Monday, August 03, 2020

Matt and I wanted to get out of town, so we drove down to the ghost town of Fairbank on the San Pedro River. I forgot to take pictures of the ghost town buildings. It was disappointing that the old school house, which has exhibits, was closed because of the pandemic.

We walked on the trail to the cemetery and stamp mill. We saw some fun critters. We saw several cute millipedes.


Then we saw a furry tarantula. Matt was freaked out by it. If he hadn't been there I would have picked it up. So cute!


On the way back he spotted a snake slithering across the path. It was not a rattlesnake. I do not want to pick up snakes.


There were also some pretty flowers, blooming because the area has gotten some monsoon rain. It was only rained once in Tucson at my house.

Paper flower!

We went to the Fairbank cemetery, which is up on a hill. There are piles of rocks marking individual graves. I think we saw three home-made concrete gravestones.

Matt and Homer.

The scenery from the top of the cemetery is real nice. You can see the Whetstone Mountains far away. The dark green vegetation are cottonwood trees growing along the now-dry San Pedro River.

Pretty scenery.

Back home a stray kitty has decided to live in my backyard. Yesterday he meowed at me when I looked over the fence (Ruby was barking at him). He looked hungry so I got him a can of cat food. He was very happy to eat it.

This morning as I was watering Ruby saw the cat and chased it up into the mesquite tree. The cat meowed at me again. I told Ruby she was being naughty and took her inside. I got another can of food and climbed on the table next to the tree and gave it to him. Backyard Kitty was very hungry! As he was eating he let me pet him and pat his back. He seems very friendly.

Backyard Kitty!

I guess I have another friend to take care of. I will have to tell Ruby to not be naughty.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

The last three weeks have seen 346, then 579, and then 556 deaths reported in Arizona. And when you go Governor Ducey's Facebook page you see all of the posts by Covid-deniers and Let's-Open-Now folks.

I wonder whether Herman Cain regretted not wearing a mask after he got sick. It is all a hoax, right?

Puzzle time! Matt gave me some puzzles. I loved this one- the unusual shape and bright colors.

 Floral puzzle.

And then there was this one. SIGH. He didn't give me the box so I had no idea what it was. So I spent hours working on it. When I had finished all of the non-white pieces, this is what I had. But then there were hundreds of white pieces. I finally told Matt that I couldn't do it. He then told me that it was rolls of toilet paper. There was even two pieces that had a Covid-19 virus.


Then I got puzzles I ordered. This one had hummingbirds and was fun to put together.

Hummingbird by Eeboo.

I went to the Museum of Art's opening of their new gallery, socially-distanced. After viewing the Meso-American artifacts (no comment), I went through the rest of the gallery. This was my favorite.

Tom Palmore.

The Presidio Museum held a socially-distanced movie viewing of Arizona (1940). I last watched it in 2004 before giving a talk on the film at the 2005 SHA conference in York, England. I just ordered the book the movie was based on through Ebay.


Neighbor Pete called me to alert me that there was a pair of javelinas in his yard. I went into my backyard and there they were. One looked at me through the fence, a foot away. Smelly!


Rose opened the front gate and they wandered out and walked down the street. I encouraged them to go back towards the desert. They were very interested in this pole.


A couple of days ago I woke up at 3:30 AM to discover that most of my electricity was not working. I was lucky to have a nice electrician come over and repair it ($120).

Electrician on the roof.

At work I am working on finishing an old report. A little tedious, lots of tracking down things.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A week ago Monday I got tested for Covid-19. Pima County had opened a mass testing center and was encouraging people to get tested. I did not think I was exposed to the virus, because I have been very careful, but still thought I should find out.

You have to schedule an appointment and show up on time. After providing information, I walked down a hall way and was seated in a space. The woman doing the testing then proceeded to stick a long swab up each nostril. Unpleasant, very ticklish. Also very quick.

Awaiting the swab.

I was told I would get the results on Thursday and that night the phone rang and I learned that yes, I was negative.

Still being very careful. Masks, social distancing, and washing hands. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I wrote a letter to my Amish brother and included photos of my living room. He has never been to Arizona, the Amish think flying is a luxury (HA HA HA).

Starting at the west side, Buddy Cat stands on the mosaic table that I got at a yard sale back in 1999. I started to strip the paint on the woodwork around the door, need to finish it, sand, and re-paint it in the fall when it cools down.

East side.

The door leads into the dining room where I am putting puzzles together. The dog painting above the door was painted by Grandpa Feiger and hung in my brother's room. I need to either get a blue globe for the Medusa lamp or find a vintage floor lamp for that corner.

South side.

I haven't watched the television in months. I use the computer instead. Matt and I are watching Perry Mason on HBO. I have questions! The Mission-style chair and couch each have a corner where Ruby decided to chew on them. I was pretty mad about that.

