For proprietary reasons, I can't blog about my brother's shop, but it was fascinating getting to watch him work. I drove a friend with hematological issues to a hospital in Atlanta yesterday, and asked Nate if I could stop by to see the manufacturing process while my friend was navigating the health care bureaucracy. I don't think he'll mind if I post my favorite picture from the visit:
There's something viscerally exciting about watching an artistic technician take raw materials and use power tools to turn them into a neatly finished product. Nate got so preoccupied with his work that he completely forgot to eat lunch, which must be a family trait.
My friend's checkup went well, and we left Atlanta around 2 PM. The weather was great, though chilly. At least, I felt it was chilly, until this afternoon's leaden temperatures made yesterday's a warm memory. It's supposed to drop to 16F tonight, and the blessings of good insulation and central heating cannot be too highly praised. I'm glad I didn't get rid of my long underwear when I moved south!
The alligators at the swamp in South Augusta were submerged in their pond when I took Paxifist and her three boys to visit them this past weekend. At that point, it was just cool and rainy, and I was rather bummed that after all the talking up of large reptiles I'd done to the small fry, when we hiked up to the fenced area, they weren't cooperating. We did see a lot of birds and mud puddles.
Way back in 2014 (early last week), it was still warm, and Mums and I took our bikes down to the swamp one sunny day for a several hour ride.
A thorn tree: encouragement to stay on-path!
The seed pods on this bush reminded me of fireworks, cascading out from a central exploding core.
I am looking forward to the return of more reasonable temperatures!