I don’t know how we managed to be so blessed, here in Gooseneck, but we have experienced two beautiful weekends in a row–during the month of February, no less! That’s practically unheard of, but we’ve enjoyed both weekends–a lot! Sunny skies and mild temperatures were ours for the taking, so we took advantage of both.
Ed and I kick-started the weekend, on Friday, with a visit to the hospital where Ed used to be employed, only because it was time for my yearly mammogram. Actually, it was three months past time for my exam, but I had other problems to deal with back in December, such as basal cell carcinoma and Moh’s surgery.
Anyway, Ed visited with some of his former coworkers, at the hospital, while I went to
the torture chamber have my mammogram done. I always get a bit uneasy at mammogram time, because of my past experiences with them. I’ve had to go back and have spot magnification films done two different years, and was even sent to a surgeon for a consultation a few years back. Apparently, I have a tendency to have something called “calcifications”, which sometimes require a closer look.
While we were out and about, on Friday, Ed and I decided we’d go ahead and vote early for Tuesday’s primary. Sadly, I can’t say there’s any candidate I feel 100% confident about electing to lead our country, but I voted for the person I think is the best [of what’s available]. Sigh.
After voting, Ed and I drove out to the cemetery and picked up the Christmas arrangements from our parents’ graves. Yes, I’m sad to say, Christmas arrangements were still on the graves of our loved ones, at the end of February, but we replaced them with new spring arrangements, I made myself!
While visiting the cemetery, Ed and I marveled about his parents being buried right in the middle of a bunch of family and friends. Seriously, there’s family or close friends buried all around them. We wonder if this was a planned thing, or just coincidence. My family is buried a good distance away from Ed’s family, but in the same cemetery.
Our oldest son, and his family came over on Friday night, as well as our daughter and her family. Due to sickness, we hadn’t seen our oldest son in two whole weeks! It was good to catch up with everyone again. The grandchildren had a good time playing together, and even made some awesome castles/towers out of building blocks. It’s always great to see kids being kids. There’s a picture of one, below, but it really doesn’t show the great details.
Ed spent most of the weekend working on a new project. He bought me three [real] gourd birdhouses, as one of my Christmas gifts, because I like gourd birdhouses. However, after Christmas, we discovered we needed more than three gourd houses to start a “purple martin community”. I wasn’t able to find anymore reasonably priced ‘real’ gourd birdhouses, so I bought six plastic gourds from eBay. We decided to make a pole [for the gourds] out of an old clothesline post that used to belong to Ed’s mama. It turned out to be a lot of work!
Ed built the dwelling, the question is, “Will any purple martins come?” (those are decoys on top of the pole) I’m skeptical, because of where we had to locate our pole (near our pear tree), but I’m thinking some kind of little bird will take advantage of these “high rise” dwellings. My ‘real’ gourds still remain in the Christmas bag. I’m not sure what we’ll do with those, yet.
About three-fourths of the garden seeds we planted, last weekend, have sprouted. It’s SO exciting to see something growing again! Our plans, for this week, are to try to get some potatoes and garden peas planted. Our onions look rather lonely, growing in the garden, all by themselves.
Our chickens have gone crazy laying eggs again. We’ve been getting five or six eggs daily. Some days we even get seven. Our chickens have also gone crazy in other ways, too…
I wish I had a picture of what I saw, on Sunday afternoon! I’d left the baby gate down, and when I came around the house, and up the steps to the front porch…there sat a large red hen, stretched out, sunning herself on the rug right in front of our door! It was such a funny sight to see! I did manage to find a picture [courtesy of Google] of a rooster sunning himself in the yard, just so you could get an idea of what I saw…
I’ll leave you with that image in your head! We have some strange happenings around our house, sometimes! Have a great Monday, everyone!