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We most certainly cannot complain about the weather these last few weeks. Perhaps our reward for what we tolerated earlier. The fescue makes the yard look ragged but it sure is great for our pastures. Again, we could use some rain and there is some in the forecast.
Ron Boeddeker sent this report: “Well Dad and Yanna [Reanna] got going a bit slow this morning but in our hustle to get out the door, we had to stop and take a picture of the waves of Northern Lights in the sky overhead. There were waves after broad greenish waves in the sky with some fingers of unusual crescents here and there. It was quite a view. Getting to the shop, the temp is at 15 degrees. But you wouldn’t know it actually. It doesn’t feel any cooler than yesterday’s 28 degree start up. The sky has cleared and the stars are all showing off to greet the new day. Sunrise will be in about 30 minutes and as the sunrise occurs, the big mountains to the east are silhouetted magnificently against the backdrop of the rising sun. Mt. Sanford, Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell, and I sorta expect Mt. Blackburn will all be showing off today as it is heart-warming to see the beauty come to life as this particular setting can only happen here in the Copper River Basin of Alaska.”
That little Jack Russell Terrier found a new home in Seymour where there are two children. I boarded a huge German shepherd dog for a few days. She is the best behaved dog, refusing to “mess up” in the kennel but does her “jobs” on command when taken out. My dogs, by comparison, are more like “acid rats” as one of my sons calls them.
While mowing the yard some not very kind thoughts persisted in my head. First, the bone rattling ruts in my yard from the load of hay dumped there a couple of years ago and which was not addressed as well as the hay owner claimed it would be. Then my thoughts turned to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” as I cleaned up the trash in the ditch. Those persons don’t want trash in their vehicles, but have no compunctions about throwing it on someone else’s property. If people would just learn and abide by the Ten Commandments and the above rule, life would be so much better for all of us. It seems some people feel those words are for others, not for them, and treat them as though they are suggestions, as if they personally are above the niceties most people honor. OK! Off my soap box for now!
Wanda Dugan called to let me know I had completely misunderstood our conversation of a week ago (we were sitting at separate tables and she does speak softly!!) She and Paul are NOT getting into the rabbit business. They are and have been hauling feed for the Amish who do raise animals, including rabbits. We had quite a laugh over it as people have been asking her about the rabbit business. Paul celebrated his 79th birthday this past week at the Rocking Chair on I-44 near Conway. Sorry, but that does sound funny to me, considering his age. The Rocking Chair is a restaurant.
Arlene and Rex fixed a nice supper Saturday night and asked me to join them. We had a good visit. Arlene went to church with me Sunday and we enjoyed the annual parish picnic. The men prepared brats, dogs and burgers and the good ladies provided oodles of vegetables, salads and desserts. I didn’t stick around for the clean-up as earlier I had a muscle in my side complain while sitting at the organ. Just sitting there and “twang”, so home to put an ice pack on it while resting. You know, getting old ain’t for sissies!
Eva Wymer called on Monday after getting my letter. Now I have her new phone number. We visited about her former place and about family and such. Her sister, Martha, is now at Heart of the Ozarks and Eva tries to visit her about once a month. It is a long drive so she usually doesn’t have time to come to Dogwood and get back home at a decent time. We laughed about our birthdays, which are both in October and that she is 20 days older than me. Eva says she is doing well and sends good wishes to all.
“The economic welfare of all our people must ultimately stem not from government programs, but from the wealth created by a vigorous private sector.” –Ronald Reagan What is it about this statement that our legislators cannot or refuse to understand? Apparently the many protestors nationwide don’t understand this either and as Herman Cain suggests, these protests need to move to the White House. Wall Street doesn’t make the laws that stifle businesses.
Several calls came this past week from my sons and from friends in California. It is so good to keep up and to take trips down memory lane, to know life isn’t perfect anywhere but that those we love are well. E-mails come in daily from across this nation keeping me in touch with family and friends. I’m now doing my Protime testing at home, which is done with a pin prick instead of invasive needles in the veins (when they can find them!) and doesn’t entail trips to doctor offices.
Rachelle Boeddeker is back stateside and we look forward to her getting leave to come visit family. Regina calls frequently and she and Justin miss their calves and the lifestyle in Missouri. Regina’s hubby is now in a non-deployment unit. My nephew David has retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander after 20 years service (not including his time at the Naval Academy).
No area news has arrived so I’ll sign off for this time. May you and yours be in good health.