I’ve just had the unhappy experience of losing several days out of my life. (I don’t recommend it.)
I’ve spent about 20 hours a day in bed for the past four days, wiped out by a miserable medical medley of sore throat, chills, diarrhea, muscle weakness, shortness of breath and incredibly awful fatigue.
Either I had a really huge reaction to my weekly dose of arthritis medicine (Methotrexate) or I picked up some sort of bug along the way. Either way, I was too sick even to go to church yesterday which is how you know how bad things were. As the pastor’s wife and pianist, I hardly EVER miss church! Happily, I’m feeling slightly better today and am going to try to make it into work for a little while.
With all that’s been going on physically, and also in light of the fact that we were without internet access for much of our vacation, I have managed to get way behind on replying to comments. (As you know, I try my hardest to respond to every comment I receive.)
This morning the realization hit me that I would have the time (and energy) to do only one of two things: get caught up on all my comments OR write a new post. And since a new post is overdue, I’ve opted for that. (I will, however, reply to a few comments that asked particular questions or needed a specific reply.)
And now onto today’s (strangely titled) post.
Last Tuesday, we got to spend the day with my sister, Debbie, and her husband and son. The six of us went to the Bok Tower Gardens which was a lovely, low-stress, non-crowded outing option for a bunch of folks who truly appreciate lovely, low- stress, non-crowded outing options.
As soon as we arrived, we hopped aboard a tram and were whisked away by our funny and personable driver named Mitch. (Here is a picture of the aforementioned family members. And Mitch.
Since I am a huge fan of architecture and old, interesting buildings, I was especially excited that the outing included a chance to tour a 13,000 square foot mansion. It was built on the grounds in the early 1930’s for a Bethlehem Steel vice president. I was truly amazed when the tour guide told us that he and his family only stayed there six weeks out of the year!
(The first two photos are from the Bok Gardens website.)
After we had happily meandered through the estate, we made our way to the Bok Tower which comes complete with carillon concerts twice a day. (The next two photos are from their website.)
Steve and Sarah immediately applied themselves to reading all the informational stuff on the wall since our family is all about informational stuff and the reading thereof.
The tower is surrounded by acre upon acre of walking paths, benches, trees, foliage, and all manner of plants, flowers and birds. When you’re there, it feels like interstates, stop lights, and fast food restaurants are light years away. A wonderful, wonderful feeling.
At the end of our little tour, Steve decided to take a picture of Randy who was trying to take a picture of a squirrel. He then posted said photo to Facebook with the following caption:
“My brother-in-law, taking a picture of the rare variegated, triple-snouted kumquat. Also known as a squirrel.”
Now of course Steve realizes that a kumquat is actually a fruit and he also realizes that squirrels do not generally sport triple snouts. But he figured that using a whole bunch of weird words in the wrong way would make a fun picture all the more fun. Which is why he ended up with the title he did.
And that is also why this blog ended up with the title it did–because we Smiths are all about weird words and weird titles.
So. As you go about your day today, be sure to be on the lookout for any triple-snouted, squirrel-like kumquats you might see.
Because you just never know . . .