Last year at about this time, Shannon and I were startled one morning by the sound of repeated pounding on our kitchen glass door. We cautiously went down stairs into the kitchen just in time to catch a cardinal crashing into the glass. We watched amused as he continued to do this…and the excitement didn’t end, he returned every morning like clockwork until fall. But, we missed our little buddy through the winter. Tuesday morning, I couldn’t believe it when I woke up to the same crash; our buddy is back! Determined to catch a good picture of him, I crept through the house into the kitchen where I did a military crawl toward the door with camera in hand. Then I waited with the camera in action photo mode until I caught this series documenting his daily routine.
I wanted a good photo of him just as he crashed into the window, but it is a difficult shot to catch. You have to be stealthy so he doesn’t get scared away, and it all happens so quickly that you have to click the camera at just the right moment. I was proud of my action series until later that day Shannon presented me with a couple of pictures she caught on her iPhone. Two outstanding shots captured by walking right up to the window; close up and perfectly timed, I’m impressed!
Many people have asked when we plan to get back out on the road. Our immediate response is always, “Oh, about two to three weeks from now.” However, the truth is, the timing is more driven by a few critical things on our “to do” list. First on that list is healing, but not far behind is getting our house in the city back on the market. Tuesday afternoon we met with the realtor and got everything in order to make this happen. This was our first house and excited about restoring an old city home we poured our lives into it. We replaced three layers of roof with copper and Grand Manor Shingles, brought the courtyard back to life and added a fountain, restored the front porch back to original, and uprooted an acre worth of ivy and replaced it with fresh gardens. It has been difficult to let this house go, but hopefully it will go to someone excited about continuing our efforts. If you know anyone interested in owning a piece of Rochester history, more info is available by contacting The Petix Group of Park Avenue Realtors.
Watching over the house for us is one of Shannon’s best friends, Jennifer. We celebrated her upcoming birthday that evening with a Mexican fiesta followed by cannolis and fruit tarts at our place. And we are still adhering to our new diet, the chicken and veggies were organic. Happy Birthday JLag!