On Vacation

rudbeckia

Beautiful golden Rudbeckia Laciniata Hortensia

I started my one week vacation at 5:36 pm Friday night. *grin* That’s when I posted my last document to the team and signed out of all my applications and shut down my computer. Ahhhhh. We headed over to my sister’s where my brother-in-law had made the PERFECT Shabbat dinner: chicken, broccoli, potatoes, challah and SALT STICKS!!!! Oh my, his bread is absolutely amazingly delicious. As was the entire dinner. I drank too much white wine but I kept toasting “To Vacation!”.

gladiola

lovely color for the gladiola

We came home, STILL running the air conditioners. Maybe that doesn’t sound odd to you folk who live in modern houses with central air. I live in a house that is nearly 100 years old. MY air conditioners are all window units. I hate the sensation of being locked into the house. I love open windows, fresh air, fans moving the air. We’ve had the a/c going for 8 days straight. That may be a record.

incipient canna lily

Looks like this canna lily will be the first to bloom. surrounded by Bolton’s Aster (False Starwort)

It was Friday, I was on vacation, I was a little tipsy, and I was not in the mood to watch TV or read. What to do? Second Life. 🙂 I logged in. An “old” friend was inworld – I’d not chatted with her in at least 8 years. I pinged her and we had a lovely, lovely chat. We caught up on life, life under the pandemic, and then had a WONDERFUL time chatting about our cats and cats in general. 🙂 I also chatted with another “old” friend – one with whom I’ve maintained contact over the years. I know that some people do not feel as if this kind of connection is ‘real’. I’m sorry for those folks, because in times like this pandemic, for those of us who believe in social distancing, the ability to be together virtually does wonders for my emotional health. I’m looking at scenes that tell my brain I am out and about and interacting with friends. It really works for me. I only wish I could reconnect with some of my friends who are no longer in SL – Dale, Zha, Chestnut, Honour, Jessica, Oura, Svea, Alem, Fricker Fraker, Winston and all the rest. We had such fun back in the day.

is this a squash

I seem to be growing a squash of some sort. It snuck in with the flowers

Now here I am, the first morning of vacation. I treated myself by staying in bed an extra 90 minutes. BC was obliging. She did jump onto the bed after the first 60 minutes, but settled in when I began rubbing behind her ear. 🙂 She often prefers love to food. When I finally went downstairs and outside to bring in the newspapers, I discovered that the temperature and humidity were at a reasonable summer level. I opened ALL the windows. Yet another pleasure on this first day of vacation!

look at this bug

Just LOOK at this bug. It was huge. I have no idea what it is

3 Responses to “On Vacation”


  1. 1 Jinjer August 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Yay vacation!!!! Your Shabbat dinner sounds delicious and I am intrigued by salt sticks!

    8 days of air conditioning. WE are on our 3rd or 4th straight MONTH of AC. Bloody humidity.

    I don’t know what that bug is but this is why I do not garden.

  2. 2 ahuva18 August 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Salt sticks are the best. Truly. Do you have central air or room a/cs? I think it wouldn’t be so annoying to switch back and forth if we had central air. The truth is that I love all the sounds and smells of fresh air. Okay, not all of them. But the GOOD ones. The a/c is off today, and it’s lovely with the windows open and a breeze.
    That bug was down at the nursery, thank goodness. NOT hanging around my house. It was darn big. 🙂

  3. 3 Jinjer August 15, 2020 at 8:08 am

    We have central air at my Mom’s house in Arkansas, thank God. My apartment in L.A. only has a window AC and it is in the living room. They should’ve put it in the bedroom so a person can get some sleep in the summer. LOL


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