Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Vultures Are Circling

Bummer! Look what came in the mail yesterday.

Not enough that we receive promotions for hearing aids, walk-in tubs, retirement communities, and mobility scooters, now there's this. 

Though the included "use of funeral coach" and "use of utility vehicle" (? post-mortem off-roading?) are tempting, not to mention the non-sealing casket (is this really a desirable feature?) I remain firm in my preference for cremation and no service.

But not yet.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Wonder of Occupational Therapy

We were lucky enough to get the rest of the garden planted before the rains set in -- corn and squash and beans and cukes sown, lettuce thinned, tomatoes set out, along with the pumpkin seedlings I'd been babying along on the porch. And I sowed some zinnias and dill and cilantro and set out basil, tomatillo plant, and four artichokes.  The kale and broccoli and collards have been in place for weeks and the potatoes John planted are showing . . .

The best thing about all the planting was how much easier it was than this time last year. Last year I could manage only about a half an hour before I felt the need to go inside and live down. This year, while I'm still pretty slow, I can work (slowly, to be sure) most of the morning and still feel like coming back down to the garden in the afternoon.

I think the credit must go to my Occupational Therapist, aka Josie. All the getting up and down, picking her up, and chasing after her has increased my stamina  amazingly.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Yard Birds

Spotted in our neighbors' front yard. 

Handsome critters who seem right at home.

Maybe they're being fed regularly --- I'll have to ask.