I am happy to say that I still learn new things every day. :) Yesterday, sitting on our front porch reading, I saw this little critter wiggle and trot out of my Mom's iris bed in the yard to sit up prettily on our front walk (in the shade of a big maple tree). Now, I've seen some lovely little lizardly creatures when visiting in Florida ... and the occasional quick runner through leaf litter in the woods near home ... but I had no idea there were such things here in the middle of farm country. According to my Google search, this is an Eastern Blue Tailed Skink (isn't that a funny word? s-k-i-n-k Just saying it makes my mouth giggle:). I don't know if you can tell from my quick photo (he ran off just as fast as he came) but the stripe and tail were an electric blue. So pretty!
We've been ponderously working our way through yet more cobwebs this week. I drove to Cincinnati to get Stephanie and visit with Jeff on Tuesday. She came back to the farm with me that evening and worked on opening yet more boxes, finding keys to open chests, disposing of yards of trash .... all the nasty tasks involved with sorting through lifetimes of deitrus to pack the important stuff for moving. Major yukky faces.
Friday we went back to Cinci, first to see Jeff (who is slowly, slowly getting better and stronger; now breathing mostly without the ventilator and beginning to get up to walk around) then to take Steph home. I was pretty hungry by the time we finished our visit so I decided to take Steph and her husband, Christian, out to dinner before I left to drive back to the farm. We took a chance and went to a nearby Japanese cafe for food What a great choice!! I'd go back there to eat again in a heartbeat.
Matsuya restaurant in Florence, Ky was a great place - the food is authentic (our waitress was Japanese and very helpful) and tasty. I did not have the mental wherewithal by the time we ate to take photos - I wish I had because I chose the deluxe sushi/sashimi dinner and it was beautifully presented. Yum!
Driving home that night was a bit more anxious than usual for me - generally I try to travel before full dark sets in because the area between Stephanie's house and the farm is pretty, um, rural. If my car breaks down I am likely to sit there quite a while waiting for a tow. :) The day had been very hot and sporadically rainy - there was heavy low-lying fog in several places along the route, wafting about in a kind of ghostly way. :) Mainly I worry about deer jumping in front of (or into) my car.
Saturday I spent on errands with Kevin. We had to go into Jackson to do laundry (the washer here at the farm is old and broken), etc. Today I'm being a bit lazy (no surprises there, eh?:) - I slept in and ate a leisurely breakfast. When I finish making my post here, I'm planning to do a bit of handwork before going back to read on my trusty iPhone. Honestly, my time here in Ohio would have been _much_ more difficult without my pocket computer. :)