Saturday, June 26, 2021

One Fine Day


I believe that if you count carefully, you can see all of the chickens there except for four of the babies. So many chickens! I had thrown them some watermelon and they were gobbling it up. They love watermelon with all of their little dinosaur hearts. They are watermelon-eating machines. 

Today was just a very fine day. As I had said, Hank offered to go with me to pick out glasses and Rachel ended up coming too. We went to Costco and the lady pointed us to a wall and told us where the women's frames were and said, "Just help yourself. Feel free to try on whatever you want."
I had decided that maybe I wanted red glasses. I have had red glasses twice in the past and always enjoyed them so...I concentrated on those. Hank held the ones I tried on that were contenders, Rachel looked for ones she thought I'd like. And she was right, too. They were both fast and honest in their opinions of what looked best on me. And we all seemed to agree. So that made it so much easier. Within fifteen minutes I had found two frames, one for regular wear, one for sunglasses and I like them both. The ones I got for sunglasses have two tiny pearls on each of the stems. They are so fucking cute! The everyday ones are a bit more sturdy which is sensible. And then another lady did all the measurements and cracked jokes with us and asked me the questions that needed answering and it was just a breeze of an experience. And for less than the price of two pairs of just the frames I was looking at yesterday, I got two pairs of glasses with my crazy prescription. 
And I forgot to take one picture! 
Well, in a week to ten days, I'll have them. 

So that was done and dusted and we went to lunch and then to the Goodwill bookstore where I got another tractor book for Levon and three Babar books that I don't have and a crazy book that I think is a bit too scary for August and Levon but which Owen and/or Gibson might like and which I decided I just had to have in my library. 


It's educational!



It was just easiest, sweetest day. I enjoyed being with Hank and Rachel so much. I never got anxious, I never felt nervous. I didn't even feel ancient! It was just a laid-back, lovely few hours. And I am so grateful for the help they gave me. 
Dang but I'm a lucky mama. 

Mr. Moon's been working on his big boat all day long. I swear- that man can put in a day's work. It is truly a big boat and he scrubbed the whole thing, inside and out. He wants to take it down to the bay to run it to see if everything's working and he will not take it out of the yard unless it is in tip-top, ship-shape, shining condition. He just can't do it. I know that he'll be feeling a huge amount of satisfaction tonight. 

Two more pictures. This one, I took this morning to send to a friend far away and I texted it with the word "Florida."


The rain we've gotten lately has made everything so green and my wild phlox is a pure glory. I took this picture this afternoon from the other side of that little bed.


My next door neighbor at the last house we lived in before this one gave me the tiny phlox sproutlings. She was a true master gardener and I loved her tremendously. I transplanted a bunch into this yard when I moved here and they come back every year, strong and true, no matter what the winter has been like, no matter how much rain or drought we've gotten, no matter how much sun or shade they get. 
I wish I was half that resilient. And beautiful. 

Don't we all? 

Love...Ms. Moon

23 comments:

  1. I would say that you have endured many dark seasons in your life, but look at you...still here, still glorious, still sucking in the joy of life like a child with a black cow.

    Ms. Moon: you are no less wondrous than phlox.

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  2. What a wonderful day. I have to admit I had to rush past that scary book before it got into my dreams. Too scary for me, never mind little children!

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    1. Well, I won't show it to August and Levon or Maggie yet. I promise.

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  3. That phlox is incredible! The pink just jumps out of the computer! The word "lush" comes to mind when I think of all that green and all that rain. As you know we are so far from lush, suffering from a terrible drought. Sometimes it feels as if it will never rain again.

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    1. We have had periods of drought where I had felt that it would never rain again and everything just felt so, so wrong. As if everything was off in a malevolent way. I'm sorry you're having to go through that.

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  4. So happy you had a good experience shopping for glasses with two of your favorite people.

    Must say, I'm with Boud about that book...had to push past those scary pages for the same reason. I saw the movie "Fantasia" as a small child, but it wasn't until I saw it again as an adult that I realized where many of my childhood nightmares originated. That is one very scary movie for young children.

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    1. When we were little they did not worry that much about terrifying and scarring us, did they? Almost every movie had some horrible situation going on whether it was in Fantasia or when Bambi's mother got shot or when Old Yeller died or....
      No wonder we're so weird. Maybe not all of us. I am.

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  5. Glad you had a nice day and your glasses are ordered. We will be awaiting the self-portrait you will post once they arrive!

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    1. Yeah. Maybe. But it was a really fun day.

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  6. OK, I'm finally catching up on blogs! Glad to hear you got some new glasses and I can't wait to see them! Red frames always make me think of Sally Jessy Raphael, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    That book is AWESOME! I never knew Scylla had a belt of dogs' heads. That's downright bizarre. Those crazy Greeks. I can see how it might be too scary for August at this point, but it won't be long until he can deal with it, and Owen and Gibson will certainly like it. Kids love mythology.

    Nice phlox! We have some phlox too, but ours are a little different from the Florida variety.

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    1. I hear you on the Sally Jessy but these aren't quite like hers. The sunglasses definitely aren't.
      Maybe I should give you that book. Everyone here seems to think it's too scary for children.
      Take a picture of your English phlox if you get the chance.

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  7. and mine are blooming too! so thank you. can't wait until they multiply even more.

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    1. Oh, Ellen! I was wondering if those had made it to Texas! Hurray!

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  8. The frightening book illustrations are just the ticket! That would have been in our library when son was Owen's age!
    I love your life, the chicks , the kids and the tall man, the pantry, the food that you create, the blue dress and red glasses frames, Your are living my dream- the visuals sustain me.

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    1. Ah, but you are an artist and I am not. In my next life, I so want to be.

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  9. I love the book illustrations and the red glasses. You are more resilient than you think.

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    1. Maybe. I don't feel that resilient any more.

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  10. I can't wait to see your new glasses. That phlox is gorgeous, reminds me of my mother, she loved phlox too.

    I don't know why you wouldn't describe yourself as resilient. I would definitely describe you that way.

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    1. And beautiful. I forgot to write that too. Fuck!!!!!!!!

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    2. You're so funny. I fucking love you.

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  11. I love wild phlox. My parents had a whole part of the flower garden just full of it.

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  12. Such a fine experience you had with Hank and Rachel. People who make us feel fully and beautifully ourselves with no judgement, no angst, as life's truest blessings, and it sounds as if you were with two such blessings today. I get a kick out of the idea of you choosing red glasses! I cant wait to see them!

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