I have not specifically noticed this bird here before, but it is common to our area according to my bird books. We get the Mourning Dove (yep, spelled m-o-U-r-n-i-n-g) which has spots on its wings and no black ring around the neck. We also get the far more elusive Band-tailed Pigeon which is really very pretty - not your common rats-with-wings aka pigeons, but a large, shy, lavender/purple colored (although the book says gray/blue-gray) pigeon with a black-tipped yellow beak and a white half-ring on the back of the neck and of course bands on their tails hence the name.
And speaking of dining rooms. Yeah, pretty rough transition there. That has been my focus over the last few days. This is true confessions time. For a whole lot of reasons over the last number of years, I have let my housekeeping take a back seat to just about everything else in life. Some of those reasons included remodel of bathrooms, addition of heating/A-C on the roof with entry to the attic crawlspace through the house when the ductwork was replaced and a variety health problems. Additionally I had some attitude problems and rebellion, lol.
The following pictures will give an idea of how hard it is for me to stay focused and on task with the way so much is out of order. Do you remember those books by Laura Numeroff, If You Give A Mouse A Muffin et.al. where the mouse gets one thing, then will want something else and when given that will want yet another thing and eventually the story brings you right back to the mouse wanting a muffin where he started. That's how house cleaning and chores are for me at the moment, so follow along.
|Messy dining room...and some cat toys.|
They are now nice and neatly placed into these milk boxes from Costco - they fit perfectly. They were not in the dining room, they were in the garage.
These are the messy bags, and some excess bags of varying types that I decluttered directly to the recycle barrel. The barrel is getting full! That's a good thing.
And this table, in the living room, I predestined to send to the dining room for my rearrangement project. Of course, IT had to be cleaned off too. Yes, there's still a ton of dust in the picture. Most of that stuff is Nick's gaming platform stuff, or trash. Who needs those empty boxes for computer components? Or those plastic packaging items that you need a Skill saw to open. They headed to the recycle barrel too. And that purple exercise ball? The one I bought a year ago to do exercises for my back...that I never did...it's now deflated and placed back in it's box, which had been in the dining room - yeah, go figure - and is now residing in the entry closet, but that may not be where it stays either. Where does one put exercise equipment they don't use but think they may some day. I can see the fireplace again, yay!! Of course, it's way TOO HOT to have a fire and too windy to risk sparks flying up and out of the flue. Red flag warnings are in effect for the next few days...in January...when it's supposed to be 20 degrees cooler...when it's supposed to rain.
The blue grate catches most of the litter from the kitty feet, and the container of clean litter is right there too. Out of the picture at that "southwest" corner is the sliding door to the backyard. The kitties do not go outside, strictly indoor kitties. While there when I took this picture, I probably scooped the litter box, which then led me back to the garage, where I set the used litter in another bag next to the recycle barrel. Then I go to the bathroom and scrub my hands. Clean hands after scooping litter is a must, and I must use the scrub brush. For no specific reason, that has become nearly obsessive. I cannot just lightly rinse with a little soap and water. So once in the bathroom...
I remember the clean towels were still in the dryer, so back to the garage again.
|The old-as-dirt dryer.|
|The new layout, still lots to be dealt with.|
|Another angle of new layout.|
A plastic green and white plaid table cover was put on the long table. It has to look better than just the bare table would.
This was all worked on yesterday, and I did not get to my Sanctuary until after dinner. There's still lots to do. I didn't make any progress on it today as I had to do some Walmart grocery shopping, and then put groceries away and realized I had to clean the refrigerator and pantry, and update my inventory list.
There were a lot more trips up and down stairs returning things at least closer to their "place for everything, and everything in it's place" locations. It's a long road to travel, and will take time. I may be cluttered, and dusty, but I don't think I qualify for an episode of Hoarders...but then again, you haven't seen my guest room, or a complete shot of the so-called '3rd' garage. Three-car garages only hold one car, shelves for camping and sports gear, a workbench, and all the stuff you don't know what to do with when you can't make up your mind if you want to keep it for the day you need it, or to send it to a charitable organization, or whether to have your very first garage sale where you work up the courage knowing you'll have those who will want to haggle over every penny you hope to gain from your valuables you've outgrown or don't like any more.