|Flooding in Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia|
In correspondence with Mana, we agreed to meet at Appleford at 11:00. I paced my day to meet our schedule. I stopped at Panera Bread for a ham and swiss souffle, a chocolate pastry and large cup of coffee, which I ate and drank as I drove. (As I sit here and think back, I took a dangerous risk! I could have spilled my coffee.) Upon my arrival at Appleford near 11:00, I immediately brushed the pastry crumbs from my shirt front and began to unload my car and set up the first scene. The sky was overcast with the humidity rising towards an uncomfortable level. A level when beads of perspiration spontaneously arise from my pores, congregate in large drops then drip down my forehead, nose, forearms and spine. Not good when wearing eyeglasses. Good thing I had my contact lenses in. I walked the props, light stand and reflector over to the scene. A few 100 yard round trips and my forearms and forehead glistened with non-specular highlights. I placed the Lemon-Lime unsweetened Kool-Aid and water mixtures in sealed reused 2L Coke and Sprite bottles on the ground near the IKEA bowl and carafe, shear polyester silky chiton that was fused together with black Stitch Witchery and a Harry Potter magic wand pen(to be used to enchant the lemon-lime liquid).
I have carried a large handkerchief, sometimes called a bandana, for most of my life. I guess it is my working class origins or my 34 year job in construction. Whatever the reason, it comes in handy for many purposes including, the then needed, mopping of the brow. (Though I was wearing contacts, sweat still stings the eyes.) It can also be used for wiping dirt and blood from your arms. Even if you are not working at a construction job.
In any event, I now waited for Mana. I took the time to wander the grounds looking for other scenes to use that day. I noticed large quantities of frogs, tadpoles, gold fish and minnows in the water. I heard finches, chickadees, cardinals, titmice, robins, blue jays, cat birds and I even spooked a blue heron from the lower pond. As I walked about glistening and listening, I noticed not one other person enjoying the beautiful jewel that is Appleford. Such a shame. I found several scenes and moved some garden furniture to suit my needs. The day looked promising. All seemed to be going well and I hoped nothing would ruin my day.