Summer Is In No Hurry to Leave

Tomorrow is the autumnal equinox, the official first day of fall on the calendar. but you wouldn’t know it if you stepped outside. For the past few days the temperature got into the upper 80s in the day (89 today), and according to the radio, that’s twelve degrees above normal for this time of year. We’ll see if that delays the fall colors in the leaves; that happened in October last year.

Yesterday Leive was in a rare mood. She heard from Abe (actually his real name is Abdullah, he’s a Christian Arab, but everyone calls him Abe), Gene’s partner on the fence, that a restaurant on the southwest side of town, Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine, served excellent chicken, and wanted to try it, so we ate out for the first time in two and a half months. It had classic Middle Eastern fare, like hummus, shawarma, tabouleh and kebabs, and we both were quite happy with what we ordered, so I have a feeling we’ll be going back some time. They also had falafel, so that would be a good place to go, whenever we miss the Sukkot picnics we had at our church in Florida. As for the chicken, Leive said she finally found a replacement for El Pollo Loco, her favorite chain of chicken restaurants. El Pollo Loco is alive and well in southwestern states like Texas, but they closed their Florida stores way back in 1991. We got done just as the sun went down, so I could still observe Yom Kippur by fasting last night and today.

I also had my six-month visit to the dentist yesterday. They found a cavity, so I’m going back for a filling on Wednesday. I’ll have to take some time off work for that, and also for another car repair. The Buick has been making a squeaking noise lately, which apparently is caused by a bad bearing over the right front wheel. I tried going back to the shop where it was worked on two weeks ago, and they were too busy to even look at it. Another mechanic I visited wasn’t open at all. It looks like if I want it done the day I leave it there, I’ll have to bring it in when they open on a weekday morning.

In church this evening the pastor talked about how to get power through faith. For Christians that’s very useful material, and I probably ought to post a link to this sermon, if he puts it online. We ended with a communion, something done every three months, and next week they’re going to have another potluck with a Veggie Tales video, so Leive plans to bring something for that. Remind me to tell you how that turns out. See ya!

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