A couple days ago I saw The Cat in the brush in back of my house, and this morning, he was sitting on the railroad ties out back where I photographed him before! I am so relieved to know that I'm not guilty of closing him in the basement and causing his demise!!! YAY! The Cat was not the cause of the stink that was under the house a while back.
And I'll give you a laugh at me. Good way to start the day, right? Well ... let me tell you how my day actually began.
I woke at 6:22 this morning. I stretched once, turned over to go back to sleep, and .......ZOWIE!! I was startled into consciousness (well, sorta, as you'll see) with the realization that Allan was leaving this morning to drive to San Diego. He called last night and we talked for over an hour, and he told me that he just learned that one of his sisters and husband were driving down from Seattle to San Diego, also. Nice! Little mini-reunion, etc. OK.
But here's the thing that neither of us thought about .... he and I went through some old family glassware on Saturday, and I had three boxes of very fragile things for his sisters. Either Allan or I had to store this until the girls come to get it, because I was totally uncomfortable in shipping it. At the time we didn't know Annette was going to be driving to San Diego at the same time!! She could take it back in her car!
So I called his house, still groggy and muddled in my thinking. I figured that if he didn't answer at home, I'd missed him, but wouldn't bother him by cell phone if he was already gone. He answered, and I told him what had just shocked me awake. He said no problem, and we agreed to meet "at the junction." I scrambled out of bed, threw the dogs out back to do their morning business, quickly gargled some mouthwash while I drug a brush through my hair. I slipped out the front door to take the boxes to my truck, and when I came back in, found that I had awakened Gail. I let the dogs in while explaining to her what was going on. As I started out the door, still in my pajamas, she asked "which junction" I was going to. You see, the highway off which I live is very short, about 15 miles long. At each end is another highway. Allan could go either way. Gail likes to use one highway, Allan usually goes the other way.
Now I wasn't sure. So I called him on my cell as I bounced down the road, and he sounded puzzled, but said "yes," he was taking the highway that I assumed he was. OK.
I got the the junction before he did by a couple minutes. As we transferred the boxes from my vehicle to his, I was acutely aware of people on the highways looking at my attire, blue satin pants with yellow ducky-angels and a yellow t-shirt (oh lawd, that sounds even worse than it is!!). I apologized for the second call, but told him why, and he just laughed. It seems that the junction I told him was my highway and the road that leads to my house!! I would have been five miles down the road waiting for him!! And when I called him, he was on a completely different road which cuts across the mesa between our houses! We would not have seen each other at all!
I asked why he didn't tell me where he was and I could have met him elsewhere. His reply? He realized just how groggy I was and was afraid to confuse me further. It was easier for him to get me somewhere that I thought I was supposed to be, and then come to me! Visions of me in my ducky jammies driving around on the back roads of the county, hollering out, "Allan, where are you?" crossed my mind! Geez.
Yesterday I took a day off from almost everything. I did drive to the gallery and leave some paperwork. I also drove to the county seat and filed some papers. Then Gail, the dogs and I spent the rest of the day driving on some of those afore-mentioned back roads and soaking up some breathtakingly beautiful sights. I didn't take as many pictures as I wish, but I'll be going back to do some more of the long, long vistas. One place we were so high that we had 360 degrees of panorama. Don't ask why I didn't photo that. I have no idea!!
But here are some of the things I did shoot........
These are wild gourd plants. they are beginning to bloom, and in a few days, I'll go back to photo the blossoms.
This dead tree against the sky caught my eye. As you see, the sky was beginning to darken, and now that I think about it, this was part of the reason for the cessation of photos. The storm that followed us around throughout the day was amazing! Even back home late in the day, we were on our toes because the lightening was very close and startling.
And one last photo for fun. Gail and I have been amused with this property near my house. It is apparently a vacation home, as no one has been around since I moved in, although an older 4-wheel drive vehicle and horse trailer are on the property, so it's not abandoned, I guess. Anyway, the combination of these signs at the front gate just crack me up!!
Can anyone say ... mixed message????
Have a good day, all!!