Had a wonderful, if fairly quiet, New Year’s Eve. In the afternoon I took cathijosephine
to a nearby mall so m_c_t
could get boots. It was snowing heavily out, and the plows hadn’t had a chance to clear the streets, so getting there was kind of an adventure, and a slow one.
We had a great time at the mall, including a yummy meal from a Johnny Rockets
in the food court. However, I had hurt my foot pretty badly overnight (scratching a really bad itch), and towards the end of our time at the mall I was feeling feverish and looking flushed. (Zeph and I had thought at the time that it had turned into a systemic infection, but considering how immediately I got better when she had me put some antiseptic/anaesthetic on it, I think it must just have been the pain.)
Anyway, because of the snow, it took us a lot longer than anticipated to get to and from the mall. When we got home cathijosephine
took great care of me, plying me with all sorts of useful OTC drugs. (Wow, that anaesthetic/antiseptic spray was incredibly effective.)plumtreeblossom
and I had plans to go to what was by all accounts a stunningly awesome New Year’s Eve party, but unfortunately we would have had to walk there from the T through unplowed streets, and with my injured foot and the snowstorm, that was a non-starter. plumtreeblossom
was incredibly understanding about the change in plans. As it happened, she got so cold walking the couple blocks to Sound Bites for dinner (where we both had very yummy food and wine) that she was just as glad we hadn’t tried to make it to the party. Instead, after dinner, we put a rather odd Gary Cooper movie
in the DVD player and snuggled on the couch with the cats for a while before toasting the New Year as cued by her Blackberry.
This morning, I started
2009 with pancakes, bacon, and Jell-O made by my beloved plumtreeblossom
; that has to be a very good omen. (The Jell-O is because I’d had a sudden craving the previous night, due to her singing the Jell-O jingle from the radio show
we did.) She also sewed some buttons on my coat.
When I got home today, I had a rather disturbing surprise. First of all, the cat was out of food; she had tried to get into the bag of food in the closet, but only succeeded in knocking it over with the opening folded under it so she couldn't get in. Second of all, it was 35° Fahrenheit in the house. Our boiler occasionally randomly shuts itself off for no reason, requiring a button press to turn it back on. I did that right away, but I am still wearing a coat and hat; it takes a while for the house to warm up from that temperature. Poor kitty! I hope it wasn't that cold all night.
Anyway, I was delighted to spend the last afternoon of 2008 with cathijosephine
, and to spend the last night of 2008 and the first morning of 2009 with my beloved plumtreeblossom
. That left me with a warmth inside that mere temperature can’t touch.
Oh, and I just a few minutes ago got a nice New Year’s phone call from sionnagh
. (She says everybody in Hawai‘i is complaining and wearing sweaters because it’s gotten down to 68°F. Remind me again; why do I live in New England?)
I am blessed with many wonderful friends (many of whom I wish I could see more often [*casts a glance towards northern England*]
), a spectacular family (of origin and of choice), and a life full of love.