My apologies for the lack of a column last week. I wrote one and forgot to send it in. The virus I’ve been fighting has taken its toll and I’m still not back to my normal self.

On a higher note, I was fitted for and received a pair of high-grade hearing aids and what a difference they have made. I am hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard for 50 or 60 years, including birdsong. There will be lots of other new sounds too, and this has become a pleasant learning experience.

In the garden

Gardens are coming along good now, what with the warm weather. Little green beans have set on in my garden, as have yellow summer squash. Tomatoes are almost big enough to pick a few for fried green tomatoes.

Miss store

Like everyone else living in or near Frankfort village, I miss Wentworth’s store. Conversations usually include speculation as to whether or not the store will reopen, or if someone else will take over. The store closure has left a big gap in many lives.

However, a revamped store along Marsh Stream on the other end of town has taken up some of the slack. I’ve visited Mandy’s Store several times and it has the basics, along with a good list of takeout items, ice cream and even a small selection of meats, including prime rib.

Weekly quote

The midges, or no-see-ums, were out in force the other night and drove me in from the screened porch out back. The little monsters can easily fly through the mesh of a window screen. This inspired me to recount this verse by an unknown author:

“Great fleas have little fleas

Upon their backs to bite ’em,

And little fleas have lesser fleas,

And so ad infinitum.”