~Pyrus pyrifolia, asian pear~
This pear has such nice fall color - and, as for the pears, I battle for them with the squirrels each year. The squirrels are winning.
I'm heading to Virginia tomorrow - I'll make a stop for an early dinner with one of my Mother's sisters in Richmond, and then I'll head to Earlsyville and my Dad's home. It'll be nice to meet Dad's new live-in healthcare person - she seems so nice, and he likes her so much. So far - so good, even better than good.
It does look like a face, doesn't it? Perhaps like the face of an owl? I was standing outside with the Pointer Sisters today - and there it was, staring back. It's not so odd that I noticed it really, I've mentioned my fascination with bark before. In fact, I'm working on getting a group of 'bark' photographs framed for a little show sometime in the winter.
My visit to Virginia should be a busy one - I'll be helping my Dad's new healthcare person to get settled in to a above-ground 'basement' apartment so that she has space of her own for the five days she stays with him each week. I've also got to get Dad's finances streamlined so that he doesn't miss paying his bills on time (which has happened numerous times recently) - I'll probably just get my name on his bank account so I can pay things online from Charleston. There will also be an interview with my Father's longterm health insurance provider, and my Father also has an MRI on Wednesday - to rule out that he hasn't had a small stroke or seizure which might explain his cognitive decline. And yes, there will be Thanksgiving dinner - at my Mom's sister's club on the James River in Richmond (I know, no leftovers - perhaps I'll cook on Friday? Maybe...maybe not.).
Yes, it's one of those rare moments - but since some recent fence repairs, the Pointer Sisters have been getting their much-needed twenty miles or so of running in each day - resulting in sweet, sweet exhausted Pointer Sisters by night. Unfortunately this duo has to go to the kennel tomorrow - with so much to do in Virginia, having them come along would be prohibitive. So I'll take them to the kennel first thing in the morning, and I feel a bit bad because I didn't call in time to get their usual kennel (that has two acres fenced in for them to run) - so tomorrow they check in to a kennel with your typical dog run, and not much more. They'll be together though, so that is good.
I really enjoy the Pointer Sisters.
I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's drive - I think there will be rain most of the way - at least I-95 shouldn't have alot of traffic. I've downloaded the book 'The Help' to listen to along the way - I've heard good things about it, and it sounds like it might be a good one for the road. Stanley will be traveling with me (he's so good) and Haiku will have the place (aka Airstream) to herself (with someone stopping by to check on her).
I'm sure I'll be checking in here from time-to-time too.