A lone Bluebird visiting and checking out our birdhouse accommodations. Last Spring we had a pair of Bluebirds that took up residence in the house shown in the top two pics below. Maybe same one from last year, or perhaps one of their young'n?!
A Bluebird and Finch waiting their turn to checkout the local bird house accommodations. However, it looks like the male House Sparrow has other thoughts and not budging -
I can tell you with 100% certainty that the House Sparrow will be evicted eventually! If the Bluebird doesn't do it, I know the home owner is a dink and he'll see to it personally...
I tried something new this past Saturday. Instead of donating blood, I donated platelets!
Platelet donation takes about 3-hours, so much longer than donating blood. Also, with a platelet donation they insert 2 needles, one in each arm. The problem or challenge, depending on your view, is that you're not supposed to move your arms once the needles have been inserted. So, that crazy, mad itch that all of a sudden appears on your forehead, well that goes unscratched...
Full disclosure - I got a pretty good public reprimanded for taking the above selfie! Apparently, some silly possibility of driving the needle out the other side of my vein when bending my arm. Who knew.
Our downtown Boston (Financial district) corporate office is moving this fall. Renovations are underway with construction and progress happening daily. I got my first tour and snapped the below pictures from the 26th floor.
The Massachusetts state house, with gold dome, off in the distance -
A view of Boston Harbor -
The Harvard or Mass Ave bridge off in the distance (to right) -
Looking down on Post Office Square, which resides at the intersection of Milk, Congress, Pearl and Water Streets -
The building we currently occupy, which as you can see is only a stones throw away, just across PO Square -
Care to take a wild guess at what's pictured below?!
This is Oliver's attempt at making his way to the pool house.
He made his way down the 3 steps leading to the concrete pool deck and even began his trek, however, looks like he quickly realized he was going nowhere fast. The snow was about 20" deep and as you can see he was sinking in as he walked.
A+ for the effort, and a wise choice to turn around.
A flock of Cedar Waxwings from back in early February. The trees were filled with these social birds. Most were perched taking the sun on a chilly day, however, others were foraging for berries from the Bittersweet vines, which had long been stripped clean.
It was SO windy during the storm we had last week that a new leak appeared over and on our new bay window. The rain was blowing sideways at times. However, it's clear that the installers failed to take all the necessary precautions when installing.
Fortunately, it wasn't too bad in terms of the leak, a slower drip drip drip. What concerns me more is the damage done in the ceiling of the window and the abutting wall and sheet-rock.
The wood, where the water had been pooling, is slightly damaged too -
Came across this antique machine if Key Largo of all places. I wonder how the establishment ensures that only adults are making purchases. After all this would be idle way for underage punks to get their smokes without being questioned or carded.
Of course if they can afford them! Actually, I don't understand how anyone can afford a pack of smokes anymore. Sure seems like an awful expensive way to slowly kill oneself.