birds.
Happy New Year to all and wishing everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.