We have gotten some good photos of birds at the feeders and the little masked bandits that come up in the wee hours to eat seeds. I'm hoping that we will get to see some other animals like opossum and maybe wild turkeys because there are hundreds of the latter on the property. It has been fun to look at the antics of the squirrels and raccoons. It's the wilds out here on the island so all kinds of critters could wander by. I doubt if we will see the bobcats or coyote unless we put out some kind of meat for them.
It has been rainy and cold for the past few days. Today is the first day without rain, but it's still raw outside. We have been burning logs in the fireplace insert which has helped a lot with keeping the house warm. Other than going out for meetings, neither of us has left the property. We walk down to get the mail and we go out to turn the dogs into their paddocks. All of us seem lazy and lethargic, not wanting to stay outside for long. The cats stay near the hearth and the dogs are enjoying their new dog beds.
We did have some friends over for dinner one night. They are an entertaining couple who work as estate managers in Europe and the Middle East. They live the real Downton Abbey and have stories that are fascinating about the woes of the princes and gentry whose estates they manage. When they are done with a job, they retreat to their home in Greece or come to their home in Cambridge, MA. It was nice to spend time with them, talking about society, mannerisms, lack of manners, and life in a small village in Greece.
I did pick the last of the peppers from the garden so that we could make pepper jelly. The jelly jars are filled now with the green or red savory jelly. The collard greens from the garden were delicious on New Year's Day. I can't complain about the temperature down here. I'm grateful that we don't have snow or below freezing temperatures all day like what the Northeast and Midwest are experiencing.
I am supposed to go on the boat on Wednesday for a couple of days. I don't mind the cold out there because the propane stove keeps the inside of the cabin warm. It's getting to the anchorage that is chilly. And once at the anchorage, I can hibernate as much as I want, except for rowing the dog to shore for her walks and bathroom time.
Nothing dramatic is going on. I have no urgent items that I have to write about. I am utterly content in my rather boring life at the moment.