We were supposed to have rain and snow last night, but it didn’t happen. The most we got was some dew dripping off the eaves of the house. This morning, the clouds are rolling in and the sun is shining in between. Have I said how much I love the green of our hillsides? The bits of yellow from the wild mustard remind me of the times when my mother, grandmother and maternal aunts would go on “green pickin'” road trips down to Rose Canyon. Somewhere in the family’s photo closets is a picture of my grandmother and mother, bent over picking mustard greens. I can remember mom coming back home all excited and happy, washing the greens and putting them in a big pot to cook with chopped up bacon or salt pork. She’d put a couple of peeled potatoes in and be happy as a hog in mud… LOL For myself, the closest I could get to eating mustard greens would be to eat spinach, cooked or raw.
It’s just 43 degrees out this afternoon, so we won’t be working on the railroad today — unless the temperature climbs up a few more degrees. Our current dilemma is the battery in one of the locomotives that Robert built. We should have run them over the winter — just to keep things loosened up. The batteries went dead and even recharging them doesn’t do anything. The locomotive runs fine when it’s plugged into the charger, but remove it from the charger and it won’t move. <sigh> The batteries have to be a specific size/type, so we’re doing the finger walk through the Internet to find a battery supply store. We bought the current battery at a store in Santee, so we may have to have the younger son purchase it and deliver it to us, unless we can find a supply closer to home.
A final couple of photos for you — this is a coiled steel train — just went through, heading south. I missed the lead locomotives because I didn’t realize it was ALL steel cars until the locomotives had already passed by. So you can add at least another 10-15 cars to this photo, along with about three locomotives in the lead. There are two locomotives pushing from the rear.
Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.