Have I mentioned that I’m having spinal surgery? I know, only endlessly. Well, it’s today and already there are things I can’t wait to get back to. Herewith, a very short list:
1. An unfinished painting. A good friend of Paul and myself commissioned one, and although I promised I’d complete it by today it didn’t happen. (See the blue open rectangle on the orange canvas? It fits right in there.) Also, take note of our new orange metal chairs; I love their hot color punch next to my gray worktable. Each has a spindle missing, which makes them perfect in my book.
2. My blooming Stapelia gigantea. I’m always happy to see their leathery, rotted meat-stinking faces and this is their biggest bloom display ever. I hope they don’t fold up the show completely before I get back … It’s too much fun watching flies stop by to unwittingly assist in their pollination.
3. Frito and Inky. Yes, they’re getting noisier with age, what with the howling and shrieking whenever the security alarm is activated (or just for the fun of it). And yes they have stepped up their campaign of lizard annihilation (along with presentation of their kills indoors). Still, I’ll be happy to see their furry little mugs and wagging tails once this is over.
Thanks go out to friends and neighbors who’ve offered to help upon my arrival at home … although I’m tempted to abuse your goodwill with a list of outlandish favors, Paul’s on the case. (Maybe you could help by taking him out somewhere?)
Happy Halloween and I’ll see you in November!