Wednesday, June 29, 2005


  1. The rumbling in the sky yesterday finally produced a fairly heavy rainstorm for about an hour or so, cooling temps slightly, and providing some small relief to plants and persons.

  2. I ended up driving across the northern suburbs during the storm yesterday afternoon, and discovered that my route was closed due to "round-about" construction. Twice, I found myself sitting stopped on a two-lane road surrounded by empty fields with a long line of cars stretched out in front of me as far as I could see. I think if I had to endure that kind of traffic daily (as it is, I usually am going against the flow), I would be perennially mad, become a Republican (this area is the most Republican county in the state) and probably support causes that have never interested me.

  3. After our walk this morning, I found three or four j. beetles (I'm afraid I usually just call them "little bastards") chomping away on my hollyhocks. It's amazing how much they had eaten. I put them in the extra plastic bag I carry in my pocket, tied it off and put it in the trash. Such an empty gesture. There are probably a million more or so.

  4. Tonight, we begin Choral Evensong at 6:30 pm. I am looking forward to it, and to the trip -- Getting to sing for a week (actually five evensongs) at Durham Cathedral will be a respite from driving down crowded roads, or fuming about politics, or worrying about the many ills of the world. In evensong, one can only pray, sing and be quiet. Amen.


Rob said...

I am envious that you have so few beetles. I am inundated--picking hundreds a day off my plants. Needless to say, they are doing quite a bit of damage--and it's not even July...

Don said...

I think mine are just getting started for the season. Each year the number increases.