A License to Drive

When you have squirrels around

When you have squirrels around

September 26 – It appears that our local hummingbirds have checked the calendar and may have left for the winter already. At least I haven’t seen any for a couple of days, and Chris just made a fresh batch (small one) of nectar. But we do have blue jays and sparrows and doves at the feeder. AND squirrels.

I called about my expired driver’s license this morning, and learned that I have a six months grace period to get it renewed. But I will need somebody, namely Chris, to drive me to the license office next week, and will start looking at the booklet of road signs, etc., just to refresh my memory. Seems to me that a reminder should be sent to all drivers as their expiration date approaches, for it is easy to forget after three years. Maybe it does get sent, but I can’t remember and definitely didn’t get one this time.

One of our paths through the woods

One of our paths through the woods

It was such a nice evening last night that we went out walking around our trails, and Chris took pictures of this and that as we went. Lots of holes where the squirrels have buried nuts, and empty hickory shells as well. The sunflowers are certainly pretty. We’re glad we aren’t sensitive to ragweed pollen. There must be a lot of it in the air, and a lot of ragweeds growing. Lots of those giant ones out here, some must be nine feet tall or more. Was hoping to maybe find some edible mushrooms, but no such luck.

Lots of grasshoppers, of course, and we saw on TV this evening that Kansas and a couple other states around here have a grasshopper plague that is ruining (or has ruined) some of their crops. Am reminded of the locust swarms that used to fly overhead occasionally in Southern Rhodesia, and they would descend on the crops and the Africans would run out and wave things at them and try to drive them away. The Africans also ate the locusts and would collect them for future meals, dried. At Rusangu Mission once, the missionaries went out to the villages and bought up bags of dried locusts for the students to eat, as there was a famine going on. The swarms could be so thick that they would darken the sun. Behind the swarms there were often flocks of storks, known to us as locust birds, flying along and gulping down the locusts as they came up to them.

Having said that, it’s almost breakfast time! – DALE

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