It's fire pit season, and the tabletop version we bought over a year ago still brings us so much joy. We sit on our screened in porch and pretend we are out somewhere fancy. We added a new twist on our most recent home date night...Keno to Go! You just buy a Keno ticket and then you can watch the recorded games play out on your phone as if it's in real time. It's like being in a crowded noisy bar minus the crowds and noise :)
During my lunch walks, I have come across two very interesting women. The first one walks a loop on her dead-end street without coming onto the main road where I walk. Every day, I watch her loop around a few times as I pass by and wonder why she won't venture out further than her own small street. Could it be fear? Maybe she is caring for someone and needs to stay close to home but also wants to get some steps in? Perhaps her child is napping and she has a monitor in her pocket waiting for the child to wake up? Very interesting.
The second woman was older, and she was walking on the main sidewalk as I approached from the opposite direction. As soon as she saw me, she tried to cross the road, but a car was coming. She waved wildly at the car to hurry up, like this:
But as I was getting closer to her, and the car was still in her way, preventing her from crossing the street, she abruptly turned and walked down someone's driveway in a circle until I passed on the sidewalk.
Am I that offensive? I took a selfie after to see if I had any strange markings on my face that would have caused her to run from me like that:
Nothing weird here, just your typical mom out for a lunch walk. My close-mouthed smile is a little creepy, I admit. But wow, I never felt so disgusting to somebody before. I thought maybe she may have fear of Covid, but she was walking on a busy street, without a mask, knowing she was bound to have to pass people. It must be something else.
Declan picked up his violin the day before his First Communion. We are renting from a music store, because apparently new violins cost $825 to buy. Yikes! I am going to start his lessons soon, and then see if it's worth renting my own violin to learn with him.
This past weekend, while Andrew (17) was parked in his high school's parking lot at night to watch the musical, someone came along and cut the catalytic converter from his car and his friend's car. When they went to leave after the play, they were both startled by the sound of their cars - so loud! Phil and I hadn't heard of people doing this, but apparently it's been on the news. People cut them out and sell them because the metal inside is worth something. Phil drove out to meet with Andrew and the cops, who said there have been a few reports of it happening in that town lately. Meanwhile we have to get his car fixed $$$ and sometimes I just can't believe the rottenness of people. I will say that my faith has taught me to pray for these thieves and realize that they must have a very tough life to need to act this way. But still :(
In better news, I was able to solve Wordle in two tries on two days in a row!
And now you all know my starting word - feel free to use it!
Finally, I was asked to share about a free Catholic Women's Virtual Conference that has tons of amazing speakers. You can register here: virtualcatholicconference.