SEASIDE - My daughter, Robin, thinks Viburnum is nice and says that some varieties are fragrant. Ive always thought it one of the least attractive plants around. Im also quite sure that the kind we have everywhere does not smell good but someone must surely like it. Too bad that someone isnt yours truly.
A recent article about Owens-Adair getting its windows replaced made me feel a little down in the dumps. Of course Ive always regretted that the former St. Marys Hospital, and my alma mater, was not retained and refurbished as a hospital. It always seemed like sacrilege to turn it into housing. We accomplished quite a lot there. All of my children were born there. I had the best job of my life there. I could always pick out the rooms to which I was assigned after various surgeries myself and could recall many situations for other people as well. What went on with the dozens of doctors who once trod its halls was important too. Medicine was a lot different in those days and as for nursing itself, there have been so many changes in 72 years. Still, I think the Florence Nightingales of this era have missed out on a lot of pioneering and more personal contact with their patients. Im glad to have had a more primitive education. Im glad we wore white uniforms with caps and capes. Girls of the old sister-hood cant recognize the nurses of today. But weve already told our story in the Cumtux magazine of Winter, 2011. Time marches on.
The weatherman has been great to give us several sunny days in a row. Its been a nice change from April showers and there are more in the forecast. I even got some sunburn on Monday.
On May 8, my niece, Judy (Ober) Wharton and her husband, Mike, took me, and their friends to Camp 18 for dinner. I guess the birds are out all the time there because they have feeders everywhere, but Ive never been at the restaurant when theyve been so active. We saw dozens of finches; a couple of tanagers, some Stellars Jays, a hummingbird or two and a flock of band-tailed pigeons. It must cost a fortune to keep them fed and they have the good stuff too, like thistle. There was excitement when we came home because I thought Id left my purse behind. After Id done all the credit card changing, it appeared in plain sight, so Ive made a new resolution, which should be good for everybody. Whenever I leave a place of business, I intend to check out everything Im supposed to have with me and try not be such a flibbertigibbet. Does anyone think that will go well?
Quip: I would imagine that as fireflies develop to maturity, they must have many glowing pains.
I think I saw a Stellars Jay with a baby bird in its bill. Does that happen? Ooh such a mean bird.
Claire Lovell lives in Seaside and can be reached at (503) 738-7215.