West side.

I've never used the fireplace. It had a dangerous gas hook-up which I had removed. Now Snowball has joined Buddy Cat on the table. The print next to the cloud painting hung in Grandma Feiger's living room for decades.

North side.

I like paintings and have bought them at estate sales and thrift stores.


Bird and goats.

I also like plates and ceramic figurines. Currently the spot where the gas heater once was has deer and elk plates, deer figurines, a flamingo planter, and salt and pepper shakers. The afghan was the last one made by my mother during her stays at my house, in either 2014 or 2015.


Ruby was feeling left out so I had to take a picture of her too. You can see a couple of my childhood toys in the fireplace.

Ruby, Buddy Cat, and Snowball.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

I ran into Goodwill (masked!) and went to the area where they have games and found three puzzles. Total $3.00.

On evenings when I am bored I put together puzzles in this time of pandemic (100 people died in Arizona in the last two days). Usually when my house is too hot, I dislike sweaty genealogical research, so puzzles.


And of course when you buy a used puzzle, there is the chance a piece might be missing. And that was the case. SIGH.

Missing piece.

Puzzles with missing piece end up in the garbage because I won't sell them to Bookman's. I trade puzzles with RJ and Emilee, who are also doing them during this time of pandemic.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Last Saturday we drove down to the almost-ghost town of Pearce. We couldn't find the ruins that are there, but instead ended up in the old cemetery. According to Findagrave, at least 831 people are buried there. The cemetery is in a natural condition- not manicured, no mowing. It reminds me very much of cemeteries I have seen in New Mexico.


We wandered around, on the look out for rattlesnakes, but didn't see any. Many of the graves had elaborate vaults over them.


My favorite was this one, decorated with shells set into concrete.

Lighting was difficult, could not get a photo without my shadow.

We stopped at a collapsing adobe house for a selfie.

Homer and Matt.

And in other news, Arizona is a shithole. Our Governor refuses to do anything to stop the spread of Covid-19. We are the worst place in the country. Last week 226 people died. The first six days this week, 277. Yesterday he gave a press conference where he announced restaurant restrictions, but failed to note that these had already been in place for two weeks.

Pima County is now offering free Covid-19 testing. I have signed up on the first day, July 20th. I do not think I have been exposed, because I have been so careful, but who knows what will happen in the next nine days.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Arizona has the highest infection rate for Covid-19. Thousands of people are found to be infected every day. The Governor refuses to require face masking in public. Luckily, Mayor Romero in Tucson has done so.

On Monday, I went to Safeway and was pleased to see a sign on the door, "Masks must be worn inside." Everyone had masks on until I got to the back, where two young men were unmasked. I told them loudly, "You need to have a mask on." I got some bananas and came across them again. I was so mad. I shouted at them, "Someone I know died from Covid-19. Put on a fucking mask!" Later when I was buying stuff they were a few people behind me, staring at me.

If they aren't wearing masks, they are not social distancing, hanging out, attending parties. The majority of people testing positive in Arizona now are people under the age of 35. So over it. They need to wear a mask and behave.

 In other news, my lemon trees are busy making lemons. I got a huge water bill and have been better about not wasting water. Matt told me the small sunflowers are done, so I have stopped.

Green Meyer lemons.

I'm still doing puzzles. Have been working on my Civil War soldier book. Am watching the 3rd and last season of the German show Dark. Tonight I am re-organizing my genealogy files, which need this because I got rid of the old metal filing cabinet.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. There really isn't any reason to celebrate. I will have to make noise in the house because the neighbors like to shoot fireworks and that scares Ruby.

Monday, June 22, 2020

I've had the green Ford Focus since November 2010. It is starting to have problems- I've had the AC worked on numerous times. The brakes squeak. It has 152,000 miles. Should I spend money to fix these things? Last week I decided that maybe the smart move was to get a new car. So on Saturday Matt drove me north to Scottsale and I test drove two cars. This one was comfortable, relatively affordable, and has AC and brakes functioning nicely. Also, only 24,000 miles. So now I have car payments for the next few years $241 a month.

Beige Hyundai Accent.

Another puzzle. Old tins. A moment where I thought a piece was missing, but it turned out to be sitting in the box. Buddy Cat likes to sit in the box with the pieces inside, which makes putting puzzle together difficult.

Yet another puzzle.

Got home from Matt's house and there were two geckos hanging out on the door. The light attracts bugs and the geckos hang out having them for supper.


The City of Tucson and Pima County have instituted a mask ordinance. Everyone is supposed to wear them in businesses, with a few exceptions. I predict that many middle-aged women will suddenly develop breathing conditions, based on the comments I read on several Facebook pages. So many excuses, the dumbing down of the United States is just ridiculous. Watch this Youtube video made by some random person to find out the latest conspiracy theory garbage about Covid-19.

