Spring: the 3 Outfits Per Day Season

Ah, Spring in Texas…you just never know what you will get so you dress for Idaho in the AM, NM in the day, and the Sun by 3p. I wanted to get the winter things packed up for storage a few weeks ago but glad I held off. However, I think we are now well into the warmer weather so those heavy things can get packed away again. Amusing how some of the bags never were opened. I like to use those ziploc storage bags that you shrink with the vacuum – they go into a tidy storage bag with handles that you can stack and tote. Very handy. For some reason I never thought to get them out of the closet and into the storage space. This year, though…

I had wanted to get our attic fan thing installed over the winter while it was cool. That didn’t happen, of course. So now I have to find a handy man that can get it done because the live-in doesn’t seem interested in the task. I want to use the damn thing to keep the temp in there to a reasonable 95 or so. I also want to flip the bedroom furniture placement so that I don’t listen to the drone of the AC units all night. Lord, it makes me nuts. Sarge hardly notices…

It has been an absolute whirlwind of a year thus far – it feels like I’ve no time to just rest and think. Getting the puppy did not help in that regard. She has been a CONSTANT worry since she is an escape artist – yes, even through barbed wire. We just edited the fenceline a few weeks ago and she is still getting through. So…more strands will have to be added. Mind you, I did indicate same with the polite wifey “wouldn’t it be easier to just ADD a strand than move them?” query. Sadly, an entire day’s work was shown to be for naught. Well, we did get a lot of mesquite cleared which is always good. Still…so now we have to get some cattle panel sort of fence, cut it in half and mount it at the back fence where the neighbor dogs draw her attention. Then add one or two more strings of wire to the rest of the property. We assumed her size would end that escape ability but she can low crawl like a Marine. Sigh.

Anyway, we used to allow her to sleep outside for a few hours or just prance around the field but no more…on the leash for most of the time which means essentially the 6a wakeup and the irritating march in muck boots and robe. She is just too damn smart.

Poor Ranger got a dandy ear infection and had to go to the doc. He, like She Who Cannot Be Named, kicked himself a lovely hematoma on one ear. It will be $600 to fix it. Well, assuming we have the $130 blood work done to ensure he could manage the surgery. At nearly 12 yrs of age one really has to weigh that cost. After all, Artik must get spayed soon and then she will have a horrendous surgery bill for her hip in about 6 months or so. I dislike making these decisions. I am capable of cold calculation when required – being raised with nothing makes it easier to judge what is sensible and what is not. But it is still difficult.

We had company for a week and then Sarge was gone to a meeting for a week so a lot of things I wanted to get done didn’t…and I was so frazzled with the puppy duty that I just had no mind left…and now my head wants to give me some sort of freaky jerky throbbing pain – no reason, not constant, not positional…just HI! ZAP! OW! Now snap your neck like a zombie! And then…nothing. I was fine most of the day yesterday and now today it wants to return. I had a similar issue a long while back when I was very sick for about a week (I thought it was a sinus infection gone to hell) – I didn’t know it at the time, of course. I was unwell one day and then about 4 days later I groggily realize Sarge is home from work…I thought it’d been a day, maybe, of bed rest. Anyway, it was a similar pain then – much worse, and I went to a doc in the box to get something to help with the pain. They couldn’t see any reason for it but one said there was an obscure possibility and prescribed Prednisone against it. Currently at an impasse with my Primary doc I suppose I will have to fight to find a new one.

Sarge has been back on the Peloton and doing well – I have fallen off the wagon, so to speak, having had little time for anything lately. It bothers me a bit but I also know I just damned well haven’t the energy for anything else. I barely get enough sleep now that the puppy isn’t kenneled at night – she is awake at 6a if not earlier so if I don’t get the SLEEP at 10p then I am simply not capable of much in the day. Bitch and moan, I know.

We’ve company next weekend so I have to get the house in order – I slacked on the  chores with my head hurting and all the vet trips. I have to get some shelves up so I can restore the craft room to a semblance of clean and then plan a nice meal…we tend to not have company so it always feels like an Event. I have been trying to clear tables and floor of crap to make cleaning easier – a little at a time I have put things where they belong or gotten rid of them. I plan to see if my guest wishes to have any of my former work attire – she works at a dress up daily job and might be able to use them. I don’t think I will ever do that again and could use the closet space. I might miss a few pieces – I tend to get very singular items that I really like but…the fact is that I simply won’t wear much of it again.

