I was smarter today and was in the yard by 7am. I would have gotten out earlier except for an intriguing email that I received that challenged a claim made by a Caddo/Durant resident that when she died in 1943 she was the oldest person in Oklahoma. When I found her obituary in the paper a few years ago I posted it online in a couple of places, so that’s why I received today’s email. Well, as soon as I saw the document that seems to disprove her age, I had to do a little more investigating. Birthday stories in the Durant paper over a period of decades seemed to support the “fact” that she was born in 1830, although no document was ever presented as proof. Statements, census records, marriage records, and interviews varied by as much as fifteen years, yet when she died the Durant Democrat had no problem listing her age as 112, just months shy of being 113. Her headstone even says 1830-1943. The census paper I was emailed suggests she was probably born closer to 1847. I also found lots of other conflicting documents and posted them on my Caddo blog today. And I found an interview that stated that she had suffered a major head injury, so her memory was probably affected. At least now anyone researching her family will realize the paper was probably incorrect.
Anyway…that’s why I didn’t get out to the yard until 7am. It was still a very pleasant change from yesterday and I accomplished much more than I’d even planned. When I went back in the house about an hour later Gary asked if I was “finished”. I laughed and told him “Yes, with the five things I hoped to do this morning, but not with the twenty other things that need to be done!” I don’t think a lot of men understand the concept of gardening or housework and the never-ending tasks that accompany them.
After I abandoned my gardening chores I headed to town to photograph the “Yard of the Month”. This is a recognition program that was started by the Town Restoration Association of Caddo in 2006. I am very pleased to say that most recipients of the award have continued to maintain their yards and beautify Caddo. It’s always a pleasure to photograph them and talk with them about their flowers!
I also had a chance to talk to another gardener and neighbor on my way home from town. I stopped by to exchange some irises with her. One of the best ways to improve the variety of plants in your garden is to trade with other gardeners! I can point out at least a dozen of my plants that used to live somewhere else.
You’re still wondering about the “air conditioning” title aren’t you! lol I thought about it all morning long- as I came in the house, as I got into my truck, as I traveled to town. I kept wondering how my grandparents ever accomplished so much without air conditioning! They had fans, and later evaporative coolers, but their house was never really that comfortable in the middle of the summer. And my grandmother was old before she ever had a car with air conditioning. I just admire their stamina so much. I get wimpier as I get older!
So, I’ve had a great day, thanks to the cool air blowing on me. Let’s all say a little prayer of gratitude for a great invention!