Monday, October 22, 2012

A Busy First Week (Patagonia, AZ)

Our manager told us the preserve received 14 inches of rain this year.  We expected to see the area looking pretty green, but not over run by morning glory vines!  This is almost as bad as the South's Kudzu dilemma.
They are still pretty and I do love them.  Too bad we were not here when they were blooming.
So, we are trying to get back into our work routine.  Wildlife and visitors were almost non-existent.  Which is good because it seemed a little harder this time to get into a routine.  I don't know if it is because it is slow or that we are trying to remember how we did it last time.  Either way, I feel like we spent a lot of time running back and forth from the motorhome to the office.  
Of course, it did not help when I got bit by a fire ant on my knee on the start of our first walk.  Actually, he managed to bite me three times before I could get my pants leg rolled up far enough to pull him off.  I'm hoping I gave him a major headache when I tossed him onto the ground.  Darn!  If that didn't hurt!

I put Cortisone on my knee, took a Claritin for swelling and went for our walk.  By morning, my knee was not only looking swollen and feeling like it was on fire, it also had three large blisters.  I finally broke down and took a Bendryl which left me feeling very lethargic for the next two days, but my knee got better and I'm back to normal...well, as normal as I can be....
Our manager told us that he had seen a 3-foot long black-tailed rattle snake hanging out around the office area.  He thought it had moved on since he had not seen it for a while, but he showed up again near a visitor's car so we are on "snake alert".  We check around the tall grass and the motorhome before cats are allowed outside.  I'm a little nervous walking to the office now.  We are hoping he will move on as the traffic of visitors gets heavier.

We have been hearing the red-tailed hawks a lot.  At one point during the mowing of the tall grass, there were four of them flying around.
So, I did not get a lot of quilting done and I did not take a lot of photos.  Maybe next time I will have more to show and to talk about...
Happy Trails!

1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't that trail be spectacular if all those vines were in bloom? Glad you have recovered from the fire ant bites. I have only had one once. Three bites would be pretty painful.


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