Today is my 56th orbit around the sun. I live on the planet called 'Earth'. It is a beautiful specimen of a satellite. According to the out of date horoscopes used by ill-informed astrologers, I am a Libra but if one uses updated data, I am really a Virgo only I wasn't a virgin for very long so this is all very annoying.
It is very beautiful outside: a dry, crisp, sunny autumn day. Every day, one should rise out of bed and greet the sun, thank the rain and bless the earth as St. Francis liked to say.
The forest is in full color yet the grass is still bright green. Our first hard freeze is coming tonight. Often, on my birthday, we get really foul weather here in New York. One year, we just bought our first brownstone in New York City. It had no heat and only a few light outlets, I called it 'the cave' and our only heat was the Victorian fireplaces. We moved the day before my birthday and the next afternoon, it was freezing cold and sleet was slapping the sheets of plastic that covered the missing windows on the first floor. We had only one habitable room in the entire building which had a fire previously.
My in-laws told me they were bringing over a birthday cake so my daughter was very happily looking forward to this treat when in walked Joe carrying an icecream cake! We were all wearing our heavy winter coats inside! Not only was it a cold cake, it was frozen hard as a rock!
Joe said, 'Maybe it will warm up and I can cut it.'
I said, 'This is Antarctica.'
We decided to leave the cake out since it didn't need a freezer and go somewhere warm to eat.
It seems nearly all my moves happen on my birthday. Coincidence? Heh. When I moved up to this mountain, I spent much of September leveling a spot for the tent and assembling materials and building a road. We moved up here on my birthday. As per usual, it snowed. Chris got me a pair of kittens, one of which we still have, Cream. Her son and her sister's two sons still live with us. On my birthday back then, I had to go down to New Jersey on business.
So Chris spent it alone with the new kittens and our sled dog, Duke, in a freezing cold tent. When I came home two days later, we installed our first woodstove there. I learned a lot about installing wood stoves in tents. One has to be VERY careful where one sets it up and how it is set up or poof!
I hope this coming year is better than the last six years. And I hope everyone's birthdays are happy days. Peace and Love.
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