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Yesterday was a long day but a good day. My dad and I took out the boat and road up the river past Holy Ground. It was such a beautiful day. Daddy and I didn’t even argue about anything; we just had a good time hanging out together. My mother didn’t go because she is about to have knee surgery next week and it’s hard for she to get in and out of the boat. I spent time with Mama too. She’d made some cookies but because of the arthritis in her hands, she was having a hard time rolling out the dough, so I did that for her and cut the cookies. Mama is only 68 but she spent 35 years as a nurse. Twenty-five of those as a public health nurse where she spent large parts of her day on her feet and giving immunizations. All those years standing on hard floors has taken its toll, so has the years of giving shots. Anyway, I’m off the subject.

Late yesterday afternoon, I drove down to visit my aunt. She lives about an hour away. My aunt, a cousin of ours, and I went to dinner, and we had a good dinner at Cracker Barrel. Quinnishelia, our waitress, was shocked when I told her to keep the sweet tea coming because I lived up north where they didn’t have sweet tea. She couldn’t imagine a place without sweet tea. We ran a few errands that my aunt needed to do, and then we came back to her house. We went across the road to visit my old neighbor. Her 104 year old mother died a few months ago and we’ve all taken it hard, but not as much as she has. She loved her mother dearly. The neighbor would have been terribly upset if I had not gone to visit. It was nearly 10 pm when we finally got back and settled at my aunt’s house. I got to see my two cats, Lucy and Edith, who live with my aunt. I couldn’t take them with me initially to Vermont, so she kept them and then when I could have a cat, my aunt wouldn’t let them go. So, here they stay. We watched the weather report, which shows bad weather for tomorrow night, and then we went to bed. I’ll go back up to my parents’ house this morning.


The last few days I have been so drowsy. It’s been hard to wake up and easy to fall asleep. I feel like I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, and I even went to bed early last night. I don’t know what it is, but it’s a miserable feeling.


I went to write my post for today and promptly fell asleep with my iPad in my hand. I’ll just hold what I was going to talk about until tomorrow.

Vernal Equinox

Welcome to Spring. The Vernal Equinox is upon us. Today, March 20th, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring with daylight hours continuing to lengthen until the Summer Solstice in June. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of Autumn.
Technically speaking, the Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 5:58pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The above picture is of a beautiful card a friend sent me for Spring and Easter. I wanted to share it with all of you.

Pretty Picture

I don’t have much to say today, so I’m giving you a pretty picture. Doesn’t he have a cute smile?

Spring Break

I’m going to try sleeping in a bit today. I haven’t been able to sleep in in weeks, but today is our one day off for spring break. Faculty and students get the week off; staff gets one day off. I don’t have much planned today. If it’s not snowing, I will do a load of laundry this morning. Otherwise, all I have to do today is physical therapy. These copays for physical therapy are adding up, but at least she’s done wonders for my neck and hopefully will continue to improve my tennis elbow. Then tomorrow is back to the grind.


It’s finally Friday. I don’t know why this week has seemed to be so long, but it has. I’m ready for it to be over and have a long weekend. I have three meetings this morning then I can leave work and enjoy the weekend. Like I said, I don’t understand why this week has seemed so long, but it has. Maybe because the first of the week was fairly busy while the second half has been extremely slow. The best part is that I get to hang out with Isabella for the weekend. She’s too big to fit on my foot like the picture above, but she likes to stick close to me. She’s a great comfort.


It’s one of those days when I dont have much to say. Today is sort of my Friday. Sort of because it’s not quite the end of the week. I’m leaving early today, so I have to make it up tomorrow and go in just a few hours for some meetings. Then I will basically have a four day weekend. I’m ready for some time off.

Ash (or More Appropriately Ass) Wednesday

Yesterday was Mardi Gras. Usually, a festive day in the South. Up here, it is better known as Shrove Tuesday. Whereas in the South, we have parties and king cakes; up here, they have pancakes. In both cultures, it’s a way to get rid of excesses. Sugar, dairy, and eggs are rich foods that are to be given up during the forty day fast of Lent. So pancakes symbolize this excess. Mardi Gras, on the otherhand, is a day of excess before the solemnity of Lent. Whereas Shrove Tuesday is in itself a somber occasion, Mardi Gras is a celebration. Now some people in the South do celebrate Shrove Tuesday, many more look toward Mardi Gras as the end of the carnival season. At one time, Mardi Gras was just for the very Deep South along the gulf coast where Catholics outnumber Protestants. It is now something celebrated throughout the South. I will also admit, Burlington, Vermont, has a Mardi Gras parade, but it’s not the same. It’s a fundamental difference between the South and New England: the South celebrate life in all ways we can, whereas New England, contemplates life and often does not live it to its fullest.

Thank You

Thank you to all who commented yesterday. From this blog and my original blog on Blogger, I got a ton of responses, mostly nice ones too. There were also a combined number of page views of about 3,000, far more than I usually get. I really didn’t know what to blog about today. My big topics were the last two days. I was going to blog about (and I guess I will) how I’d like to get away next weekend, maybe to go to Montreal. Next weekend is the beginning of spring break and we get a three day weekend that I was hoping to turn into a four day weekend. But, the truth of the matter is that money is a little low at the moment. It’s that time of year when there have been extra expenses and while I’m not broke, I don’t have anything extra to spend. While I’d love to get away, (it’s been a while since I got away by myself) I am okay with waiting a month or so when I’ll be going to visit a friend of mine in Texas. Still, it’d be nice to get away next weekend and kind of refresh the old batteries.

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