Well hi everyone! Yes, that was a whole month off. Seems like nothing, right?
Here’s what I did.
- Learned things. As it turns out, August is butterfly time in my neighborhood. Sighted, a Gulf Fritillary, Common Buckeye, Painted Lady, one possible Monarch, innumerable and varied Skippers.
- Also learned that planting milkweed does not guarantee Monarch colonies. Mourned. Held out hope for next year.
- Watched the long hot summer finally cool down.
- Bought some new t-shirts at Barney’s, UNIQLO and J. Crew.
- Got more new t-shirts from UNIQLO Japan as a present from my son who’d been in Asia for the summer. One is printed with Winnie the Pooh. We always used to call that boy Piglet.
- Got fed up with Twitter and the endless stream of outrage, despite my wholehearted agreement that outrage is often warranted. Stayed on Twitter anyway.
- Planned a trip to New York City to gawk at the opening of Fashion Week, with a Partner in Blogging Crime.
- Planned a trip to Austin, Texas, to see college roommates.
- Planned a trip to Auberge du Soleil to celebrate my upcoming 60th birthday.
- Planned a trip back here for next January.
- Read the last of the books in vampire series The Passage trilogy and the business/personal growth tome, Grit. Supernatural/ non-supernatural strength.
- Attended my niece’s Bat Mitzvah.
- Danced with both of my children at the same time.
- Channeled my mother in a new t-shirt from J. Crew.
- Decided never to spend any money ever again.
- Spent it anyway. Bought myself two 60th birthday presents; a new wallet and hairbrush to fit in this bag.
- Loaned a lavender dress to my red-headed daughter for one of her friends’ wedding rehearsal dinners. Good color combination, lavender and spun copper.
- Got my sprinklers adjusted.
- Took Mom to the emergency room. She was OK.
- Drank no alcohol all month, except the night I had to take Mom to the emergency room.
- Returned to yoga classes.
- Found out my LDL cholesterol is way too high. Stress and lack of exercise, at a guess.
- Thought about vegetarian recipes and aerobic exercise.
- Met with Mom’s new geriatrician and primary care doctor, watched Mom dancing at her new memory care place’s happy hour. Someone held her hand so she didn’t fall down.
- Breathed deeply. Took a long walk with my husband. Noticed the afternoon light had thinned, just a bit, over the month, and sat down to write. Remembered it takes practice. Sat down to write again.
I am very happy to be back. I hope that the tiny onset of fall feels good to all in the Northern Hemisphere, as spring will to those of you in the South.
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