It's been a busy couple of weeks at our house. We finally got the house completely painted between the rains. There are more plans for inside, but we'll wait for cooler weather. I had a chance to visit the library in Newtonia. I'm really glad it is there and hope to go through my many bookshelves and contribute a volume or two.
I also had a meeting at the Carver Monument in regards to the little school house in Neosho which the Carver Birthplace Association wants to restore. The board is making progress and I hope they can make it happen.
Dick Keezer's sister Joan is here for a visit, and she and Bill are staying with Russell and me. We had the privilege of spending time with Joan several years ago at her home in New Hampshire so we are glad to repay the hospitality.
And of course we have had a lot of rain these two weeks. Sometimes we think we have too much rain but better to be wet than dry. Our garden is doing very well — at least I think it is doing well for the squirrels.
The squirrels are having a feast in our tomato patch. The minute a tomato starts turning pink, they are all over it. One squirrel I have watched gets a tomato and then scampers up the big evergreen tree. He chooses a favorite spot on a favorite limb and starts eating. But by the time he has about a fourth of the tomato eaten, he's apparently full. So, he merely tosses the tomato onto the ground below. Then when he's hungry again, he gets another one.
We have to fight for every tomato we get. The squirrel bides his time. I'm sure he knows that eventually we will go on our way and he has full possession of whatever tomato he wants.
With all the rain, our house became a haven for ants. When I see ants, I get very busy. We fought them for a couple of days until we could get a pest control man in to do the job professionally. He managed to get the job done one day when we got a little break from the rain. He sprayed both inside and outside and the ants are gone for at least another year. We hope.
It was a sad day to see the Bud Combs house going down. Unfortunately, it was a landmark that was treated shabbily by our city and died a shameful death. The only hope left would be that the city was wise enough to salvage some of the treasures from the house. It was full of things that are highly valued today. Things such as big timbers, flooring, solid interior doors, hinges, doorknobs, brackets, and cabinetry, and the house had beautiful trim around the porch and at the gable. All that is highly desirable to those who salvage and restore homes, buildings and even furniture.
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Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.