Author Archives: Steffi

Javelinas

They came by for an early morning visit. The sun was just coming up.

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A new floor

We should have done this a long time ago. The sanded and finished floor in the great room looks so much better. Furniture will follow soon.

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Pool is open

Our first visitors went for an early morning swim. No towels needed, just dried of in the sun. Pool temperature 70 F (21 C) and it will only get warmer.

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It was cold in the desert

This is what cactus looks like after a hard freeze. The high yesterday was 34 F and the low last night 9 F. Not to worry, by Sunday we’ll be back to warm Arizona weather.

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Ladder-backed woodpecker

Our newest nice bird picture. A female ladder-back who doesn’t mind us or the dogs. Right over our head in the mesquite trees. The leaves are gone, a good time to watch the birds.

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Beautiful Mt. Lemmon (Catalina Mts)

It is still hot down in the valley but a 1 hour drive up to Mt. Lemmon gets you to the Marshall Gulch Trailhead. A short hike (1.2 miles) up along the stream and you will reach the saddle, where … Continue reading

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The new HVAC

For those of you who were wondering how we get large objects up to the second story with only two spiral staircases. We’ve almost finished converting the whole house to super efficient zone AC/heat. Ordinarily I don’t get realexcited about … Continue reading

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Screech Owls at the Front Door

Western Screech Owls have taken over the courtyard. We have one year round resident but he/she appears to have found a mate and now there are three offspring. Purple Martins are nesting in the big saguaro next to the driveway.

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Soldier Trail hike in the Catalinas

Soldier Trail is a demanding hike in the Santa Catalinas but the wildflowers are worth it: larkspur, penstemon, California poppies, and chickory among others.

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Red-Winged Blackbirds

These birds showed up today. Rare in the winter and the first time for us to see them. Quite noisy, there were about 25 of them.

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