Friday, July 31, 2015

Life and Death in the Back 40

I was watering the garden, when I spied a little bird struggling on the sidewalk.  I dropped the hose and lifted the poor thing.  It's been really hot and dry lately, so I took it over to the bird bath and dribbled some fresh cool water into its mouth.  I gently pet its head and told him that I would not hurt him.  

As I held it, I felt the life leave its tiny body.  

And I cried.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rocky Road

Joe and I were out in the yard last night and heard some god-awful sound coming from the side of the house.  Apparently, the air conditioner was rebelling after a two-week stint of non-stop cooling.

We looked at each other, panicked, and I ran for the phone.  Thank goodness, I made the call before 8:00 p.m.--the rates more than double after that hour. Whew.

I thanked God quietly for letting this happen when we were home, and not during our vacation when we were out of state.  I'm not sure anyone would have noticed the sound it was making. 

Then.....the tech called.  Of course it was the jerky loser tech I hate.  (I quietly cussed out God for that one.)

So, Jerky Boy shows up and says "Why didn't you call during normal business hours?  Do you work during the day?" 

Uh....BECAUSE IT JUST BROKE, jackass.  Did he really think I want to spend an extra $100 on the emergency call just for grins.  Ugh.  Did I mention I hate this guy?  (I actually tell them NOT to send Jerky Boy when it comes time for cleanings.) 

I had a few choice words for the guy and he finally learned to just shut-up and fix the damn thing.  And then Joe came home and he dealt with Jerky Boy.

The air conditioner is fixed. The house is cool.  Joe dealt with Jerky Boy so I didn't have to (for too long, anyway). 

The End.

I wish I was still on vacation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

More boring vacation photos....

We love to go down to the falls after dinner, when the sun is slowly sinking and kissing the tops of the trees as it says "goodnight."

Just past this spot...

Is this...

You'd never know the power of the water from how beautiful and serene it is at the top of the falls.  Nature is amazing...never ceasing to surprise and awe.

I never grow tired of this place. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What I did on my summer vacation...

Well..... we gazed over some lovely scenery...

And enjoyed the company of a few good friends...

Em and I got some new hats...

We found out where the end of the rainbow is....

And we just relaxed and enjoyed each other's company.

It's wonderful to go on vacation and escape the madness of work and routine....but it is also good to come home too.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Requiem for a Fish

I am sorry to report the passing of our favorite fish, Mr. Cuddles.  We came back from vacation late Sunday and found the big guy gasping for breath.  He passed in the middle of the night and we are all very sad today.

I can fix many things, but I cannot "fix" fish once they are sick.  Once they show signs of illness, it is usually too late. Last week, before we left on vacation, Mr. Cuddles was not feeling well--this photo was of him in a salt dip.  Whatever ailed Mr Cuddles could not be fixed....but I get points for trying, right?  I am consoled by the fact that the professional fish people at zoos and aquariums cannot fix their fish either--I think they are just complicated creatures.

So....the pond is a little sad our we. 

You were a good fish, Mr. Cuddles.  We will miss you.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Well, have a nice weekend, anyway.

Colin called the other night to report that he got a new desk at work, which means he has a new phone too.  Joe and I both entered his new work number in our phones, and I made mental note to give him a call on his new phone one of these days.

I finally remembered to call him at his job, so I did.

"Hello?" he answered.

"Hey! Your new phone works!" I say excitedly.


"How's your day? Are you having a good day?" I ask.

"Uh huh."

"Oh good! Do you have any weekend plans?" I'm used to one-word answers from my son, so I'm experienced at sorta making my own conversation when I talk to him.


"Really?  Nothing??  How 'bout tonight?  You going out or anything tonight?"

"I don't think so."

"Well, okay.  Have a good weekend anyway.  Love you! Talk to you later."  I'm thinking he was probably working on something, so I made it brief.

After a few minutes, I called back. I had this odd feeling.

"Uh....this isn't Colin, is it?"

"Nope.  He's working from home today."