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Spring is almost half over and it has been a different one from what one might call normal. It has been cold, cool, wet, breezy, and sunny sometimes all in the same day. It was a tough winter and now it seems Mother Nature is trying to make amends. Lots of pollen for those who suffer from allergies, cool, almost cold breezes to make your walks or jogs or runs uncomfortable, but, the sky is blue and the sun shines with warmth trying to not only warm our skin but our spirit that sometime got very depressed during the long winter. It’s funny how Mother Nature tries to make up for her indiscretions.  The grass seems to be a greener green and the dandelions have been the most vivid yellow and so thick that they appear as a carpet on top of the green thick mat. Yet, here on the reservation she seems to be having a difficult time keeping this spring normal if there is such a thing.

The grounds crew has several new members and they are being trained as they go, OJT. But, it is a huge task to keep these 120+ acres and 200+ houses and the Big house grounds looking superb. They are still cutting the grass and I suppose it will be awhile before they really learn how to mow grass. There is a difference you know.  It has been difficult for them because of the rains and cold. It is funny to see folks driving lawn mowers with coats and hats and gloves. Cutting grass envisions shorts and tank tops but despite the cold and damp the grass grows profusely.

The oddity I have noticed this spring is Mother Nature’s seemingly desire to help control the population of geese and ducks. We have enjoyed seeing 3, maybe 4, clutches of ducklings that the mother duck has brought to the pond for their first swim but being sadly disappointed when they were gone the next morning.  None have survived. Fox, coyote, raccoon or perhaps snapping turtles have had their fill much to our disappointment.  Ducklings’ swimming behind their mother is a wonder to watch and another way of counting on spring’s renewal of the earth. It has been disappointing in watching and keeping tabs on the hen setting on a nest of 14 eggs in our shrubbery bed and the discovery that something had destroyed them all. Sometimes Mother Nature can be cruel it seems.

The geese are not faring any better than the ducks. The grounds folks said they had found goose nests with a total of 40 eggs and now they are all gone. We have no goslings to date and it doesn’t look too promising to have any this year, sad but not too sad. Geese live 18- 20 years and we have plenty. You are welcome to take all you can carry. I’ll even help if you need it! Whatever Mother Nature is using to control the population it seems to be working very well.

Summer will be here before too long and we will complain about the heat as usual and say how much we miss the spring, human nature at its best. We never seem to be satisfied with what we have always wishing for something different or better.  That’s just the way we are and I guess that’s OK. Life here in the reservation is good. No, not good wonderful.

Thanks for listening,

Richard Isley

The day started out very brisk, about 25 degrees cooler than yesterday. It is cloudy and kind of drab looking but a great morning after the storms that went through last night. I know it stormed because one of the girls woke me up and wanted me to protect her, an easy solution at 12:30 am. She went to bed in her safe house, her crate. Sugar started fearing storms about a year ago. Don’t know why but at least we know when bad weather is upon us. The other girl, Foxy, slept right through the storm oblivious to the thunder and lightning. Maybe it’s because she is getting quite deaf like me. We have indeed been fortunate with the storms of late. To all those who have suffered storm damage and flooding my prayers go out for their safety.

It’s been a typical Indiana spring week. Tuesday it stormed and hailed. The hail almost covered the ground. Kind of scary considering that last year all the houses on the reservation were re-roofed because of hail damage. I suspect a lot of folks went out and checked their roofs. Wednesday it rained again and was very windy almost blustery. But, yesterday, wow. Sunshine and warmth, I think it got to 72 degrees before the sun set. An absolutely gorgeous Indiana spring day. The goundsmen even had the mowers out. Not sure what the game plan was because they mower here and there, my side yard, the neighbors back yard and the strip between the sidewalks and streets. I guess they just got the high spots.

It was a wonderful morning to reflect on life here on the reservation. It is so quiet and peaceful with wonderful neighbors who are not necessarily nosey they just look out for each other. The main building, The big house, loaded with so many things to do and activities to participate in that if your bored you don’t have to look very far to find someone to blame just look in a mirror. It has been a good morning to remind me that almost 2 years ago we made a really great decision to move here because now all the life ending decisions, for us anyway, have been made. Have never regretted coming here and it makes me feel good to know that we will not become a burden on our children.

I went to the Big House this morning and worked out for about an hour in the Wellness Center (Gym) then visited a friend in the rehab center who is recovering from double pneumonia and other issues. He’s 91 and is doing much better, chomping at the bit so to speak to get back to his apartment and his painting. Later today I have to take my mother to a doctor for another check- up. She is 92 and doing fairly well considering.

It’s noon now and the sun is shining. We have gained 17 degrees since morning. Looks like it’s going to be another wonderful day here on the reservation almost but not quite paradise!

Thanks for listening,

Richard Isley

To start with I’m going to give you more information than you probably want to know. But, to tell the story you must have all the pertinent facts. Since our return from vacation on March 1st we have missed our Indianapolis Star 3 times. Each time I call and register the missed paper and if I can get a real person I complain. I am signed up to read the Indy Star on line but for some reason, still to be determined, I cannot get to the IndyStar web site using the AOL browser. I can only get to the IndyStar web site by going thru internet explorer. But, reading the newspaper on line is not the same as reading the print edition.

