more moments of sheer glee, operating the work platform he rented. He even got me up there. It was worth it for the view, especially looking east toward those back country views! Geoff wanted to take me to the height where there is a panorama view of the ocean, but I settled for the view between the trees. I think Paul was the most daring, and his curiousity paid off. So besides being indispensable with replacing the 100lb pound window, Geoff made as much use of the lift as he could think of, and I'm glad he made some time to play, and enjoy the novelty of this opportunity. We jokingly debate which heavy equipment rental we will do next. after the day covering the golf event at Torrey Pines.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, friends. And today is Imbolc? I love holidays, celebrations, symbolic gestures to honor life's seasons, and rhythms. I read the loveliest account of the significance of this day for an Instagram friend. It made me happy for her, and wistful too, because I have such a longing to be feel connected with traditions, with rituals, and ceremony, and celebrations. Happy Lunar New Year, by the way! Happy Birthday, Karen! Happy Birthday, tomorrow, Aunt Liz! Does anyone else feel a little melancholy, a little bittersweet, emotional? I think if I were to Mother myself, I would be sending me to bed for an early nap, then schedule a nature walk for later in the day.
BirdHouse Notes: It's Groundhog Day Eve! For the record, I am still grappling with the "indisputable" fact of Christmas being over, yet somehow it's the first of February. The consensus seems to be that we should make pancakes tomorrow. Lots of them. What we would really love is to have a pancake dinner, and invite everyone over. I suppose we could have varieties of toppings, like all kinds of chopped fruits, nuts, and different syrups. If it can't happen, just as I imagine, this year, then count on us... in the near future we will have a Groundhog Pancake Festival, and everyone will be welcome!
February 1, 2022
Bird House Notes:Happy GroundHog Day! I bought an electric griddle, especially for the occasion. It was the vision of hosting a pancake party that sold me on the idea. In fact, when we do have that event, and can invite positively everyone, I might need a second griddle. As for today's celebration, I think it's going to be a mini feast of roast chicken, stuffing, butternut squash, salad, green beans, and cranberry sauce. And something outdoors... like planting more flowers, and maybe we can have a supper outdoors, with a campfire burning. I would love to share this day, if only virtually, with friends. Lately, we have seen a steady succession of sad, and difficult events, and it compels me to gather, to hold hands, and hold fast to hope, to love and kindness. Wherever you are, if you can, do something gentle and uplifting, hold fast to some kindness, for yourself, for those around you. I am thinking of you.
February 2, 2022