Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday night

Katy is soaking in her “redneck hot tub” in the bathroom upstairs, easing her aching body and looking forward to her Remicade infusion tomorrow. It has not been an easy day for her. She spent most of the day in bed, but that’s a lot better than spending a whole week in bed like she has done in the past. This evening she and Dawn were able to do their Bible study together, and that was a real highlight for her. Dawn is about to run out to the store for some groceries, so I (Paul) get to do the update.

We’ve been enjoying all the animal stories from the last post, and it reminded me of one of my own. We have a large black walnut tree in our yard, which the squirrels love. Several years ago, while watching them busily gathering nuts, I thought it would be interesting to see how they would react if I broke some of the walnuts and left them on an old pine stump. I put about two dozen nuts on the stump, smashed them with a hammer, and retreated to the house to watch. What happened was not what I had expected. I guess I thought they would be good Christian squirrels, and share. One squirrel decided that all the nuts were his, so he jumped up on the stump and proceeded to defend his hoard against all comers. He did not take into account the determination and quickness of his squirrel brothers. As he was facing one, another would dart up behind him and grab a nut. When he whirled to face that one, the first (or second or third) would grab another one. Before long, he was fiercely defending practically nothing. He finally gave up and walked off empty-handed (so to speak), no doubt muttering squirrel obscenities under his breath.

Speaking of black walnuts, our tree is loaded. If anyone is interested and is near enough to come by when they are ripe (and doesn’t mind fighting off the squirrels) please give us a call. You are welcome to as many as you want. God bless you all for sharing your animal stories. It’s been a lot of fun.

Comments:
  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Yes, I was afraid Katy was suffering again today. May the Lord give her sleep tonight anyway and a rapid recovery after the Remicaide. I pray they will find something to bridge that last gap of days.

    Great squirrel story, Paul. I’ve always wanted to sit at the window and watch what happens when I put out my nuts, but have always been too busy. Am not sure how long it takes the squirrels to find them. This year I’ll try to set aside a few hours of quiet and see if Seattle squirrels are as selfish as Virginia ones! “Survival of the fittest” is probably in their minds - or instincts, rather. Love, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m sorry today has been difficult for you, but I’m thankful it was only a day or two this time–not two weeks. I pray that the treatment tomorrow goes well and that you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

    The squirrel story cracked me up (pun intended). Thanks for sharing!! :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Patricia Says:

    Paul … Wow … good to know you’re on the other end, for once!

    Thank God that Katy’s misery was of a shorter duration this time!

    A week ago Ib was in southwestern Texas, s.w. of San Antonio, over on the Mexican border. He was conducting organic inspections. In the rancher’s truck they headed to the furthest away field. Suddenly they saw that the 30 ft. gorge ahead of them was totally full of water and that the deck of the bridge to his pecan orchard on the other side, which itself has no railings or guardrails, whatsoever, was submerged in 4-5 ft. (yes feet, not inches!) in water. (You may have heard about the 100+ year floods in that area).

    The organic certifying body thought that he should have been prepared with his scuba gear. However….

    The rancher commented that they normally could go back to the ranch headquarters and come out in his jet ski, however it was far too dangerous with the huge alligators (much larger than the ones Ib repeatedly has seen on his inspection rounds in Florida).

    Have a blessed week! …. and we trust Qavah’s approval will be forthcoming ASAP!

    Patricia

  4. LInda Burk Says:

    HI/.. I too love to watch animals..we have frequently put bird seed out during snowfalls. Of course the small birds come first..then the pecking order begins..every time a larger bird come the rest scatter or eat the leftovers that have fallen to the ground when the big bird is not watching..the Blue jay has been the largest and most fierce of all..the cardinals even back off when the blue jay arrives..why can’t they all get along?? a mystery for all of creation, right????????????/
    HOpe tomorrow is a good day for Katy/.
    Hugs to all, Linda

  5. Doris Harriff Says:

    How often I have heard the bromide “Why can’t we be more like the animals and practice ‘live and let live?’” How little the people who say that know about animals! Even a doe will chase her own fawn away from food! “Nature” is less “live and let live,” and more “dog eat dog.”

    Praying for Katy, that the Remicade infusion will go well! And for Qavah, that you may soon have her in your home.

    Aunt Doris

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I was afraid something must be up. I always get concerned when a post is late in coming. I am always hopeful that the news is good, but hopefully today the infusion will give you the boost you need.
    take care,
    Love
    Karen Tillman

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