I am a little happy today, because I don't have to go to work. My step-mother is having surgery this morning, and she has asked me to hang out with my dad. Dad is slipping. He gets confused easily and then panics. My brother was going to be at the hospital with him, but bro is not someone who can sit and wait. He's more of a "doer." I don't mind waiting around with him, and it will give me an opportunity to see for myself how confused he is. He's still driving, and I'm not sure that's safe. Lil, "strings camp" is a camp where kids go to play stringed instruments. They usually put on a concert afterward. Candy plays viola and is working on cello. She will get to do both at this camp and meet some of the kids. I want her to make friends, so she will feel more connected to the community up there. Bingo was a BAD DOG yesterday. He had to spend some time in the dog pen on Saturday when we went to a graduation party. He hates the dog pen. Yesterday morning, I had the not so bright idea to clip his nails. He hates nail clipping. Then I went to his dog pen to tie some new ribbons to the electric fence in there. We had to use an electric fence, because Bingo is a digger and the farmhouse is right on a major highway. If he got out of the pen, he could run onto the road. Anyway, Bingo got mad at me and ran away. I've marked the edges of our property with little flags. He's been taught not to cross the flag lines, but I didn't know where he'd gone. I kept calling and calling and beeping his collar. He has to wear an e-collar while there in order to avoid this running away business. After a few minutes, he surfaced in the weeds on the east side of the river. He'd found a groundhog hole over there and was hunting. The good news was that he didn't cross a flag line, but the bad news was that he left me in the first place. He had to spend the rest of the morning tied to me by a rope. When I finished planting the beans and tomatoes, he was able to run around again. He went groundhog hunting again. We saw a deer walking around on the highway early Saturday morning. Lil, I have a few small hostas, but the deer haven't discovered them yet. We also saw hummingbirds, a toad, eagles, groundhogs and some very small fish. Have a pleasant Monday.