I made more progress on the space in my yard yesterday. My neighbor texted me in the morning to ask if I wanted their left over flagstone pavers. That’s what I dreamed of for my yard, but no way could I have afforded them. The “fixed” in “fixed income” doesn’t necessarily mean “repaired.” (ha ha ha) She had already loaded their wheel barrow. We brought them in and laid them down. We’ll be doing it again today.
I plan to take the flagstones to the raised bed. The flagstones are really beautiful and I’m so happy. Left of them is a small flower bed that I’ll extend next year. The walkway will be bordered by vegetables on the right and flowers on the left. This will be a dig-proof area in my yard without diminishing the dog’s freedom of racing around. It’s their space, too.
I’ve been keeping Bear quiet for the past several days and she’s moving around better. I’ve gotten Teddy to leave her alone when he wants to play rough (Aussies are smart). I’ve noticed that her right “elbow” seems to be turned outward and a friend who came by yesterday noticed Bear’s shoulder “doesn’t feel right.” It doesn’t, but I have no idea what that means.
I called my local vet yesterday and was told their X-ray machine is broken. I got an appointment next Monday when (this is cute) “Our X-ray machine will be better.” I guess people who talk about animal health all the time… I took the appointment, but then called the vet in Alamosa (same vets, bigger operation) and got an appointment for Thursday. Apparently their X-ray machine is feeling all right.
I wanted to say how much I appreciate this blogging community. C-19 has so altered the idea of “community,” perhaps expanding our idea of it. It’s difficult to say. I know that for me, though I’m not exactly on “lock down,” my perspective on, or relationship to, this activity has changed. This has always been a place for me to express my thoughts (duh Martha, news flash) but it’s evolved into conversations and I value them very much. ❤ When I haven’t had time to read, I feel the loss. “What’s going on with everyone?”
People (I don’t know who they are but I hear about them) talk about “globalization,” and maybe they’re talking about the idea of a global economy, a major part of globalization, but there is also this. People all over the world are meeting each other on blogging platforms and sharing ideas. It’s still a thing of wonder to me that my China book came about because a businessman from India, whom I’ll never meet in real life but enjoy “talking” with here, went to Guangzhou. A woman in Indiana woke me up to the possible seriousness of Bear’s lameness. A woman in Idaho runs in the mountains with her dogs and has the kinds of adventures I understand. A woman in Australia really SHOULD show up here for a cuppa’ but… A woman in Switzerland with whom I’ve been “talking” for nearly a decade now whose humor and courage impress me very much and whose beautiful photos make me yearn to return to CH and also make me happy it’s still there. I don’t want to write an interminably long post here, and I could. My list of valued conversations is very long. I treasure all these conversations very much.