January 9, 2023 – Day 8 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

1-9-23, Day 8 In PTL Perrin’s Life

Welcome to day nine of A Day In My Life! Happy Tuesday!

Look who came to visit us today! This is a young pair of Sandhill Cranes, possibly siblings, since they seem to be under the tutelage of two larger cranes. Bill discovered them when he opened the lanai doors this morning. The parents instructed them to stay away from the large, wingless aliens and stay close to them. The exchange could easily have been heard all the way to the ocean, a few miles to our east. If I post the video I took, be sure to keep your sound low.

The weather is perfect for keeping the house open, with temps in the mid-seventies, low humidity, and a soft, fragrant breeze. My orchids (some of which are pictured here) are between blooming phases. When they bloom, their flowers last for a month or three, but several months can go by without flowers.

I took the wreaths down and put them away today. Step one of the great Christmas break-down has been completed. That’s the easiest step. Now I’ll print the list of our bins and what goes in them. Some re-organizing will take place, and some unused decorations will go.

The beautiful cards we received will also be sorted. Instead of stickers on our wrapped presents, I use the faces of many of last year’s cards. They look pretty, they usually have a message for the receiver, and it’s a great way to repurpose the good vibes we felt when we opened them the first time.

I will save the tree for last. I have a bit of a stubborn streak.

This afternoon, five ladies met for lunch at a nearly empty Outback Steakhouse. We call ourselves the Misfits. Wonder why? What a wonderful server we had! She engaged in banter with us, and was quick with her comebacks. We laughed together and she treated us like family. Which we are. She asked what we’re celebrating and we told her we’re Princesses, rejoicing that we’re children of the King, the Living God. And so is she. She gave us complimentary ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert. That’s called favor in Christian lingo.

Later this afternoon, I’ll catch up on some critiquing and some writing, although I’d really prefer to catch up on some napping. If you’re tempted to nap while you read this, then here is something to wake you up. Remember, keep the sound on low.


Patty Perrin (writing as P.T.L. Perrin)

15 thoughts on “January 9, 2023 – Day 8 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

    • Hi, Donna! They’re also quite fearless and intelligent. I once watched a Sandhill Crane family cross the street on a crosswalk when the light turned green for them. Right in front of my car. They stroll through our neighborhood on the sidewalks. People take pictures of them all the time, and I do believe they pose. Blessings!

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    • You cracked me up, Susanne! Your poor dog got you back, didn’t he? He slept through it! Hahahaha! I can’t imagine anyone sleeping through the racket the cranes make, but it is a great sound, isn’t it? We do live in Florida. I’d had enough of the cold winters in Pennsylvania, so we moved here six months after we married, nearly 29 years ago. We love it here! Blessings!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Jan! I love our Florida birds. And reptiles. And mammals. And all the cute dogs and cats in the neighborhood… I just brought our Christmas bins in from the garage. Step two of the great breakdown is completed. Now to fill them and put them away. One day at a time. Blessings!


    • It truly was a treat, Yvette. How blessed we are to get such visitors. A great blue heron likes my neighbor’s back yard and often stands there for hours. I watch him pull his neck down to avoid the dive-bombing Mockingbird under whose nest he likes to stand. Nothing but his neck moves. I get such a kick out of it! Wasn’t it nice of the server to comp those desserts for us? I love people!


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  1. Patty, I loved your video and hearing the cranes. What beautiful surroundings you have! My friend lived in Lake Wales, and I picture it like this. She lived in Sebring too, and I visited her there. It is a beautiful state! Thanks for the great pictures!

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    • Thanks, Maura Beth! We love living here and we’re grateful for the beauty that surrounds us. I especially love the critters, from the lizard who lives on our lanai, to the Sandhill Cranes and Great Blue Herons and Mockingbirds that make our tiny lake area their home. I even like the gators. Come visit us anytime! Blessings!


    • Aren’t they gorgeous, Karen? I love our birds! When we lived in Jupiter, just 30 minutes south of here, flocks of Ibis would visit our lawn on a regular basis and aerate it with their long, curved beaks. Lunch with friends is always a delight. Blessings!

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