Since arriving home on Wednesday, we’ve been busy cleaning up the mess left behind by Isaac. Though we were very lucky to have no property damage to speak of, we have a yard full of small limbs, dead branch’s, lots of pine straw, and leaves. Add to that about 20 bushels of pine cones that have to be picked up before the grass can be cut.
Adding misery to all that work are the mosquitoes. They are horrible. I’ve never seen them anywhere near this bad in the seven years we’ve lived here. You walk outside, even in the middle of the day, and they descend on you in clouds. I even had them in my shop this morning, making sharpening mower blades a real pain in the rear. Add the risk of West Nile Virus into the mix and it makes you want to hook up the trailer and head back to where it’s cool and dry. I know, just wishful thinking for now. Hopefully a few more days of dry weather, along with cooler temperatures will put an end to the little buggers.
As I’d mentioned in a earlier post, we were lucky to meet up with two other bloggers at the Kansas rally. I had followed Emily for a number of years, through her workamping days and on to the present time. It was good to finally meet her face to face. Quite a talented lady with the arts and crafts, as well as one who isn’t afraid to hit the road when it suits her.
We also met Lynne and David from up near Chattanooga, TN. I had connected to her blog from her comments on Tiny Camper, and found her posts from the Arizona desert last Spring to be a very compelling reason for us to make the same journey next year. A fun couple to spend time with. I wish I had their energy. They were always on the go.
We had coffee with friends this morning, and the conversation turned to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky during the first week of November. Wonder what the leaves might look like that late in the year? It’s possible that we’ll go and see!
Back into the yard tomorrow. Get a little more cleaned up. Don’t want to get finished too soon. If I do, I’ll start thinking again, and Wanda doesn’t like that so soon after returning home……..jc