Wow! There went the summer! For me, the annual Caddo Rodeo and the Buffalo BBQ signal the end of summer. Yesterday was the perfect day for both. The weather was the best we’ve ever had for the events and the turnout for the day was good, especially considering the many options and obligations everyone has on any given weekend. The parade was short, but enjoyable, and the Caddo Rodeo Club is to be commended for enduring a muddy weekend for their annual rodeo. The Town Restoration Association, with the help of many volunteers, served a great lunch as always. I was told that the meat for the BBQ, supplied by The Rib Crib in Durant, was excellent. And the silent auction offered an outstanding array of items. If you didn’t attend this year you will want to make sure to mark your calendar for next year!
This photo shows our laugh of the day. No, I didn’t stage this shot. I was practically out the door to go to town when I spotted this clever critter on my alarm clock. I took the photo, captured him by letting him climb on a spoon, and put him outside where he belongs. This is an old house with lots of cracks and crevices and it isn’t unusual for us to have stray scorpions or wasps or spiders inside, but this is the first praying mantis. BTW, I do spray baseboards and such each month, so all other insects seem to stay in their place…outside. Didn’t want anyone to be afraid to visit!
The big critters continue to visit each night. The most visitors we had at any one time this month, at least that I viewed, was eleven: eight raccoons and three skunks. We welcome them because as long as we put a little dog food out in the back yard they no longer bother our trash, patio, or compost bin. I know…I mourn the loss of the grapes, but that would have happened anyway. And if you city people don’t know it, there are more raccoons in most major cities than we have here in the country. Cities offer far more for them to eat, and more places for them to hide. If you haven’t seen reports about them, you should see the PBS show, Raccoon Nation.
The yard and garden have stayed green this July and we are still mowing each week, thanks to some perfectly timed rainfall. We measured two inches of rain from this recent storm. And I hesitate to even use that word, because there was very little wind or lightning with it in our area. I spoke to many local gardeners yesterday and the consensus was that we have been truly blessed this summer!
I also spoke with several teachers yesterday. Ready or not, we know that it is time to change gears and get ready for the classroom! Some local schools start next week! You will be happy to know that most are eagerly anticipating their new students. And the younger teachers are ready for their own children to return to school! lol You know how bored and lonely some of them get by the end of summer.
I’m feeling good this morning and I know that is a blessing, especially after all the walking I did yesterday. I’m also feeling so thankful for the friends and family members I spoke with yesterday. Even in a small community it is easy to get busy and not connect with others for weeks, or even months at a time. Facebook and emails are great, but seldom as satisfying as those face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart conversations we all crave. And I am also conscious of those who were absent yesterday because of health issues. I pray that those friends and relatives will be out and about again soon.
It is very early and most of you are still sleeping as I sit here typing. I am looking forward to a quiet day of gratitude for a great summer. I hope your last Sunday of July is blessed!