You know we all have our habits and I am probably one of the worst about doing things strictly by habit. Get up at 7:00AM get papers and unwrap and layout the Indy Star so that the extra (funny pages) section is on the bottom of the pile (last). Pour a cup of coffee and start reading. About this time on of the girls will come trotting out of the bedroom headed for the back door. So, I let her out and go wake up the other one and put her out.

Now I have to interrupt my newspaper reading with what should be a simple task of fixing a dog breakfast for our diabetic girl Foxy. But, Foxy has become you might say finicky. She most times won’t eat dog food. However, there are times when she won’t eat people food either, so fixing her breakfast is a crap shoot. She has to eat so I can give her an insulin injection.  This as you can see can be a major disruption to my morning routine. And it generally is!

After dog breakfast it’s back to the Star and more coffee then the Daily Journal and finally computer time.  Criminal Case awaits!

This morning I awoke at 7:00 and put on my lounging pants. (Flannel pajama bottoms) Went to the kitchen and slipped on my shoes and glasses and went to the door to get the paper. No paper! No Sunday Star! Instantly pissed! WOW what is that? They just delivered the paper to my neighbor and they are driving off! I will get my paper! Where are the car keys? The closest keys are in Linda’s purse. Where is the purse and which compartment? Third try, I found them! Out the door raise the garage door and out I go to chase down the newspaper delivery person. It is cold this morning. I have no coat on! Found them. It’s a woman, damn will have to clean up the language. Good morning, did you forget to leave a paper at my house again? This makes the 4th time this month.

“Where do you live”, she asks. I told her my house number and she looks at her order sheet and says. “This says 645 not 745” Well I said, “Most mornings you get it right. Why not every morning?”  No answer!

Here’s your paper. We will try to do better tomorrow.

What more could I ask for? I have the Sunday Star.  Now, if I can just get Foxy to eat her breakfast it may be a great morning after all.

Thanks for listening.


Monday! Cold! Cloudy! Windy! Typical Indiana winter day.

Well, there is no snow, but you can’t have everything!

So the boss says “let’s go out and get a bite to eat. You pick.” I said, “Burger King.” Love their fish sandwich! While waiting for our order (there is no fast food anymore) a friend said “hi!” Bill Monroe, a fellow resident on the reservation and great fisherman, was getting back in line to get some cookies for he and his wife. We talked a bit then our order was ready. Hadn’t taken too long, the fish must have really been biting!

As we were eating our lunch, I noticed Bill Monroe getting up to leave. He put his coat on and then his hat. Did you get that? He put on his hat!. Yes, he had eaten his lunch with his hat off. His mother must have really taught him well or maybe his wife did the teaching. It doesn’t matter who did it, but here was an older man, eating lunch at a fast food restaurant with his wife and he took off his hat! My compliments!A gentleman with outstanding manors!

Bill Monroe, thank you for reminding me that folks still have good manors.

Now, I was always a fan of the Sopranos (remember that show?), but I really became a die-hard fan during the episode when Tony (a real bad ass) was having dinner in a fairly nice restaurant with one of his “clients” when a young man and woman entered and set down and the young man left his hat on and started to look at the menu. Tony noticed and excused himself from his table and walked to the table of the afore-mentioned young man. Tony proceeded to tell the young man that he had two choices. One, take his hat off while eating his supper, or, two, Tony would remove it for him and in that process kick his ( the young man’s) ass. Needless to say, the young man removed his hat. Tony became my hero forever!

His mother taught him well.

Life at the Reservation

January 19, 2015 — 1 Comment

June 2013, we moved into a cottage on the reservation at the Franklin United Methodist Community. I’m sure the community leaders cringe when I call it the reservation because they call it Brookside an adult community. When you move here, for a fee, they guarantee lifetime care so when you can no longer take care of yourself, or your cottage, you are relocated to the “big house” where someone takes care of you.

It is a lovely quiet gated community and the folks here are really nice and neighborly and most have been here for a long time. Now, the goal of me and the boss is to live here a long time and die before we have to go to the big house. Reservation seemed to just fit. We have reserved a place in the “big house,” our life now is reserve, and just like the indians, someone else takes care of our every need.

Our cottage is about 1500 sq. ft. and is located on the pond so we can watch the ducks, geese and fish when we want. No, I am not a good fisherman! We lost 500 sq. feet and, as a result, had to re-home a lot of stuff. 25+ years of accumulated tools, must-keeps and might-need-it-somedays added up to a lot of really-good things. Believe it or not, it was almost a year before we could get both vehicles in the garage. Probably the hardest things for us to “down size” was the books. Took four large loads to 2nd-hand book stores. Sad, maybe got $100 for them. Really miss the books but I did get to keep my civil War and Charles Major collections.

Moving is so much fun. I kept the “sliders” under the living room furniture for over a year. Lost count how many times we re-arranged. “Sliders” are wonderful.

We did purchase several new pieces of furniture. Smaller. I have to say, and I hope she hears, Linda has done a fantastic job decorating our home. It is really comfortable. Now I hope we have bought the last major piece. Got a new mattress and box springs last week. WOW, can’t believe the difference that has made.

As time goes by I will share the things we love about living here. This was one of the best decisions we ever made.