Thursday, April 26, 2018

Irresponsible genealogy?

So I was finally informed correctly: When the funeral home who took care of my uncle Nun's funeral went out of business, another business took over their records, but the second business doesn't have anything but his death certificate.

I'm disappointed, because I've seen worksheets that funeral homes have, and they include a lot of information. But maybe the current funeral home didn't want 40 years of paperwork that wasn't theirs. I can see that. Now I'm stuck with "Burial: Humphrey," which can be any one of at least four and at most ten cemeteries.

The next step is to attend the genealogy conference this weekend, and hope for ideas.

Another step is to go look at the cemetery and see if Nun is etched into a headstone OR SOMETHING. This poor recording of events has left me all ... well ... frustrated.

At some point, since all the Humphrey cemeteries also don't have him and the Postville cemetery has him HAPHAZARDLY recorded, then I may just presume him buried there with the fam. It's what should have happened. Maybe it DID happen.

But presuming is not the genealogy way. (Think of it like "The Code of The West.") Not the responsible genealogy way, anyway, LOL.

Monday, April 23, 2018

He-man: Make fire!

To make a fire you need fuel, oxygen and ignition.

Mr. Butthead doesn't understand this. He had some trees taken down in January, and declined the offer to take the tree limbs away. So he's cutting them into rounds and piling them, but he piled up some of the smaller branches for a fire.

I dread him burning brush because he doesn't pay attention to the wind direction, and sometimes fills my house with smoke. He IS a Butthead, after all.

So I come home one day, and see one pile with a blackened branch. I look at this and I smile evilly. He's got green wood and he couldn't light it. I'm happy. Almost wishing I'd been here. Heh. And it looks like he gave up. It's quite possible to burn green brush, but it requires some finesse.

Over the weekend after his burn failure, he got a small open trailer and he's fixing up the hitch to attach to his golf cart. Now TinyTown's brush dump is full of mud and ruts and I doubt that a golf cart can navigate the dump, but if he takes it somewhere else, it's cool with me. If he's not burning, it's good.

I don't mind a competent, considerate burner. I know several. But the evidence shows that he's at the other end of the spectrum.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Anxiously awaiting

About 10 days ago, I burned the yarrow.

It was a nice day, no wind, and my yarrow is in two small areas in my front yard, about 1x2 ft and a 1x3 ft. ... It burned gooooood, and the little swirls and whirlwinds of fire and air and smoke, traveling upwind to where the fuel was, is fascinating to watch. The flames probably got 15 inches tall.
Yarrow is a native plant and impervious to a bittie surface fire like that. Gotta love native plants!

Since then I have been waiting for it to re-sprout, but these plants are smarter than I am, and they knew it was going to snow TWO MORE TIMES. *eyeroll* In the meantime, I look at them often. Waiting. Waiting.

I have a much larger patch to burn soon, but for that, I need my garden hose.

UPDATE: April 22nd the yarrow is sprouting!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lunch shaming

I just learned that "lunch shaming" is a term. Although nowadays it has to do with children whose parents haven't paid for a lunch, the term immediately reminded me of my experience of junior high lunchroom.

I come from a family of tightwads, and I was never part of any social group at school, so when it came time for lunch, and I had a fried egg sandwich and everyone else had the too-expensive school lunch, it didn't bug me. *hand out, palm outward*  I had a book.

The ugly thing was that, although a. the other kids never ate their whole lunch, ever, b. the school administration decided that if you brought a sack lunch or no lunch, you had to sit at the corner table, while 120 other kids sat where they wanted and socialized ... as if we were c. going to eat the other kids lunches or some crap like that. 

It was a completely offensive and condescending rule, and a vivid demonstration of the class-consciousness of the town I lived in.

And the 120 other lunch-eaters swapped food and ignored food and threw it out in the end, like kids do.

In my life, it was just another way to be ostracized; I had developed the hide of a teenaged rhinocerous.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Harsh April

April has been a bitch

Normally February is a bitch, because I'm tired from all the cold weather all winter, and February is normally cold, and I have to wait through it to get to some warmer temps.

But this year, April is the bitch, with snow after unseasonal snow and cold after unseasonal cold. The trees are two months late budding out. My Korean lilac didn't know any better and pushed out buds in March that got frozen.

And for a month, I have been pumping water out of the root cellar. Now, for reasons too numerous to mention, I get to do it in snow. Gahhh.

... and Wahh!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Change of plans

I had plans for the weekend. It's April, so I had anticipated a warm weekend, in which I'd do a little garage saling, a little visiting, and tidy up at the cemetery. I had my things ready. That was a week ago, when I still had hope. *dramatic sigh*

About six days ago, I looked at the weather forecast, and had myself a minor snit, as snow was forecast, even that early, for this coming weekend. As the week went on, the forecast amount of snow decreased and increased, and then increased again from the original amount. The latest weatherliar estimate is 5-8 inches of snow. I do remember shoveling snow in April, in the 80s, but it's always been a couple inches. They are pretty sure we'll exceed that.

So I got groceries last night, and I'm getting the last of my treats tonight on the way home, and I'm staying in. For how long I stay in is somewhat up to the weather gods. 

So the bright spot:

Earlier this afternoon, I was looking out the side door, right by my boss's office, at the lawn-like area nearby. The wind was gusting up a fit, and last year's cottonwood leaves were fluttering all around. They are all putty brown, like the upper corner of this leaf (photo from the internet), crispy and still a little shiny in the light. They were swirling and tumbling and rolling. -- They looked right nice. 

Monday, April 9, 2018


Due to the vagaries of life, the guy who moved in next door to me is a butthead. I mean that in the crabbiest form of the word. One of the prizewinning things he did was to whack a bunch of greenery he thought was weeds. He had no idea what was in there. I do. He thought I would thank him. Grrr.

I won't even call him by his name. I call him Mr. Butthead.

I could overlook the weed-whacking as a misbegotten good deed, but when he took my largish (think the size of a breadbox) landscape rocks that I brought home in an overloaded Dodge Colt from Sioux Falls, that was just theft. Sucker wasn't getting away with taking my rocks. Each time he took one, I left him a note and then he gave it back.

He gave them back. But he took them in the first place.

I'll add to his sins that he has butchered a screen of trees that slowed down the dust from the county road on the other side of him. It's hard to put your clothes on the line when the dust coats them.

So I plan on moving plants I value away from his whacking, chain-sawing ways. I have a clump of goldenrod, and a rhubarb plant that are both moving. Probably the horseradish, too, even though it has probably lived there for 60 or 80 years.

Because one of my living room windows opens out onto his barren-scape of a yard, I also plan on putting in a strip of sunflowers and shorter plants in a 1-foot by 70-foot strip between he and I.