With trips cancelled and covid the norm now here in Arizona, we've been in isolation. I hate TV so much. It's SO boring. I'd be outside gardening but it's HOT. Today, our temps will reach 114 degrees! Last night we had our first rain storm which was rather exciting. So, what's a birder to do? After years of not tackling our ceilings and walls, I am now forced to do so! There is a silver lining to it all even though I'd rather be birding in Panama.
My exploration days have come to a halt for now. A lot of the money that I would have used for travel is now being invested into projects that I needed to get done. I have had a lot of projects sitting inside my brain waiting to get done from over the years! When we first moved into our place I had electrical work done in 3 rooms. And we removed popcorn from the ceilings! Well, ONLY now, some 13 years later, I am forced to deal with those ugly cuts in the drywall!
It began with this room. I couldn't travel to Panama so I worked on the place that inspires me, my office. This is the place that transports me to all of my favorite Spanish speaking countries. And a tin ceiling went up and covered the ugly patchwork. Then it was onto Covid Project 2, the Eared Quetzal and laundry room.
Our laundry area, in the hallway, had a nice spot for some of my photography BUT there was an ugly ancient intercom that blocked part of the wall and didn't allow for a nice framed picture. I took the non-functioning intercom off the wall which revealed a huge hole, patched and stuccoed it all. Once that was done, I pulled out my paints and found the right green tint and touched up the white areas. Meanwhile, as I finished ceilings and walls, I worked at night organizing pics from my work that I wanted to hang on the walls for Covid Project 3.
|Gotta include butterflies! This is the Western Tiger Swallowtail from the Tijuana Slough|
Now I'm working on Covid Project 3, the other bedroom. As you can see in the above pic, there are cuts in the ceiling that I want covered.
So I have been working on this project now. This material is trickier as it is vinyl planking. This room will be the coastal room. It will have lighter elements mixed in with the darker insides of a lighthouse. I love lighthouses and this theme works well in super bright Arizona. In some cases, the darker rooms are very important and necessary to let your eyes recover from the blinding light outside. Some of the photography that will be used here are not Arizona birds! Instead, I'll be using work from Maine, California, Wisconsin and Wales.
|Northern Gannet-the white against the blue|
|A pair of Atlantic Puffins|
|Crested Caracara-still trying to figure out where to put this one|
|Ruffed Grouse is one of the grouse that will be featured in the dining room|
The coastal room will include these amazing birds PLUS lighthouses, sea lions and other coastal delights.
|American White Pelican|
Now onto the official news. During the last week of June, we contracted covid. It was hell. The coughing and breathing were real issues. Non-believers called it the flu, but I lost my taste and smell so I knew it wasn't the flu. For one week, we both slept away our lives and lost lots of weight. Here in Arizona, we are the hotspot of the world. I don't know how we got it, but it was nasty. We are mostly recovered now as the infection rates continue to rise in the state. Our governor is an idiot, but not as stupid as the one in Florida. Even the Texan governor looks a tad more intelligent than Ducey and that's not saying much. We badly need a change in our government here in the US. We are finally beginning to see people switch sides against this current administration. They are all about the money and could care less about human life. Welcome to the Republican Party. November can't arrive fast enough. In short, we don't trust anything our state or government officials are saying and have to go to real sources, like the CDC. Meanwhile, the death rate continues to climb as do the infections. And people are still ignoring the recommendations. It's such a strange time. We just lost someone to covid in our family this morning from Micheal's side. I continue to isolate. I am so grateful for the love and support from our family and friends. I work inside the house and dream of birding. But I am back to feeding my birds and watching them from our windows. Today we had a Brown-crested Flycatcher visit our fountain. Stay safe everyone wherever you are. And let's hope for a cure by the end of the year! Until next time, I'll continue working on birdy home projects:)