The last couple days have been sunny and warm, with high temperatures near 60F/16C, here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory. Tomorrow, the weatherbeans predict rain, or possibly snow, with a high around 36F/2C.
Welcome to Maine.
The deck is not quite finished — still lacking a privacy panel and the stairway down to the yard. But it’s plenty finished enough to put the deck chairs out, so that’s what we did. It’s nice to sit in the sunshine. I took advantage of that same warm sunshine to play the games of post-winter trash collection and pick-up-sticks in the yard. The Lawn Guys promise to come by next week to do a serious clean up — for instance, the branch that fell out of the apple tree needs either an application of chain saw to get it into pieces short enough to schlepp down to the Big Pile of Twigs by the Forest Gate, or it needs a tractor to drag it there.
We have hyacinth and snowdrops in the backyard, and several pods of daffodils blooming by the front door.
So, yes, it is spring, Maine-style.
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In other news, I have what I sincerely hope is the definitive telehealth visit with Oncologist the First this afternoon, to discuss the results of the oncotyping. Today, I should find out what my treatments will be, going forward, and have the beginning of a schedule for same. Which is to say, Waiting will End, and Events will Move. That by itself will be a relief.
At the moment, I have two coon cats — Trooper in the copilot’s chair, and Sprite on the desk by my keyboard — snoring in the sun, my mug is empty, and it’s time to make up a list for Instacart, and start the towels to washing.
See y’all on the flipside. Stay safe.