Last Week

Last week was a very emotional exhausting week. I'm still recovering.

Late Tuesday morning, we got a call that my husband's grandmother was in the hospital. We raced to make arrangements to travel up there, and began our trip as quickly as possible. We didn't make it in time, but we stayed there through Friday for the funeral and traveled home on Saturday.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, we had a good trip. We got to see a lot of family members on both sides, which was very nice. I got to meet my new nephew, finally.

Dixee LOVED having Jimmy's parents' home all to herself! All the windows! She had such a good time exploring.

Dixee LOVED having Jimmy's parents' home all to herself! All the windows! She had such a good time exploring.

We got to see the new addition to my mother's butterfly habitat. It's expanded a lot over the last couple years and looks fantastic.

We got to see the new addition to my mother's butterfly habitat. It's expanded a lot over the last couple years and looks fantastic.

Of course, Saturday was the day where the new place I think of as "home" was invaded and attacked by white supremacists. I spent our time traveling on Saturday glued to my Twitter feed as the events unraveled. I'm still in shock. I have the "not in my backyard" syndrome. Charlottesville is so quiet, peaceful, safe and diverse.

Stopping in Allentown on our drive back.

Stopping in Allentown on our drive back.

I've been struggling with some fatigue this week and it is inhibiting my ability to catch up on things. I think my fatigue is a combination of the emotional events of last week, abundant social interaction, drastic changes in my normal diet for a period of time, etc... But I'm starting to feel better today.

On our way home, we went to the Lindt Factory outlet, and I bought candy for myself and the lab. Lots of great sales!

On our way home, we went to the Lindt Factory outlet, and I bought candy for myself and the lab. Lots of great sales!

I've got too many things going on right now, and I'm struggling to figure out how to do everything I want to do. I fear I may need to cut some stuff out, but I can never decide on what...

Nature in Central Virginia

The bugs are bigger, scarier and more abundant here (except mosquitoes). Two mornings recently (yesterday being one of them), I've left my house by having to duck under a spider's web which appeared over my front door during the evening. The first morning it happened, a giant hornet flew into the house while I was trying to avoid the spider. A squirrel perished in my driveway last week, and the carcass was disgusting.

However, on Sunday, I had to stop to let a family of 6 deer meander across the road. Yesterday, I came home to this when I hopped out of the truck.

She didn't spook as I passed her, and ascended the stairs to the house. Also, if you look carefully, you can see a kitty in the above photo.

Later in the evening, I saw a Virginia Blue Skink....very pretty but too fast to take a picture of.

There are definitely downsides living in rural central Virginia, but I love it.

Chattering and Blathering

First Post!

This is the first post in a new blog (or section) of the website.

I want to get better at blogging. In order to do that, I must blog more often. 

However, I get caught up in the posts that take a while to produce...ones that require gameplay, screenshots, planning, etc... If I don't feel like putting forth the effort to finish one of those. Well, no posts happen which is unfortunate.

So here we are on the blog called "Chattering". This will be a sort of a life update, thoughts of the day, what I'm up to, random musings sort of thing. 

So, how are you, my dear readers? I'm alright. Wasn't feeling too great last week, but I think I'm kicking it. I think something is up with my right hand though. I'm going to the doctor on Thursday.

If you read this site and have a related blog or other forms of media, please send me a link so that I can feature you.

What category of the website do you like the best? It is helpful to know where I should focus my efforts.

Today was a lot of travelling....to the airport and back, to the grocery store, to the vet's office. It pretty much ate up most of my day. UGH. Oh, that reminds me I need to get gas and parking passes tomorrow morning. Leaves keyboard.

I just stuck two pieces of Washi tape to the door so I remember in the morning. What do you do when you need to remember to do something before you leave the house in the morning?

On my way home from the vet, I had to pause in my neighbourhood to let a family of deer cross (five...one was really little). While deer are abundant around here and on the sides of the road all the time, they seldom walk leisurely across the street and so close to my car.