Another mystery of life – I have a large housing unit for my birdseed can. It takes up a lot of space so for the summer I tried a smaller galvanized can tucked in the shrubs. On Friday, the lid was off the can but neatly placed behind it against the house. Could I have forgotten to put the lid back on? Maybe. It’s something I would do if I’m distracted. The can wasn’t emptied and there wasn’t a mess around the can. I’ll take the hit on this one. The second night I double checked the lid when I went to bed and it was firmly on the can. Same thing next morning. We get raccoons and they love sunflower seeds. They usually go on the feeders at night for a nosh. A long time ago I lived at an apartment where the raccoons went into the garbage. There was a loud racket and quite a mess the next morning. The ones visiting me now are very refined and polite. No noise, no mess and they don’t empty it out or dump it. The beloved husband has rigged up a bungy cord to keep the lid on. I feel guilty about it. They were so polite.
Empty nest syndrome – Our area is going into the green this coming Friday (as far as covid-19 restrictions are concerned). Salons, gyms, indoor shopping will open up with social distancing restrictions. I have been grocery shopping for my brother but this week he went on his own. Stores are not crowded so with masks and gloves, he’s safe. I’ll miss shopping for him. His grocery list was always a hoot. This is exactly how I felt after his accident. I helped him out until he was cleared to drive and bought a car. It’s like sending your kid off to college except he’s so much older and doesn’t ask for money!
Kerplunk! – I was contacted recently by a distant cousin through DNA research. She is related through my maternal grandmother and I was able to fill in some gaps. Whenever this happens, I go into a black hole of neurotic research that is somehow soothing. Love that rabbit hole!
Speaking of which – One of the frustrating things about ancestry research is the repetitious names. Sons were named after fathers and the other sons named a son after their father. In this case it was Frank (or variations mostly Ferencz). Separating them out and double checking birth dates, parents, etc. is critical yet sometimes that information is missing. Did I say this was soothing?
Here comes summer! – We celebrated the summer solstice this weekend. Right on schedule our temperatures went from 80 (26C) to 90 (32C) degrees. Hey, it’s summer! When I was a kid this was huge. It still is. It means walking outdoors must happen in the morning! Afternoons are for lazing around with a cold drink of choice!
So how was your week?