The daffodils are popping up.

The daffodils are popping up.

It was a quiet St. Patrick’s Day around El Rancho Pendejo, as you might expect from my previous post.

We had the previous owner of the place over for a glass of wine with Herself — Kathy is the green-thumbed person who planted the lovely flowers that are just beginning to pop up for a look-see — and we caught up on this and that, discussed the parlous state of the Republic, and in general had a delightful early evening.

I’d had a pot of Irish stew simmering on the fire, and invited Kathy to join us, but she had other plans. So it was just the two of us nibbling away in front of the tube — season one of “Orange Is the New Black,” which is OK but so far no “Breaking Bad,” thanks all the same. (Yeah, we’re late to the popular-culture party again.)

Today I need to log a little saddle time, if I can ever stop blowing my nose (honk). Still, could be worse. Here the temps may inch up toward the 70-degree mark. Back in Bibleburg, it’s snowing.

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8 Responses to “Stumped”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Parlous? Thanks for teaching me a new and useful word.

    Mulberries in full flower here. Bad for me, and damn near fatal for Sandy if she gets right under one while it is “smoking.” If you see one in full flower with the right light it looks like smoke coming from it. Benadryl, baby, and blessings to the chemist who came up with it.

    You know how saddle time suffers when one is trading houses. We managed a brown Canyon Ranch ride yesterday, and have one planned for tomorrow. I might sneak in a ride with “Big Engine” Reggie on Sunday. Next week is inspections at new digs, and starting the listing process at this place. After 27 years we will miss it a little. It helped us retire early.

    Glad you had a pleasant evening. It is really warm here. January and February 2016 in Arizona were the warmest on record. Climate change is here. Can we stall it? Al Gore is optimistic. Check out his latest TED talk.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Jeez, did I miss a memo? Your offer was accepted and now you’re selling the old rancheroo? Congratulations! And watch out for those mulberries. Up here it’s elm, cedar and juniper acting out. I may have to hit the pharmacy for some 12-hour Claritin. If I wear a porkpie hat they’ll think I’m Walter White come back to life.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: Wow! Sounds almost “Ozzie and Harriet’ish” …. and wonderful. So nice to uncomplicate life and enjoy friends/neighbors. Sadly becoming a lost art.

    Pat: My bride of 47 years and I were down in theTucson area in late February. We’d spent some time there in our previous AF lives. Seems it was mid-80s for the highs then. Actually a bit of a reprieve from the weather here in the Bibleburg area (where, yes, we’ve gotten about 4 inches of snow today with a few more to come supposedly).

    Enjoy an uneventful move.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Should have added a good, credible read on the US Southwest’s climate change is “A Great Aridness” by William duBuys.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It was right nice, JD. Kathy was born and raised in Albuquerque, and lived in this house for 15 years or so, raising kids (and eventually getting divorced). With the kids now young adults, she was happy to downsize, and we were fortunate indeed to stumble across her and this place.

      She has a new, smaller condo with extra bedrooms and baths for the kids. And with what’s left over of the proceeds from the sale she has a few extra bucks to do fun stuff, like travel.

      Glad to hear you got out of the deep freeze for a spell. February was always my favorite month to be elsewhere.

  3. Steve O Says:

    Flowers like that started popping up around here this week.

    Then we got hit with 5″ of the white stuff last night.

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