Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Some pictures, and thoughts, and sentiments. Feynman, for starters... Maria took this picture of him, and it can't be not shared! And the cats being cute or funny, or even deliquent isn't unusual, of course. William took Maria's picture, cropped Feynman, and Photoshopped him into a celestial scene, and that was very funny. I need to get William to send it to me.

Geoff is home from Wisconsin. Phil, his Dad, has made some incredible strides in recovery, which we are so thankful for. He's taken a lot, and he hope that healing and rehabilitation continue. We know he has the will to fight, and our best thoughts and support to help him rally. Holly and Geoff were able to switch days, with Georgia, so that they each could be with Phil in the hospital, keeping him company. We all agree that family and friends, engagement and activity are power sources for Phil, and the more time he can spend interacting, the better.

Here, at home, we have been enjoying the home improvement programming going on, thanks to the return of Mike. Mountain Mike, Magic Mike. At one point, Alex, Max and I were literally watching a Sawzall blade cut through siding, as Mike made a new doorway. It was riveting! Noisier than watching paint dry, and just as compelling. I really do love seeing things constructed, de-constructed, fixed, repaired, created, designed, built, made. My job has been to keep the supplies coming. So, I am doing a lot of online research, comparing, and finally ordering. Bambi and I went to one store in search of the particular shower head that will replace the broken one in their room. It will have to be a special order. I would be disappointed about making the trip, but I fell in love, and now we have a Frosty yard character. I will be installing that, promptly, on November 26th. I mentioned the tile choices in the hall bathroom, and thank you for showing interest, and reassuring me. Reassurances are always welcome. I have more decisions to make, because we a bit desperate to improve our bathroom upstairs. For one thing, hooking up the solar panels requires going through walls in there, and for another, the natural stone tiles in our shower are naturally degrading. It's one of those things where removing A. requires replacing B. and so you might as well upgrade C. Know what I mean? Anyway, now I am trying to pick affordable, yet gorgeous, soothing yet uplifting, nonslip, nondegrading, everlasting, tasteful tiles, that are instock... for the floor, the shower floor, and the shower walls. And paint. I'll need to pick paint. I love when there are semi-inconsequential dramas to indulge in! I will stress and distress over all of this, but in a kind of insignificant way, ever mindful of the curse of blessings, like when we have opportunities, and good options.

My Mom sent us fossils! She knows we used some, and shells, when we built our wall and stairs. Mike set them in the stairs. Now, we have more for future projects. It's the intersection of building materials and art supplies, and we have plans, so these will be great.
Geoff sent this picture, the morning of his flight. Jabba being Jabba. He's very affectionate. Phil and Georgia's kitty is adored, especially by the grandchildren, and Maria sighed and exclaimed over this photograph, as she proclaimed all of his fine qualities.
Besides Cairo being soft and warm, by my side, I wanted to capture this moment of Autumn light, the calm of a Sunday morning. I was checking Geoff's flight status, and thinking on the day ahead. Morning sunlight streamed in, and it was beautiful. Beautiful. I love it when beauty is immersive, when I can see it and feel it, when even my emotions and thoughts are touched, put at ease, or raised.
Geoff's flight, from Madison, was a very early one, and so I was happy to whisk him away for breakfast/lunch. We went to Barrio Logan for tacos, and were lucky enough to get something extra... lowriders, and festive shops, a nice walk, then tacos and aguas frescas. Mine was lime, con Tajín. We followed this with a quick stop at The Book Catapult, because I had another order to pick up. I really like these necessary errands when I have my Love with me, and we can talk, and hold hands.

Con respeto, y amor. I am thinking of his loved ones, and in memory of our cousin, brother, son, father, nephew, Daniel GC... flowers, prayers, shared grief. Too soon, too sad. When I heard the news, my thoughts wouldn't stop, and over and over again, I felt the urgency of sharing both my sorrow, and to remind, and be reminded: Love! Love aloud and openly, say the words, and take the actions that show your affection and respect. Share the kind words, and ideas, and gestures that are in you, and don't wait. We can't avoid all sorrows, but we can relieve some, and make our lives gentler, more meaningful with even small deeds.


Janece said...

It's always so exciting when the Birdhouse is going through home improvements. The results are always so inspiring and spectacular! I know living through all the logistics, errands, upheaval, etc... is tough -- so sending resilience and peace for your hearts while that portion of things is underway. But... oohhhh.... the rewards! I can't wait to see them! I'm so excited for all of you!!

Your Frosty fellow is adorable! Can't wait to see his jollification of your space when the season is here!! ⛄

Love that you & Geoff got a fun outing together. You two deserve lots of those getaways.


Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Janece, I love that you are appreciating the happy prospect of the new developments around here. I feel like I am managing to keep an inner peace, so thank you for your good thoughts. You probably know how much it means to me to share... our space, our time, our fun, and I am super excited about what lies ahead, for us, for the Bird House, for our loved ones!
Frosty lived on the dining table for a full week, like a jolly guest. Yesterday I hugged him in to the living room... oh! An obvious idea occurs to me: I should put him upstairs where we stash the other holiday decorations. Wow. It's a little scary how infrequently "obvious" things occur to me. lol.
Maybe the biggest challenge to the current, and imminent, projects, is moving stuff out of the way! We Have. Too. Much. Stuff! I think the next "date" with Geoff needs to be to taking stuff to the second hand shop!

Janece said...

Three cheers and a happy sigh for managing to keep inner peace! ✨

And Frosty -- he's the luckiest guest to bask in your delight and enjoyment of him.

I have a decent amount that needs to be taken to the second hand shop too. I've procrastinated though - so the stuff is getting taller and deeper in our garage... Eep. ;)

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

ok. ok... I was maybe overstating things about my inner calm. These things can change on a dime, and I may have tempted fate by declaring myself at "peace." Today, cleaning out bathroom drawers, I was overcome with shame, guilt, embarrassment, frustration, and groddiness aversion... There are so many pieces to our project puzzle, and I am having a moment of overwhelm and insecurity. It will pass. Right?
Maybe, if I sit with Frosty, and take some deep breaths, it will help.
You and I have to coordinate, and agree not to make our donations on the same day... same week? We'll talk.