Friday, June 18, 2010

On my way to work...

I see so many little things that make me smile as I drive to work.

O.k. sure, I have tunnel vision and people tell me they honk and wave and I stare straight ahead like a zombie on a mission. I've offended people who think I'm ignoring them... I'm not at all, I promise... I just ... uh.... focus on the road?

Furry Husband will probably drop his jaw to the floor over this post because he teases me all the time for being so ... zombie like... when I drive.

I do see things... really I do....


I see our vet's calico cat across the road from her house, hiding in the tall grass hoping to catch a mouse or vole.

I see the shiny mules and horses in the pasture next to the big power lines...

I look for pronghorns in this pasture. I saw 20 or more there once and haven't seen them since....

I saw a little bunny to my right jumping around in the grass. I thought he might dart in front of my car so I slowed down as I passed him...

I saw the pretty heads of 2 Jersey milk cows as they poked them thru the feeding stanchion for some breakfast at the small dairy on Taft Hill Rd. I used to sell that guy feed when I worked at Ranchway Feed Mill and always really liked him. Glad to see he's still there...

I saw a red and black truck parked on the side of the road. It looked like our neighbor's truck and I wondered if it was them and if they needed help and if I shoulda stopped? They know my cell number and my phone wasn't ringing... so I'm pretty sure it wasn't them and whomever it was was there on purpose (I hoped). Fixin' fence perhaps?

If I leave for work on time, I always see a guy going in the opposite direction on his motorcycle... in all black, shiny black helmet, legs sticking straight out in front of him, arms high on his ape hangers.... he must work the graveyard shift.

I pass the house with the beautiful flowers in front. Always flowers for every season... there is a sign in the yard that says "Garden Goddess". I believe it!

A nursery with a sign about buying blooms for July and all the fabulous hanging flower baskets...

Suburbia begins to appear.... I go through the round about... the children normally waiting for the bus in front of their houses are gone... enjoying summer vacation. Man, I wish I got a summer vacation!!

I wait at the intersection of Taft and Prospect and I watch the swallows... little fighter jets... diving and swooping and near misses as they chase moths and bugs... I'm amazed how fast, reckless and precise they are in flight.

Closer to work I see a sign on the corner hand written in Sharpie marker... "Fresh boiled or live crawdads Today only!" And that is funny to me. Especially since the sign has been there all week. It's also gross to me... eww.... crawdads.

Oh - there is the curly red haired lady who always walks her red with a black saddle bloodhound dog. They always make me smile and she walks him every day....

I make the turn into work and begin my day....

4 comments:

DebH said...

hey now,,,,it was like riding along to work with you, very very cool. Also, very relaxing, now tell me about that ride home on a friday next. That I would totally LOVE!! I love going home!!

Kelley said...

Really nice one... thanks for letting me "ride along"!! :)

mommyrides said...

Shanster: Have you started to notice the world around you more since you started blogging?
I do creative journaling and ever since I started back again, I've noticed that I "look" more. I've noticed that we have a small family of Canadian geese in the pond just down the road from our house. I was a little worried (because worry is what I do :)) about them at first because I only saw one, and I believe they mate for life. So I was sad for my lonely goose. But then another appeared and now there are three. Which is a small family for our fertile Canadian geese! Also today there were two large hawks having a face off on the side of the road. Just sitting on the ground about 8 feet from each other, simply staring. Strange? They were still there when I drove by 20 minutes later, stranger?
I like that I "see" more now. If I didn't my kids would never pull their heads away from their video games to look for all the stuff I point out!!

Shanster said...

DebH - ME TOO! It seems there is less activity on the way home? It's hotter and maybe it's not quite chore time yet?? I see that guy on his chopper heading into town on my way home... funny. I see him coming and going!

Kelley - Anytime sistah!

Mommyrides - I think I always sort of notice the animals but I try to REMEMBER stuff to share which I guess DOES make me think about how to describe what I see in the world around me! You should share your writings in a blog too!! :) I'd love to see...