Archive - Oct 2005

October 5th


This swan, part of an entire family which has spent the summer on the roadside of Polk County 12 about five miles northeast of Fertile, was the only one of the bunch who would pose decently for me. The signets were asleep on the shoulder of the road and looked like grey piles of feathers with their heads tucked under their wings.

My All Star team

While driving today, I got to dreaming about my ultimate baseball team. I went position by position and selected players using the following criteria: 1) I had to remember seeing them play. 2) they had to be good players 3) their name had to have a magic ring to it and 4) they had to play with a unique panache.

So, here it is, as if anybody cares:

October 4th

Rainy fall day

I picked up Aunt Olla at 9:30 this morning to take her back to her apartment in Twin Valley where she will spend the day getting ready for her sale. It has been a dreary, cold morning--but I couldn't help but notice the Amur maple. Amur maple came over from the Amur region of China, probably in the late 1890s as part of many expeditions led by a Professor Hanson of South Dakota State University.

October 3rd

A little energy burst

I cleaned off my desk at the office today and then did some cleaning at the house. I spent this evening in my garage putting together Ikea stuff. I feel like such a carpenter, although Ikea's directions are designed for those with Mechanical Deficit Disorder, so I shouldn't get to pompous.

For the first time since Cassio left, I have felt like getting something done around the house. Since I moved in, I have been quite overwhelmed. Now I am enjoying looking at some of the corners and trying to figure out what to do with them.

Pretty morning

This is what I awoke to this morning. The sun warmed up the inside of the house with beautiful orange rays. As the sun rises later and later in the morning, I am out of bed soon enough to catch this scene more often.

Went downstair to start the coffee and saw this group of does outside the dining room window. Notice, too, how nice the grass is looking which Dad seeded less than a month ago.

October 2nd

Troubles, changes and endings

Sunday night, can't sleep. A common dilemma. Sunday nights are always a bit on the downside. I had a busy and somewhat difficult week.

Our long-time employee Ken fell very ill with a fast-moving staph pneumonia last Monday. He is out of the woods now, but it has been a tough haul for him, and it will be some time before he is back in the saddle. He has been hurting for two months with a mysterious back pain, and this is sort of a cruel resolution to a long round of inconclusive trips to doctors.

Birthday party, Ikea raid

Lance and I headed to the Cities this weekend to attend a birthday party for my dear cousin Laine. Laine is an editor for the Utne Reader, so her party was an interesting mix of writers, editors and artsy types. Conversation was good, and there was a karaoke machine to boot. The beautiful weather meant that we could sit around a fire in the back yard in north Minneapolis.

This morning, we ate breakfast at Ikea and then I collected some more furniture. I didn't think I needed that much, but by the end of the visit the back of the pickup was full.