Friday, June 12, 2009
Guess What I Saw Today?
It was a horned toad. I was beginning to think they were extinct. Just yesterday I ask John's daughter if she ever sees any and she said once in a while at the ranch but not at her place. Well that is where I saw it today. It ran to the edge of the little lane going to the back forty. I was so happy to see it. They have a lot to eat on this place because it is loaded with red ant dens or beds we call them and that is what they eat. Today I talked to an interesting lady while waiting in the waiting room of a doctor's office for John. I should rephrase that I listened to a lady. She talked non stop. She was a little different but aren't we all? I kept hearing this little cheep cheep. She told me she had been to the flea market and bought some chicks and she couldn't pass them up. We're into three digits in temperature now so she couldn't leave them in the car while at the doctor's office. I ask where are they and she held up a cloth bag. She told me all about her husband's ailments and said he had been about to die several times. She said something I found a little on the odd side. Really a lot on the odd side. She said now she doesn't get in a hurry to call an ambulance because he has so much wrong and is in pain. Then she proceeded to tell me how she would have to cut back when she becomes a widow. She had a book with her where she keeps records of all his tests, medicines etc. and said she has a book like that in each automobile because she doesn't know which one they will be in. She told me all about going to flea markets and buying wool blankets that people didn't know how to take care of and they have shrunk. She dunks them in water, squeezes them out and painstakingly stretches them out with a hair pick until she stretches them almost to their orginal size. She told about eating at a place in a town close by who has an expensive wine list but their eating utensils are so cheap she can't pick up a pea or a bean with the fork. She pulled out a set of eating utensils from her purse to show me she keeps her own with her now. Then she ask me if I wanted to hear a funny story? Oh yes! She said they live in the country and never throw old clothes away because they are good to work in. One day they just ran into town to do an errand and didn't take time to change. She said they looked pretty raggedy but her husband needed to eat. She wasn't hungry so she just ate one chicken leg off his plate. A young mother with her children was sitting near by and observed their clothes and the fact that she didn't have a plate of food but was eating a chicken leg off his plate. The young mother came over and gave them some money. She gave it back explaining that they are quite well off and explaining the situation. The young mother's heart was in the right place and she was teaching her children kindness but you can't tell a book by it's cover. When they left the lady told me I'm so glad you were here you were a diversion.