I've created a count-down calendar for our remaining days in this house. I've noted school events, swim practices and meets, track practices, choir rehearsals and performances, camping trips, anniversaries, birthdays, trips to the dentist, and one spa day (Saturday, squee!).
I've always been restored by time spent at home, and I'm spending as much time as possible here now in an effort to store up enough energy to face the coming months of transition. The house is at its most lovely, as is the outdoors, and I could sit for hours at the dining room table looking out at the back yard and watching all of the creatures who congregate there - goldfinches, cardinals, bluejays, red-winged blackbirds, woodpeckers, tufted titmice, black-capped chickadees, squirrels, rabbits, road runners, and this guy (gal?).
That cat was slated for a new home but I may not be able to part from her. I'm on the kitty fence.
Hazel's class has been hiking once a week in the greenbelt - a new routine I love, as it gets them outdoors for most of the day and they get to move in nature, my favorite combo - but last week she ran afoul of something bad. At first, we thought her rash was caused by an off-path bio-break, and she was prescribed a steroid cream for it. However, it got angrier and spread quickly over the weekend, and when we returned to the doctor on Monday, a food allergy was postulated. Poor Hazel is now on a heavy round of prednisone, and has a trip to the allergist on the books tomorrow. Here's hoping it's an anomaly and that she can resume eating berries ASAP. Poor swollen, itchy sweet girl.
Jesse is finally getting over the time change, although he did bemoan the fact that when he left Austin, the days were finally beginning to lengthen, and now that he's moved to autumn they are getting noticeably shorter each day. I think the girls and I will have the best of it - spring in Austin, summer in San Diego, and then spring in the Sunshine Coast. In the meantime, he has been working hard, even through the 4-day break for Easter, and then tackled THIS challenge (so far, so good).
Peace out, ya'll.