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7-25-2011 Wow! Wow! Wow! Did we ever get lucky over the weekend. From around noon on Thursday until about noon on Sunday, we got a total of three and a fourth inches of rain here at the farm. We really needed it. I just wish some of the rest of the country that needs it so bad could have gotten it as well. And then there’s Chicago getting so much rain in a short time that they were flooding. It had been so hot and dry here like most places this summer. My flowers haven’t done near as good as they usually do. We’ve been watering them every day, but had about quit because Walt was afraid the well might go dry. It never has yet, but as they say – there’s a first time for everything. Our heat index has been getting well up past 100 degrees. Sometimes 110 degrees to 120 degrees. They even mentioned us on the national news. We were afraid the water in the humming bird feeders might get so hot it would burn the little things so I put some in ice cube trays and froze it to put out there in the hottest part of the day and also was afraid the baby wrens would died in the birdhouse with no air coming in to cool them. I took one blue plastic ice pack out of the freezer and put it against the underside of their house with an aluminum disposal pie pan to hold it up. It was easy to put holes in the rim and tie it onto the birdhouse. The parent birds were holding their beaks open and panting just like dogs do. I haven’t seen the little ground squirrels for quite some time so I hope they didn’t succumb to the heat.
Last Thursday I went to Tipton and got the ultrasound tests done on my stomach, sides of my neck, legs and arms. They all turned out normal which was a relief. So many people have been having heart attacks and stomach aneurysm (S.I.C.) It’s good to know my arteries are okay. They told me that alomost 100 percent of the stomach aneurysm are had by white males. I didn’t know that. I knew one woman who had one and died. I’ve been working on a cover for my mailbox and I think it’s going to look good so when I take this up there to mail I’ll put it on and see if it works out okay.
I got a pleasant surprise last Wednesday when I was in the Muscatine Wal-Mart. They were putting the fabrics and sewing department back in there. I mentioned it to the cashier when I checked out and she said they had a lot of complaints when they took it out. I told her I should have complained too because I was really disappointed when they took it out.
Friend, Jason, finally came out and took the loose bricks off the chimney. It was one of the hottest days we had and I sure was worried about him up there on th roof. He has a landscape and construction business and I guess he’s used to it. He didn’t want to stay in the house very long because he said it would make him sick when he went back out in the heat. He said he had to come to Wilton, seven miles from here to check on a job so he thought he would come on over here. It only took him about ten minutes to take them off and when he came back in Walt told me he couldn’t get him to take any pay and I told him we never even thought about lettng him do that without paying him, but he still said, “No,” so I went to hug him before he left and he said,” I’m all sweaty.” I said, “I don’t care” and hugged him and he felt like he had just come out of a pool with his clothes on so I was more worried about him. He and his wife just adopted twin babies so we’re gonna get something nice for them and take to them and sorta pay him a little in that way. Well, I better get this finished and see if I can ride old “Risky” to the mailbox with the pony express rider. So take care of yourselves and bye, bye for now.