A Short Week Begins

Crime in multi-story car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels.

6:30 AM and the eyes pop open, the ceiling fan churns away attempting to move the warmer air downward towards me where I lay shivering in the 70 degree temperature. Time to roll over.

I looked out the window…nary a cloud in the sky! How can this be? Has summer sneaked into May a full 23 days ahead of schedule or is this Mother Nature’s way of seducing me into the garden to pull her pesky weeds? Time will tell!

I know how he feels!

We are only weeks from the July 4th Holiday so planning must commence! The invitations shall go forth upon the world this very day.

Great time for a family get together!!!

Now where is my ink and quill and the octopus ink?

Did You Know? A quill pen is a writing implement made from a moulted flight feather (preferably a primary wing-feather) of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nibbed pen, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen.

The hand-cut goose quill is rarely used as a calligraphy tool, because many papers are now derived from wood pulp and wear down the quill very quickly. However, it is still the tool of choice for a few scribes who noted that quills provide an unmatched sharp stroke as well as greater flexibility than a steel pen.

It was 9:00 AM and the Sirens were calling me…. come hither was walk… give the neighborhood ladies a little excitement they said. OK, I can do this! After a short walk around the house, I found my walking shoes and dawned my walking shorts and walking sweat shirt… I was ready!

The trusty iPhone was switched to the radio where I was treated to Rush Limbaugh and the inter-workings of the computer began tracking my position using GPS. Off we go! Ladies beware!

But as I began this dangerous journey to Staples, I heard a faint voice..was it calling me? OMG, there…on the wall…eye to eye… was Dr. Lizard… she was apparently admiring my walking outfit! I turned around immediately, changed from my speedo’s to my jeans!

Ms. Lizard is getting a little fresh this morning!

OK, now we are ready to begin! The hood was in full bloom this fine morning and the weather was perfect…a little cool but a blue sky with wonderful puffy clouds! I thought about getting self protection in case I run up again any other wild beasts of this mornings excursion.

Ain’t it the truth! We have one but it’s name is “The Conservative” and it works and it definitely can be fired!

Now I am seriously off and headed down the street whistling a happy tune as the wind rushed through my ears and made whistling sounds! I soon came upon a delightful flower which looked amazingly like crepe paper!

I had to touch them to make sure they were real

The hood is quite patriotic as most of us are conservatives so we expected to see American Flags around and we certainly did!

Just beautiful!

I shopped at Staples getting some plastic pencil boxes to assist in organizing my shop! I had, as an example, many different knife blades/box cutter blades so all the new blades went into aa single box. I had many electronic jumper cables so they went into a single box, many other groupings of small tools/supplies found their way into the pencil boxes…about the size of the old cigar boxes of yesteryear!

On the way home more flowers attracted my attention, lucky I am not a bee or I would never made it home.

Another miracle of Mother Nature

After almost two hours I was almost home. While out and about, I talked to our three daughters on the phone, got appointments with my dentist, talked to Jan Mongel, and talked to my financial advisor…we are doing well BTW!

Almost four miles so I am happy.. the legs did pretty well today!

Arriving home, Sue had lunch ready as we dived into some of the remains from Mondays dinner with Joe & Amy. We tried mixing German and Chinese food together a couple of weeks ago but after an hour we were reading to conquer the world!

The rest of the day, we puttered around the house with me picking and cooking up some great crooked neck squash and a bag full of scarlet runner beans. The garden is getting busy right about now and we are harvesting every day.

The crooknecks are to grow and fast to mature. This is our favorite summer squash, bearing many lemon-yellow, 6-inch fruit, with a slightly bent neck that earns it the name Crookneck. Plants are fast growing and very prolific. Harvest all summer long. Delicious steamed with nutmeg or fried in slices and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon. Harvest while skins are soft. Keep plants picked so they keep producing.

Sue worked her magic on these little puppies and they were delicious!

We watched TV and crashed…after tookies!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet loving my best friend and wife, having fun, learning, and passing on helpful things to others.
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