It has been quite a week! First, Happy Pride Weekend to all who celebrate! My rainbow flag has been rehung with a new bracket and it is flying proudly in my driveway. Anyway, the last couple weeks have been unusually eventful for me. My sinus surgery went well, according to my surgeon whom I saw yesterday for my first post-op visit, although I'm still stuffy, wishing I could blow my nose, tired and exhausted, etc. But he found a bone growth which he removed and it proved to be benign and the sinuses have been cleaned out, etc., so hopefully this will all make a big difference to my health. I still have the splints, but those come out next Friday. So that's the update there.
|Oliver, Daphne, and Poosa|
|Poosa, Oliver, and Chauncey at Breakfast|
On other fronts, Eric ran another 100 mile race last weekend and it was fun for me that he was running it near where one of my blogging friends lives so she could update me on weather, etc. I think he did really well, coming in 60th/115 finishers in 29 hrs., 51 min. 46 sec. And then he posted a photo of his new gorgeous green Brooks running shoes which he'd worn the weekend before when he visited me. The shoes were totally unrecognizable after the 100 mile trail run! Today Kelly, his wife, is running in the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon and I hope she will also do very well. Personally, I get tired just thinking about that much activity, but they love it. And Pamela has texted me several times and I'm learning about the life of a conductor. It is wonderful to hear from her and I am now trying to be much less cell phone challenged, sometimes with more success than others!
|Oliver and Daphne|
|Oliver in His New Bed|
|Oliver Loves His New Bed!|
I've been enjoying all the activity in my yard. I cannot believe how many hummingbirds, crows, juncos, black-capped chickadees, and butterflies I have! I have planted more flowers, but even so, I suspect they were always here, but I just wasn't in a place to notice them. My haiku writing has trained me well to stay in the moment and observe what is going on around me. This morning in my shower I had fun watching a couple slugs. At first I thought there was just one and it was really a swift mover, but then I realized that there were actually two. It was lovely to watch them waving antennae and exploring their world. Then I was amused by three crows around my backyard pond who obviously were enjoying the day. Soon a fourth swooped in to join them, as a butterfly drank from the flowers surrounding the pond. It was really very lovely. The dogs and I then went out to pick strawberries. I love this time of year because I can get a handful or more of fresh strawberries each morning from my strawberry patch. Last year they produced all the way through until nearly November! Anyway, it was lovely picking the strawberries while watching the dogs capering around the front yard. These are precious moments and I'm glad I've gotten to the point where I can notice and enjoy them.
So that's the update from Vashon! Our island is perking along well overall and we also are doing fine. I hope everything is lovely for you wherever you are.