It is Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18th, and I just mowed our back lawn, I trust for the last time this year. This is by far the latest I have ever mowed lawn here in Minnesota. The deer who have been grazing on the grass will be disappointed. The grass had been getting greener over the past few weeks, and the deer have been coming almost daily. Maybe they come daily, but we haven't seen them daily.
I hadn't checked the garden after temps dipped into the low 20's because I figured everything would have been killed, but the brussel sprouts still looked so green I had another look and found they have continued to grow. I also found kale, spinach mustard and arugula that is still growing despite the cold, and the deer must not eat them. We'll have some fresh homegrown greens for Thanksgiving!
People along the border between China and India reported more than 100 sightings of unidentified flying objects between August 1, 2012 and October 15, 2012, according to the Times of India. As happens with UFO sightings in the U.S., people who have made the reports believe their governments are covering up an alien invasion. The Eurasian and Indian plates converge in the area of the sightings and make the crust of the Earth about twice as thick as it is elsewhere around the globe, so local UFO groupies believe aliens have taken advantage of the thick crust to build underground bases of which the Indian and Chinese governments are supposedly aware but unwilling to confirm. Indian security agencies have investigated the sighting and concluded they are Chinese lanterns, which are made from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame with a flammable material inside. Chinese lanterns rise into the air as the flammable material heats up the air inside the lantern and can rise almost half a mile into the air, glowing as long as the flammable material lasts. As the UFOs begin their flights on the Chinese side of the border, Indian security officials think it is just Chinese military having fun with their Indian counterparts. Maybe we should try something like that along the border with Mexico-sounds like a lot more fun than running drugs and guns back and forth.
We missed a play that I would have liked to see this past week but learned about it too late. The play is "Marietta" by Stephen O'Toole. It is about Marietta Jaeger-Lane, the mother whose daughter Susie was kidnapped in 1973 while the family was camping in Montana. A year to the day later, the kidnapper called Marietta, apparently to torment her for whatever reason. During the intervening year, authorities had installed a recording device on the family phone system and Marietta had been doing a lot of praying. She had prayed first for her daughter but added the kidnapper because she wanted him to take care of her daughter. When the kidnapper called, she asked about her daughter and told him she had been praying for him. They talked for over an hour, during which the kidnapper changed, confessed he had killed the daughter and others and broke down in tears. He ended up committing suicide after being arrested. Now she teaches the power of forgiveness and works to abolish the death sentence.
The new workout center in Hayfield opened this past weekend. We got memberships in the workout center next to Subway in Dodge Center last winter, and I got serious about losing some weight and getting back into shape. I was somewhat successful and lost about 20 pounds. My doctor reduced my blood pressure and cholesterol medications and I was so pleased with myself I stopped working out so faithfully. I weighed faithfully as long as my weight stayed down, but when I saw it starting to go up again I started skipping the daily weigh in. I've picked up five of those lost pounds-wish I could find my cell phone and car keys that easily-and didn't think too much about it until last week when I had a spell of headaches and took my blood pressure. Sure enough, it was above normal again. Now I'm back to working out and am already seeing results in how I feel. I never anticipated getting older was going to require working out to keep at it, but I'd rather exercise than take more meds, so I'm glad we have the workout centers available.