And a gracious good morning to you…

It’s 8:30am and 66º with more than a bit of sunshine and a brisk cool breeze – Heaven!

It was much cooler when I woke at 5am; I didn’t get out of bed until 6:15 and the laundry was swooshing away by 6:30am.  Yes, today is Monday, double load laundry day. For some strange reason the clothes, sheets and towels seemed extra soft and wrinkle free this morning – don’t know why – maybe because for the last few weeks I have been using hot water for the wash? Don’t know but I’ll take it.

Tomorrow is my ‘procedure’, an endoscopic ultrasound to take another look at the mass in my stomach that nearly killed me last September. This will involve anesthesia and the anesthesia department will be calling me this afternoon to complete their questionnaire.  So much medical stuff is still being done by phone and video because of Covid – which, of course, is on the rise again because people are morons, assholes and incipient murderers. Is that harsh? No, just the truth. Take it or leave it. I ain’t going nowhere without my mask. Hi-Ho Silver and away!

A neighbor has been gracious enough to volunteer to pick me from the hospital tomorrow – you aren’t allowed to leave alone, you must be accompanied by someone 18 y/o or older and someone who is known to you. My husband can’t accompany me, or pick me up because he is an asshole.  If my neighbor can’t make it, I’m screwed.

Can you give us something a bit more cheerful, you ask? Ok –

The family visit last week was a total delight. I finally got a chance to meet my granddaughters – they are 2 and 4.  We put them up in a suite at a local hotel about a mile away from us. They spent part of their days at a fabulous park across the street from the hotel, they went to the National Zoo and even toured some of the monuments – not that the girls were all thrilled with the monument thing but their parents were. If you are ever in the D.C. area the Lincoln Memorial is a total must, as is “The Wall” and adjacent to that the Vietnam Nurses Memorial  – so powerful. They also liked the WWII Memorial – I don’t know, it never impressed me much.

They came to us around 4 in the afternoon every day, and we just hung out doing stuff – coloring, playing with blocks, running around the apartment, playing hide ‘n seek – just stuff plus dinner of course. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, it was a great visit.

And then there are meatballs – I like meatballs but you just never know how they will come out since there is no real recipe – just a list of ingredients – no amounts given – how much of any one ingredient depends on your taste and texture. I made ‘meatballs and spaghetti’ for the family – and they were the best meatballs and gravy (spaghetti sauce, or red sauce to you) I’ve made in, like forever! I’m still drooling over how good they were.

I’m sitting at my desk and I’d rather be in the living room watching my sparkly curtains dance in the breeze –