Well, I didn’t make it to church yesterday. Not only did I still feel pretty bad, but I hated to think that I might pass the plague on to anyone at church. I thought I’d be home alone, but right before church Jasper went into the yard to water some plants, and on his way back in, a bee startled him, and somehow he injured his foot while climbing the steps. I don’t really understand what happened, but he was in a lot of pain, so he stayed home also. He couldn’t stand the thought of putting weight on that foot, so all morning he crawled around on his hands and knees while I dozed on the couch.
Eventually I got my act together and had him ice his foot and then I wrapped it and gave him my hiking staff to use as a prop. The rest of the day he dragged himself around with the staff.
After supper there was a knock at our door and I went to find total strangers standing there and offering me garden produce. Turns out it was our new neighbors coming to introduce themselves. They have bought and are remodeling the other “big” house in our neighborhood. I’m so glad to have another nice family in the neighborhood. The husband has just recently graduated from the university and they have two daughters.
Shortly after that we all went over to the campus and climbed up on top of the berm to watch the “super moon” rise. We had a long wait, even though we got there right at the official moonrise time. Apparently we still could not see the horizon and then the moon was covered by clouds for awhile.
Eventually, of course, it did rise and it was glorious. I do love the moon so. When we came home, I noticed that the moon had not yet cleared the trees across the street, so I set up my tripod again and sat down to wait on the front steps. Within moments I was ambushed by a couple of adorable kittens who climbed all over me and purred. I called Lucy, and soon she and Jasper were out there playing with the kittens too. It was very enjoyable.
Today was my birthday so I allowed myself to sleep in till 8:00! I was still very sleepy when I got up, but at least my cold was finally less bothersome. I had a class to get ready for, and Lina and I also had an errand to run before lunch.
My story class went well but by the time it was over I was very tired. It might be a few days before I’m back up to speed, but at least I’m finally on the mend.
One great thing about the day was that every time I got online, there was a new batch of birthday greetings–on Facebook and by email. It was such a delight to hear from so many people! I also got phone calls from Mercy, my mother, my brother Greg, my brother Matt, and Flynn. That was a real treat. Another treat was getting to eat broiled summer squash with our supper, thanks to our new neighbors.
We are saving my birthday dinner for the weekend when all the kids will be back from Colorado. I can hardly wait! Oh, and Jasper’s foot was much better today. I took away the staff and removed the bandage and he got around quite well, though he is still limping a little.