Sarge has also been taking classes to get his degree and any spare time he has is taken up with that. I am very proud of him, though. He stays on top of the assignments and has maintained a 4.0 even with some very tough math classes. Very. I think he will be done in January. The school he chose was very nice about giving credit for all the classes and training he has taken over the years so it cut his obligation down a LOT. He has his good friends taking classes there, too.

AH – on a more useful note – I wanted to mention here (so I could find it later) that one of CZ’s pals commented on good Sceptre cans for water – someone mentioned these and I ordered one to try them out. On appearance it gets a 9 out of 10 – it still had a bit of flashing on the handle portion from the molds but nothing bad. The rest of the container was nicely trimmed. I will fill it up and leave it sitting to see how it holds up for a month and then load it up with some Aquamira to keep the contents stable. A great price, really. Next month I’ll probably order a few more to keep on hand. We have a lot of water already but you never know.

Speaking of water – that damned pool has been an utter pain in the ass lately. It went green on me and I had to get on top of it but damn, what a lot of work. More shock, more scrubbing and MAYBE it can be usable in summer. Fact is the damned thing is old, needs resurfaced and tiled and a new decking added. The systems are really nice but all it takes is letting the chlorine get low or having some crud get in it and you are in a world of pain. I wish I had the cash to refurb the damned thing but…so it goes.

Sounds like Sarge has finished his ride which means time for me to make the breakfast. I’ve been up for 3 hrs so that’s reasonable. BTW, have you seen this amazing video? The damned reading is long and a bit irritating but if they all get strung up for it my life will be better for it. He references this one from a few years ago and I wonder that it didn’t make the rounds a bit more but you never know…

So there you have it – a lot going on as usual. Just about nothing interesting, though. Life. Just life…

Just Another Title On My List

We have a running joke here about me and my rather diverse knowledge base. I am a data scrounger – I have many interests and have stocked away many a useless fact. (One that surprised me is that my favorite word for it – factoid – means a wrong fact! Had to stop using that term, damn it.) ANYWAY…so when I come up with an answer to something the guys tack on a title – I have many, now. Meteorologist, Numismatist, Epidemiologist, Librarian, etc.

Yesterday I added mechanic – which I actually already owned but, hey – I can re-up my license. The beloved Excursion has been unused for a few months due to a surging issue in the diesel engine. No issue with start, etc. Just an in-motion surging. A bit of research and I had two options – one dealt with a non-start issue and I was holding off on it. No, this one said the ICP – AKA Fuel Injection Pressure Sensor. Now, most things in a diesel engine are under, behind, or otherwise hidden by the turbo. I feared the same for this but it turns out the part in our model year was just under the turbo pipe so just a bit of wrenching had it off. Sadly, someone steered us wrong on the Internet (I KNOW!) and said it was a 1 1/16th deep socket. Nope. 15/16th. So guess which one we didn’t have after buying the other? Thank goodness our elderly neighbor has EVERY tool a man can gather in 80 years. He loaned his socket and it was just a few splices of wire (yes, we replaced the pigtail, too) and inserting the part and there you go.

Now, I had forgotten that it was also giving off a whine at acceleration that would hold pitch then fade – it was not the turbo. Turns out that it was a radiator cap/fluid issue (so far) in that the lack of proper fluid and pressure on the cap allowed the water in the fluid to boil which then had the fan kicking on in an attempt to keep it cool. So the key now is…determine if the lack of pressure/heat caused damage down the line like cracked head gasket damage. Fingers crossed!

Sarge is test driving it now and meeting a friend to pull the codes if any and to test the pressure. I wish I could have joined him but I had to be handy for a rescue ride. Turns out he is getting the car washed, too, which is nice. It was in dire need. I suspect she will ride just fine, now. Lord knows we had the engine overhauled like crazy not long ago. Anyway, all this to say that soon we will sell her. Insert a very sad face. I LOVE that truck. LOVE. But the damned thing can’t be towed, it won’t fit on any UHaul frame, and I won’t take it cross country and risk an Incident if I cannot tow it back. If I had plenty of $ I wouldn’t care. But…I don’t. So…She is my spoiled baby. Time to sell her and use the $ against something new and under warranty that can be trusted cross country and that will fit on a Uhaul tow option as needed. Sigh…the good news is that people want the dang things so we can probably get a good price for it. The interior is still quite good.

