Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day. I got bills paid but when I tried to do the “free” car payment online it was $50 more than if I just sucked it up and dealt with traffic. So I loaded up Moose and Stella and we went to the bank. With Moose all but in my lap and Stella peering around my shoulder from the back seat the teller and I chatted for a bit about the times and dogs (it was video drive thru and there was no one behind me). Once we got home (much swearing and the use of my phrase “damn tourists” repeated ad nauseum) we settled outside. No I lie. I wanted to bake the cupcakes for the kids birthdays before it got too hot (the one ac unit can’t keep up with all the heat and humidity this week). Once those were done and cooling I did some thing unusual. I grabbed my Minion quilt, my bag of books and writing, my camera bag and a few other things and we headed outside. I laid out my quilt in the shade and set up shop. Stella came and sat right next to me until I started to read my latest book The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma then she laid down beside me. Moose and Essie were in and out. As the sun moved so did we and we moved across the whole yard by the day’s end. The kids spent most of the time out with me despite the heat (it didn’t feel so hot laying in the shade). It was a relaxing day had by all.
I got some cool photos (I will download them from the camera and put some in this post) yesterday as well. I found myself playing with the light. I think I paid more attention to it because we were in the shade most of the time. Especially when sunset neared. The lighting got really cool then.
The only downside to yesterday was the loud music and fireworks. The music I could deal with. When the fireworks started they were sparse so Essie was going around the yard barking at them (she does this when the locals are shooting too close to the house). But as the displays ramped up (we seemed to have them on all sides) Stella started to really freak out. Essie and Moose were uneasy but coping because I had background noises going and I was nonplussed with the noise. Stella began pacing around the house, a sure sign that she is freaking out. So I pulled out the anxiety meds and snuck them into a cupcake for each. That seemed to help but Stella would wake up (I decided to hunker in bed and read so we’d all be together) with some of the louder fireworks and just stare to make sure all was ok. Things wrapped up around midnight or so.
I got a few books yesterday. Well one is actually a pamphlet but you get the idea. The pamphlet and one books are on Michigan butterflies. We have so many different varieties this year I wanted to know more. So I can sit outside with my bird book and butterfly books and see what we have this year. The third book is actually a memoir. It is part of my learning about the surfing culture books that I have on my Amazon list. It looks so good and I really want to start it but I am making myself finish The Fishermen first. I am halfway done and it is a very good book. I get lost in the story (and it’s in Nigeria) every time I pick up the book. But I really really want to read the new one! Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan looks so good! And I have a first novel coming in a few weeks from a new writer I discovered John Fram. So I will be busy reading. I am hoping this will compel me to get more writing done. We’ll see. It seems to have worked today! This is a long one!
I will stop for now and download some of the photos from yesterday. Thanks so much for reading this long post! Have a great day and stay safe!