Dan took me out for breakfast on Mother’s Day.
Normally we would go to Timber Charlie’s but since that IS normally what we would do (on the rare occasions we DO go out to eat) I asked Dan if we could try someplace else…and I did not mean McDonalds’.
For those of you who have been to our neck of da woods, you know there isn’t a LOT of local choices. But we decided to go to the Triangle Restaurant which is between Newberry, Curtis and McMillan (hence the name I guess!).
We arrived about 8:45 and it wasn’t busy so it was an easy job of finding a place to sit. We more or less took the 2nd vacant table we came too. After placing our order, I noticed there was an ashtray on our table. Dan and I do NOT smoke and the thought of the smell of cigarette smoke makes my throat constrict and makes me cough. Then I noticed it appeared all the other tables also had ash trays so it wouldn’t have mattered where we sat. However, NO ONE WAS SMOKING!!! YES!!!!
Every once in a while more people would arrive and still no smokers!! A bit later, some people took the table to our left and the first thing one of the men did was light up. However, the smoke traveled the other way so it wasn’t that noticeable. A bit later (and our food hadn’t arrived yet), two men and a blue haired elderly lady arrived and took the table to our right.
“How sweet”, I whispered to Dan, “they are taking their Mom out for Mother’s Day”. This sweet little old, wrinkled lady with the blue hair was all dolled up. I think she still had a can of Aqua Net hairspray from the 60’s because her hair was coiffed up to the point of having the appearance of a tower and looked like it had been erected with the use of cement forms. AND THE SMELL OF THE HAIR SPRAY WAS OVER POWERING.
I tried to remain composed when all 3 of these people lit up a smoke….it wasn’t so much the initial smell and the after effects that I was concerned about, but I was afraid the vapors from her Aqua Net hair spray would coalesce with the lighting of the cigarette in her mouth and would generate a flare-up about her head. Fortunately, that did not happen…but what did happen was the swirling smoke all came our way. Our meal could not arrive quickly enough so we could choke and hack our way through it and leave.
On another note; yesterday a.m. it was 23⁰. I had brought in one hummer feeder the night before in case it DID get below freezing. I put it outside about 6 a.m….I was late in doing so. I brought in the other feeders one by one to try to thaw them out and get them put back. I don’t know how many people might have seen me outside in my “horse blanket” robe and slippers…and I didn’t really care. But what I DO care about is, it appears we have gone from two male and one female hummer down to just one male hummer. I’m really upset about that.
I brought in one feeder last night because it was expected to be in the 20’s again. I made myself get up about 5 a.m. to check temp and feeders. It was 30⁰ and the other feeders hadn’t frozen so I only had to make one trip outside and that was to hang up the feeder I had brought in last night. And the one and only hummer is at the feeders this morning.
How are the spring/summer birds in your area??
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