I have been preparing for trial now for a few weeks as an expert witness. I was called up on Wednesday February 22nd and was gone by Thursday morning. My time away should have only taken a couple of days but for those of you that have anything to do with the court system knows, trials run on a different time frame than reality does. The defense lawyer was a bit of a drama queen (and he was a guy) and the judge indulged the drama. So a trial that should have lasted 2 days at max took over a week. I'll end my semi-rant on the belief that if these lawyers want to fool around they should do so before they start the trial, if not for all their witnesses like me, for the families that have to sit through all the drama when it is the families that suffer, not the lawyers. Rant over.
The trial was still going on Thursday when I received a call to join in the rescue and recovery of the first set of tornadoes. I was called first to Ohio and then to Indiana. I have to admit, the older I get the harder it is to see the destruction. I use to be able to go to these disasters and not bat an eyelash. Last night I spent crying with a family who lost 2 members. It is hard to see so much loss and not grieve, even when it isn't my turn to grieve. Walking down some streets look like moonscapes or really bad movie scenes. The destruction is just so complete. My heart goes out to those who have lost so much. May all that is good hold you and heal you.
I got home about an hour ago and found a couple things had happened while I was gone. First, my Amish neighbor brought me some early chicks to keep warm. Ten new chooks for the flock. Since I wasn't here when they came, my 13 year old niece set up a little kids swimming pool with heat lamps, feed and water in the basement. Who says kids today can't handle responsibility? She took control and did a great job. Country kids can survive!
My mantra for the last month is to not plant ANY seeds until after March 1st. I always plant too early and end up frost killing some of my precious seedlings. I came home after March 1st so I'm setting up my little planting shelf in the back bedroom and hopefully by tomorrow I will have my tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage planted. Even though we got 9 inches of snow on the ground when I was away, I know spring is just around the corner.
So that's about it for my disappearing act. I'm going to get some work done and then catch up on everyone's blogs to see what everyone else has been up to. Hopefully everyone is safe and well and getting ready for spring like I will be doing. It's so good to be home.