I didn't, not entirely. Because I lost the interest in life's curiosities and humorous moments that compels me to post on this blog. I know that now, because it has come back. And so I will take a moment to catch up.
I mentioned back here when noting my horse's 31st birthday that he would look much better once his summer coat came in. This is what I meant:
We also added a member to our family. My friend who passed left a lot of pets - a little too many for one person to care for. One of them was a dog we fostered for 6 months during my friend's first round of chemo. She loves us, loves Nikita, and loves cats, so she passed the entrance exam with flying colors. She lives here now. This is Lily:
It's kind of weird to have a dog that barks an alarm when she hears someone come up the driveway. After thirty-five years of friendly-but-stealthy huskies, we finally have a tough little watch dog who greets visitors with, "Stand back or I'll cut you!" Good girl, Lily.
I also enjoyed the annual trip my mother makes from Florida to spend the summer with us. With my usual writing deadline that keeps me busy, she had a lot of time to fill. She read a lot of books - I didn't keep track. But I did keep track of the jigsaw puzzles she did:
I helped a little. I can't walk past a jigsaw puzzle in progress and not stop to find a piece. Or twenty. But my book was done on time, the puzzles were all finished, and summer is over. Moving on.