|Patty Pan Squash Flowers|
Today, when I looked out from my back door, I saw something bright yellow - the patty pan squash plant had about three or four flowers blooming at the same time! Today's highs were in the 90s, so, by evening, the flowers had withered. I'm hoping there were open long enough to get pollinated and I'll get a patty pan squash or two.
I've had a fairly good day, today. I woke up every couple of hours in the night because I was a bit anxious that I might oversleep, but I was able to wake up at 6:00 a.m. without too much difficulty. I got to the courthouse just as they started juror orientation, which takes about an hour or so. Once orientation was over, they gave us a 30 minute break.
As luck would have it, I was in the first panel of potential jurors to be called. I did explain about my upcoming doctor's appointment for medical clearance on Monday afternoon to the judge, but wasn't excused at once. So, I had to stay the entire day while they interviewed the potential jurors and made the final jury selection. They needed 12 jurors and 1 alternate. We were a panel of 35 potential jurors. One by one, our juror ID numbers were called, and each one was assigned a seat number, with the first one called getting seat #1 and so on. I was number 33.
One by one we were all questioned - each one had to answer the basic questions: area of residence, marital status, occupation, occupation of spouse/significant other, included ex- or late spouses, number of adults in the household and their occupations, number of adult children (even if they are not living with you) and their occupations, if you've been a juror before, civil or criminal case, and if a verdict was reached. Depending on the answers given, the judge asked additional questions. Then, we had to answer another set of questions pertaining to any incidents in our past (arrests, and so forth), interactions with law enforcement personnel, if we understood that in this country, the accused was presumed innocent until proven guilty, and so on.
I had a quiet evening after I came home. My gardener friend came by to do the garden and I had him transplant the jasmine vine we had found growing behind the shed (there is another one growing there, under some ferns, but I might leave it there). Then, he weeded and mulched another of the planting beds. Later, I called a friend and chatted with her; returned an aunt's phone call, and called a cousin.
Today is my step-father's death anniversary. 30 years since he passed away, peacefully, in his sleep. He never referred to me as his step-daughter; I was always his daughter and his rainbow.
Today, I am grateful for:
- I wasn't selected to serve as a juror
- I am now free to schedule my medical appointments without worrying about scheduling conflicts
- Free parking provided for jurors
- Air conditioning at the court house
- Fans in the house
It was another hot day, today, with the temperature in the 90s. The house felt stuffy, when I came home. I opened some of the windows and switched on the fan (I can't open all the windows because the screens on some of them are torn and I am afraid Dancer will try to go out through the openings; getting the window screens replaced has been on my "to do list" for awhile). It is almost 11 p.m. now and the house is finally starting to cool off.
How was your Friday? Have you served jury duty?