You might have gathered by my silence that I had a busy weekend, and you’d be right. Saturday my primary goal was to make a great farewell dinner for Lucy and Tanner. Tanner had been away at another family wedding for over a week, but he returned in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday, with mere hours to finish all his Alaska packing.
I made two of Lucy’s very favorite things—the Tex-Mex “sombrero dip” and a chocolate layered dessert that was the specialty of a Sri Lankan friend of ours back in the day. I also made a big salad using as much of my garden produce as possible, including nasturtium leaves and flowers. I’ve got plenty of nasturtiums, which I planted because they are both pretty and edible.
Spencer and Jade came over to join the fun, but I didn’t have much chance to visit because I had to shower very early if I was going to be in bed by 9:00. (For reference, most nights I don’t end up making it to bed until about 1:00 a.m.) I didn’t quite finish loading the dishwasher, but sleep was more important so I took some melatonin and made it to bed before 9:05.
I didn’t have much hope of actually being able to sleep, but somehow I did have several stretches of actual sleep before my alarm went off at 2:30 a.m. Lucy and Tanner were already up. While I heated water for tea, I also finished loading the dishwasher and got it started. I also downed an energy shot, about which I had some misgivings, because for me caffeine on an empty stomach is not always a great idea.
Lucy did a great job of engaging me in conversation all the way to the DFW airport, which we reached at about 6:00. The sky was lighter but the sun hadn’t risen yet. She and Tanner got all their stuff out of the car and we said our goodbyes before they headed off to check in. I was pulling out of the airport by 6:30.
From there I drove to the northeast side of town, watching the sunrise, until I reached a particular Cracker Barrel. From 7:00 till 9:30 I sat in the parking lot trying to sleep. After having that energy shot plus a large travel mug of strong tea, sleep turned out to be more of a dream than a reality. I think I did doze off for ten minutes a couple of times.
At 9:30 I went into the restaurant and secured a table, where I was soon joined by my lovely daughter Mercy. Her husband Daniel works the night shift so was home sleeping, but the two of us had an enjoyable visit over breakfast.
After saying goodbye to Mercy, I headed farther south to visit my friend Joanna one last time. After waiting for almost a year for their house to sell, she is finally going to be able to join her husband in South Carolina this month! So I am very happy for her but sad for me. She took me to an Indian restaurant where I had some delicious pepper goat meat.
To be honest, by late afternoon I was kind of amazed that I was still awake, but I figured I’d better take advantage of it and get on the road. I had a lovely and highly caffeinated drive home and was very happy to see my own house with the flag flying in honor of Flag Day. Iarrived in time to make supper for my husband (Jasper was at a church event). Still not used to our reduced household.
We had a family Zoom call in the evening and got to see cute little Paisley showing off her dance moves, and her daddy Flynn showing off his facial hair.
After that very long day, I felt I deserved a slow morning today, so I slept in, enjoyed my sauna time, and started on my to-do list in a very leisurely fashion.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was getting to walk on the track in the gym for the first time since early March. Still having a lot of leg pain, but I managed. I have missed the monotony of walking round and round—not for its own sake, but because if I’m doing something monotonous, my brain tends to shift into a higher gear that can be very helpful for working on stories.
And finally, the part for our ailing washing machine arrived today, so maybe soon we’ll be back to doing laundry normally!