If I had to borrow a motto, I'd borrow from Morton Salt. When it rains, it pours.
A person goes along, doing a little of this, a little of that, catching up on sleep. That must happen, even though professionals say you can't catch up on sleep. Otherwise, why would my eyelids close the minute my behind hits the recliner?
But, that's beside the point.
A while back I made a lunch date with Linda Lanning, of Rutland. Things were going along well that morning until I decided to sit down and read the paper before I went. The reading was fine, but I blinked after the last word, and my mind immediately shut down for a nap.
If it hadn't been for my sister calling to say come over, I'd likely slept through the day. She promised me I could get to Humboldt in time, so I stopped to see this big tree-moving machine gouge a willow out of the ground at the back of her property and haul it to the front to take the place of a willow that had died.
Kendrick Pierce, from the Ace of Spades, a company he and his dad, Jon, operate south of Clare, did the work. Great name for a tree-moving company, if you ask me. And with this digger machine, he could work alone.
My family says I could have run the Inquisition, and nature being what it is, I immediately ask how long he'd been doing this, which led to other questions. Bottom line - he didn't want to continue working in a factory.
I know I could have gotten more out of him, but I had to get to Humboldt. I'd made the lunch date with Lanning for the same day I was seeing Marcia Lenning at Reflexology by Marcia.
Did you catch it? Lanning and Lenning. Both in Humboldt. Both on the same day. That was too much fun to pass up.
It may have been cutting short the talk with Pierce that triggered it, but my mouth kept running at lunch, and pretty soon I was 15 minutes late for my reflexology appointment. She didn't yell at me, but doggone it, I think she pressed harder than necessary a few times.
When I left her, though, I felt so good, I pulled my groupie hat from the glove box and stopped at Mark Holtan Stables at the fairgrounds to play with the horses. He wasn't there, but his veterinarian partner Ron Emerson had been there earlier jogging the horses. I missed that, but I did get face to face with a bunch of sweet horses. I love horses.
I also love rocks, which means I'm really looking forward to the River Valley Rockhounds 49th annual gem, mineral and fossil show this weekend at the fairgrounds. It's 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29. The place will be full of displays and dealers. There's a $1 admission, with children 11 and younger free. It's a kids' paradise. Take yours.
Then go home for a nap.
So long friends, until the next time when we're together.
Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.