In addition to three silver quarters, two dead bears, and a fox with dinner in its mouth, there were other things that caught my eye.
Like the Poco Casa restaurant. The sign out front read "Best Pho in Town".
At a library program held in a local park, a policeman came to talk to the kids. A little girl with big eyes asked the policeman what he does with bad people. He said, "Well, it depends on how bad they are. If they have made a mistake or were just a little bad, I talk to them. Sometimes they are very bad, and I have to take them to jail." The little girl whispered, "I lost a library book..."
There was the night that I was tucked into a comfortable bed, watching the lightning flash and the thunder rumble. I knew that my grandchildren were asleep under the same roof. A train whistle rang out from across the mountains and it felt perfect, just a perfect, perfect moment.
There was a very hot day at the park. The kids were fussy and whining, and I could see that Brittani was beginning to wilt. I suggested that we make a stop at a restaurant for lunch. We walked in the door and it was so blessedly cool. My granddaughter held her stuffed cat, 'Black and Brown' (she is going to be a very literal child) and perked up immediately. The whining from both William and her stopped immediately. By the time that drinks were delivered, it had started once again. "I'm chilly. It's too cold."
That day, a little girl had a nap and she woke up feeling a lot better about life.
We had a terrible storm while I was gone. It did not hit the town where I live, but it did hit the southern part of our county. It danced across Grand Valley where our retirement property is, touching down here and there, We lost a tree. Our new tenant lost ALL of his trees. My sister was without power for 24 hours. They finally got it back and within a few hours, another tree fell and took the wires down again.
It skipped across the bottom of our county and hit Tidioute very badly, bringing down enough trees to make the roads impassible. Four days later, most of the town was still without power. Based on the trail of damage, people think it was another tornado although we have had no official confirmation of this.