It's summer in the Ozarks. We went from a WET spring to a HOT and DRY summer suddenly. Hay is cut and ready to be baled. Goats lie in the shade in the afternoons.
Lonnie's mom passed away a week ago. Now comes the process of sorting her possessions and settling her estate. It's going to be a challenge, in that her will has yet to be located.
Lonnie's health has declined as well. He is not strong, and he gets out of breath easily. The transition from active man to frail elder is hard on his mind, too. He's frustrated and fearful.
It's important to remember that this time will pass.