That was Maurice watching me make the bed this afternoon. She just looked so perfect there that I had to take her picture. I was very late in pulling up the sheets and tucking them back in, smoothing out the wrinkles today. I just could not get motivated this morning. Not for love or money. My stomach is sort of bothering me and I almost wonder if I have ulcers or something. I had ulcers when I was nineteen. Migraines when I was fifteen. Hives my entire life.
Name a "psychosomatic" illness. I've had it.
I probably don't have ulcers and by noon I was feeling like I had no excuse not to go take a walk and so I did. It was probably 80 degrees by then. But you know- walks are good because you just put on your walking clothes and shoes and grab your walking stick (maybe that's just me) and head out the door, telling yourself you're just going to take a little walk, just to get the blood flowing. And that was my plan today. When I got to the sidewalk, I decided to turn right instead of left which is the route that takes me to the county line past No Man Lord's place and then when I got to Highway 59 I decided to take another right, heading north. I convinced myself I'd only walk to the bridge over Lloyd Creek, take a picture of the turtles and then loop back around and do the little streets of "downtown" Lloyd. But once I got to the bridge I thought, "Oh hell. Why not walk down to Lafayette?" which is a pretty little dirt road and so I did that and I walked down Lafayette and came on back. I stopped at the bridge and did indeed take pictures of the turtles.
You can always count on them to be posing in the sun on that log. One of these days I hope to get a picture of an alligator in that creek but there was not one in sight today.
It was pretty though.
I also took a picture of a redbud which to me always looks like a pink cloud amongst the other trees.
I crossed the road to get up close.
There were bees zipping around like photographers at a red carpet event, trying to get the best angles on the stars.
Here's one that's a little blurry but in my defense, the sun was so bright I couldn't even see what I was shooting and also, bees move fast.
Anyway, by the time I finished walking I'd done three miles and after that I was TRULY unmotivated to do one more thing although of course I did a few things, all of which took forever because of but-firsts and also extreme spaciness on my part. I'd take the broom off the hook to sweep and then I wouldn't be able to find the dustpan which I had had in my hand not two minutes ago and the whole afternoon was like that.
Oh, who cares? Not like I'm being paid by the task.
How is August you may ask.
He is just fine. Jessie kept him home today and this morning he still looked a little peaked but by this afternoon, he looked like this while he was getting his hair cut.
And he wanted to go to gymnastics and so he did.
I do believe that if one of us adults got that surgery yesterday, we'd still be in bed, whining and drooling into a spit cup.
So he is doing fine. I will hardly know him tomorrow without his curls. Levon got his hair cut too.
Handsome lads. I sure hope they let me read them some books tomorrow.
I'll report in.
Children are so brave. They shame us so called grownups. I had my tonsils removed when i was 31 and thought i would die. But after having tonsillitis twice a year for several years it was time. And of course i didn't die.ReplyDelete
I am glad you did not die, Carol!Delete
August is especially stoic. He doesn't complain much about illness or pain. Maybe he just has a high pain tolerance.
Kids are so quick to recover and so keen to get going again. I'm glad to see him looking so much better.ReplyDelete
They're like little bean shoots- their entire purpose is to GROW and thrive.Delete
what a bounce back for August! YES! And your 3 mile walk in 80 degrees= I'm impressed. I would drop. Lovely to see the cantankerous Maurice....she looks *well fed*...... LOL! Happy evening to you both!ReplyDelete
Am still thinking about the *sex* discussion....... it was challenging, not only in commenting ........but in general.....as in*where exactly AM I in my life at this moment, physically and emotionally?*
Oh god, Susan. It is "only" 80. It gets so much hotter in late spring and summer and, okay, fall. And yet, I'm already miserable.Delete
I think that mostly Maurice has a lot of her winter coat right now. She's not very fat, really. Unlike Jack.
Can't believe that August had surgery yesterday. New bodies certainly repair quickly.He is such a cutie, so elfin. I think that he looks the most like Mr. Moon.ReplyDelete
August IS elfin! And those skinny, strong arms and legs remind me of his grandfather too. Or at least what his Boppy looked like when he was a little boy.Delete
Good to see August up and at it. I suppose if he weren't, we would be worried or just plain know he's goldbricking.ReplyDelete
And of course today he felt not so great. Ah well. He did just have surgery with general anesthesia.Delete
Good walk for you. You earned your spaciness afterward. And August looks wonderful. Strong lad!
The force is strong in that one!Delete
Lovely walking with you. The turtles are cute and the pink blossoms are so sweet , they make me want to live another day! August is a trooper- Wow they must have done such a good job for him. I suppose it is necessary to have hair cuts where you live, heat and all, but dang , Those curls will be short lived if I know males...Erik's grew down to middle of his back before he decided it was awkward looking like a girl.ReplyDelete
now he is very nearly bald.Delete
I doubt that August cares at all if he looks like a girl. I mean- he wears pink all the time. I'm not sure he even knows the outward gender signals. His brain just doesn't work that way. But yeah- both boys do like their short hair in the summer and I don't blame them.Delete
I bet that Eric has a beautiful head.
I would have to believe that the surgery nowadays is much easier on the body and quicker to heal then when I had the same thing done some 75 years ago or so!ReplyDelete
Ether and the chocolate ice cream was yuck!
Ether and chocolate ice cream. Oh, gag! Literally. You poor thing.Delete
How lovely to see how quickly kidlets bounce back.ReplyDelete
Your walk sounds delightful.
Well, the walk was interesting. It's already getting too hot for me.Delete
August is looking very well, all your grandies are so handsome. I love the photos of the creek and the redbud. Does it have another name that I might recognise? we probably don't have that tree here in Australia.ReplyDelete
From what I can gather after a VERY short google search, the redbud is native to Eastern North America and grows down to Mexico and up to Canada. So I don't know if y'all have it. It is one of the first trees to bloom here every year.Delete
Our temperature here today is 41C which is about 105-106F. I went to the shops before 8am and have just gone out to check my mailbox, 2.55pm. it's like stepping into an oven out there!ReplyDelete
Oh god. I can so relate. It's definitely not that hot here yet but it's going to be.Delete
I'm glad August is doing better! Your close-up pictures in particular are lovely. Do you use your phone or carry a camera with you?ReplyDelete
I use my iPhone 13. It has an excellent camera.Delete
Do you ever light the fire in your bedroom fireplace? Just curious.ReplyDelete
That was a great walk! Good for you! You deserved to relax and read after that!
I am so glad that August is doing so great!
We hardly ever, ever light any of the gas fires in the fireplaces except in the Glen Den. The idea is so romantic but in reality, we just don't need it. We should though.Delete
The wonders of a young body to heal itself. He looks good and the photos from your walk are lovely. I'm not envious at all, I'm obviously lying:)ReplyDelete
I doubt you'd enjoy this heat. But you would love seeing the flowers.Delete