Hard to believe it's October now. The weather cooled down somewhat at night but during the day it's still in the low 80s. The trees are just barely starting to change colors and the grass has all but stopped growing. There are already some prominent Halloween displays around town. I don't have much outside but we decorated the house the other day.
Van Gogh is still cuddling up in my face every night. Not that it's been that cool yet but she did it all summer, which she never used to do.
I guess I spend too much time around the house these days. Cheri is starting to get on me about doing stuff. Everywhere we go we seem to run into people who know me from playing and I think that's got her to want me to do it again. So I think Saturday night I'll go talk to Paul about going back to work. I've been off almost 5 months now and I don't miss it like I thought I might but I think Cheri does. I think she secretly enjoys the attention. To be honest I do too, and I don't think she really is all that secret about it. To be further honest about it, I miss that extra money coming in. I just don't miss those long drives to Kansas City all the time. I need to give her a reason to brag about me again. John
Weather here is cooler. Upper 60's most days and a few very low 70's with nights in the 40' s and 30's. When the trees turn here (non-pine of course) it is fast, like over 3 hours they turn yellow and drop everything. (laugh) No real fall like I was used to in NJ and NY.
You may just love working again John!
David and the CoolCyberCats
I noticed yesterday, the leaves suddenly turned, but only about half the leaves on each tree. There is very little pine in this area, almost all oak with a little maple sprinkled around. So most of the "color" here is brown, with spots of orange, yellow, and a little red. Sudden temperature drop tonight. It should get down to 33. I'm ready for cool, but I'm not ready for freezing!
Back when I worked in a pencil factory, I'd close my eyes at night and I'd see pencils marching by. When I worked in a sawmill, I'd see lumber going by. 5 months after I quit, I still dream about setting up equipment. Not good dreams, it seems like something is always wrong. Something is always missing, or it's the wrong stuff, or we're in the wrong place. I don't know why. Setting up is a lot of work and not fun at all, but it never went that badly. I suppose that still dreamng about it 5 months after I quit is because I'm still thinking about doing it again. This Halloween, marks 51 years since the first time I ever worked for money. Really makes my head spin thinking about it! John
I did say I loved a good adoption story, and here's one.
One night I heard a lot of soft meowing and it seemed to be coming from under the house. So I got down into the crawlspace and headed toward the meowing with my flashlight. Suddenly I saw a kitten smaller than my fist. It was so small I very nearly put my knee down on it before I saw it. There were 4 of them scattered 4 or 5 feet apart. Sadly, for one of them, I was too late. Crawling on one hand and carrying a flashlight with the other, meant 4 separate trips back and forth to the entrance of the crawlspace on pea gravel that was a little rough on the knees.
I brought them into the house and put them in a small box with a blanket and got on the internet to ask friends how to take care of them. I got a lot of suggestions that all involved a lot of work, but managed to keep the remaining 3 alive all night. The next morning I got them all to the vet. The vet wanted to keep them about 24 hours, so them were temporarily out of my hands.
The next morning I went to the vet's and found that 2 of them didn't make it. Only one survived. I learned that every 2 hours I had to take a paper towel and rub his butt to make him go, and feed him this special kitten mix from a bottle. That did make for some long nights, though I did know a lady willing to help some of the time. The result was Igor.
Not a lot of people would have done that! THank you!