I did a little more weeding today. It took me over an hour just to do that one swath you see there. I sure would like to get it all cleared out before every weed reseeds. And maybe we could even till in some compost or mushroom compost or chicken shit or something.
So many of you left such sweet comments about Lauren and I appreciate that. Thank you. She actually made it off of the floor last night and onto the couch and about eight this morning she was able to walk around a bit and get on the bed. This is huge progress! Why do these things always happen on weekends? I am hoping that our much-loved massage therapist can see her soon. And a doctor. I think though that time and continuing the muscle relaxers is what's going to help the most. Lauren is not one to want to lay about. She is a hard worker and almost never, ever calls into work but she has had to. She knew her back was bothering her some but, as we all do, she ignored it and decided to do a bunch of garden work on her day off and the next thing she knew, she was in agony.
I have not yet heard from the fishing duo this evening but I expect to soon as they should be back on land around seven or so.
I did get this picture this morning.
Not unlike Charles Dickens.
I am still so impressed with the way she draped her story over the bones of "David Copperfield." I guess we could call that a device but even so, it was done with such respect and ability that I can only admire it. And also enjoy it despite the grim reality of what she describes, just as "David Copperfield" can be loved and enjoyed despite its grim realities. If you would like to read the NYT's review of the book, you can go HERE.
That makes me sad. Okra, to my mind and taste, is an excellent food. It has the reputation for being slimy but if it's cooked properly, there is no slime to it. I can't imagine gumbo without it, and cooked with tomatoes and onions it is a perfect side dish to go with fish or on its own with rice. I had some leftover from when I made gumbo last week and last night I air fried it and ate it for supper and then again for lunch today. Here's what it looked like.