I'm still here at ye old homestead, and doing just fine now. Enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day out on the porch with family and feeling grateful for the big things and the little things. Including the fact that I found out, I do not have chicken pox as we once thought, but a spa rash due to the poor maintenance of a semi-private hot tub that I was soaking in last week. Before this, I had no idea such a thing was possible and am just so grossed out now that I know. My mother would've called it, "the creeping crud". The rash and other symptoms are very similar to chicken pox--but don't last long; I dare say that would explain a few things. But, I'm feeling better. And ever so much wiser. (Will keep a spa test-kit in our travel bag from now on as a precautionary measure.)
Oh how I love a three-day weekend. The leisure of it was all mine though as I watched everybody else bustle around doing things. The Mister was moving dirt and building new planters for the garden, the girls shopped and cooked and visited the pool--while I rested and watched free 'On Demand' movies: Faith Like Potatoes--Loved it! Maybe a bit rough in the beginning, stick with it though--it's worth it; not a big production but a wonderful true story with some seriously sad parts--so keep your hankies handy.) Then, I Dreamed of Africa; another family drama set in Africa with big sweeping landscapes, loss and tragedy. (I was on a jag--apparently.) And my favorite,The Grass Harp--Truman Capote's coming of age story so full of charm and wit. I may just watch it again. Yes, I'm sure I will. Piper Laurie is perfect as Miss Dolly. My favorite part is when she runs away from home (to escape her sour sister, played by Sissy Spacek), and goes to live in a treehouse. Others, sympathetic with her plight, join her--and that's when the mayhem begins. It's perfectly delightful!