I believe the Universe is testing me. I wonder if I will pass before I pass out. Since this week was clear at work, I took it off as a vacation week. So far? I lost one Guinea for sure, and possibly another - we'll see what this morning brings. My wallet was stolen on Saturday. We've had rain and gale force winds. I must take vacation more often.
Besides being a real pain in the backside, having your wallet stolen is both a test of your memory (what DID I have in it?) and a lesson in scaling back. I was rather fond of that wallet and I have had it for quite a while. The thought of actually having to go out and buy another fills me with dread. Even more so than replacing my drivers license, debit card, credit card, and Starbucks card. Whoever felt that they needed what was in my wallet more than I did, was welcome to the $22 in it - but I would have appreciated getting the wallet back.
I have gotten a lot done, although not nearly enough, thanks to the weather and having to spend house on the phone, cancelling cards and alerting various people and agencies. I managed to drag my feet until I was only left with enough time to clean out half the chicken coop. On the first two days of the week, the weather was perfect. Unfortunately, the gravel pit next door felt the same way and it was pretty much unbearable to be outside - between the noise and the unending truck traffic in front of the house that sent tsunamis of dust up the yard. Honestly? If I had wanted to wear a dust mask and protective goggles around the house, I would have moved to Beijing.
I also got a start on redoing the goat fence (they're doing fine, thanks for asking...no kids yet), planted onions (glass half full), and yesterday I spent a totally blissful day with Marianne - she had errands to run, I had to get my shingles vaccination, and then we went to a Barnes and Noble (HEAVEN), had lunch in a RESTAURANT, and hit the new Trader Joe's and the Asian supermarket. I was a puddle of happiness by the time I got home. It also was comical (to Marianne), that I was so amazed at the mall, at the restaurant, at the number of people around. Obviously, I don't get out much.
Now I'm gearing up for visitors this weekend! I will be posting more pics, once I can get this computer to run longer than 15 minutes between freeze-ups. I'm going to take advantage of the fact that I can get on the Internet to read up on what y'all have been doing!
(From the racket in the front yard as I type, I am only down one Guinea....damn.)