What crazy weather we have had lately. First one roasts and then one freezes! At church I decided I had sat there shivering long enough. Wednesday evening I wore slacks, blouse, wool sweater, and a winter coat, topped off with a wool hat. For the first time I actually was warm enough most of the time. When the wind blew I could feel a quick shiver but it didn't last. Of course, the weather Sunday is predicted to go nearly to 90. I will still wear layers and if I need to I will take off a layer or two. It wasn't too long ago I was the one who always felt warmer than anyone else but not any more. One of the privileges of getting older is feeling cold most of the time.
That off my chest I have another one of those annoying problems that come with the summer and pets -- fleas. I spend good money to keep fleas off my dog. At least, that is what the advertisement says. So far the poor thing has scratched most of the hair off her backsides and along her sides. I comb her and usually come away with at least a couple. I have used spray on the couches and the carpets and powder on the bed but I still see them on me and on the furniture. I put powder in the vacuum and then vacuum everything and then repeat the process every day. It is a wonder Chloe and I are still alive, certainly the fleas still are. The spray says it doesn't have to be repeated for 120 days. Humph! Two days after the spraying the fleas are back happily hopping all over the treated surfaces. The only thing I have found that kills them is a product like Vicks Vaporub. It takes away the itch and if one is quick enough to get some on the flea it keels over. No one may be able to get near me for the pungent smell, but if they don't the way I see it they will be spared getting a stray flea also, and that can't be a bad thing. At least Garbo has been spared this. She always hated fleas. I do intend to bomb (flea bomb, that is!) the place, but I figure I don't want to have to repeat it too often, so I am waiting for cooler weather when hopefully the flea population will be decreasing naturally.
Now, to another weird phenomenon perhaps someone can help me out with (and yes, Mr. Thompson, I realize I am ending a sentence with a preposition!). My bathroom is a room built out into the barn. That said there are many times when I am in there when I hear a weird thumping, very quick thumps like something is giving a warning signal to something else. I have heard of rabbits doing that but I am quite certain it is not a rabbit. I might have thought I was hearing things but Marcia said she heard it when she was here. I mentioned in one other column about hearing what I thought might be an animal but I don't think I mentioned the thumping. Anyhow, I am curious as to what it might be. One thing at least, I don't have to feed it!
I was sorry to hear of the death of Jimmy Roberts. Andy and I used to go occasionally to the church where Jimmy went and he was always there to greet us and give us a word of cheer. Certainly our sincerest sympathy goes to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Gerry Shimamura was down the other day and left me off some blackberries, cherry tomatoes, corn, and other garden goodies. Fresh veggies and fruit are always welcome as is Gerry, too, of course!
I hope everyone here is taking advantage and reading the nice articles about the mill and what its new owners hope to accomplish. With the children going back to school and some industry on the horizon maybe things will seem more like the town we are all used to. Certainly the whole country could use some good news. According to prophecy it won't last but one can always hope, or more importantly, pray!
If you have news you would like put in the column feel free to call at 875-2924. If I am not here you can always leave a message. I would suggest e-mail but my computer is not very reliable so the phone is safer.
Guess this is it for this week. Have a good week and God bless.