I went out on Wednesday and when I got home from my errand, one of these little critters was standing square in the middle of my front walk, staring at me. For those of you who do not live in the Western Hemisphere, this distinctively colored creature is a skunk - a member of one of nine sub-species. I think the one I actually saw was not this particular kind (or not this healthy, anyway). - With thanks to Britannica, you can click on the image to go read about the beasties if you've never smelled one before. Hard to grow up on the American continent without smelling one at least once in your lifetime. :)
This is actually the second time I've met one on my front step - the last time was more than thirty years ago when my then-little daughter and I were coming home after dark. In both instances, we just stood still and tried to look non-threatening until it wandered on about its way. Whew! Luckily, I apparently do not look like the average predator to a skunk. LOL.
Thursday morning I went to my local 'traditional' guild's weekly meeting (I have to find some other way to denote between the Baltimore Modern guild and Faithful Circle - I really, really dislike the terms 'traditional' and 'modern' ... they are all quilt makers to me). It was a nasty, rainy day in the fifties, maybe, temperature wise. Someone who was not very nice parked their bright red compact sedan crookedly in the Handicapped parking area in front of the church so I had to put my car quite a bit farther away along the drive. Rude and inconsiderate of them, to say the least. There was no way I could have parked in the only space left, beside that sedan. Sigh.
When guild let out, it was pouring down rain and I had quite a ways to walk to get to my car. I was wearing a down jacket with nylon coating and a hood, so simple rain would have been no trouble to me. Sadly, the rain was so heavy that I was wet right down to the skin by the time I got to my car - through the coat, my shawl, the dress and my underthings. And cold, of course. I had been aiming to go to lunch with some fellow guild members, but I bagged that plan and went home to change and get warm.
By evening, I was shaking with fever and feeling pretty rotten. I spent half of Thursday, all of Friday _and_ Saturday in bed with some kind of virus and still feel pretty tottery today. :P I'm not suggesting that getting wet made me sick - I'm pretty sure I caught a mild viral infection from my son - but the physical stress certainly made my body more vulnerable to the infection. Nasty. Sigh.
I had thought that, since I did not go to Ohio now after all, I might go to the Baltimore Modern guild meeting today. As it turned out, I was way too weak (and maybe too sick, still) to do that. Good thing I had arranged to meet Janet ahead of time!
What I've been doing, other than sleeping around the clock and listening to tv episodes of MI5 alternating with audiobooks, is embroidering more of my Spargo-esque tree project. Thought I'd share some photos since that part of my life (the fiber part:) is important to me. These are quick pics of in-progress work so not fancy at all (as usual):
As you can see, I got my guinea fowl finished (this is a tom) and am now adding leaves and berries to the tree. My plan for coloring is to go from winter (the branch just above the bird) to spring-summer-fall. I only allotted winter one branch but two to the other seasons - my own personal opinion of the annual climate cycle. :)
The house is very quiet and subdued without my little cat ... but I don't want to get another pet until we decide where we'll live after my husband retires. It is just too hard on animals to relocate (have done this a number of time so feel qualified to opine on the matter).
It was sunny and warm today so I took a shower and got dressed and creakily went out for while in the early afternoon. I stopped at Giant (the local grocery) to buy a small salad and some cut up fruit from the buffet counter then took that small meal to the Dockside to sit in the sun. There were gazillion people out walking their dogs, children, selves, riding bikes, etc. - enjoying the weather. People watching is one of my favorite occupations and it felt really nice to eat sitting in the sun on a bench. I could only eat half of what I'd thought was a small meal (had the rest for dinner). Haven't eaten much for three days as my stomach has been bilious as Shakespeare would have said. :P
While I was sitting there, I saw what I think was a loon, a diving bird at any rate, gulping down a big silvery fish it had caught. Sure seemed to be enjoying it's lunch, too.
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