Friday, January 27, 2017

Odds and Ends…

We’re not crazy about winter!  We spent 27 years in Chicago and another year in Massachusetts and that was enough for us.  Typically, we get about 6.5 inches of snow every winter.  This winter we’ve only had 2 inches so far and it’s been in the 50’s and 60’s for the past 2 and a half weeks.  But even down here in East Tennessee winter can be very dreary if not really cold or snowy.  Plus the days are too darn short!

J.D., our master who allows us to live here and attend to his needs, hates cold or even cool weather because that means he can’t laze around on the screened in porch.  He really wants his daily dose of sunshine and if he doesn’t get it, he’s restless and crabby.

His latest solution to his personal dilemma is to make himself at home on top of our computer printer directly under the 3-way light bulb at full brightness… I’m forced to use the copier when he’s out and about bothering Laurie or at night when he’s sleeping in his own room… In this photo he appears to have an eye on me, suspecting that I might disturb him if I print something from my computer file.

This is a view from my bonus room window.  We’d never noticed it before because we don’t get much snow…but if you look carefully, you can see a track or trail through the snow in the wooded area between our house and our neighbors.

A week or so after the snow melted, our deer trail theory was proven as a group of 5 deer (3 in the photo) moved on down the path looking for something to eat.  In this case, the group consisted of 2 does and 3 of their offspring.

This “Key Bottle” was one of Laurie’s birthday gifts.  She’d forgotten that she’d put it on her ‘Esty’ and ‘Pinterest’ wish lists some time ago.  Our son David II and his better half Amy didn’t forget though so this was a total surprise!  This key bottle was made in Australia by an artisan who must have formed it around a bottle, subsequently breaking out the core glass base… 

Laurie captured this very classy photo of the moon over nearby Tellico Lake.  The clouds, tree branches and the reflection off the lake provide sort of an other-worldly image…

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the woods around our house are slowly being devoured by ‘progress’ as new homes are built.  This house is only 2 lots down from our home and this builder told us that he will be building a house right next door to us starting in the next month or so… This is a bummer, especially for our deer and our huge local flock of turkey.

Ahhh… J.D. is finally unconscious!   I wish that I could zonk out and be as flexible as this old cat is… Note the fur missing on his legs.  Every fall, contrary to nature’s plans, he loses much of the hair on his legs and belly.  Then, when the weather warms up, the hair grows back.  Our veterinarian tells us that since he’s otherwise healthy, this weird condition must be genetic!

That’s about it for now!  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. J.D. is the best! And funny with his fur. I know very well how those cats are. Minnie is all we have now and when she isn't asleep, she's meowing.
    Hopefully, your wildlife will still be around, ours is but wouldn't miss the deer as they sleep in perennial bed and mash it all.
    You know Chicago winters very well... well, it has been a very mild winter so far, not as cold as usual and very little snow, unusual for sure. And I'm hoping I'm not jinxing it by saying so! Great photo, Laurie and fun interesting post, Dave! Have a wonderful sunny weekend!

  2. I didn't realize we got that much snow. No doubt about who's in charge at your place.

  3. J.D. is beautiful, Dave! And cats sure can show us how to relax! :) I love this series of photos! Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Dave, I forgot to mention that I have never seen a key bottle before. That is quite something!

  5. Dear Dave, This January is above avg. temps on LI as well. I am glad though since the noreaster last week would have been snow instead of rain. I know what you mean, I sound old to my kids when I tell them the main rd. used to be 2 lanes, now it is 5. Have a great day. Catherine

  6. aaww I love all these pictures, are amazing and lovely. Yes the winter is really difficult there. But wait by the summer, the weather is crazy, this year the most terrible summer here and a lot of fires all month, some planes come from USA for help usd, many people lost here homes :(
    Here we suffer with the hot weather but not fires arounde !
    Hugs for you and Laurie !"!

  7. Bummer about the new homes being built... We felt the same way when they built the home across the street from us. We do have an empty lot next door which the owner offered to sell us once. HOWEVER, the community club fees are MUCH too high anyhow ---so we certainly don't want to pay those high fees for another lot... Oh Well... So far, nobody has bought it nor the one diagonally across the street from us.... I feel sorry for the wildlife when they keep building more houses...

    Same for Gatlinburg... Those houses that burned are all over those mountains.... Amazing that more of them made it through the fires... PROGRESS? Bummer!!!! ha

    Love the Key bottle. Creative....

    J.D. reminds me of ME in winter. Although I do love a little snow, this winter we haven't had much at all (just that one time). This weekend we were sure we'd get a little. NOTHING here --except flurries.... Oh Well---where's Spring?