~A few random notes since being back home….


The Rambling Rose pulled into Loveland, Colorado over a month ago.

Before we left Texas the Rambling Rose had a wash and wax, and is now winterized waiting for her next adventure. It was a flurry of activity to unload her and to get our house in order, but now we are settled in enjoying being home.

In early April we took our Koudy girl “The Explorer” back to Colorado State University Vet Hospital for a check-up. She hadn’t been there since early November when she received her “Cancer Survivor” bandana after completing chemotherapy.

It has taken me awhile to write about her last vet visit. They took a chest x-ray, an ultra-sound and did blood work. The results of all tests indicates the cancer is back and aggressive. One day after these tests, Kloudy became very ill and spent two additional nights back at CSU Vet Hospital.

She has since recovered (cause unknown) and continues to enjoy eating, walking and on occasion even playing with her younger sister, Skye River. Kloudy still likes to “talk” to me about her food, her walks and somethings about things I don’t even know! I love our chats!

We at first, after speaking with an Oncology vet, decided to have her under go surgery again; however, after her illness and some painful soul searching, I believe we have decided to let her enjoy her days – eating, talking and doing her most favorite activities – taking long walks and exploring new trails.

Last July she underwent surgery and chemo, the process lasting into early November, why put her through that again since the cancer is fast growing. We try not to be sad, realizing our girl has enjoyed a wonderful life; she will be twelve this year. Some days are better than others, but we continue to celebrate, each and everyday, having this beautiful, sweet, Sibe girl in our life. Those of you, whom have given your hearts to four-legged best friends, know how heartbreaking it is when they are ill.

Okay, some brighter notes – It is always nice to be home enjoying hobbies and activities in our beautiful community. You can see from the header photo we have been having lots of rain, which makes things green! The photo is of a little valley just to the north of us about two city blocks.

Howard has been busy rebuilding his Ham Radio antenna, which was damaged in an early April blizzard. High winds and heavy snow broke two of the 16 foot poles. The antenna is back up in the air, and with a new Software Defined ham radio, he continues to enjoy this hobby, one he has had since the age of 15.

Howard’s Spider Antenna

I have been playing Pickleball, coloring, enjoying the numerous bird activity in the yard, taking photos and visiting with friends (some I still haven’t seen I’am back, but will). I can’t believe the number of different birds we have had in our yard this spring: Juncos, Chipping Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, House Sparrows, House Finches, White-breasted nuthatches, Bullocks Orioles, Western Tanagers, Scrub Jays, Blue Jays, Townsend Solitary, American Robins, Morning Doves, Eurasian-collared Doves, Lazuli Bunting, Lessor Goldfinches, Rufous-sided Towhees, Black-capped Chickadees and I am sure I have forgotten some.

Since the weather is improving it is time to turn some of our attention to “sprucing” up the yard, which can be fun. Or not….

On our daily walks we try to take different routes. The  photos below were taken yesterday as we walked along the Big Thompson River.

This morning our walk took us past a natural area called Meadowbrook.

Meadowbrook Natural Area, we walk by everyday.
Meadowbrook Natural Area.
Meadowbrook, another view

This migrating, Western Tanager has been visiting our yard the last several days. Can I get a good photo of him – n0! What a skittish guy he has been! I finally took a photo through the glass door; you can see he is watching me. He seems to enjoy one of the suet feeders. I saw my first Western Tanager on July 1, 1984 on a trip to Yellowstone National Park; we were stilling living in Louisiana. What a beautiful bird!

Western Tanager
Western Tanager

This guy is easy to photograph.


This American Robin was sitting in a tree across the street from us.

American Robin

They are back, arriving the last few days. I have only seen the males. I will post a blog on these gorgeous Orioles. Yesterday, I managed to capture some photos of them.

Bullock’s Oriole

Enjoy life and give lots of love to those that mean the world to you!

9 thoughts on “~A few random notes since being back home….”

  1. Darn ~ So very sorry to read the latest about dear Kloudy. Raz has a torn CCL and they say he needs a TPLO surgery. Goodness it’s costly! So far I just watch him and he seems happy. Lunch soon?

    1. As the Mom of the Tan Gang, I know you understand. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

      If you and Joe are ever traveling in Colorado, please let me know. I would love to go birding with you Gay. 🙂

      1. Thank you Sheila. I would love it too. Hiking and exploring in your neck of the woods is on the list. I know I would enjoy hiking in the Rockies and what a thrill for usto have you and Howard as a guide! We will definitely consider it for next year. This summer, we will be spending July in the Gunnison/Crested Butte area before returning to Tucson in August for Joe’s PET and bloodwork. How far is that from Loveland?

  2. Very sorry to hear about Kloudy. She is one lucky girl to have you to take her for walks and help her enjoy her days.

    I’m glad to hear from you again and see all your beautiful photos. Enjoy your summer!

    1. You too Beth. Keep up your beautiful blog; I enjoy reading it so much. Don’t always comment, but always read. Hugs! Thanks, Beth.

  3. So sad to hear about Kloudy; I know it is hard for you and Howard, and yet you are there for her in the most meaningful way. Give her a hug from me, and know that I send warm thoughts to you and Howard.

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