Well, I left the conference early and got back in time to do shopping, straighten the house, prepare some food...And discovered that the additional spruce branches that were supposed to have been left in my back yard for the roof of the sukkah were not.
So the sukkah may not be quite as I had wanted it; but it might still be just one hair this side of kosher.
I love this holiday. And this year, the weather may even encourage schlepping my work out to the sukkah, inviting guests...(As opposed to the times when it snowed in the sukkah, we ate with hats and fingerless gloves on, and fled back into the house as soon as possible.)
Today I saw the first rufous-sided towhee of the season, and two doves. They already know that treats will be forthcoming.
The squirrels have been stealing stuffing from the porch-swing cushions for their nests. They will be examining the decorative squashes on the sukkah table, calculating how edible they might be...
I have discovered that every single one of the apples from our tree has a worm or an earwig or both; they need to be cut up. This makes them great for juicing, and less great for chomping into...
Fortunately, I still have the juicer, and it still works. And the apples are truly delicious.
I am grateful that I can still see, generally, fairly well.
When I close my right eye and look only out of my left, vision straight ahead is seriously blurred. I cannot read with my left eye, even with glasses.
Peripheral vision does not seem as blurred.
So, until a more advanced cure is found, or a miracle occurs, I will be going monthly to the retinal specialist for an injection in each eye, and reading with reading glasses mostly out of my right.
Cat, whom the housesitter thinks may be named Mishka, likes curling up behind or beside the laptop on my desk. She is long-haired, and has some dreadlocks. When I even contemplate cutting them she hears it, and feints a bite towards my hand...She may be a Rasta-cat.
One of these days I must finally learn how to get a photo from my phone onto this site.
I wish everyone the sweetest and most fulfilling Sukkot. May we see clearly all we have to be grateful for, and all we owe back to this world in thanks.