The last couple/few days have been....well, rather hot and humid. As in: Yeee-yuck! What am I doing in this sauna? Where's the door? I WANT OUT!
But this morning is much much better.........so far. I have fans going and windows open to bring in some cool air until the outside gets too warm.
Yesterday afternoon, while MyJeff was at work (yup, he's working this weekend. Again.) Arrow and I stayed in the upstairs bedroom where the air conditioner could keep us reasonably comfortable. Arrow got a bit restless, but I was reading a good mystery by Matt Goldman, a Minnesota writer who is new to me. (Thanks, mrdreamjeans
!) Apparently, he's new to goodreads.com, as well. When I tried to enter this novel onto my "Read" shelf, their software couldn't find it. I thought I'd try digging a little more today to get it on there.
This last Wednesday, mrdreamjeans
stopped by for a socially distanced visit, complete with face masks. We sat in the back yard and caught up on each other's lives. Since I've been so absent here, we had quite a lot to talk about. He also brought me the book I mentioned earlier, and the David Balducci mystery-thriller he wrote about a few weeks ago "Walk the Line", set in my home state of North Dakota. Now that I've read that and Goldman's "The Shallows", I'll have to get my hands on more of both authors' work. Just not enough furlough left to read 'em all!!!!!!
Speaking of my furlough ..... It is supposed to end with the 3 of us who were furloughed from our work group going back to work 3 weeks from tomorrow. Back in May, the consensus indicated that our workload would have recovered or, at least, BE RECOVERING by then. As I look at the overall COVID situation, with re-surging numbers and medical systems focused on dealing with the pandemic, my confidence takes a step back and shakes a sadly pessimistic head. But, we 3 just may be needed back on August 10. If not, MyJeff and I will manage. I'm actually probably more concerned for my co-workers, and hope they, at least, do get called back. Time will tell.
Friday night, we had a bit of serious weather with thunderstorms and very high winds. My tomato plant is lying on its side in the elevated veggie bed, although the main stalk appears to still be intact. I can't resurrect it alone, so hopefully this evening will be NOT-A-SAUNA, and MyJeff will be able to assist with his two more hands, several more inches in height, and ability to stand over THERE while I am standing HERE, after he gets back. The tomato plant is sprawled on top of everything else, of course. But I don't think we'll have any catastrophic damage to any of the plants. Hopefully...
Poor Arrow has been pretty unhappy with the high heat, thunderstorms, and lingering fireworks. I've been giving him occasional frozen green beans or apple bits for treats. He seems to enjoy them very much, and I can feel as though I'm helping him deal with the heat. After all, when I'm over-heated, cold treats like, say, ice cream make me feel better.
A week or so ago, I actually wrote a letter (well, technically two...but they were for a father and his teenaged son who is attending a school far away so each was a bit altered for the intended recipient while basically the same). One actually is in the envelope, the other has it's envelope on top of it. I need to package up the books that I promised to the son and get everything closed and addressed. Why is that taking more than a week to complete? I. Have. No. Idea.
I also have a couple of small gifts to mail to a sister and a niece/goddaughter. Cards have been selected. Gifts are in their padded envelopes. However, letters need to be written, addresses need to be affixed, cards need to be SIGNED! OMG!!! "SIGNED!"
How will I ever manage to get these details completed? Not to mention then taking them to the Post Office to purchase appropriate postage!
My hands tremble and make this typing so difficult........
And you all thought I was just blowing off LiveJournal! Hah! There is obviously some deep-seated, psychological barrier in operation here. HELP ME!