What… We’re here to stay?

We woke up to frosty temperatures – about 34 degrees. By lunchtime, the sun had warmed things up to 70!!! It was a beautiful day and Fester was determined to get the mirror in working order. First he had to find the “right” tools… a guy thing. Problem is, when we left home he went thru the garage and picked up random tools, because he still had room in one of the tote boxes he stores under the coach. That said, he ended up pulling out tools left and right. Once he had the right tools, Fester was able to attach the upper mirror to the replacement mirror we finally received and able to install the mirror assembly late this morning! He still has the wiring to finish, but he’s off to a great start.

Meanwhile, while reconciling one of our credit cards, we noticed two questionable charges on October 30 for $2.31 and $.07. Granted they weren’t significant amounts in the scheme of things, but we hadn’t made them so I called PNC’s Fraud Department. As the rep was investigating the suspicious charges, a random $1.00 charge popped up from a store in California. That said, he placed a hold on our cards and issued new ones – which we should receive at the campground on Wednesday, possibly Thursday. Since it was such a beautiful day, we took the afternoon off and returned to the College of the Ozarks Campus to look around some more. Since we’ll be here a bit longer, we plan to take a guided trolley ride through Branson, and perhaps ride the scenic railroad in the next day or so. When handed lemons, make lemonade!

Sadie… just because she’s adorable.

While exploring a local park and lake with Sadie, we came across a tree with large green “bumpy” fruit-like balls that had scattered below. Trust me, these balls had some heft to them and would cause a serious hurt if they hit you in the head! We had never seen them in Ohio and were curious, so we brought one home to investigate. Turns out it’s an Osage Orange – a tree fruit. Indians used the wood from these trees to make bows, which were considered very valuable and traders traveled many miles to trade for them. Farmers used the live branches to weave fences due to its strength and durability – and the thorns on the branches were likened to barbed wire. Because the fruit (about the size of a softball) isn’t edible by humans or animals, scientist wonder how it propagates. Indigenous to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, somehow, over the years, the trees have “migrated” to many other states. Well, I’m sure that’s more than you ever wanted to know about Osage Oranges.

Author: skunky and fester

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