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Nov 9, 2019 - Leaves, Henry, Tanners

Date: November 9, 2019 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 53º High 53º Wildlife count: Year List: 328 Birds: Woke to a lovely morning and all 4 of us walked the neighborhood. When we got back, we enjoyed another wonderful LeeAnn breakfast casserole and blueberry scones. The entire family arrived a little later and the yard was blown and raked free of the autumn leaves! Shawn has a huge blower that is on wheels and can make quick work of the piles of leaves, as well as lots of big guys with rakes and tarps to carry the leaves to the...

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Nov 8, 2019 - Sharing Memories

Date: November 8, 2019 Weather: partly sunny Temperature: start 25º High 30º Wildlife count: Year List: 328 Birds: We met with Matt to check up our financial health, followed by breakfast at LeeAnn & Jay’s – delicious. We headed back downtown to a neighborhood close to Bradley U. and the old Sunbeam Bakery, which is now all different shops, including Urban Artifacts, an updated flea market. We had fun wandering through the shops, including a huge Burger Chef sign. John shared that he had delivered here many years ago when he worked for a...

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Nov 8, 2019 - trip to LeeAnn's

Date: November 7, 2019 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 36º High 41º Wildlife count: White-tailed deer Year List: 328 Birds: Left around 8:30 and met Diane at Caseyville with a great visit. Beautiful day for a drive, arriving at LeeAnn’s around 4:30. Tom and Val pulled in just in time for a lovely dinner. Had a great time being together as family!

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Aug 6, 2017 - Homeward Bound II

A bit of checking on the map and a bit of math showed me that if I stopped doing my lazy old timer driving and stepped it up a bit, I could get to DC while Tim was still there and see all three grandkids at the same time. As they get older, those chances will diminish so longer day driving, here I come. I arrived at a Cracker Barrel in Peoria, IL for the night after a bit more than 500 miles. Didn't know I had that in me.

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Apr 5, 2016 - Half-way to Peoria

Date: April 5, 2016 Weather: very windy, partly sunny Temperature: start 55º High 87º Wildlife count: Prairie Dogs, Pronghorn, Mule Deer, Jackrabbits, Cottontail Rabbit, Javelina Year List: 229 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Northern Harrier, Swainson’s Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Mockingbird, Greater Roadrunner, Scaled Quail, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Shoveler, Scissortail Flycatcher, Cattle Egret The call came at 6am, John’s Mom had died peacefully in her sleep around 4:30am. We were all packed and ready...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Burl Oak, Where is Goodfield IL Alex? and... the Zed's!

Burl Oak, which isnt even a town anymore, is the scene of the only original building on its historical site from Laura's childhood. It is the birthplace of Grace, but that's not important right now. Peoria. Much more attractive than expected. In fact, I should opine here that so many of the very small towns with old timey Main Streets were very cute and well preserved, some thriving. This is in contrast to our previous trip across further south. We didn't notice quite so much affluence along the southern states. Corn fields galore, of...

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Apr 18, 2015 - On the Rivers - Mississippi and Illinois

Leaving Amana, Buzz was fighting with the GPS (again!) so I just headed east as planned, when the sign up ahead said “pavement ends”. Again we were in trouble, but Buzz got us directed on the country roads back to where we started, and this time we figured we would use the interstate until we got ourselves situated. Our first planned stop was the Mississippi River Visitor Center in Rock Island, IL. This is located on Arsenal Island and is a major base for the Army Corps of Engineers. There are 2 bridges to cross over onto the island and we...

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Feb 20, 2015 - Fish Fry with Mom

Date: February 20, 2015 Weather: mostly cloudy, windy Temperature: start 5º High 22º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, Downey Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Bald Eagles (5), Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull Enjoyed a relaxing morning, completing any cleaning necessary and two loads of laundry. John watched a Cooper’s Hawk fly over the roof of...

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Feb 19, 2015 - House Cleaning

Date: February 19, 2015 Weather: sunny, very cold Temperature: start -2º High 14º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Cooper’s Hawk, House Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-tailed Hawk Today was cleaning day, and a house is a LOT bigger than our RV. However, together we got-r-done. Lunch was a hot bowl of French Onion Soup at Panera’s and I paired a cup of soup with a Caesar salad. Our excuse to go to Menards...

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Feb 18, 2015 - Lunch with Paul and Sandy

Date: February 18, 2015 Weather: windy, some blowing snow, bitterly cold Temperature: start 1º High 8º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downey Woodpecker, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Horned Lark, American Kestrel, European Starling, Eurasian-collared Dove, Canada Geese, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk Around 9 am, we bundled up against the bitter cold and went again to chase a Snowy Owl. When we got close to Roanoke, the wind was blowing snow across the road and visibility...

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Feb 17, 2015 - Getting Mom out...

Date: February 17, 2015 Weather: sunny, cold, but bitter later with windchills Temperature: start 18º High 23º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Rock Pigeon, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, European Starling, Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, American Kestrel Following a delightful veggie/ham scramble for breakfast, we decided to engage in our first rare bird chase. It is been reported for almost a month that Snowy Owls have...

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Feb 16, 2015 - Visit to Terry Frazier RV

Date: February 16, 2015 Weather: misty sunshine Temperature: start 10º High 15º Wildlife count: Fox Squirrel Year List: 110 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk (20), American Crow, American Robin, American Kestrel, Common Merganser (300 on Mississippi River), Rock Dove, Canada Geese (50), Mourning Dove, Mallard, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow After a delightful breakfast at Perkins by Northwoods, we traveled I-74 to Moline, picked up I-80 to Eldridge,...

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