I'm taking a break from Analyzing Prose for a few minutes - so many things from my trip to SoDak and from Maine! that I keep thinking about. (We just returned from Maine yesterday; I've survived another flight and handled it ok even though it was quite bumpy at times. Lots and lots of photos from that trip.)
But for now, here are a few things from my time in SD recently that really made me smile. I spent a rushed hour helping a friend harvest all of her tomatoes before the first freeze. This box is only a small part of what we picked; I'm guessing the total was around 40 lbs. I love getting my hands in the dirt and in the garden, so this was a fun treat for me. And they tasted as good as they looked.
My stepsister has acquired a new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy (along with two goats and two little ponies). Here, he's only 4 months old and 45 pounds! Obviously, he will be huge. He's all legs, and quite a mellow little guy. I loved meeting him, and seeing him try to get the rat terrier to play with him. Makes me want another puppy...
On my last Saturday in Rapid City, my sister, little nephew, and I went down to the first annual Pumpkin Fest. Have you ever seen a 713-pound pumpkin? I can now say that I have! We were suitably impressed. The best part was watching my nephew's excitement at the tractor parade and grinning at one old very authentic farmer who waved at us from his perch.
Something that is not making me smile right now is trying to deal with my mail-order pharmacy, an option that we were forced into by our insurance company. Has anyone else used them? I have had more problems than I can list right now, but it has been a very frustrating experience. Communication issues are only the tip of the iceberg and I now asked to be transferred to the American continent immediately upon connection.
But I'm smiling today because it has finally cooled off in Texas!
What are you smiling about?


renee @ FIMBY said...

YOu were in Maine? And you didn't even let me know?? It would of been very nice to meet you. I"ll forgive you this time if you promise next time to come visit.

elizabeth said...

Nice! Lovely pictures.

I smile these days because I am blessed by friends. God is good to us.

KatCollects said...

Oh my gosh, what a sweet puppy. I love those long legs! I am glad you are having some fun trips. I love tomatoes right off the vine, they are the best.

Mimi said...

Wow! Look at those tomatoes! Yum!
Welcome home, you've been missed.

elk said...

i have missed you ...YES the online pharmacy is a HUGE hassle...not a choice for us either.

love the fall images...yay Texas is cooling of I am right there with you ` blessings

Letters From Midlife said...

Glad you are back and I enjoyed the pictures. I went out and took some pictures of fall scenes in my area and posted them at my blog. Good thing because then it got rainy and windy and a lot of the leaves are gone now.

Meadowlark Days said...

Thank you for all of your comments. They made me smile. Renee, I definitely hope to be back to Maine, and I'll definitely look you up!