We are in an extreme heat wave with temperatures bouncing around 100+ degrees with the humidity not far behind. We are not used to this weather. Ergo, my thinking is not working so well. Another short one!
Walking with my bud – I walked with my old walking buddy this week. It’s been many months since we walked. (Quick background: We walked together until the pandemic closed everything. Afterward we walked sporadically because her husband was dying. He died last fall.) She is cleaning out her home and doing all those things you do when your spouse dies. He was a major pack rat. She’s had two big truck loads of stuff taken away along with giving away a lot and trashing a lot. Today is her birthday. She’s 87 but you wouldn’t know it. She caught me up on her family – oldest son’s health not good, other son’s business isn’t doing well, daughter’s husband is slowly dying but won’t go into assisted living, sister is waiting to die, etc. At the end she looked at me and said, “I’m doing better than all of them!” She thinks she should feel guilty, but her husband suffered so much at the end that she was grateful when he passed. She makes me crazy with her constant chatter, but she is an amazing woman. Next time we walk I’ll talk her into a selfie, and you can see for yourself.
Neighbors – When you live close together, you have a responsibility to your neighbors to keep your place tidy. My next-door neighbor is a snowbird. She lives in the warmer states during the winter, spending only about three or four months here. The inside of her home is lovely, but she is not an outdoor person (major understatement). The planting bed in front of her house was overgrown with three-foot weeds. She had a landscaper come out. It was an older man with a pickup truck to estimate the work and assign a crew. It was so awful he pulled a few weeds to clear the walkway. I looked at the weeds and then at him. “You’re gonna need a bigger truck” was my only comment. It took another month but this week a crew showed up. It is hot and dry here. They removed the weeds but couldn’t pull the roots. Within another two weeks or so, we’ll see a resurgence of noxious weeds covering the front windows and door. She walks by it multiple times a day and doesn’t see it. For perspective it took the crew two hours to clear it. It’s not a large area. The tree she had planted last year is dying. It needs water. That’s another thing she doesn’t do. Her adult son lives with her. He sees nothing. I’m expecting a Jack and the Beanstalk situation any day now. Maybe there is gold up there.
Bubble burst – I haven’t seen the gorilla man much this summer. (During the pandemic he wore a gorilla mask.) He drives a Mercedes convertible and frequents Starbucks. He’s not gorgeous but there is something interesting about him – very outgoing, dresses well, just fun to be around. A perky person among the pre-coffee grumps. I saw him twice this week. He was pulling out while I was walking in. It was around 7:10 a.m. but he was playing loud jazz. Who plays jazz that early in the morning? That’s an appropriate time for some great rock to get your motor running! It altered my opinion of him somehow. Maybe not as cool as I thought.
So how was your week?