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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moving along.

After a very emotional weekend, I finally woke up this morning without, "is it all worth it?" being the first thing on my mind.  I have concluded that, yes, it is all worth it.  Good times, bad times, sad times.

Sunday, I tried the "if I start working on stuff and keep working on stuff and don't quit until I am half-comatose, maybe I will sleep" approach.  I have to admit, I did, indeed, sleep Sunday night.  But I was so exhausted that I had a hangover feeling on Monday that didn't (drat) have anything to do with the aftermath (and enjoyment) of adult beverages.  In any event, I got my garage up (with massive amounts of help from my neighbor).

That's right!  Whee-haw!  Good old Kyle has a snug bunk for the winter.  And, for the first time in weeks, I did not have to wipe down all the windows on my car in the morning.  We have been having warmish days and frigid nights, the combination of which coats all exposed surfaces with heavy dew.  I will try to remember to take a picture of Garagie - providing I still have working brain cells enough to remember.

On Sunday, I roasted a half bushel of Italian peppers (medium hot), peeled them - cursing mightily - and canned them this morning.  I cut and froze another bunch of sweet peppers and stuffed them in the freezer.  I roasted a chicken in my friend, Lisa's clay roaster.  I baked a plum crumble.  I baked for the barn and went to spend some quality time with Jasmine and Alice.  I got caught up on the local gossip.  I worked in the garden.  I dug a hole and tucked Cookie and his BFF Woody's cremains securely in.  I piled a million rocks on it.  It's a challenge, hole-digging.  It took a shovel, pick ax, post hole digger, and steel rod, not to mention finally getting down on my knees and digging with my hands.  It took over an hour.  But, it was cathartic.

I also hand-pulled most of the thorny weeds that were not-so-slowly taking over the middle sheep paddock.  All in all, it was a physically exhausting day - it was just what I needed.

Now I have to focus on cleaning the house and getting everything ready for the arrival of my house sitter.  My DS Cynthia is coming for a long weekend to look after things, freeing me to travel to South Portland to visit my BFF Sylvia.  It's a short trip, but oh-so needed.

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  1. I couldn't have wished for a better tonic for you. Girl chat with the BFF is the best. Do you subscribe to my very sound regime, only clean when people are coming to stay? It saves a lot of time better spent on other things.

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    1. Susan - Why, yes, we seem to subscribe to the same cleaning regime! I am so ready for a couple of days in another place. It does me a world of good.

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  2. Oh, I'm so glad you're taking that trip. Just the ticket, after all the catharsis and hard work.

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    1. Michelle - I am almost giddy. And I don't have to use the "K" word, so Scrappy cannot scuttle my plans.

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  3. It is so worth it, hard to believe sometimes but there is just too much joy and delight in the time we have with them. Catharsis is a funny thing and we all have things that help, cleaning, baking, digging and visiting. Do have a good time!

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    1. Fiona - You are so right. I have to keep reminding myself that is why I adopt the oldsters. Although Cookie has been with me since he was 4 weeks old. I plan on having a ball!

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    1. TCSL - I will and hope to remember to take pics.

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  5. Wish we lived in close proximity (for many reasons!) so I could have helped you dig the spot for Cookie . . . and Woody. As you say, I think the physical-ness of it was cathartic. And what a good idea to spend time with Sylvia. You know that will be just the ticket to get you back to your bestest, positive, energy-filled self. Hugs to you.

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    1. Mama Pea - It goes without saying (although I'm saying it anyway) that the feeling is mutual. If I lived in close proximity to you, I'd probably never have to leave home! Hugs back atcha.

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  6. I hope yo have a good time, and rejuvenate! And have an adult beverage :) or 2...

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    1. Nancy - There are already plans for drinks overlooking the harbor. Oh, the civility of it all!

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    1. Kristina - Thank you! I am sure I will enjoy it immensely!

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  8. Have fun! You are way overdue for some fun and no work. :o)

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