J17 and I spent yesterday with my parents. I had some business to take care of down there and I wanted to take them their tomato seeds as well as pick up some pizzas I had ordered from a fundraiser. While we were there, Mom and Dad were talking about a speaker that had been at the retirement apartment/community where one of my aunts has moved. This lady was talking about how children can tell if their parents need help and/or are slipping into dementia. We all had a good laugh. Several of the things this speaker was telling adult children to watch for are normal occurrences, not only for my parents but at my own house.
What did she warn about?
1. Multiple packages/cans of the same item. (Because evidently, in her world, stocking up on something is a sign of dementia.)
2. Floors that haven't been recently vacuumed. (HAHAHAHA!!)
3. Lots of items in the fridge with some past their expiration date.... really???
I guess it all depends on who is doing the checking. Dad assured me that just because they bought two cases of canned vegetables (at $.25/can) that they aren't demented... I wasn't worried. None of the things on that list would concern me. I guess it's just a different mindset.
We also dug up a couple of big asparagus crowns to bring home. And we stopped at Stringtown and the cheese factory on our way back but more about all of that some other time. I've gotta talk about the weather!
The weather has been totally crazy warm! And it's forecast to continue. We're forecast for temps into the 80's! In Iowa in March!!! Too crazy! The tree buds are exploding into green. Things are growing! And they're predicting this weather pattern to last for at least another week and a half. But I'm just worried that everything will bud out and they it will freeze again. It can still get nasty cold in April. I'll just have to cross my fingers. But, maybe some peas will go into the garden soon.... because Spring Fever is hitting hard!
We even did our first grilling out of the season this evening. Mmm... locally made brats...
And finally, I was chatting with Roger this evening. We were talking gardening and seed starting. He offered me a seedling of the Trinidad Scorpion pepper... I declined. It is reportedly the hottest pepper on the planet (2,000,000+ scoville units- the strength of police grade tear gas) and I really don't have an interest in growing something that I need to wear gloves to touch and that you need to have protective gear to cut. No thanks. I'd probably hurt myself.