June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day 2021


Happy Father's Day 2021

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for June 20, 2021

I did my first work trip since the pandemic began this week flying down to Atlanta for a couple of nights.  We had some really productive meetings.  It was so great connecting in person with friends & colleagues who I've been building a relationship with over Microsoft teams the past year and a half.  When I settled on to the plane for my flight back to Minneapolis, I suddenly realized that I took no pictures of my co-workers which really isn't like me at all.  That was a miss on my part, but I will rectify it the next time I get down there.

Father's Day was especially sweet this year spending it with Luke and Avery who are still living at home since college graduation in May.  They both have accepted full-time jobs in the past couple of weeks so not sure how much longer they'll be living under our roof, but we are enjoying it while we can.

Miss Sheri extended the life of our Big Mable tube this week.  We'd been fighting a constantly deflating section of the tube for the past couple of years and no matter how many times we patched it, it would still run out of air.  She finally said screw it, pulled out the scissors and cut it off.  So now it's a tube that you lay on instead of sit on, but the boys seem to enjoy it.  And it's a heck of a lot easier for me to whip them off of it which makes it a lot more fun for me also.

I'm sure I drive people around Prior Lake crazy, because every time I'm driving around town and see unique animals, I pull over to the side of the road to take pictures like I did when I saw this family of sandhill cranes walking around.  What a cute little sandhill crane baby!

A short while later, I saw this big ole snapping turtle walking across the sidewalk to get to a pond.  I stepped out of the car and walked up to him.  Instead of scooting forward, he stopped and spun a circle to face me.  He had a very quizzical look on his face as if to ask me.  "OK.  What do you want?"  I said to him, "I just want to get a couple of pictures."  He didn't respond, though.  He just looked at me either confused or preparing to strike.  I'm not sure which.

The coolest critters I saw this week were these two young fox in a neighbors front yard just a couple of blocks from my house.  I thought fox were more nocturnal, but these guys were out out in the middle of the afternoon.  They actually let me walk up pretty close to them before ducking into the sewer drain.  

They were really cute little fellas.  I tried very hard to listen to them, but I couldn't get an answer to that age old question "What does the Fox say?"

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