I'm hoping to blog about some of the interesting things we saw and did -- seeing some Tolkien friends, visiting Cahokia Mounds, going to Kadoha Village, &c -- but I've come back to a mountain of pressing work, so thought as a stopgap I'd just list some things from the day before yesterday:
--visited my father's grave
--saw a car on fire in the median on the freeway
--planted a cape-jasmine bush in the yard where my grandmother's house used to stand*
--discovered that, given the chance, blue jays will happily eat dry catfood
--seen a young blue-jay following its parent from branch to branch, hopefully expecting to be fed
--discovered that sparrows are mighty predators; I saw two of them after a bug, and it made me glad the proportion size between them and me is what it is (a good reminder that dinosaurs aren't dead, they just evolved). I rescued the beetle and left them a few shelled peanuts in reconpense
--picked up the first and only toad frog I saw on the trip (though we saw some huge water-frog in the St. Louis botanical gardens). which involved some hand-washing afterwards
--saw two Tiger Swallowtails, my favorite butterfly.
*the day before having driven my mother by the place where my other grandmother used to live: the little house was still there, though now long abandoned and practically invisible from the road. Glad to see the old black walnut tree's still there, at least.