You won't see me eating inside a restaurant, going to a movie theater, or just doing stupid things until there is a vaccine.

Friday, June 19, 2020

The water is flowing again in the Santa Cruz River. It is treated sewage water, cleaned up enough that you can almost drink it. Today the full flow was turned on. I walked up the river bed, which had recently had extra dirt removed and dumped next to it. They were spraying this green stuff over the dumped dirt today- it smelled like tree mark.


I waded across the river and went up the west side. Ahead I could see a pair of egrets standing in the water. Nearby killdeer were running around, calling loudly.


I went up onto the preserved marshy area. A young roadrunner was busy eating bugs, ignoring me. It stood a few feet away, I wish I had something better than my cell phone to take pictures.


In the small pool hundreds of toad tadpoles were swimming around. If you click on the picture, you can see them.


The Bighorn Fire continues to grow in the Catalina Mountains. I went up to the top of the Sentinel Peak and took this photo two days ago.


Birdy has moved back to Cascabel. He had been staying at my house for almost a year. My yard looks very nice with all the work he did. In the backyard he made a garden plot with eggplants, beans, zinnias, melons, and zucchini. I picked one of the zucchini, put a little olive oil on and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top and used my air dryer to cook it.


I made a banana cake using Anna's Banana Cake recipe card from my grandmother.

Out of the oven.

I made vanilla cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut. The cake was basically a light banana bread. It was very good.

Governor Ducey has been a Trump-appeaser from day 1 of the pandemic. Took forever to lock down and then almost every business was considered essential. Re-opened too early. Was not a role model regarding masks and social distancing. And so Arizona now leads the United States in infections. He finally allowed cities and counties to make their own rule. Mayor Romero is requiring masks to be worn on Saturday in public places, with some exceptions.

The ridiculous excuses of people why they cannot wear masks. CO2 poisoning. Masks will infect you. Lots of medical conditions that only appeared now. Masks are communist. Are Democratic. Trump doesn't wear a mask, why should I? Covid-19 is a hoax. And on and on and on. My favorite, "If I get it I won't go to the hospital." Yeah right. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

I have my Grandma's Better Homes and Garden Cookbook, published in the 1950s. Inside it are some of the recipe cards written by Grandma. Here's a photo of Grandma Feiger sitting on the low retaining wall with her flower garden. This was taken in the early 1960s I think.

Anna Mabel (Ransom) Feiger, 1910-1998.

I don't really remember by grandmother cooking, by the time I was old enough to pay attention she was mostly eating tv dinners and then microwave dinners. According to my sisters she was a great cook.

Below are five of the recipe cards.

I've made the carrot brownies, that is a good recipe. Tonight I'm going to try the banana cake, which I suspect is really a kind of banana bread.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Pima County flood control people were worried about the soil buildup in the Santa Cruz River channel, so they removed a lot of dirt recently. Water had been flowing in the river bed since June 2019, so I was sad to see it turned off and all of the vegetation that had sprung up removed. Luckily they had left a small area and a local biologist had worked to get a small pool and a channel built, so that when the water was turned back on, some of the old vegetation could revive.

Matt and I walked down on Sunday morning to see that area and to look at the thousands of toad tadpoles swimming in the water. The cattails and other vegetation is starting to revive. The water flow is being increased and soon the river will run again.


We walked back along the bike path, but too many unmasked people, so we went along the road and then across the old landfill instead.

Masc Matt.

Last night as I was driving down Granada I saw what I thought was a chicken in the road. Instead it was a baby hawk hopping about, I stopped, took off my shirt, and collected it off the road. It must have jumped out of its nest in a nearby tree.

Homer and hawk.

The Tucson Wildlife Center website said that its parents would probably coax it back into the nest. I hope so, it was a cute thing.

Sort of mad.

I checked to make sure it wasn't injured and left it on the lawn, somewhat conflicted, worried that a cat would get it.

At home my house is warm. I sleep on the couch in front of the little AC unit, which is running better since I cleaned it.

For once Ruby wanted some cuddles.

Snowball is 11 now, left eye has developed a cataract.  Biologically a male, but acts like a female. She still only loves me. She likes to sleep with her head on my shoulder.


And today the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ people could not be fired for being LGBTQ. A big surprise, especially since Trump-appointee Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion.

And in other news, Covid-19 is infecting and killing people in large numbers in Arizona. And on Facebook, Trump cult members are busy boasting that they will not wear masks. Some claim "health conditions." Such bullshit. At this point, the people who are getting infected (outside of nursing homes) in Arizona are doing stupid things like the people I saw hanging out at bars and restaurants on Congress Street on Saturday night- no social distancing, no masks, young people going to catch Covid-19 and infect their older family members and they may or may not feel guilty afterward.


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