Well, the sun showed up today! How glorious is that? The dark pink camellias against the blue sky almost hurt my eyes. And when the gloom dispersed from that sky it faded from my outlook, too. It did not hurt a bit knowing that I did not have to go anywhere today.
And I did not go farther than the compost pile and the clothesline. My god, but I have become so strongly tied to my home and hearth. I remember when we moved in here, I was on the porch swing with a friend and I told her that I just had no real desire to leave the house or property. That I was finally home and this was where I wanted to be.
Boy. Did I get that right. Twenty years later and I'm almost to the point where I CAN'T go anywhere else. Of course I can, but I so rarely want to and I am so happy right here doing the little domestic things I do.
This is how bad it is: I ordered a new ironing board cover a few days ago and I am inappropriately excited about getting it and using it.
Here's the description of it:
He said, "Well, I love watching guys jump into the rapids in Alaska to find gold."
We both thought about it for a moment and said, "Same thing," and then we laughed.
I hung sheets out on the line and I picked camellias. Here's today's gathering.
When it gets cold in Florida, the manatees head for the headwaters of the river where it's warmest. They are amazingly large animals and the name I first heard them called by which was sea cows, is very descriptive.
The kids also got to see a hippopotamus named Lu who is supposedly the world's oldest hippo. He is sixty-five. They used to have a lot of exotic animals back in the day at Homosassa but when it became a state park, they exported all of them to...somewhere. However, Lu was allowed to stay because the then-governor, Lawton Chiles, made him an official resident of the state of Florida which meant he was not exotic and could stay right where he was.
God, I miss Lawton.
So here it is, Friday night, clean sheets on the bed, martini glasses in the freezer. I am in a very fine mood and it is chilly and getting colder.