What do the above have in common and why am I writing about them? The first two have been landmarks of our regular neighborhood walking route. This morning however, the tree, formerly lying in a state of rest in a grassy water retention area at the apartment complex at 63rd & Alice, was gone without a trace. Three months at least it had been there, and then suddenly gone, without advance notice even. As for the alfalfa, it remains the plant of choice in the farming area left in our square mile, but has been cut and is currently awaiting the baling machine. Not sure how many cuttings that makes for the year but remember the last one was only a week or two before our vacation as I remember Serena and I discussing this on a previous walk.
Now for the Roberta paragraph. Thought I'd better add something of a more general family interest or you all might quit reading my blog posts. One of the pictures Serena sent reminded me of an early memory of Roberta and I "napping" in the old house in New Vienna. I'm sure the afternoon nap was a regularly scheduled event and the exciting part was we got to lay down on the big bed for our nap if we didn't bother each other -- which must have been difficult to do quietly so that we wouldn't draw attention to the fact we were bothering each other. My plan was always to torment Roberta until she would call for help and then I would pretend to be asleep (and sometimes actually was) by the time Mother came to check on us. I credit this pretending to be asleep to my present day ability to fall asleep very quickly.