John collects tin cans and recycles them. This keeps him busy and also provides a bit of spending money. Having something worthwhile to do when we age is a good thing. 


Changing an old door for a new one at the Tourist Mennonite Church. They are also going to take out the shrubbery and put in a wheelchair ramp. 

Alligator and Cats

These two people and their leader are professional alligator catchers. The leader is behind the tree out of sight. I don't know the whole story but the huge alligator who has been making its home in the Phillippi Creek north of Bahia Vista wanted to feast on Jean Bender's cats a few days ago. 

The cats were smart enough to get up on the roof of a vehicle, out of the alligator's reach. So these people were hired to catch or trap the alligator. Sunday evening he was still on the loose, hiding someplace and I haven't seen Jean today, so I don't have the latest on the alligator. 

Sailor Fights Temptation

Poor Sailor has been trained not to be himself. He has been trained to control his Dog Nature. He won't bark, nor make a sound, or jump off and go after the squirrel. 

Ben informed me that Sailor will not cave in to his dog nature. He watched closely every time a squirrel came for a peanut. He watched the squirrels fight their territorial rights and who should have the next peanut. 
I admire his trainer and I admire Sailor's willing to submit and just be a humble dog. But I also feel sorry for him that he can't just be a dog doing dog things like chasing squirrels. But then he is also a much beloved dog who admires his owners, those who have trained him. 

Our September Rains

We had a few quick hard rains this evening between 5-6 PM. I didn't realize how much it rained until I went for a bike ride.  

This one looks like an illusion.

The creek is high but not overflowing. 

No Rain

We had no rain today, although thunder went around the south of us this evening.

At the Pinecraft Park.

Sunshine and Shadows

It was so good to see the sun shining this morning. A Resurrection Fern has started to grow on the trunk, the grasses and a few wild flowers were here and there. Everything was green and fresh.  

Well Worn Shoes

This man is in desperate need for new shoes. He came walking into the park carrying one shoe and something that looked like a nail. A few minutes later he left the pavilion again wearing both shoes. But his shoes are so ragged and well worn that he has to drag his feet in order to keep his feet in his shoes. 

The Hammock

Resting at the Pinecraft Park.