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Sliding into Fall

Monday, October 19, 2015

Boy - time sure does fly past! One minute I was heading for the San Luis Valley and Taos, the next . . . .

My friends, the artists in Jaroso, Colorado, are some of the most delightful folks I know. I love being with them and around them and doing what I can to be useful. I spent a few days with them, then a few days in Taos with an old friend I hadn't seen since 1978. He was widowed last year and invited me to join him in a house he was renting in Taos. We had a fabulous time.

I went back up to Jaroso for a few more days and he headed back to Texas to take care of things he was responsible for there. Returned to Denver, went to see Book of Mormon, which I LOVED. Work has been busy and there's yard work and gardens and mowing lawn and all that stuff. Time just moves by so rapidly!

On Sept. 17th I stepped on the edge of a hole where some pavement was popped out and my ankle twisted and I did a face-plant on the pavement. Nothing broken, but a significant gash inside my upper lip and bumps and scrapes on my upper lip, end of my nose, left cheek, etc. I went to an urgent care place down the street from my office and where I fell, but they said they didn't have the right stuff to take care of cleaning and stitching inside my mouth. I ended up taking myself to an urgent care center connected with the emergency room at a good trauma hospital to get that taken care of. Missed a day of work the next day because my lip was so swollen and stiff because of a thin layer of scabs from where I scraped it on the street. I also trashed my glasses - scraped the lenses - and had to go see my eye doctor, because I'd had the glasses a while and didn't want to get new lenses, then have to get them changed soon.

My friend who does a lot of work rescuing feral kittens while they are young and can be socialized (and also trap/neuter/release with older feral cats) was going on vacation and still had a kitten I'd helped trap about 6 weeks previous. The kitten needed to be in a house with humans while they are gone or would have to go to a shelter, because after 2 weeks without people in the house the kitten would revert to being more feral. I said I'd foster her. Within a week I named her Bridget. Guess who has a home? She's a lovely brown and black medium length hair tabby and she's very sweet. I just got her spayed this past Saturday. She and my other young cat, Bryce, have become buddies. That is just what I needed, because Bryce was bothering my two old girls - Gracie and Maud - to play and they were not having any of it. Bridget is doing well and I'll post pictures soon.

While Bridget was being "fixed", I went out a cleaned out a lot of dead plants in my garden bed outside the back fence. Then I visited some friends who had offered to share some bulbs for day lilies and iris while they were thinning out those plants in their garden beds. They are another couple I totally love spending time around and we had a few pleasant hours on a VERY nice Saturday afternoon. I picked up Bridget and brought her home and she is doing just fine.

Yesterday I did more clearing of garden beds (until my compost bin was TOTALLY full) and planting some of the bulbs I'd received and watering trees, because it has been well below average precipitation here. Not a drought, but I have three trees I planted last spring and they need extra water the first year or so as they get established. I am determined not to lose any of those trees if I can help it. I spent over 3 hours working outside and watched a little of the Broncos football game - mostly the overtime portion - and did some housework and laundry - and just like that the whole weekend was gone and it was Monday morning and I had to go to work! emoticon

My friend who does the cat rescue stuff - she's throwing a Murder Mystery party on the 25th and my birthday is the 26th! I am going to the party (we always have such a great time when she does these) and I'm taking the morning - maybe the whole day - of my birthday off. That way I can enjoy the party and not have to worry when I get home or when I have to get up to get to work on time. That's my birthday present to myself.

I haven't planted all the bulbs yet, but it is going to be in the 60s and sunny next weekend, which is perfect for working outside. Guess you know what I'll be up to during at least one day.

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  • CATIATM
    Congrats on Bridget! emoticon Sorry to hear about the face plant. That sounds awful!
    966 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI
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    974 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    Your a good soul. You need to get a pic of the cutie. I have a Cousin who is a well known artist in Denver. Tate Hamilton. Ever hear of him? Glad your fall wasn't any worse. I know you were sore. emoticon
    976 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    Now this is WEIRD! I know I read this blog and I'm pretty 100% sure I commented on it...but I don't see my comments. WEIRD...I know I gave you hugs on your 'face plant'...yikes...that HAD to hurt. I'm so happy you had a good vacation and how wonderful to get the new addition Ms. Bridget.

    Did I really comment earlier...or did I just dream I did? Now I'm spark stumped. emoticon I hope you get this sweetie pie! emoticon
    977 days ago
  • OLDERDANDRT
    Sounds wonderful!! And congrats on giving Bridget a forever home!! Also hope you are healing well!! I'll tell you these so-called "Urgent Care" centers are pathetic!! They should have had everything you could have possibly needed for your injuries!! If nothing else!! Sheesh.
    Anyway, good gardening and happy gardening again next weekend! (((HUGS)))
    Jayne
    977 days ago
  • MNABOY
    You are really busy! track all the minutes for the team
    979 days ago
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