The weekend had some ups and downs.
Friday morning I received some very sad news and it has been weighing heavily on me. So when I got a call from Lelani asking me over for a patio dinner, I accepted. We sat outside and enjoyed a sunny spring evening, talking and catching up in a way that is always impossible with a device. We talked about all the places we will go once the world reopens. We talked about road-tripping, and a vacation to Europe, and a trip to Kauai. We will have to see which comes first! I also really want to do an outdoor painting for my deck like the ones she and her daughter did!
Saturday morning I went hiking on the Chanterelle Trail in town, despite the threatening rain. The sprinkles went largely unnoticed underneath the tree canopy, and I got my workout in with a 4.8 mile hike with a 1,000 foot elevation gain and a pretty view of the lake. The switchbacks make the elevation gain manageable, and it felt great to be back out on the trail. It was my first hike since COVID began, and it was sorely needed. I even wore the new hiking pants I got a few months ago and hadn’t had an opportunity to try out yet.
The rest of Saturday was pretty lazy, but I made progress on my puzzle! And read my book. Cora has been “helping” with my puzzle, which basically means laying on strategic parts of it so I have to work somewhere else. And then grabbing pieces to play with. It isn’t as if she gets no attention! Since I took the photos below, I have done quite a bit more!
Today was supposed to rain all day, but surprisingly the early morning showers cleared up for a nice, sunny afternoon. I mowed the lawn and did a bit of yard work – the grass grows quickly this time of year!
Back to work tomorrow! I even need to go into work for real too; my Surface has been having some trouble with freezing up, so our fantastic IT folks have configured a new one for me. It will be a brief visit, but it will be the first time I have purchased gas since March…