I looked out the front window just after 5:00 and my breath was sucked right out of me when I saw the moon rising over the Capitan Mountains. The sunset behind me was refracting into the east sky and on the mountains. And the moon was bright and huge. I know it doesn't look especially big in this pictures, but it was. And it was just gorgeous. So I wanted to share with you.
This morning I had coffee and visited a couple hours with my friend Madeleine. Remember the one who was suddenly and seriously ill with MRSA and lost most of her sight? The one for whom I requested audio books? (and BTW, thank you once again, Daisy) We had a wonderful visit, and made plans for lunch and some errands next week. Her sight is minimally better than it was, but she still has just a slight bit of sight. They are still working on the vision, surgery after surgery, in hopes of restoring enough that she can get around more independently. She will never be able to drive again, but she is quite positive about re-learning to use her artistic skills as a partially sighted person. I'm betting she will do it. She has amazing will!
After that, I drove into Ruidoso for errands. One of the errands was lumber to rebuild my front steps. My friend, Ricky, who put in the dog doors noticed that the stringers that support my steps are getting to be in questionable shape. He wants to replace them for my safety. On Sunday he, Allan and another friend are coming to do just that. So I got the deck screws and lumber today, so we are ready to go.
Another errand was stopping at the vet's office to pick up Ali's cremains. It was sad, but I'm OK. I brought him home and put him with China and Mai Lin. All three of their little boxes are together in a larger one on my dresser. They will stay there for a while. Eventually, I'll do something with the ashes, but I'm not sure what yet. I could scatter them here at home. Or perhaps somewhere else, but this is the only "home" we've had in NM. I could bury the ashes. I could take the ashes elsewhere, but I don't know what "elsewhere" would have significance for me or them. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not in a rush. I just don't have clue what I want, and if you have any thoughts, please share them.
Speaking of Ali .... I'm still having trouble getting to the task of writing a tribute for him. I'll get to it eventually. I didn't expect it to be this hard. Oh well. Life is full of the unexpected, isn't it?
When I got home today, the kids had wrecked the house! I could not believe all they had done! They had been on at least a couple of the tables in the living room, chewed up a candle and dragged around a little rabbit pelt that was cushion for a Native American sculpture and tore it into several pieces! Sammy absolutely ran from me with one piece in his mouth that he didn't want to relinquish! Several toys were on the deck, not a problem, but just a lot to pick up, and my slippers were outside, too. Arghhh. Just when I think I can trust them, they pull something like this! Oh, well. In their defense, they were alone for about six hours, and I'm guessing they got bored. At least they didn't potty in the house, so it isn't all bad!!
Yep, things could be a lot worse, couldn't they? LOL!