Today is cloudy and mild. I’ve been puttering around all day long. The computer has been turned off most of the morning, and the loudest sound in the house is the ticking of the two clocks in the living room.
The Crabapple tree in the front yard is still covered with little red apples. This year they are being gobbled up by squirrels. I reckon that is because of the decimation of the wetland at the end of the street, the pressure on the wildlife to find sources of food is probably desperate, leading the the squirrels, for the very first time since we bought Mist Cottage, to consider them acceptable food. Other years the Crabapples remained undisturbed until late February, when the local birds found them a last resort.
Squirrels are messy eaters. There are bits of bright red Crabapple all over the front walkway, the steps, and the porch entry. The bits stick to shoes and boots, and eventually get tracked through the whole house. Since there is no snow, and the weather was mild enough to be out in just a sweater, for a short period of time, I took the broom and swept the walkway, porch, and entry clear. We will see how long it takes those pesky squirrels to litter it with debris once again
Yesterday I missed an appointment. This hardly ever happens to me. It was my fault, I got really into cooking pinto and kidney beans, then making Taco Soup, that the time just got away on me, and by the time I realized I needed to get ready to go, I was three hours late. There is no recovery from that. So I called the office and left a message, no one answered the telephone.
It isn’t often that I can pleasantly interact with medical staff, it is usually a struggle because of my condition, which often irritates them because it isn’t on their checklist of things to cover, things with a pat response. This morning they returned my call, and I must say, the person I talked to was incredibly respectful, accepting my apology with good grace, and setting up a new appointment for me in the New Year. Really, I am not used to being spoken to politely by medical office staff, particularly when I have introduced a factor they aren’t used to dealing with. I am used to having to get down and ugly, to assert the bases I need covered because of my anaphylaxis. Interactions with medical facilities are seldom pleasant. But this one was all I could hope for, tolerance and respect were offered to me, and I accepted it with relief. The call made my day!
Date: 2:00 PM EST Thursday 20 December 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Dew point: -2.5°C
Wind: ENE 7 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”