There are still hunks of black nasty dirty snow and ice lingering here and there amongst the mud but… my goodness… it’s real MUD!! Actual wet gooey mud!! Not dirty snow… Not ice… Not solid frozen dirt!! I’d never have believed I’m actually saying this… but mud… I THINK I LOVE YOU!!! 🙂
Sigh… I was beginning to think this cold weather would never break, that warm breezes and sunny skies would never arrive to thaw out our arctic wasteland. But… it looks like Spring is finally here.
Anyways… it’s coincidentally this lady’s day off from work (YAY!!!) and so… I’ve picked out a delightfully light skirt to wear today and yes… a warm wooly fisherman’s sweater too, this Catgirl isn’t crazy after all… and I’m getting ready to take a well needed long walk for some shopping and indulgently nice “me” time out and about this afternoon. I can’t wait…. there’s a breeze…. an actual honest-to-goodness warm breeze blowing. I soooooo need to feel it tickling my bare legs…. that will be heaven after these months of cold.
Not to worry though… once I’ve been out for a couple of hours I’ll be back and spend some time with you as well o’ Gentle Visitors updating you all with a good long Diary posting to let you know all about it… and then all you’ll have to do is “Read On!!” 😉
I’m back after my outing, and I have to say it was an absolutely lovely day!! I snagged one of my canvas satchels and filled it full of goodies for a light snack as well as the oodles of stuff I like to carry with me for a walk and set out early this morning. Carolyn says I’m soooo darn serious about something as simple as a walk…. teasing me that I kind of treat each one is sort of like a miniature urban hike and in some ways she’s really right. I love walking… Before she moved in with me, it’s how I got around just about everywhere. A walk to work every day… another to go shopping… and evening walks to the local park or movie theater for a little entertainment. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter…. each season comes with it’s own enjoyment and it’s own challenges when you mostly get around that way. It’s also been a pretty healthy way to keep myself fit and trim and even now that my sweetie chauffeurs me around as much as she does, it’s something I still enjoy. I can even convince her to join me most days for simple jaunts if the weather is agreeable.
And today…. After Winter’s seemingly unending cold, today’s warmth was heavenly!! Sunny and clear… yet cool enough to walk a brisk pace without working up a sweat, a surprisingly warm breeze deliciously caressing my legs and playing with my skirt, teasing me with the promise of more beautiful days ahead. If you were outside hereabouts today it’s hard to believe our forecast promises something entirely different for tomorrow… another unseasonable dip back into the freezer over the weekend. Not something to look forward to at all, but…. at least for today… I have my Spring. Yes!!
Given that forecast, I determined myself to make the most of my day off, and so I spent the greater part of the day wandering on “Walkabout” just enjoying the weather and making the rounds around our little village. First… a visit to the square and a stop by our favorite lil’ coffeehouse to fill the small thermos in my satchel with indulgently sweet mocha coffee. Oh… yes… and to snag a freshly made hot doughnut to go with it… gotta have that. I hadn’t planned on staying for long but ran into Evie, one of Carolyn’s friends from the college and had to chat for a while. I got all the latest gossip from Carolyn’s department and even an invitation for us to join Evie and her husband for dinner out early next week. Carolyn and I don’t really do many “couples” things, spending far too much time by ourselves, so that chance to go out for an evening sounded fun, and so I happily accepted on our behalf knowing Carolyn would definitely enjoy the evening.
After that, I popped over to the park so I could eat my doughnut and sip that wonderful coffee while watching the geese feeding in the newly exposed grass by the water. Even my old nemesis Mister Chipmunk stopped by to say “Hi!!’… Well… OK… mostly for that last nibble of doughnut I had left. With my buoyant mood… he even lucked out and got that nibble too. A truce for now… but next time, my old enemy, the Duel of Wills between us continues. 😉
By then, it was well past 11, and I considered a quick hike out to the college campus to surprise Carolyn for lunch, but despite the warm day, the roads were a bit of a mess with all that mud and so I decided instead to stick to the center of town and do some shopping. I poked my head in our local bookstore to waste a bit of time before deciding to get serious and put together some stuff for a nice dinner surprise for tonight. Mmmmm…. yummm.
That pretty much finished my expedition right there, as I kind of lost myself amongst the stuff at the supermarket before settling on the fixings for a nice Bulgarian style eggplant guvech. Ahhhh... and some garlic and herbed focaccia. A bottle of nice wine to top it off and I was off for home to play in the kitchen.
I’ve got it all working now, so there really isn’t much time for too much more of my boring lil’ day, except to say that hopefully… with the success of my last month’s Review Festival, I’m finally posting more, something I’ve let slide of late. It’s my goal to try to keep that up, so if the Movie Faeries are with me, by Sunday I ought to have a review ready for the recent Spanish Zombie Apocalypse thriller “REC 4: Apocalypse” fresh from today’s DVD delivery that made it to my door while I was out.
Ooooohhh!! And before I go… I’m also happy to report that Sandra has finally been allowed to go home from the hospital!! That news came to us just the other day, and so… if we can squeeze it in, there’ll be at least one more quick trip down to welcome her home and give her big hugs and wishes for her speedy recovery. I’m soooo hoping she’ll be well soon so she can help us celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary in May! It just wouldn’t be a party without her!
My kitchen timer is buzzing… gotta go!! Till next time, “Meow, meow, for now!”