Early this morning...the light was just so beautiful, and this is one pretty cat. Little ChiChi. Click to biggify and see her in all her splendor.
It's been a strange kind of a day. Nothing bad. Nothing extraordinary. I had to cancel my company yesterday because I have come down with a cold and am coughing like crazy. Had a tiny bit of a fever and a sore throat. Did not want to risk getting that 6 month old baby sick. Or anyone else...I was so looking forward to having them here. I went to town today and bought coffee and went by the drugstore and then just came home. I've been laying around reading and sitting outside some since it was so gorgeous today. PLUS it's supposed to rain the next 2 days, so I figured I'd better enjoy it while I could. I made some salty popcorn (because my body was crying for salt) and took it out to the rocking chairs and ate and shared some with the dogs while I read.
I kinda wanted to hit the Farmers Market, but when I drove by, it just looked like too much work to find a place to park and browse all those craft tents. There's not much available in the way of produce or fruit...the weather has seen to that. And really, I was a little more worn out than I realized. I actually went to bed last night about 11, which is crazy early for me. So I was up at 5:30. sigh...But my body is acting up. One of the many gifts of chronic pain is that it beats up your immune system. I cannot believe I got sick again. This needs to stop. :(
The Irishman is gone to a speaker meeting tonight. Tomorrow is the big assembly and he will be gone all day tomorrow too. He wanted to go with him tonight, but I am coughing too much. I told him I hate it when people cough all the way through a speaker, and I really don't want to be one of those people. lol I have some beautiful piano and guitar music playing, and it's very peaceful in here. He'll be leaving early early tomorrow morning, around 6 I think.
I'm going to spend part of the day doing a couple of big chores and then just hang out and listen to the rain. The worst one is the 30 gallon aquarium needs cleaning, so I figure a rainy day is the perfect time for that. It will take several hours to get it done right. Yuck. And then I'll clean the birdcage--nowhere near as big a job. Trying to get lists made and menus made for the time in Wisconsin next week. Making a big list for the boy of what all needs to be done while we're gone, to care for the critters. Making a flexible menu/food list for the trip, so we don't wind up eating lots of bad food the whole time we're there. No offense to my husband's family, but I am not eating bratwurst and hot dogs. We just don't eat like that, lol. So...I'll be making some simple meals around quinoa and vegetables, grilled chicken and fish, salad and fruits. I'll take eggs and granola and rice milk. And bread. And peanut butter. And that should be good. The cabins we are staying in have a full kitchen and refrigerator and stove. And coffee pot, I think. And my SIL said something about new teflon cookware (OMG) so I will have to take a few key pieces of my own stainless steel pots and pans and of course, a cast iron skillet. You probably think I'm crazy...we're only going Thur-Mon. We'll be home Mon evening. LOL But it is 11 meals...
The weather looks like nights in the high 50's and low 60's and daytime temps in the mid to high 70's. I might even take enough of my dried veggies to make a small pot of soup. That would be easy and nutritious. I'm sure my husband will be sneaking a brat or two...lol. But I just can't eat those sausage/wiener kinds of things.
Wednesday is our anniversary. We talked about maybe going somewhere and I think that will just be too hard. I got a lovely anonymous gift and card in the mail today, that said " Annie, for you from a Facebook friend, paying it forward." It was a gift card to a local Indian restaurant, not the one we usually go to, but a newer fancier one. So...I'm thinking we should use it for our anniversary dinner on Wednesday night. Perfect gift, perfect timing. I will also celebrate 23 years sober that same day. And the Irishman and I have been loving each other for 21 years that day. God is good.
Okay, think I'll go back and read a bit more and maybe even get my jammies on. It is 8:30. I thought it was odd, I was feeling so worn out, then I remembered that I've been up since 5:30 ...that's 15 hours out of 24, so maybe not so odd after all. I won't be going to bed yet, but I'm winding down...lol
Hope you're all having a great weekend...