After being away from home last week serving on a jury, it was a wonderful thing to be home with Harland and Kitty.

Sunday, they celebrated my homecoming by taking a nap.

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No, just kidding. One of my favorite sights is Kitty sharing her bed with her human for naptime. Kitty recommends sleeping throughout the day and heartily approves of Harland enjoying a few ZZZZzzz with her.

Kitty is finally 100% well and back to her normal silly self.

I went back to court Monday to finish deliberations. We made our decision based on the evidence before us, weighed it carefully, and in the end knew there was only one verdict we could render. Our verdict was unanimous which was quite a relief as my biggest fear throughout the trial was a hung jury. That would have been an awful thing.

I have a new respect for our jury system. It’s not perfect and sometimes it doesn’t make sense why a jury reaches a verdict that it does. But for us on the outside of the process, we should consider that we are not privy to all the evidence or the jury instructions that guide how a verdict is to be reached, and what can and can’t be considered in that decision.

I didn’t enjoy being away from home and having my life interrupted. But I learned that jury duty can’t be approached with a “there’s nothing in this for me” attitude. I learned that it’s about serving my community. It was instructive, humbling, and in the end I was proud to be part of it all.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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14 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    Glad you are back and Kitty is back to normal. Thank goodness she lets Harland share her bed. Welcome home.

  2. Louise W. says:

    Thank you! Enough said.

  3. Carol says:

    Thank God Kitty is bright eyed and bushy tailed once again! Glad you are back, you were missed. : – )

  4. Donna W says:

    We intend to do a tour of the flint hills next week, and then go to a tractor show in Winfield. I hope to see Kansas as you do.

  5. Carol says:

    Hey Suzanne, did you have a nice Anniversary? Would love to hear if you went out, what did you eat ?

    • Suzanne says:

      That weekend we stayed at a B&B in a small town south of Topeka. We had planned on staying there on our wedding night, but the plans didn’t work out, so we were glad to finally stay there on our anniversary. You can see the B&B here: It was a lovely inn, and we wouldn’t mind staying there again. They helped us celebrate by having a bottle of champagne in our room.

      • Jeanne says:

        What a lovely B&B! I took the time to go over their website and really enjoyed it. Which of the beautiful rooms did you and Harland stay in?

        • Suzanne says:

          Upstairs in the Prairie View room. We had windows looking out every direction. Really nice big room and huge bathroom.

          • Jeanne says:

            Ah! I was hoping that was the one you’d have had! It looks absolutely beautiful!! What a great spot to be!

  6. Jeanne says:

    I only have one more “jury duty comment” – I’m very glad I didn’t have to serve on the Zimmerman jury. It would have been soo difficult. Oh! and one more: Glad you’re back!

    Glad to know that Kitty is back to 100% again, too! YAAAYY!!! Kitty!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Becca says:

    Thanks for sharing….my eyes have been opened.

  8. Doe in Mi says:

    It makes me smile big to hear Kitty is all better. Love your cat and mine too!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I cannot tell a lie. I hate Jury duty, but do it anyway! lol

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