Where do I start? January was really a cold month. We had weeks of 40 degree days and low 20s overnight. Because our yard is ringed with large Arizona Cypress Trees, we don't get much warming from the low winter sun, so our wood stove was burning up our firewood 24/7! Our birdbath was frozen solid for days on end and we got snow a couple of times. We continue to see skunks and raccoons on our yard cam nearly every night and Coues Whitetail deer hop our fence to eat corn we put out for the critters. If we leave our gate open, javelinas and free range cows find their way into the yard and help themselves to whatever they can scrounge up.
We go to Tucson about twice a month to see Mel, Matt and the boys and play with the Banjo Blasters. February is a busy month in Portal, so we've been sticking around. We are now volunteering at the Visitor's Information Center on Cave Creek Road once or twice a month. I'm involved with the ladies organization Sew What and we've arranged for the Banjo Blasters to come play a benefit concert to raise money for the Scholarship Fund on March 12th. The band will be in the St. Patrick's Day parade in the morning and then perform at the Rodeo New Mexico Community Center at 3pm. We're looking forward to a fun weekend.
Greg turned two the end of January and we spent a day with him and Wes at their house. We had a good time playing with the boys outside. Wes loves to make rainbows with the hose and water the plants. Watering Gramma is Not allowed, but he liked to test the limits by spraying close to me. He's a devil.
The Banjo Blasters played at the Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering in Sierra Vista and had a great time. We're scheduled to return next year too! It's the first weekend in February 2017!