Mom is doing pretty well and is in a transitional care place where she can get some physical and occupational therapy. She is on anti-seizure medication until Wednesday and it has some side effects that she can do without, dizziness and nausea for example. I think she will do even better once that stuff clears her system. I think she is going to be fine, but it sure made for a long week.
One of my neighbors wears hearing protection for the 15 minutes it takes him to mow his lawn and thinks I should wear some too when I cut mine. I asked and no, there's nothing wrong with his ears, he's just being cautious. He has a typical gasoline powered mower just like mine. So the question is, is my neighbor smart or a bit of a weenie? I see lawn crews wearing hearing protection all of the time, and if I did that for a living I would too. But for 15 minutes, or in my case, two hours, once a week or so? It seems like overkill to me, but maybe I'm wrong.
RIP Father Tim. I didn't know him and hadn't even heard his story until yesterday. The first military chaplain to be seriously injured in Iraq, he had worked for five years to recover before he suffered an injury and passed away on Saturday. God Bless him for his service.
I've been over the Lowry Avenue bridge in Minneapolis about a billion times. It looked like a piece of crap bridge and was enough of one in reality that they shut it down last year. On the other hand, it had served the city well for over 100 years. It was demolished on Sunday and I would have been there except that Father's Day breakfast took the obvious priority:
Week 3 garden update. The heat is on, finally, and everything seems to be doing well, knock on wood. The tomatoes are getting tall enough for their first tie, though I'm not sure if I'll have to stake the bell peppers. Anyone know the answer to that? Anyway, week 3 pics(click to enlarge):
I think I'm most tickled about the sweet corn though:
Those larger shoots every 20" or so are the sweet corn. I know, I need to temper expectations about what I will actually end up with here. The odds of getting really good corn ears are probably stacked against me. The first thing is to get something to emerge though, and there you go. This pic reminds me that I need to get a new hoe and scrape away some of those weeds. I broke my last one in the process of getting the bed ready. No cracks, Bingley, I'm warning you :) . Weeding and getting the second batch of carrots, onions, and beans in the ground are the priorities this week.