Saturday, July 12, 2014

It's About the Weather...

Just as the Winter was brutally cold, our mid-west Spring followed suit with colder than usual, plus constantly wet, which meant that the potted flowers have at times been swamped, without a saucer underneath.

In spite of a strange Spring and a cool Summer(so far), we're busy here in Twain's hometown. Tom Sawyer Days had Hannibal hopping, and for about the first time in our 15 years of being in Hannibal, our Fourth of July was actually bearable and the weather was perfect! Normally we are sweltering here. This year was a delight. We were able to visit with family from Illinois and even ventured downtown for a couple hours. The fireworks were nice, but honestly for next year, I hope they go back to the display of years past. This one seemed unusually short.

We're blessed with guests and great occupancy, as well as time to get some maintenance things done outside. Weather has been cooperative recently, and we are finally able to attend to some necessary projects. Norm and I are doing some painting jobs, and window repairs. The waterfall is WORKING again! The leaks were found and eliminated and the four remaining fish seem happy in their surroundings. The birds are also enjoying a perfect place to bathe. We have pretty good numbers of hummingbirds again this year, though not quite the 4 dozen from a couple years ago. They are very entertaining when the young from this year arrive at the feeders. Some of them are quite BOLD. I watched a young female run an adult male off of the kitchen window feeder numerous times this afternoon. She's just about one month from hatching, and she already rules her territory!! I love seeing my few unusual hummingbirds with a lighter color of feathers on top of their heads. They are easily distinguishable, and I can tell which ones are related. I've seen 4 different females with that lighter head color this year. Some have a larger area of  light colored feathers, others have just a tiny patch. I will try to get some photos of them to share.

Just so you know, we are OPEN for business here in Hannibal, in spite of the Mississippi River being quite "full". Our high water here is all on the other side of the Levee, so downtown is operating "business as usual". We did hear that the Mark Twain Riverboat is docked until 7/14, due to the secondary dock approach being under water. But we expect that the river will continue to drop and the boat will operate once again next week.

We still have a few rooms open for the last half of July, so why don't you make plans to come to Hannibal soon? We'd love to meet you.