I wrote a blog several days ago but then bumped a button or something and my computer vanished it. It wasn't much, but still.
Things are okay out here. Every two weeks, I get to spend the night at KidOne's, taking care of BabyGirl so her mommy and daddy can get some time to themselves. This Friday is the next visit. KidThree will ride up with me and spend a day with family or friends.
KidOne's new place has much more room than her old apartment, but the kitchen is unfortunately set up for very tall people and KidOne is definitely a compact model. Good thing she has a sturdy kitchen kick-stool.
Yesterday morning I watched a bird on the clothesline here. I saw a bug flash past, then the bird launched out of my sight, only to reappear and light on the clothesline again a moment later. Then, it swallowed. It had caught the bug. A minute later, it did it again, only this time entirely within my line of sight. Tough for the bugs, but good for the bird and I enjoyed the heck out of the show.
Last week was a difficult one to get through. There was a date early on that brought back a lot of the pain and bewilderment of my ouster from my family, so I was pretty blue for a bit. Fortunately, I had a treat that I'd been saving for just such a time. The Mitford books, by Jan Karon. Several years ago, I had found the first three at a Friends of the Library book sale, then later I found the fourth, and still later, the ninth. I'd also found "Home to Holly Springs" somewhere for a dollar. I'd been saving them for a time when I could read them in peace. Last week was the time--I spent most of the week in Mitford and enjoyed my stay thoroughly. Books five through eight I got from the library. I doubt I'll reread those books, so the six I have in paper, I'll just give back to the Friends of the Library so they can help someone else get through a blue time.
Something funny is going on with my blog here. Someone or someones is reading it, even though I'm not posting much. I last posted two weeks ago. From then until now, most days have averaged fifty to seventy readers, and several people have read my profile. Huh? Who are you out there? Feel free to say hello, because I get darned lonesome out here on my own.
Another book I read a week or so ago was about the Tudor dynasty. Instead of a biography of an individual monarch, it was a biography of the five of them as an organic whole. (Okay, six, counting that poor Lady Jane Grey.) I find the religious back and forth of that era to be fascinating and enjoyed the perspective of this book.
KidFour sent out a request for reading recommendations for spring break and summer. She wanted titles to counter the chemistry and physics and such that are filling her school days. Two of my sisters and I had a good time sending her responses. We recommended Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, and Bill Bryson, among others. I went online and ordered her "Practical Demonkeeping," Moore's first, and will send his others in order of publication. I told her she had to read them in that order because of recurring characters. Auntie here is so pleased to have a book mission to fulfill, and one that I can afford! A book or two at a time and I'll have her summer reading covered.
I've started selling on eBay and have sold three things. I'm stuck, now, though, because I got a new camera and don't know how to work it. It's a Sony refurbished by the factory and IT CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS! Since the last camera I used took Fuji film, I'm a bit at a loss. KidTwo can't get out here for another week or two. I think I'll make another appointment at the Apple store for a tutorial, and have one of their charming young people show me how to do it. A young person will be able to figure it out. They know what the little symbols and such mean. I figured out that W and T meant widescreen and telescopic, and On/Off wasn't too difficult, but that's as far as I got by myself.
That's all for today. To whoever's been reading this blog the last couple of weeks, Hello, and I'd love to hear from you.