I’m sorry I missed posting on Wednesday this week.
I’ve been having some stomach problems, and on Monday I had to work part of the day from home because I felt so bad. Late nights working and lots to do for the newspaper, plus spring allergies, have me worn out.
I was off Thursday and am also off from the newspaper today, so I have been enjoying some restful time.
Happy May! May is one of my favorite months, and not just because my birthday comes along. Spring seems to fully settle in during May, and the trees are showing off their new green in earnest. I feel surrounded by new life.
|Chase Bird watching.|
Chase Bird sometimes perches on top of the sofa in the living room and looks out the large window facing the backyard. I’m sure he sees things that I don’t.
I had to sneak to get the above photo of him. I “casually” walked over to the table and got out the camera without saying anything to him. I snapped off a few before he turned to look at me, wearing an expression of, “Again? Pictures again?”
|A view of the backyard. The dogwoods are in front of Larry's shop and a tool shed. The raised bed garden is on on the right.|
Out the window, the yard is looking so pretty. I took the photos of the dogwoods and spirea over the past weekend.
We had a bit of a stumbling block as soon as the mowing season started. The riding lawn mower wouldn’t start, and it took the repair shop about two weeks to fix it.
The push mower isn’t the best, so for a little while, a yard was looking a little raggedy.
I would love to make more of the backyard into gardening areas, partly to cut down on the parts that need mowing.
|A closer look at the dogwoods silhouetted against the other trees.|
|Spirea in the backyard.|
I met my minister for coffee this morning and we had a nice talk. I haven’t been attending church—for a variety of reasons, mostly from inertia.
But he’s so good about taking time to discuss spiritual and theological questions with me and is accepting of my doubts. He also knows about my OCD and how that has affected my spiritual life.
I want to get back to church, though. It helps me to focus on what’s important to me.
Last weekend I finished the latest Nevada Barr book, Destroyer Angel, featuring her character, Anna Pigeon. Anna works for the National Park Service, and most of Barr’s books take place in a national park.
The books are not formulaic, though. They’re well written, and Anna is a well-rounded character who loves animals and nature. I find that I have a lot in common with her.
Barr’s books are wonderful. She’s the only author I’ve read whose writing about frightening situations has made me scared to turn the page.
Have you read anything good lately?