Thursday, July 4, 2013
Peach Fried Pies and Oscar the Dog
I sent a picture of the fried pies to my brother, and he texted back, "that was mean." :)
After tonight, I have one more day here, and then depart for home early Saturday morning. While I am always usually ready to get home after a trip, no matter where I am, it has been in many ways and pleasant and enjoyable visit here the last two weeks. Dad and I have our routine of feeding the horse and mule, taking care of the dog, and me taking care of them while taking care of my knee.
It is the first time in quite some while that I probably have nothing that had to be done other than getting my online class materials loaded last week. It took 3 trips to town and 3 efforts to get it done as there were problems with the university network system one day, and I couldn't get it to load from out here one day. Being here is a reminder of how important access is in rural areas--for many reasons, not just the ability to blog or email. I am woefully ignorant of the news in the world at the moment, without my access to instant news and headlines on the Internet, or my ability to get a variety of news sources to help give a better perspective. Let's just say the area newspaper (my folks still get a paper newspaper) is rather biased in its view, like most of them in West Texas from my experience. The local paper at least just deals with local news, and though I rarely know anyone mentioned in it these days, it is a pass-time.
Last week, there was an article about a local student who is going to Africa with one of her college professors on a research team, and I commented on it. My mother said, "she's not very smart is she?" I said I thought she was very smart to be doing that at her age, and I was very pleased to see a young woman from Graham heading off to study in Africa. I might just have to write her a letter; maybe she will want to go to South Africa some time.