Well, we can't say we aren't well into September, only a few days from "official" fall. Time is flying and I'm -- not!
I did get a very few fall things in the house. Here's a peek. I'll start to bring up Halloween the first week of October unless we are able to go to the lake that week, in which case I'll probably bring a few things up before I go.
Earlier this week on my ditch walk I have a couple of nice spottings, including the return of Ellie Egret.
I haven't seen Ellie all year. These photos were taken from far away with my not-so-great-anymore zoom but you can see, she's quite a beauty!
Another good thing -- I was a lucky winner for this lovely print of one of Dixie's pastels and two of her beautiful cards. Dixie is at Arranged Words and recently celebrated her tenth anniversary blogging! Thank you, Dixie!
For all the good things, it has been a frustrating week or so here as I've been waiting for insurance authorization for testing and treatment and feeling a little more exhausted every day. We canceled our trip to Muncie and |I'm hoping to get enough mojo for Rick's reunion the 22nd/23rd. Until then, I'm semi-self-isolating as immunities are down with this infection. One day at a time.
In fact, I was so down and so tired on Sunday that Rick went off to see the grands by himself. They had a great time at a new park but also took time to make me a get well card, which I just love!
So, staying clear of crowds (that reunion will be a big test of that), being careful in stores and such is primary. That said, Rick and I did get to hear our friend Onur Alakavuklar do a lovely concert for a local organization last week. I was glad I went. Much of the music was what he played at our house concert in June at Rick's, which you can hear on this post, but there were a few new pieces as well.
And we did have a nice "catch-up" birthday dinner with my next door neighbors. Rosie and I share the same August birthday but we hadn't had time to celebrate in the summer.
Walks are a good way to self-isolate. On September 11 I spotted this as I walked by our neighborhood fire station. That, and much of the programming I saw reminded me of that day -- seeing the attack as I watched TV getting ready for work and the subsequent crashes on the little TV at my office, with colleagues crowded in doorways of anyone who had a television set (there were a few of us, since we worked at a TV station.) That night, Rick and I hosted guests from Japan who were speaking at MSU about the relationship of Japan and America following World War II. We sat under a clear-as-a-bell blue sky and were shocked by the silence above us. (We live under a flight path but didn't realize how often we heard planes above until there were none.) There was little traffic in the neighborhood that night either. I suspect everyone was as shell-shocked as we were,probably glued to the television (which we did after the guests left,)
The first of my three upcoming vaccines, RSV, is done. The Covid vaccine will probably be this week, assuming it comes into the pharmacy Monday as scheduled, then flu. Although some sources say you can get them all at once, my pharmacist recommended one at a time, so I am spreading them out a week apart.
And finally, the winners of the "On Tyranny" drawing (thank you, "random number generator!") are Bobbie of Cottleston Pie and Lisa of Lisa's Yarns. Please let me know your addresses and I'll get the book in the mail to you this week. (If either of you have already purchased a copy, let me know and I'll go to the next on the list!)
See you soon!'
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