Imagine this view, only when the sun has just risen. There is a bit of mist around creating soft diffuse golden light. The bougainvillea hedge is in full flower and the shadows on the ground are angled more towards the house - meaning that the sun is moving around and the days are getting longer. The air is still and smells faintly of woodsmoke, as Dave, our front neighbour is burning some windfall eucalypt branches. Wonderful!
After that lyrical beginning, I'll get down to more prosaic stuff. Talked to my feisty mama today, asked her how she was. "Oh," she said, "I'm well, between episodes." "You haven't been in hospital again?" I asked. "No," replied Mum, "This is between episodes!" Okay...Anyway we got to talking about this and that and spoke for about an hour. She certainly did sound bright and cheery. She and Harold have a wonderful attitude to their periods of ill-health and, as I said to my brother when I rang him later, they are making the most of life regardless. Mind you, my cousin, Erin, has a pretty black sense of humour - that I can totally relate to. Mum was telling me that she had mentioned to Erin they had organised a celebrant for their funerals (oh yes, she and Harold have got their funerals planned and paid for!). So Erin looked at Mum and said, "And now we wait, and we wait, and we wait..." I thought that was really funny and as I said to Mum, now that they have arranged everything they will live for another 20 years! Yes, you're right, our sense of humour is pretty warped.
Rang Flossy late yesterday morning to see if she was going to be home as I thought I would visit. However, she had just arrived home after being at a 40th birthday the night before. They had stayed the night after celebrating, which is very sensible. Anyway, I asked her how the non-smoking was going. She thought that it would worry her in a social setting, you know, where you have a drink and a cigarette. But she said it was fine. "I just had a glass in each hand all evening!" To which I replied. "What a good idea - if you give up one vice, you can double up on another!" Anyway, I didn't go and visit because they were going to catch up on sleep. So I'll go later on today.
Jane and I were talking about getting some exercise so we have decided to walk early in the mornings - about 5.30. It's just getting light by then and will keep getting lighter as the days lengthen. Also when the hot weather comes, it's the best time of the day to walk. I'll let you know how we progress... We were disappointed this week, our Lotto ticket was a dud!
That's it - time to hang the laundry out. Till next time...
As a Prelude .....
5 years ago