The days are still warm, over 80, but the mornings and evenings are 65-70. There is one tree that is turning a little but most trees are still all green. Even if it is warm the humidity is gone so it is very comfortable. It’s getting very hard to stay indoors and work on anything. Bob is at a woodworking auction today and it sounds like he won’t be coming home empty handed. He started up the spa/hot tub yesterday and we plan on using it tonight. I had a much needed 1 1/2 massage and between the spa and the massage hope to have far less aches and pains tomorrow. A MN friend and her sister are stopping by overnight tomorrow night so we will take them up to our favorite mountain spots and to downtown Greenville before they leave on Monday morning to go back to Georgia via the mountain route.
This week I did my fall planting! 64 colorful little pansies in 6 hanging pots down by the spa and the rest in planters on the deck and screened porch. Also added a few mums and some ornamental kale and cabbage. I will enjoy most of those until next summer!
We started our classes at Furman.
The Civil War class has a fantastic funny instructor and should be educational as well as entertaining. He says he doesn’t take sides and just wants to tell the true American story of the war. Over 700,000 were killed and twice that number wounded. His syllabus looks very interesting.
Behind the News class was the first of 4 visits to the highest rated TV news station in the Upstate. Learned much about the TV news market and how ratings work. The class concludes with 4 visits to the Greenville news. Thank you Furman and OLLI. How else would you ever tour places like this?
Our most unusual class is Grave Decisions and it is about alternative ecological, low cost burial options. I must admit I have thought of the cost of a burial but never really considered the ecological impact and certainly didn’t know there were seven natural green alternatives to a standard burial. I started reading the recommend book “Grave Matters: A journey through the modern funeral industry to a natural way of burial” (ISBN: 978-0-7432-7768-6) by Mark Harris. I got it used at Amazon. What an eyeopener just reading the chapter headings. I would definitely recommend it. The first chapter describes in detail what happens with embalming. Not for the squeemish. One of our trips will be to the first in the country natural burial cemetery here in SC.
The book says: “A typical 10-acre swatch of cemetery contains enough coffin wood to construct 40 houses; 1,000 tons of casket steel; 20,000 tons of vault concrete; and enough toxic embalming fluid to fill a backyard swimming pool.”
We finished out the class week with an Arts and Antiquity tour of Furman Campus. The Cherrydale home, original home of Mr. Furman, we had seen before but always learn something new and then saw their new exhibit of old stuff at the Library. Because we are OLLI members we can get our library card so checked out all the DVD’s they have. We got one on the Civil War.
Went to the Travelers Rest farmers market and got some fresh bakery bread and this afternoon need to get caught up on database stuff for Newcomers. Tonight is a Newcomers Couples Dining Out event at a Persian restaurant in downtown Greenville.
It’s been a fun week.