Nothing like putting your guests to work. Richard had made a very kind offer of help, and we'd planned a particular job for him while I tended to barn chores. Because of circumstances, that plan went by the wayside but that didn't get him off the hook. That carefully swept deck was again ankle deep in leaves; that's what we call job security. As I was gathering buckets, Heidi grabbed the broom and started in. Poor gal, she got stuck working while Richard walked with me into the drive to watch the gathering of vultures. "Thanks a lot, Dad." She did a bang-up job, and then I watched her face as the wind kicked up and more leaves fell right where she'd just cleared. After lunch and with a long drive ahead, Richard and Heidi packed up, gave me hugs, and drove away. It was an informative and interesting visit. Both father and daughter are world travelers with tales of far-away places.
Some things shouldn't be put off. The remainder of the day was a do-nothing day, and a nap was on the agenda. Planning a trip to Sacramento today, I rested and recharged my batteries, so to speak. I needed to get down the hill to say goodbye to my friend who was in the last stages before dying. I waited too long. Dolly, of "She Who Brings Rain" fame, died last night. I had no more than texted a good-night message to her when her daughter sent a text back saying Dolly had just passed. We've been friends for such a long time, close to 25 years. We've laughed and cried together, often at the same time. It's hard to think we won't be making any more fun and wonderful memories together.
Would you believe it's raining here? Well, hello, Dolly!