I’m rather tired this evening. I went to bed too late last night, and after work today I went over to the theatre guild to sell tickets for our upcoming show. I would rather have been home– after a rainy morning it had cleared up and it was a lovely afternoon and evening.
Jacob headed back to school after sunset yesterday. He heads west so it’s easier on the eyes to wait until the sun sets, at least for him since he sees well in the dark. If it were me I’d want to be there before dark. Madeline and I had a nice evening together, but she’s been a little quiet since she got back from her trip. She had a good time, although she is a little worried about her grandma. Grandma had back surgery about 9 or so years ago, it was a very long operation and she hasn’t been quite the same since, there were definitely some cognitive losses. M. really noticed it this trip. I don’t know if it’s really worse or if M. just is noticing it for the first time. I haven’t seen her grandma for more than a few minutes at a time since 2005 so I couldn’t say. In 2005, after our divorce, the grandparents were anxious to see the kids and the ex (their son) wouldn’t take them down for a visit, so I did. I actually got along better than I had when I was still married to their son. Not sure why, maybe because I no longer felt I needed to prove anything to them? Their dad did not accompany them on this trip, and Madeline said she wished I had come! I do not think it would have worked– since the ex re-married his parents have been noticeably cooler to me. Maybe they think it would be disloyal? It would probably annoy the new wife… She doesn’t much care for me.
I walked to and from work and then to and from the theatre guild, so at lease I got some outdoor time in that way. On the way home from the guild, there was a flock of blackbirds in the trees, chirping and creaking (I don’t know what else to call the sound they make!) and making quite a racket. I’ve heard them quite few times in the last week or so, so it was fun to see them.
A lovely evening, the weather continues to be warm. The trees are budding and some are leafing out, I see leaves on the black raspberry canes that have started up near the garage, my crocuses have bloomed and the daffodils are starting to bloom. I even saw some violets blooming on my way home. Yesterday on our bike ride we passed to forsythia bushes in glorious bloom. This morning on the way to work I saw some rhubarb starting to peak up out of the ground. Spring officially starts tomorrow, but around here it is well underway.