Having driven just about half of the 3600 or so miles it took to go from here to there and back again in a car with a stick shift (5 forward gears), and having driven the last 90 miles of the journey, I found myself slamming my foot down on the nonexistent clutch pedal as I left a couple of hours later to go to the kennel to pick up our cat.
I could see a storm brewing as I headed back to the house, with her meowing miserably in the cat carrier in the back seat, and within an hour or so comes
Blatt… Blatt… Blatt… The National Weather Service announces a severe thunderstorm warning….”
And the sky turns black and the wind kicks up and the rain pours for a while, and then it is over…
We spent Saturday night in a motel in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and I had totally forgotten when I woke up yesterday morning that it was our anniversary. Richard remembered later in the day, but I did not remember until I got a phone call from my sister later in the day singing a “Happy Anniversary” song.
This morning when I stood at the bathroom sink to brush my teeth and wash my hands, I felt a tickling sensation at my ankle and looked down to see a cricket crawling up my leg. And then a little later in the day, I saw a lizard scuttle across the “porch room” floor to vanish under a pantry cabinet.
Things are just about back to normal.