I am considering the new Expedition. Nice size, all the new stuff that I have never had, and no worries. Mind you, when I say new I mean a low mileage used one from the last year model because I never pay full price on cars. At this point we don’t have a car payment and I dread adding one. But Sarge says it is time. And I guess it is…

It is also time to sell his motorcycle but he has had no serious bites in his low key advertising. He will start with the more serious advertising shortly, using contacts at Harley Davidson to get the word out. She is a beauty and very low miles with every single nice thing one could want – including the passenger space. IMAG0655

The weather here has been nuts – quite warm and lovely but now gale force winds and a bit of chill. I have no idea how I can put my seedlings in the garden at this point. Assuming that he can even get it tilled in this weather – it is at least dry…would you like to see the plan? Garden_Plan

There you are – the tomatoes will be in containers to ensure consistent watering and maintenance. They might take up too much room, otherwise. I have to get a few trellis-is-is built but there will be time. I just hope to save some cash on the produce bill as that is a main source of grocery expense these days.

Did I mention the 2 deer we were given? Or was it three? Anyway, once again this season was kind and we have a chest freezer stacked with venison. I buy a bit of chicken or fish to offer variety but we eat 90% of our meals with that venison. We gifted our benefactors with about 10 lbs of ground meat as a thank you. It was welcomed as I suspect they don’t bother paying for the service like we do. I could do it all but that is so much work and it turns out to be about $1/lb for processing and shrinkwrapping. AND we got some great sausage out of it which is always nice.

I’ve been sick for two weeks – going into the 3rd – with that nasty sinus crud and terrible cough. I had fever a few early days but then it just settled into this nasty mess. Sarge brought it home but, as usual, recovered fairly quickly from the worst of it though he still has a moderate cough. We have, as it proper, kept from the public and hope we’ve not passed it along. When I did leave the house I was very careful to tell everyone to use their hand cleanser after our interaction.

Artik is growing like a weed – likely 70 lbs now. Time to get her groomed again though thankfully her fur sheds a majority of the dirt she gets into. And does she get into it…she loves to dig but restrains herself to a few smallish holes. She loves to chew but keeps to sticks and toys. So it’s all good. The other night she scared the crap out of me, though. She was in her kennel at bedtime. Sarge was nearly asleep and she was passed out. Just when I was settling in to sleep she let out a perfect wolf howl. PERFECT. Followed by a few hoots. Now, she has NEVER howled. Hardly hoots. It was the strangest thing. She was obviously dreaming. Sarge just stiffened and quietly asked me what the hell that was. I tried to not make a sound as I didn’t want her to wake and get restless. At any rate she is always keeping us amused.

As for the rest of life…well, politics is bizarre and I am a firm Q Anon watcher. A majority of what he has posted has been my opinion for some time. Not that there was anyone willing to do anything about it. But the most striking thing I suspect is coming is a closure of all the Creature From Jekyll Island banks and a return to the gold standard. We have a federal credit union account and I’d advise opening one as I strongly suspect they will be the only banking option for a few months. Sounds nuts, yes. But I am pretty certain it is the ONLY solution. It also points to the really strange market fluctuations as TPTB try to game it and/or save what they can. Anyone who is smart has invested in property or other durable goods. I am comfy on our current status though the fuel supply could be augmented.

So there you have it…nothing much else. Well, I did learn to sew a French seam today and it is lovely. So there is that. Stay alert, stay stocked, and be well.

Time Goes By

I was reminded the other day to post more often and when I arrived here I could not believe the entire month of January was missing. I felt certain I’d written something but…perhaps not. And now…now I must write on a different laptop.

My hard drive surrendered the ghost – or enough of it to render it useless – but I was at least smart enough to have a backup of the files. Sadly, Carbonite does not alert you that any folder/file over 10GB has to be selected manually. So I have tried to do manual downloads of that data but it is slow and I begin to wonder just how much I need it.

The only issue now is that this Dell has a “known issue” with the cursor jumping willy nilly during typing. Whether the space bar solder got too close to the trackpad or it is a bad driver no one seems to know. So tomorrow will find me buying a mouse and keyboard to save my sanity. Indeed, I wonder about finding a cute PS2 to USB connector so I can use the beloved MS Natural keyboard. That appears to be an antique and – ridiculously expensive. Sigh…at any rate, that jumping cursor makes anything more than a paragraph quite the endeavor.

