Thursday, October 12, 2006

A ton of telephone books

Really, the way I figure it, I lifted a ton of Feist telephone books today.

Each one weighed 3.5 lbs. I delivered right at 300 books so that is 1050 lbs. I had help loading them in the back of the pickup so I won't count that. However, I had to lift each bundle from the back of the pickup to the front then deliver. Give or take--that is a ton.

I'm going to bed as I have 90 more to deliver tomorrow. Hmmm, where is the cheese because I think I have some whine.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Trees in the house

Dan and I managed to get all the plants in before dark. The two fig trees required a dolly. Last spring I gave them a very short "hair cut" and moved them out on the north side of the house just as I always do. They love their spot and contently watch over the front yard all summer. As usual a few seeds drop into the pot by their trunk so they have company. One had four Zinnas. The other had several Fire on the Mountain. I was tempted to bring their friends in with them, but was afraid that some tiny bugs might tag along.

They are now situated in the livingroom in front of a south window. Their short dark green branches will grow long and spindly by spring. Still they are handsome trees and provide a lovely outdoor like atmosphere in the livingroom. I was a bit sad to have to bring them in to avoid the frost/freeze predicted for tonight, but walking in the room and seeing them there makes me feel more ready for the cold weather ahead. I thought about posting a picture of them, but decided to wait until the holidays and they are adorned with their tiny white lights.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Butterflies

Sunday evening I drove as far as our Salina family's home to be closer to today's rural carrier's meeting in McPherson. I played with the boys and enjoyed the family's company for a few hours.

On the way home from McPherson, I stopped by Chapman to visit Mom and then on to Lawrence for a meeting of my little SHARE group. We toured Kansas University's butterfly gardens. We learned about various plants that attract butterflies, their breeding and migrating habits.

KU is known worldwide for their knowledge and experiments with butterflies, Monarchs in particular. Anyone who is in Lawrence should go by the Monarch Watch headquarters. It would be best to wait for their open house and tagging days, but the gardens are open to the public at all times. At their peek starting late June, they are beautiful and busy with insect life.

Chip, the head of the Monarch Watch and biology prof, is a communicator and a teacher. He knows the best way to move his life's work forward is not totally with his college students or adults like us, but also with our young people. Chip will take the time, either in person or by his elementary school outreach science materials, to tell young people as well as people of all ages that this is a wondrous planet and it must be watched over religiously. A sermon we all need to hear.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Kansas Sunrise & Sunsets

One of my favorite columnists in the Topeka Capital Journal wrote a wonderful story about Kansas's beautiful mornings and evenings. If you have time for a entertaining Sunday read, here is the link.