Saturday, August 23, 2008
What a sweet day.
Got up. Made coffee, bottle-fed kittens, cleaned the cat facility, hugged cats, read newspaper with Bear on the porch with coffee and some (old) donuts. Lamented that 6 donuts is too many for a single person to eat before they are no longer fresh (small store, no bakery, can't buy less than six). Checked garbage level in garbage cans, and money level in wallet, and determined trash run could wait until next week. Washed dishes, picked up house, answered email. Drove to Ithaca, fed Fast Food Ferals and South Hill Cats. Waved at staff member at lumber yard. On the way to the Farmer's Market, passed lawn sale. Uh oh. Turned around. Found tacky artificial tree that I've always wanted ($75 in stores) for $7. Bought tacky tree. Discovered it had tacky dragonfly string lights already on it. Laughed. Went to Farmer's Market. Knew no one, but enjoyed the crowds. Noted that flowers go for $15 a bunch. Didn't buy any veggies because I could get them from Spencer farm stands on the way home. Drove to various stores looking for planters on sale to grow fall lettuce on the porch (failed; nothing on sale; I'll find something in the barn I can use instead). While in Walmart, grabbed a cart and stocked up on 8 bags of cat litter and 2 bags of Purina Indoor Cat cat food. Now I don't have to go into town at all the rest of this week.
Ran into Holly (Jack's mom) in Walmart and got updated on Jack's health issues, and enjoyed some human conversation as well! Parched...bought a soda off the McDonald's dollar menu. Started to head home and then realized I had meant to get a library card because I've re-read all the books in the house (previously I used Christopher Robin's card). Turned around, drove to the Tompkins County Library 25 minutes before closing, got myself a library card, and took out three books. While leaving, ran into Nancy J. on the sidewalk, (adopter of Romulus, Wizard, and Rune). Went out to dinner at Diamonds (she paid to save me the walk to the ATM; I'll pay next time).
Great conversation. Real human contact!!!!
Drove home. Scraped paint off the house for an hour. Put tacky fake tree in the Great Room. It looks wonderful! And seven feet tall. Laughed at tree again. Mowed until dark. Called my mother. More great human contact. Went out and bottle-fed kittens. Cleaned cat facility. Tucked Bear into downstairs of cat facility for the night.
Counted myself damned lucky. What a great day.