It was a rather quiet Christmas. My father chose to return to Florida which was, in the end, a blessing for us. I don’t know that he ever intended to stay as he never really looked for a place. Rather, he looked for a brief time and then surrendered. I think he enjoyed our home but not the constraints. At any rate…we were both unwell off and on during the month of January and now we are back at it – Sarge having brought something home and I having picked it up. At least we are a few days apart in symptoms so when I am laid low he will be in recovery. I hope.

Before I am quite unwell I decided to get some potting up done – I managed to keep a few herbs alive all winter (quite the feat, really) and am so glad I’ve been able to enjoy them in a brutal season. But now they are out in pots, enjoying the spring weather. This, of course, means that we will see a late frost. Always the way, no? I await the drying out of the garden so that I can begin on that – it needs tilled under but right now it is a heavy and wet mess. Best to let it be a few more days. I intend to fill the (42 x 24 ft) space with as many vegetables as I can as the 3 deer we were given this past month are all in the freezer, now. If I can grow a majority of our produce the grocery bill could be halved.

The next major item is a chicken coop for the eggs. I want to do it right the first time, though. I have, at least, selected a good spot and we need to just choose a shape and size. I prefer a large run to avoid issues and a moderate roosting area. I hope to select for eating as well as laying – a chicken every few weeks would be quite nice. We do have many predators, though, so it has to be built well.

The little monster that Sarge chose to ease the heartache left by the loss of Kota grows like a weed.

All the recent snow photos of her looking in her element are…well, somewhere in the backed up data, sadly. In about 6 months we will have to decide on her surgery for her malformed hip socket. Just now it doesn’t seem to bother her too much – she stretches her hind legs way behind her in the mornings and I wonder if it isn’t an instinctual method of ensuring it is in position. Sooner than that she will have to be spayed. Poor thing – I wish she could be a mommy someday but that is not possible, now.

She is extremely intelligent and quite dominant and opinionated. It takes all I have to not lose my temper some days. I call her the Non-Listener. But she IS getting better. Mostly.

Och, this laptop is the most uncomfortable thing ever. It has sharp edges right where one might rest your wrists. Instead, you have to maintain that pianists pose of hands spritely dancing, wrists high.

It was such a harsh month of weather that I find myself, even as I type this, looking out the open window and enjoying the small breezes coming through. It was nothing but freezing temps, rain, snow, and high winds almost the entire month of January – and December held much the same. I had to bundle up 4 times a day to walk the hellion and then clean the floors over and over with the caked on mud and grime. I can understand how the pioneer women must have felt with rammed dirt floors – what a never-ending mess. Even now I am considering just moving everything out-of-the-way and swabbing the decks like a sailor. Ship shape in Bristol fashion, as they say.

Sarge has had little time to do anything on his list which has remained unchanged since November. I decided I’d might as well start tackling them on my own. Some things I cannot manage but many I can with enough time and concentration. But his college studies take up most of his remaining time off work so I haven’t had much room for complaint. It is vital he gets that work done.

But as he focuses on that I begin to worry about our little piece of heaven here…is there future encroachment to come? Will the blessed view be tainted with new buildings? Will the young inheritors choose to sell the family land rather than care for it? So we keep in mind the awful thought that we might have to sell to ensure we get our investment back. With the world being as hazardous as it is – the economy is uncertain. Sell now? Or wait and see? Did we overpay for the place compared to what others might offer? Nothing is certain, anymore, and I think sometimes that this is better than nothing – than being caught with no safe space if things go very wrong.

I hardly know what to say about the world these days…I track a certain Anon person who offers glimpses into terrible mirrors. Even if wild speculation I hardly think it all false. No, there are terrible people with mighty power and they wield it like a scythe. Anything is possible and I know better than to doubt it entirely. Instead, I just try hard to plan ahead, ensure we have what we need, and pray it all goes smoothly. A lot of pieces appear to be in motion and it takes very little to make it a wreck. I keep remembering a piece on Facebook about 3 years ago – maybe 4. It was a military person issuing a retirement message, perhaps. But in it was a sense of Now Is The Time For All Good Men…it felt then like a message – those in the dark, waiting, were told to light their torches and start the march to the light. It was a cue to action, I felt sure of it. And just wish now that I had made a copy of it. Because it seems as if a legion of individuals have been embedded, silently enduring terrible deeds, knowing that they would be called one day to take their position on the line.

