Here is a gratuitous photo of my grandson, Baby O (please forgive the icons at the bottom of the pic - I forgot to 'mute' them). I talked to my daughter and him on Tuesday evening. He was showing me how he can ride his Ladybug wheelie (unlike his two older cousins from whom he inherited the toy - they apparently used it mostly as a pushing object). At some point he decided the buggie needed a pit stop, clearly, as he was 'fixing' the wheels. He says very few _understandable_ words as yet (entire sentences of sounds that have meaning only to him) so I might be misconstruing his actions. :)
The past three days have been crazy busy so I am officially taking today as a Mental Health (stay at home!) Day. Monday and Wednesday I took my brother Jeffrey to see a new cardiologist in Lancaster, Ohio which is about 1.5 to 2 hours away to the north (near Columbus). Monday was hot and sunny and I suffered as the van's a/c was not working. Wednesday we took my Dart which worked much better - well, the a/c cools the car's interior satisfactorily. :) We left at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and got home at 5:15 p.m. - but we did drop by the lawyer's office on the way to take back signed papers (added maybe 15 minutes extra to the trip). On the way home we were so tired we took a rest break in Waverly to have ice cream and buy gas. Whew!
Tuesday morning I spent about two hours in the lawyer's office, going over the remaining details for my mother's and brother's estates. We are nearing the end of the probate efforts at looooong last. (more whew!)
For those of you who are keeping track ... yes, that is a lot of driving over a three day period from a person who still has a somewhat-healed-but-still-broken right foot. Sigh. One does what one must. I am wearing the boot whenever I am not driving, anyway ... and the X-rays last week did show healing in progress, so things are getting better (maybe a little slower than they should be if I weren't driving so much, but I just can't help that).
Today I am so tired, I slept in (have gotten up 'early' for the past three days) and have been keeping a pretty low profile all day. Sitting on the front porch, enjoying the bird songs and warm breezes, watching farmers plow and reading. Quite pleasant! Tomorrow I have to run to town to get medicine refills, pay bills, mail letters, etc. Today I rest.
Yesterday we had a visitation from a new neighbor .... we have two 'barn cats' here at the farm. One, Blackie, is a permanent long-time resident and was my Mom's kitty (has been spayed, etc). The second is a small gray tabby that is rather feral (she will only allow people to be six feet or more away but comes to be fed each morning). Yesterday a new cat I had never seen showed up to see us - a very pretty gray and white female cat, quite friendly.
It has been more than three decades since I actually saw a cat in heat, but I'm pretty sure she was looking for a new boyfriend in her roaming. At least she was making lots of howl-y noise and spraying the grass regularly. :) Sadly, no feline testosterone to be found on our farm so she wandered off again after a while.
I can tell, day by day, as the season is moving into early summer and this morning there was another sign on the porch.
For those of you in the know, this is the shed skin of an annual cicada - they sit high in trees and 'sing' all summer during the hottest parts of the day. This one clearly did it's growing recently (hence it is warm enough outside for that) and molted sometime between yesterday nightfall and noon-ish today. Hot weather cannot be far behind. :)
I chatted with Frank the Farmer on Tuesday morning (on my way to see the lawyer) - he says that May 1st is the usual time to be planting corn in this region (if my memory retained that number) but he is still working on getting seed into the ground this year. It has been unusually cool and rainy (no surprises there!) and the ground has been too soggy until this week to work with tractors.
Yesterday and today the local farmers have been out in force, plowing and planting. Frank says things usually work out - when years are tough and crops yield lower, prices are higher ('cause every farmer is having the same troubles) and things even out. That's what a successful farmer needs, imho, an optimistic outlook. :)
I have one more patchwork block to make for May. Since the modern guild has chosen June's three patterns already, I will try to cut out my last May one to piece before the end of this weekend so I can keep up. Wish me luck!