A Smashed Peep (and some other stuff)

I ran away for a long lunch Thursday. Basking in the sunshine and walking the bike path at a favorite park felt like the epitome of freedom. Everything is COVID closed but you can still walk and drive around the lake.

This car turned my head.

And I went back for a closer look at these Peep bunnies, clearly run over by something. That’s not something you see every day and I liked the pink against the asphalt!

It was gorgeous out so I was sad to go home and resume working. But opening the window in the room where I work to let Scout enjoy the fresh air made the afternoon pass quickly. This picture was taken before the window was open but you get the idea.

He was a happy boy and I was thrilled for the fresh breeze and chatter of birds nearby.

My world has become very small and familiar. While this isn’t ideal, it is sort of fun to look more closely at your surroundings and seek out the details you might not ordinarily appreciate or even notice as close as your own home. Take a look around. You never know what you might find.

Birds With Attitude

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Cardinals always look angry to me. Like they’re yelling at someone who didn’t use a turn signal or who insists on expressing an opinion about a political story they didn’t actually read. It’s hard to tell what a bird is thinking but I’m pretty sure that Cardinals are the Archie Bunkers of the bird kingdom!

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Nonetheless, they are awfully pretty!

Push Hard

I am drawn to specific things – doors, old churches, vintage signs, weird architectural details, and informal signs.

This one made me laugh.

You’ll find it in downtown Douglas, Wyoming. You can read more about Douglas if you’re interested.

First there was the cool exhibit of Vintage trains.

Douglas looks like a modern Wild West town and I really liked it there.

And then there was the most unique church I’ve ever seen.

Not to mention the rainbow we saw after failing to climb the mountain.

And more about that trip.

Half the fun of traveling is reminiscing about the place we’ve been!

Happiness Is…

Happiness is the first subtle signs of spring. The initial hint that spring is near came last week with a chorus of March Peepers serenading us at night. Yesterday it was the bloom of Crocus and Daffodils. Some trees have buds on them and the air is a bit warmer despite the absence of sun most days.

After months of rain and cold, these harbingers of spring give us hope that better days await.

Fortunately, sometimes hope is all we need to get ourselves through.

Bird Feeder Fun

Scout’s birthday gift has provided him with hours of entertainment. I need to wash my windows but I’ve been able to grab a few snapshots of some of his birdies, as we call them. Here are a few from yesterday at dinner time.

Finally. A Hike

Ohio has endured a long, dark, cold, windy and overall nasty winter. There’s been almost no snow to pretty things up but we do have a nice coating of mud on everything in sight.

It has been bleak.

And the few rays of sunshine seem to never fall on weekends so this has not been a good outdoors season.

So imagine the thrill yesterday when it wasn’t raining and I had free time to hike! It was a cold morning – about 28 degrees – so I layered up like Randy on A Christmas Story and logged about six miles.

There were few others out in the state park that early so I had the place mostly to myself. Well, it was me and the deer!

This place is typically overrun with tourists which makes it even more special when you realize you have the whole place to yourself.

Take thirteen seconds and just breathe. Enjoy the gushing water and the beauty of Ohio’s Hocking Hills.

Happy Sunday!

1948 Crosley Station Wagon

In 1948 the Crosley Motors Company made a station wagon that got fifty miles to the gallon. One of those cars is pictured above. It’s part of an exhibit about the fifties that you can currently see at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

Crosley produced these cars in Camp Washington here in Ohio but many Ohioans have never seen one on the road because they only made about 84,000 cars. The company actually wasn’t known for their cars as much as their radios and for WLW, once called the “nation’s radio station.”

Crosley made some other cars, including a pre-war coupe that was quite popular, but the wagon was the most commercially successful. Yet it still wasn’t enough to keep the company afloat. They ceased production in 1952.

The museum has just one small sign about the car but I would love to see an entire exhibit about the Crosley Company. Despite the failed venture into automobiles, owner Powell Crosley was an incredibly smart business man who made radios and other appliances affordable for the common family.

When radio signals weren’t strong enough to reach customers in rural America, he built the most powerful transmitter anyone had seen and began broadcasting the best talent of the day including people like Red Skelton, the Mills Brothers and Rosemary Clooney.

I have a Crosley radio in my collection but they are hard to find and usually expensive.

The influence and reach of the Crosley radio alone should be enough to merit a museum so it makes me a little sad that such a thing doesn’t exist.

Meanwhile, you can go to Columbus and enjoy the station wagon. You also can think of Crosley each time you flip on the radio, and say thanks for all the company did to make this technology affordable and accessible, not just to the wealthy but to everyone.