I feel it deeply – that good people are working very hard to save what is left after a generation of ruination. But it will be ugly – no one will let go their position without a fight and any price to keep their power will deemed Worthwhile. I believe half of what I see – lies are everywhere. But I will watch – it is what we are charged with as citizens – to watch, take note, and aid when possible. One never knows when their name will be called. Be ready.

 

Christmas Inside Your Heart

It has been such a rough time of late that I have thought of this rather dusty abode only a few times. But as I am sick and alone this Christmas Eve I thought I might spend some of it here, remembering other Christmas nights…I hardly had the time or ability to decorate this year so it is just some twinkling lights and glittery bits here and there. But those glints illuminate scenes for me…

I spent many Christmas nights alone and it isn’t that melancholy, truly. Your stocking has what you like best to eat, no need for fancy cookery when some French toast will suffice. There were some years spent early on the morning of Christmas taking a city bus 90 minutes to see mom, to be spoiled by her cooking, and laugh as her cat sat at table for the annual slice of ham treat.

There was the year when bright crystal glasses clinked with deep red wine within. And the year when the glass tumbled from my hand with a crash and tears, finally, for a greater loss.

There was another year with the power off, the heat long gone, waiting for that January 1st cash to warm up again. Few gifts that year, of course, but those that mom had sent well in time as was her way.

So this night I ride currents of memory along a coast of sharp snippets, scenes flashing by with pleasure and old heart aches. It could be fever, or exhaustion after trying too hard yesterday to be Sociable while unwell. Of course, Sarge has caught the same illness and lags a day or two behind me but remains in the car, check riding the nights away with the Troopers so that they not feel that burden of holidays alone on the road that he knows so intimately.

He will be home soon enough and we will share a late, simple meal with perhaps a medicinal hot toddy to send us off to bed. Off again he will go tomorrow but I think with some warm French toast in his belly and the simple Christmas spirit in his heart.

But for now…as the lights on the small road move with people going to and from their own families…I just let this run…song after song reminding me of the way life will push you from the mundane, from the pointless to your destination – if only you will take that hesitant step forward.

God bless you all.

Still

I wrote this a few weeks ago and thought it posted but I suppose it didn’t…no reason to throw it away as it pertains. But there is Change. That is a post for another day. For now…we live, we love, we move on.

I’ve tried very hard these last few weeks to get beyond my grief and move forward as if life was…normal. A new normal but…I find myself not doing very well at it. I get up, drink coffee, makes breakfasts, set down dinner…but nothing else is getting done. Chores languish as I move in a scattered way through the house, vacuuming a bit, adjusting this or that…but with no sense of completion, little desire for activity.

I cannot look at the photos on my phone lest I see one of Her. I can hardly look at the double dog food bowl stand without weeping. If I even try to think of her comedic self acute pain strikes my throat as I try to not let it all out…all the terrible guilt I feel for missing her sickness – for not seeing how unwell she was until it was too late. I comfort myself with the thought that the heavy antibiotics masked all – that even the vet didn’t know. But I knew – I knew she was not right.

And I think of how I forced her dying self to haul her body up the ramp and into the truck to get to the vet – of how she lay dying as we tried to rush her…all in vain. She was so damn strong…she did what I demanded of her just because I was asking her to do it, not understanding why…

I think of how strong I had to be as the decisions were made – the cold, factual calculations and even voice as I held all the pieces of my broken soul together to get through this for her and him…of that final shudder and gasp she gave when she passed over. Did she see Jonesy and Smokey? Did she find a place of comfort or was it just a curtain closed? I weep alone a lot…I glance at the photo as I scan through my phone or files. Just a glance and I am wrecked. But still…still trying to do it all and not let the pieces fly apart.

I know it will pass. It is the one thing I hold to – that I know in time the pain will be distant and I can look again at her silly self in the video, on her back and kicking her legs in the air like some wild miniature pony. Listen to her talking in her woo loo loo hooting with him. Maybe even one day to smell the wee bag of fur that I kept.

Then I think of dear Ranger who can smell things so much better than I – of how every bed, carpet, floor has her smell…he must still be surrounded by her and not understanding where she went. I have washed the blankets and coverings to try to remove that from his senses. But today he sat at the pool just where she used to. He didn’t get in it – he just sat there and looked at me. At mealtime he will pause as he always did to wait for her to come eat then resigns himself to her absence and continues. When we walk he still pauses as if to see if she will come out from hiding somewhere in the house to join us. All these small things I know – these are my daily burdens that he does not see or know.

