Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 6

Last night I supervised the building of a teepee as Alexi scaffolded Abbott in solving this (seventh grade) math problem:

(Solve it. Go.)

The lengthy stretches of darkness make evenings with tedious schoolwork interminably long.

With the increase in morning light since daylight saving time ended, I’ve been motivated to walk Nelly before breakfast. I force myself outside, constantly, and it keeps me going. I nod hello to the gardeners and other dog walkers I encounter. I make small talk with the owners of Nelly’s friends, Ramona and Tess, down the street, who seem to be out walking every time we are. I find enormous satisfaction stamping on the surprising ubiquity of molehills on our route.

On the way into the grocery store this morning, I discovered a wet sheet of spiral notebook paper stuck to the pavement. I couldn’t stop myself from reading the ballpoint script written with a firm hand; to my horror, it was a list of items to discuss with a particular doctor: hives, stuffy nose, drugs tried, dates of phonecalls to the clinic. I can’t stop imagining the stories behind the facts.

Back at home, I scrubbed the railing of our deck until my wrist hurt. I cleaned out pots of long-dead flowers gone mossy. Tomorrow, I hope to string some lights on the rail; replant the empty pots.

When I went to check the mail, I discovered three of the four light bulbs over the porch are burned out. And then I started noticing burned out bulbs all over the house. Added to the list of today's projects: replace light.


Anonymous said...

Yes to the light!


Traca said...

I'm so glad to see you posting again! Have missed your posts. Hope you're doing well.

Lecia Phinney said...

Traca: thank you! And yes: all is well. xo

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. The photo of the plants in this blog almost took my breath away. I would love to know what plant it is.

Lecia Phinney said...

Anonymous: ornamental cabbage! I feel the same way about it. And thank you. XO