From severe drought to flooding. Temperatures that range from 110 above in summer to 15 below in winter. Today we are getting snow and ice in the evening and night time.
Horrific forest fires. Trees down across the roads and power lines. Power outages that can last five minutes or five days.
Went out on the porch this morning and there's another tree down across the trail out of here. Right at the entrance to the meadow. Naturally it's raining in torrents, so cutting the tree up will be even more fun than usual.
My wife has been over at her mom's for three days now. I am supposed to go pick her up tonight about seven, when her sister and brother in law get back. Since she retired, M has become the duty fill in care giver every time her sister goes out of town. She spent Thanksgiving over there for that reason. Since her sister keeps Ruby the rest of the time, we can't really decline an invitation for M to go watch her mom. There are three sisters in the family, but the youngest one lives in Mississippi so she can't just flit over for a week or so. Besides, she's a professor at a college there, so she doesn't have much flexibility about her work.
Well, we owe her mom. She's a good old woman and was always kind to us over the years. When my father in law died some years back, Ruby just kind of folded up. She has a little granny house right next to my sister in law's Mac Mansion. During the day when my sister in law is at her office, they have a lady who comes in and stays with Ruby. But on these long trips somebody has to go stay with her, and since my wife is retired, she's the default "care giver."
If they put her in a nursing home, the Southern Baptist Convention would pay all the costs, since Ruby is a retired missionary. But who wants to do that to a family member? At least she has her own things around her, and isn't subject to any indignity while she stays in her own home. My mom has her own place in Oregon, but my brother and my sister both live right by her, and my mom is not "crippled up" or "senile" , not yet anyway.
Having said that, I should mention my dad died in a nursing home. He had a stroke, went crazy, and was so violent it took two grown men to restrain him. He lived for seven days after the stroke. Sometimes, no matter how you feel, your options are limited to that one.
So, I try not to grouse about hauling my wife over there and then going and getting her and bringing her back. I am sure as hell not letting her drive the vehicle in the mountains. I'm not thrilled about being here by myself so that if something happens like me plummeting down the stairs, it's just too bad, so sad. Now that M has been retired and I'm used to having her around, I miss her more when she isn't here.
I even put up with all her cats. Most of them are outside but she has brought some of them in the house and they are destructive little wretches. I have to clean their "potty boxes" , that's one of my chores. I assume all husbands clean potty boxes. Something about there is a virus in cat poop that can make women sick. Sounds made up to me.....
Still, the cats contribute to the common weal too. Everybody works here. The indoor cats help me catch bats in a towel when the bats get in the house. I put the bats out and I suspect they fly right back into the attic, but I like bats.
The kids will be arriving Christmas Day, and spending two weeks with us. They are bringing "Willa" the German Shepard and Conkers the Squirrel. Last time they were here Conkers got loose in one of the store rooms and chewed through a bunch of number ten can lids. Fortunately I keep a box of spares since those lids split over time anyway.
This time around, no matter what else doesn't get done, we are going to get the kids expired concealed carry permits renewed. The state they live in has a reciprocal agreement with Georgia. My daughter ha a .357 S&W Snub Nose I gave her last time she came home, but she keeps it in the apartment. I'd rather she had it on her when she's out of the house.
Thought for the Day:
I hope everyone has a good week. It's the holidays and surely this one time of year we can enjoy a little quiet time, without worrying about things we can't really do anything about.