Last night after “fun in the park”, I was posting the first pictures of the cattle drive when I heard a plaintive “Pegggggggy?????” from two floors up. It wasn’t a cry of alarm, so I shut off my computer and plodded upstairs. I would have employed my athletic “three stairs at a time sprint”, had I been concerned.
After I reached the level below his bedroom, I asked him what he wanted. He said he’d forgotten to turn off the porch lights and they were shining in his eyes. Instead of coming back downstairs, he asked me to turn them off. Cute thing…he’s never learned to sleep with lights shining in his eyes.
“No problem”, I replied. “They aren’t on.”
He….”That’s strange. It’s so bright up here. I thought I’d left them on.”
I turned all the lights out then I heard from above….”IT’S THE MOON!”
The moon was as bright as the sun….well, almost. Those cowboys and cowgirls from Oregon who are sleeping with the longhorns under the stars got a good look at a real Kansas moon. They might have had to sleep with their heads “under” their saddles.
Dave Rankin is putting all the finishing touches on his marching band performance for this evening. The EHS band is sounding very good and their show will be something to be very proud of. Dave does good work with his students. I get to hear Dave yell, the drums beat and the horns toot every morning.
This afternoon is moving day, as I’ll have some help with it. A lot of stuff that was on the walls or just sitting around is destined to find a new home. The walls are clean and satiny and I want to enjoy them that way. There is space for a long table in our plant room since Butch Kepka removed the hot tub and it’s cluttering his back yard instead of my house. The table will accommodate the stuff so I can sort through things. After the painting is complete I can decide where to put the “iffy” things. I think it’s time my kids graciously accept “back” some of the many possessions of theirs I’ve enjoyed for many years.
Yesterday I took a few minutes (it takes no longer than that) to look at the fall copy of Kansas! Magazine. It’s not worth subscribing to anymore and we’ve taken it forevvver. It once was a beautiful magazine but then the Department of Tourism, in all its infinite wisdom, farmed it out to the people in Iowa who publish Midwest Living. It has lost all of its Kansas character, even down to the writing. The page by Marci Penner is gone along with the page of recent Kansas publications, the recipe feature and other personal columns. It’s not Kansas! anymore and looks like a cheap Iowa magazine. It’s just one more example in a long list of reasons why the governor needs to clean house in the Department of Tourism.
Speaking of our governor…am I detecting sounds that she’s finally back-tracking on that horrendous Holcomb expansion she’s been promoting? I certainly hope so.
Time to get to work!