Yesterday I walked downtown and back, first time since the flareup started in June. I don't seem to be suffering any impossible setbacks, just some stiffness. I slept rather well.
I read my book on the way in, and thought about things. Finished the book. My phone beeped when I reached Barnes & Noble and I spent my entire time downtown talking to Elaine. I had thought I might meet someone I knew there, might possibly get a ride back (yes, I would have taken it), but that did not happen. It was funny to see how many people were on cell phones.
That reminds me. I think I'll revise my piece on cell phones, post it to my web site. That place needs some fresh blood.
I ran the vacuum through the house, including the front porch. I made some fruit sauce with frozen berries and a little sugar, put that away. I'm going to look through the Veg Times, choose a few recipes, head out to the farmers' market to look for appropriate veggies and fruits. Maybe meet someone I know. Later, the storage building. It's a very frightening place. I want to take it down, make it scream for mercy. But that's later, when I'm stronger.
I made the mistake of going downtown to find a Washington Mutual bank, so I could get some quick cash without paying extra, from my PayPal debit card. There is a car show going on down there and Higuera Street and side streets are blocked. So I ended up driving all over the place, finally parking in a bank parking lot on Marsh, trying that cash machine, then another at another bank, and finally a third, before I could find one with the right kind of system and get some cash...not Washington Mutual, so I had to pay. Might as well have just gotten cash from the machine near the farmers' market.
Still. I left early enough so that when I arrived at the farmers' market it was still in full swing. And what a wealth of late-summer fruits and veggies! I bought apples from See Canyon (four or five varieties, a few of each), peaches, both pink and white, cucumbers, leeks, zucchini, crook neck squash, basil (lemon), Chinese long beans (it's been so long since I've cooked these wonderful beans), and more I can't remember now. I spent $18 on these things, including two bread sticks from Pure & Simple bread,which I brought with me to Starbucks to eat with a cup of decaf. Very satisfying indeed. I went then to the nearby Ralph's, which is like a playland to me, so full of appliances, furniture, other goodies, along with the food. Yes, I am a sucker for these things, but not as much as I have been in the past. I ask myself, "Do I really need that?" and often forstall a stupid purchase based purely on sensory effects, like pretty color, nice texture... At least I am aware of my weaknesses.
Now I am home and ready to approach that storage building. I figure I'll set up a table and unload stuff onto that so I don't have to dump it on the ground. That should make it easier.
My right knee is not all that happy with me and my persistence. It would rather I sat down a while. It would rather I had a bath stool in the bathtub so I don't have to stand to shower. It would like me to let it rest more. I know, I know, knee, but I just can't, it is making me crazy.
I am well into the storage building and it is getting away from me. So much stuff, so much to sort out. I don't think I'll finish today, possibly not even tomorrow. I think it's safe to leave stuff out at night, though. Although I may go to Santa Maria tonight for a comedy show, an extemporaneous type show. Local folks, practicing their skills.
So right now I am stir-steaming veggies with a little roasted garlic (dried), ginger (not fresh this time), soy sauce, water. Then I'll chunk in some soy chik patty. I put on some water for Thai noodles to go with. It'll be good. I know because it's pretty much what I fixed last night, except I didn't do the noodles. I am h u n g r y.
Today I saw the first little finch at the thistleseed feeder! So exciting! Now there are four or five of them. Pretty little things. I love it, seeing them there.
I'm off to see the comedy group. It's in Orcutt, farther than Santa Maria. I hope I get there in time and that there's enough room.