Recently we went to the rose garden and walked for hours, just enjoying each other and the beauty there. At the little gnome garden under the cypress trees he said we should make a similar gathering under her tree and in that simple statement was so much of our mutual grief that we held each other and cried as the voices of strangers drifted on the wind. She will be interred at the spot she chose the day she died. She scratched at it hard, looking up at me, and I knew even as I knew she was dying – here, she was saying. Here. 20171001_110924We will place the stone, a kind gift, and weep for now…but this place will be planted with all manner of flowers for beauty all year round. Then we can sit and look upon it and, someday, not weep with the loss but laugh with the memories. I pray it is soon.

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Bereft – The Word Now Has Meaning

Kota_Last_Photo_9_27_17We had to let her go last night.

It was strange that, as she lay down in what must have been agony, the storm was coming through and I only asked for no thunder, no lightning – that she not be terrified as well as so very sick. And so it was – the rain pounding but quietly as we tried to rush her to the emergency vet. Too late…much too late. A ruptured intestine with septic infection all around.

I took that photo on her next to last night, her quiet rest and seeming smile did not ease my mind as I knew, knew intimately, that she was not right. She’d seen the vet that day who noted a swelling in her belly and scheduled the ultrasound 2 days later when she could fit her in at lunch. Fit her in…

I could burn the place to the ground in my current state of mind. I consider that their negligence killed my dog. I believe my waiting and relying on them made me her cause of death.

And as the emergency vet stated so gently, so factually, one could operate but she would not make it…she was dying as they put her on the gurney. We made our farewells and I kept my wits in the midst of it. But all night and all day I have known only waking terror and guilt. It will pass, as all such troubles do. But it will take me a very long time to not feel that burden. I shall carry it until its weight becomes one and I no longer sense it…until I don’t open the wound fresh each hour.

Strong, she was so very strong and never once yelped or protested as I forced her in desperation into the truck. Even at the end when they put in the needle she still raised her head in demand, in how dare they…until her head was too heavy and sleep took her pain all the way away. And brought our share to our hands. Strong. So strong. What will I do without my shadow?

Change Of Pace

My…what a week can bring…we survived the storm just fine only to find a new wave coming ashore. We have somewhat unexpectedly moved my elderly father into our home. A lot of familial drama ensued which forced our hand but, in the end, we expected it and had a plan of sorts to execute. Sarge’s dress out room is now Dad’s along with the (blessedly edited to senior living) attached bath.

I cannot say how sorry I felt for him for all the things he endured in the last month but it is water under the bridge and we are moving forward. However, the changes to all the health programs and SocSec is madness. Add in the VA and you have a recipe for ruination. But we’re slowly knocking it all out, checking things off the list. Imagine changing your address twice with all those agencies in 30 days.

I am, of course, thankful for Sarge’s acceptance of the life. We had at least discussed it well in advance and weren’t entirely surprised. It is just Change. And who knows for how long…he may elect to move back to FLA in 6 weeks, 6 months, a year or never. We’re defaulting to Never to just set our expectations. He is not in perfect health though still quite vital and fully cognizant. All that a blessing for us, of course. But he is chafing a bit at the sedate country life. I have told him we will soon have him active in the VFW, the JCC, his MENSA group, etc. Just takes time to get settled and organized.

It hasn’t been aided by the fact that my mobile phone went toes up a week ago. It has taken that long for the replacement process due to one error after another. It was insured so the cost won’t be horrid. And, in truth, it has been nice to be disconnected from the minute to minute social updates. I miss my Audible stories, mostly, and the ability to take a quick photo but otherwise…no. The peace has been nice in all this turmoil.

Add on the fact that my dryer decided to die a few days ago – just in time for washing all the new linens for his bed and refresh his wardrobe….well, it has been challenging. But the dryer was fixed today, I get my phone tomorrow, and things will be okay.

One thing that hasn’t been really pressed was his desire to Drive. It is Sarge’s only no-go item and it is wise. We had a very honest and open discussion in which I indicated we’d take him anywhere he wanted to go whenever he liked. He didn’t want to become an imposition, of course, but far better to drive him than to deal with accidents.

At least the weather is getting more temperate. I can almost smell autumn on the wind. And all that rain was such a blessing to the parched ground. The large cracks have closed and the grass is green and high. Truly a lovely sight. But now duty calls…