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An armadillo, as in a real, live armadillo, was on a bit of a walkabout last Friday morning in Union County. After putting up with a few photographs, the critter wandered away.
Just another Friday morning... ...which, I suppose, was a little better than last Thursday morning... We had an appointment in Cape Girardeau at about 11:30 a.m. last Thursday. We finished up a little bit after noon, and began the journey home. We made it across the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge...
Daffodils are a traditional sign of springtime in Southern Illinois. Spring was not the season that came to mind last Friday when snow was falling on daffodil flowers in Cobden.
It’s late on Sunday night...just never know when inspiration might strike... A cataclysmic event involving an asteroid didn’t happen over the weekend...at least not that I am aware of. Didn’t see anything about such an occurrence on social media.  Bob and I spent some time on the front stoop last...
Sure...we see lots of Canada geese in Southern Illinois... This goose was in a temporary “pond” not far from Anna which had been created by one of our recent rounds of heavy rain...
We’ll open this week with a “mea culpa,” which is Latin for “boy, that was dumb...” Last week, in the News Notes column which appeared on page one of the local newspaper, the editor (that would be yours truly) wrote that filing for the 2022 primary election would start on March 14. Wrong. Filing...
A male cardinal was fluffed up in the cold and the ice...
The Journey Through Life during the past week or so was highlighted by all sorts of interesting things... but mainly the weather... again... seems like that’s been a weekly thing for a while. Crocuses finally started to bloom in our front yard last week. We had about a half dozen plants in bloom...
Spotted this robin in Anna following one of our recent winter weather events. I’m guessing the robin won’t miss snow, sleet, ice and cold much either.
Once again this week, we’ll just kind of wander around, with a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... Guess I missed the announcement about the speed limit on new U.S. Route 51 changing to something like 125 miles per hour. Apparently, tailgating at a high rate of speed continues to be...
Shot this photo while motoring along new U.S. Route 51 on the way to metropolitan Anna early on Thursday morning, February 3. Didn’t see much traffic along the highway until I got closer to the big city.
Union County’s weather during the last week has been deja vu all over again... Around the middle of the month during February way back in 2021, Mother Nature sent us a bit of an icy Valentine’s Day greeting. On Valentine’s Day last year, the high temperature in Union County was T-W-E-L-V-E degrees...
March of the Canada geese? Saw a gaggle of geese crossing an ice-covered pond last Friday afternoon. Didn’t see any penguins...
Hope springs eternal... We’ll get back to that in a few paragraphs...in the meantime, read on... Hope you’ve finished your shopping for all of those Groundhog Day gifts... The big day is February 2. Did you happen to watch those NFL playoff games on television last weekend. Pretty... good... stuff...
Yup...another photograph of turtles...but to be honest, I really, really was not expecting to see turtles on the 13th day of January. And yet, there they were, basking in the winter sunshine. I am guessing there might not be any turtles to be seen in Union County in the bitter cold which is forecast for today.
Oh, dear, no deer... We’ll get back to that in just a little bit... Last Thursday afternoon, yours truly stayed in what has pretty much become a weekly routine. I paid a regular visit to the seat of county government in Jonesboro, and then headed over to the nearby Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds...
Cool kitty: While walking along the Quetil Trail in Alto Pass, I happened to catch a glimpse of a very fluffy cat catching some rays in the rocky cliffs along the trail. I’m guessing the cat wanted to know why the creature with the camera wasn’t inside, where it was warm.
Once again this week, we’re going to wander around a little bit... Mainly because it’s Monday afternoon and my self-imposed deadline to complete this little gem has long since come and gone. (Then it was Monday evening...Monday night The National Football League playoffs are about to begin. Pretty...
As readers may know, yours truly likes to take photographs with critters in them. Saw this feathered critter while motoring through my hometown on a bright and sunny afternoon during the closing days of the year now gone by...we can only hope that 2021 will Rest in Peace...
Some things that made me go... hmmmmm...or, maybe...huh? It was 72 degrees on our front porch on the afternoon of Christmas Day... A little over a week later, on the afternoon of the second day of a brand new year, it was 27 degrees...and there were flurries of snow a-falling... Then there was......

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