It's been a good day. I've gotten nearly nothing done, but it's been a very good day.
I slept until I woke up -- missed Will Shortz, but that's okay. Just after 11am I was sitting at the computer, not yet really awake, and the phone rang. It was the spouse!!! We talked for about half an hour.
Then I signed into e-mail, only to learn, at 11:35, that there was a breakfast going on starting at 11:30. (Thanks R!) I thought briefly, and decided that this just might be on fannish time, and since the restaurant was one of my favorites, and it's not too far away, I threw on clothes and drove over, arriving before noon. The food was mostly gone, but I got some. And more I got good conversation, and got to meet someone (K) I'd heard a lot about but never met. And got many good hugs. And, amazingly enough, I was not the last person to show up -- although the next folks didn't get any food.
Once home, I went out to mow in the back yard for the first time this season. The first time usually takes 3 or 4 passes due to the thick grass and the electrical mower -- but this time the limiting factor was not the charge on the mower, but the size of the "Yard Waste" bin. I filled it to beyond overflowing with some grapes which were coming over the fence that I butchered, and much refuse from a storm that dropped tree parts from all over about the lawn. (Spouse had already gotten rid of the big bits that I wouldn't have been able to lift.) Although it won't be picked up until Wednesday, I dragged it to the curb so as not to risk forgetting it.
Took some pictures:
The front yard is full of violets and dandelions.
As soon as I entered the back yard a bird started tweeting loudly to get my attention Somewhere Else. So I started looking and noticed this. (The robin nest from a few years ago which had been atop our electrical box was on the ground, so I put it out with the yard waste.)
The back yard is full of Dandelions and this small unidentified flower.
The volunteer black? raspberries are beginning to bloom. I chop them back each fall, but they keep coming back, and I LOVE them. But they are very thorny, growing up through the deck, a hazard when walking, especially in semi-darkness, and the spouse doesn't appreciate them as much as I do.
While mowing, I saw something the like of which I'd not seen before -- small flowers, white with purple punctuation -- which, on closer examination of the leaves, I realized were violets.
Once done with the mowing -- or rather the filling of the yard waste bin -- I took my bike out for its first spin of 2009. I realized about 6 things I need to do before the next time I go out (including replacing the battery in the newly-a-year-ago installed (actually used between 1 and 3 times) odometer. *sigh* Went all around a nearby subdivision, but it was starting to rain, so I only took 1/2 hour. And I think between the mowing and the riding, I'm going to call that my exercise today.