There are times when work is satisfying and leisure is restful and life is good. This weekend was like that…a pleasant experience from beginning to end. But I would be remiss if I didn’t back up and tell you about the irony of Friday evening.
Gary finally found someone to consider taking Sadie. The guy works with Gary, but lives thirty miles away in another town. Anyway, he and his family were going to be out and about anyway so he said they would come after work to look at the dog.
About an hour before Gary usually arrives home from work there was a sudden rain shower and I closed all the windows. (I danced around joyously for about ten minutes before I realized we weren’t getting an end to the drought, just a little teaser. Oh well.) In about thirty minutes I went around and opened all the windows. As I opened the bathroom window I noticed that ALL the dogs were in the road looking to the west. Then I heard a four-wheeler coming down the road and the driver stopped just at the edge of the yard where I couldn’t see through the trees. A young male voice said “Come on girl.”, and Sadie ran off down the road! Didn’t see her again for twenty-four hours!
Well, you can imagine what a wonderful mood Gary was in when he came home and she was gone, especially when he couldn’t reach his co-worker by phone. At least the guy was understanding when he got here.
Yep, Sadie showed up the next morning for breakfast! As we left for town we drove west to the next road instead of our usual trek out to the highway. We wanted to see if we could find that four-wheeler! Sadie followed us for about two miles and then veered off the road. She hasn’t been back. We never did see the four-wheeler, either. So she probably belongs to someone within five miles of us. I hope they are kind to her. She seemed like a nice dog. And no, I don’t want her back. We’ve cared for several strays that have gone on down the road or been given to new owners or found their original owners. I’m sure there will be another one.
The rest of the weekend has been busy, but a good mix of work and play. We had “clean sweep” at 7am on Saturday to avoid the heat. Worked for about two hours and then had our beautification meeting. Solved a few problems and set some new goals. All of our civic organizations are suffering from S.T.P. (same ten people), but we are determined to go forward. TRAC is planning a barbeque in conjunction with the Rodeo in August. The Civic and Cemetery Club is raising funds for a new chapel. CCA is in the last stages of gearing up for Heritage Day in October.
After the meeting Gary and I went to a car show in Durant. Gary is planning a car show for TRAC for next spring. We made some contacts and got some good ideas.
Went to Lowe’s and bought a few plants off the clearance rack. Can’t beat perennials for toughness! They bounce right back with a little TLC. That’s where I get most of my “fill-ins” for little spaces where annuals are through for the year or another plant hasn’t done what I expected. Right now I’m pulling out corn poppies from the planter by the REX II and putting in a few perennials and some zinnia seeds.
Had a great new experience Saturday night. Gary cooked dinner!! He has always grilled a few things and I’ve been less than enthusiastic about the whole process. We finally talked about it when he recently bought a big new grill. I told him that the problem has always been coordinating and cooking everything else! He’s out there grilling a couple of steaks and I’m doing the rest of dinner. Something was always cold or overdone or whatever because I never knew exactly what he was doing. Well, last night he jumped right in and cooked the whole dinner while I worked in the yard! He made pork tenderloin and grilled vegetables with yogurt pesto sauce. It was wonderful! But the best part was that I just took a shower and then sat down to eat dinner. I told him if he is going to grill like THAT he can do it every day.
It was good to be back in church today after our trip to Ft. Worth last week. We had a nice group in Sunday School- sixteen. Enough for a lively discussion about the suffering of Job!
I spent part of the afternoon finally getting some new photos framed and some photo cards ready to take to Craighead’s. I sell a few there on consignment.
My dad came for a visit this afternoon and we talked about the old days of Caddo. I wish I had more time to just sit down and talk to everyone who is over seventy years old. There are some tales to be told!
I cooked tonight. Simple fare: turkey cheeseburgers, and steamed artichokes. I’m not much of a cook. But Gary didn’t complain. He never does.
So…life is good and simple and satisfying tonight. I pray the same for you and yours.