7/24: four bases

It was a "do at least one thing in each of the four categories" kind of day, and it worked well.

House or self:  I ran errands in town and did laundry at home.  (One of the errands took me to the pet store where, in addition to practical necessities for the cats, I also bought them a new toy.  It was sweet to watch them with it when I got home.)

Work:  I edited students' Trollope glosses and wrote some of my own.  I made quicker progress than I had initially expected.

Exercise:  I walked at the indoor track.

Contact:  I talked on the phone with my sister.

7/23: walking company

I knew that I'd go to the indoor walking track today because it would be too rainy to kayak, and I invited one of my neighbors along.  We used to walk on the ridge together often a few years ago, when our schedules meshed well, but now we see one another less frequently.  It was good to chat and move together through the cool air in a clean, well-lighted place.

7/22: both early

I arrived at the coffee-shop early, which was okay since I had brought a magazine to read.  But my friend arrived just as I was about to walk in the door, so our conversation could start all the sooner.  It seemed like an auspicious way to begin our afternoon chat, a concrete symbol of being on the same wavelength.

7/21: kayaking company

One of our neighbors asked if he could kayak with me this evening with Chris' (mostly unused of late) kayak.  It was a good outing, with gentle water and gentle light.

7/20: timing

I happened to be coming up the hill with my kayak just as my next-door neighbors were leaving the ridge for the last time, getting on the road to set up a new life for themselves in Florida.  I was grateful that I had one more chance to wish them well and wave as they drove away.

7/19: unexpected overlap

Imagine a Venn diagram.  One circle is a found poetry project using Emily Dickinson's poems (something I'm working on this summer as a little lark).  The other circle is my ongoing research on Midas.  I wouldn't have thought those two circles would intersect, but today I found two poems by Dickinson which refer to Midas and the golden touch.  A happy discovery, interesting to think about (the poems are curious), and nice to come upon Midas connections by a different and unanticipated route.

7/18: gathering

Our wonderful next-door neighbors are moving away (oh no!), and tonight another one of our other neighbors hosted a farewell gathering for them.  It is sad to say goodbye to people who have been so wonderful to live next to, but it was also very nice to realize what a sweet neighborhood I live in, with so many great folks all around.

7/17: production underway

As one of my summer projects I've been designing little chapbooks to reprint some poems by a friend, and today my order of paper (right colors, right weights) arrived.  I couldn't resist beginning to print and fold.