“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just go sit by the pool and read some fiction. Like a bimbo.”

Well, good Wednesday morning. It is Daughter #1 back again after a two-week break. I know my last post had no pictures and left some readers concerned about my mental state. But, never fear. I’ve been back at work two-days and already quoted in the paper once in an article where it was necessary to use my full name and title and that of the other five spokespeople who all replied with slight variations on the word “no.” Gotta hit that word count.

Nevertheless, I persist.

Christmas gift from a co-worker.

The big news in my neck of the woods is that I bought a new car! Yes, I know it’s the worst possible time to buy a new car but I’d been thinking about it for awhile. Plus, when my old car was damaged in the severe weather several weeks ago, I was curious about if the trade in price would be way less than the value or just the value less the amount of the damage. Turns out, the value was just fine. The dealer had the exact model and color I wanted (out of the two cars on the lot) and it felt like providence. I’m very happy and feel much more secure on the highway in my small SUV than I did in my zoom zoom car.

It looks much bigger from this angle, but she’s real cute.

In other big news, while home over the break, I started reading the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett and I must admit, I can’t put the first book down. Some of you may recall from prior posts that I’ve had trouble reading for the past two years. My mother and I were talking about how little we read in 2021 and I jokingly suggested my list was like four books…and then it was like four books. So, it is wonderful to be reading again. This book is full of subtlety and has many characters plus it takes place in 16th century Scotland, so, it’s light reading. Just kidding. It is not an easy read–but it is really enjoyable.

One of my goals for the year is to take my mushy brain and make it rock hard again. (Seriously, if you haven’t been clicking the hyperlinks in my posts, you’re really missing out).

I’ll wrap this up with some funny things from the internet to get you ready to face the day.