Am I in Kansas? – This morning I woke up with a sense of doom. Sometimes that happens but it’s usually because I heard a cat hacking up a hairball. This is much more serious. It may be exacerbated by the fact that I know I’m moving in a few months. Home is always a safe place for me. The move makes logical sense but today I’m not in a logical mood.
That was weird – I picked up my Starbucks mocha this morning and parked in front of the store where a barista was unloading her car trunk with at least 20 gallons of milk. Usually those things are delivered. I held the door for her and wondered what on earth is going on with the world.
Another reminder – I’ve blogged before that my grandfather died in the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Yesterday one of my distant cousins with whom I have communicated in the past, asked me a question. He send part of his great grandmother’s journal. She was my mother’s sister. There is a notation on the day that her father had died. He got sick on Tuesday and was dead by Thursday. She said all the children were in bed sick from it. It’s the first I knew that it went through the family and also that he died within two days. I don’t know how he got it. They lived in a small town quite a distance from any large city. He was a healthy 40 year old man whose lungs went to crap in two days.
On a positive note – I was able to give my relative some information he didn’t have. Not information I knew but my much older brother did. I just love ancestry research. It’s a puzzle where the cats can’t knock the pieces on the floor. You can walk away when you are frustrated and don’t have to dust around it. You come across lots of relatives – some crazy and some just like me (that would be normal). Right now it’s the only thing that hasn’t changed.
Winter mode – Our yard is now in winter mode. All the leaves have fallen and the chrysanthemums are done for the season. It has its own beauty but you can’t beat the riotous color of spring bulbs or the greenness of summer. Perhaps winter is what make us appreciate the rest of the year more.
So how was your week?