This has been the week of Blizzard Part II. Monday I ran around doing errands and stocking up at the grocery store so that I wouldn't have to go out in the coming cold weather. I got it all done just in time because by Monday evening the temperatures were falling and the wind howling. Tuesday was so bad that schools were closed and Joe worked from home. It is days like Tuesday that make me so very thankful that I am retired and don't have to worry about getting to and from work!
Wednesday was Joe's retirement party at work. I went and met everyone and took some pictures. Then Thursday Vera Taylor took us to lunch to say goodby. Friday was his last day at work. He came home at noon and has been smiling ever since.
Joe got a Roomba for us. He has set it up and had it vacuuming the house. It is fun to watch and when it finishes, it takes itself back to its docking stand and recharges. The cats are totally disinterested.
I have gotten virtually no quilting done and have no real excuse other than general sloth. Lots of reading though. I absolutely love Mary Oliver's poetry.
She captures the essence of what she is describing. It is almost like catching of whiff of a scent that transports you to a thought or time. I read her book of
poems A Thousand Mornings; I will return the library book and buy a copy to savor again and again.
Cooking has been minimal this week with all the celebrations and eating out. I made Beef Stroganoff on Tuesday and baked oatmeal cookies. Comfort food for cold weather.
We are getting ready for a trip to the Rio Grande for birding. We will make Brownsville our center and make trips out from there. We will be staying at the Marriott Residence Inn. Joe is in charge of where we go and what we see. I am taking plenty of reading, quilting, and an audio book. We are also taking a folding chair that I hope to be able to use in the shower; we shall have to see how that works....