Sunday’s one thing and another

  • Billings Gazette photo
    Empire Builder: “The westbound Empire Builder train 7/27, comprising two locomotives and 10 cars, was carrying 141 passengers and 16 crew members at the time of the 9/25 derailment. At approximately 3:55 p.m., the seven rear cars of the train derailed near the town of Joplin, Montana, located 75 miles (121 km) north-northeast of Great Falls, Montana, and 145 miles (233 km) north-northeast of Helena, Montana. Several cars were also tipped over after derailing. Three people onboard were killed and over 50 others were injured, including 15 who were hospitalized.” – Wikipedia (I’ve taken trains along this route many times, so the story caught my eye. During Glacier Park’s hotels’ season, there might have been park tourists on that train. Sad news.)
  • A Sharp Solitude, by Christine Carbo: I finished the fourth and, I believe, the last in the Glacier Park suspense series and found it somewhat slow going until I got near the end. Then, all hell broke loose. Worth the ride, I think, but less compelling than the series’ first three books.
  • The O.C. (outside cat): The O.C., who we named Robbie, showed up on our doorstep months ago and decided to stay. So, we fed him and gave him water along with a covered box to sleep in. Queries to local folks on Facebook turned up nothing about a lost cat. He seemed healthy, but we took him to the vet to make sure before we began allowing him in the house. Fortuately, there haven’t been any “incidents” with our two older cats except a little hissing when personal space is invaded. Robbie’s inside the house a lot and that seems to be working even though he wants to spend most of the daylight hours outside.
  • Supper: I went all out preparing tonight’s supper. This proves that even though I’m a man, I’m not scared of going in the kitchen. I also know how to get ice cubes out of the freezer.
  • Granddaughters: We haven’t seen my granddaughters for two years, first because I was having weekly cancer treatments and then because of COVID. Now, finally, it looks like we’ll be able to travel to Maryland to see them before they grow up and get married. (I was beginning to wonder.) I hope they remember who we are. In case you were about to ask, we don’t take the cats with us. Looking forward to the trip.
  • Weather: The remnants of two tropical storms dumped a lot of rain on us, so now, just as we’re enjoying sunny skies and lower temperatures, here comes Sam. According to those who know about such things, we should be in the clear. Hmm.

Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying your weekend and reading lots of books.