(Well, I assume everyone notices, just because I'm anal about getting the Friday blog post out very early.)
Anyway, I'm back from an overnight writing getaway. It was fabulous, and much-needed. I wrote 4000 words in a 24-hour period, which, for me, is unheard of.
I mean, that's 4 days' worth of writing! So, yeah, I'm feeling really good about that.
There were horses and a bullfrog and a dog that insisted on licking my elbows and thighs. (If you don't know how much I hate dogs, then YOU DON'T KNOW ME.) In the dog's favor, she was truly the BEST BEHAVED CANINE I've ever met. She was a farm dog with free reign of the land, yet SHE NEVER BARKED. Not once. When we arrived, she escorted us up the steps to the loft where we were staying. When we said, "Sit!", she sat immediately.
Kudos to the owner, right?
There were two other dogs, too, who ALSO NEVER BARKED. But they were lazy and disinclined to visit us.
So I'm refreshed and happy. (Not because of the dogs.) And that's a good way to start off the weekend.
I have REALLY GOOD NEWS.
(No. It's not a sale. I would never stick that in the middle of a Fricassee.)
The Really Good News is: MY CAT HAS COME HOME!
My dearest Lucy showed up in our neighbor's yard on Monday evening. Apparently, my neighbor called out to Mr. A, "Hey, that cat of yours is here." So my dear husband (who is allergic to cats), spent at least ten minutes trying to coax Lucy onto our property. I was in the bedroom doing ballet stretches, when I heard my husband calling, "Lucy! Luuuuucy!"
I ran to the window and said, "WHY ARE YOU CALLING LUCY?"
And Mr. A, with characteristic nonchalance, said, "She's out here."
Needless to say, when I finally made it out the front door (in my jammies) and called to her, and she came slinking through the bushes to me, I LOST IT A LITTLE BIT.
She was so thin--bones draped with fur. Light as fluff. But otherwise unscathed, and as affectionate as ever.
And, of course, she's been acting like nothing happened. As though it's perfectly normal to disappear for more than a month, and then show up again without warning.
No matter. I love her so much, and I'm so thankful she's back. (The picture above was taken the morning after her return.)
Huge thanks to so many of you who offered words of support and encouragement when she went missing. It helped me stay in a hope place.
And that's enough rambling for today. I've got to unpack and figure out what to do for dinner (a restaurant sounds good).
See you Monday!