So comfort is important, and I found some in a few places. Let's count:
1. My old moccasins were showing their years, so I found these cuddly replacements -- sheepskin, beading, rabbit-fur trim. So warm on a wintry night or a fall morning . . .
3. And when I lose my concentration, and it's time to turn to a different kind of entertainment, Paul and I have been enjoying Idris Elba's role in Luther, a clever police procedural set in London -- you know, I never tire of seeing that giant dill pickle . . . We've finished Season 2, now, and are looking forward to more. There are some wonderful characters, great performances, and edge-of-the-seat plotting.
4. I've also been comforted by photos sent via smartphone text-messages, either by Paul, at home enjoying his semi-retired lifestyle while I soldier away up the hill on campus, or by my daughter who's very thoughtful about sharing the love. The other day, for example, Paul sent me this. . . .
5. Finally, always cheering, and always received as the happiest of small gifts, the photos my daughter sends me of little Harriet. If smartPhones had only been invented to keep Nanas happy, that might be enough. Here's the latest:
As for happy, we're heading off to Vancouver, and even though I'm bringing along (another) big stack of essays to mark, I'm planning a long run with my (baby) sister on Saturday morning, a shopping-and-brunch expedition with my daughter and another sister after the run, some cuddle time with both little girls, and a wonderful Thanksgiving meal that Paul and I don't have to do anything but show up for. AND I get to hug all of my kids and their partners, excepting one.
May you have a lovely long weekend as well, my Canadian readers, and I'm guessing many of my American readers get a long weekend from Columbus Day -- is that right? As for the rest of you, if you don't have the third day off, I'll just wish that you squeeze as much rest and relaxation -- or at least Fun -- into two days as you can. And maybe take a minute, if you can, to let me know what you're up to. I always love your comments!