Retreat

May. 29th, 2017 08:35 pm
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There's a campground in Southern Illinois that has a treehouse.



I would love to stay in a treehouse. It's booked solid during the summer, and weekends during the fall, up to November. I'm thinking, if I can pull it off, I'd like to take a "retreat" around my birthday in November and stay there. It's pricey, but it has a kitchen, and I could eat there. I'd bring some stuff to read and write, and also do some hiking. I hope that I'll be able to do so.

The kitties are still a little stressy, even Zara, who loves my mom. I assume that they'll calm down in a day or two.

I really wish that my nose would stop running. Yuck.
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After my walk in the park, I made a grocery list and went grocery shopping. Aldi had everything that I need for my mac and cheese casserole. Go Aldi! When I got back, I unloaded groceries, and then grabbed a couple of books and went to the coffeeshop to read a little. I wasn't there as long as I would have liked, but I had my phone call with my mom at 9.

I'm worried about my mom. Her platelet count is very low again. They want her to come to the hospital on Monday for another transfusion. She's getting sick of going to the hospital. She's on the chemo again, but that probably isn't causing the low platelet count; it's probably the multiple myeloma. On the other hand, we got onto the subject of politics, and she was off and running, so she can't be feeling too bad :)

We discussed Christmas presents, and she thought that my planned gifts for my aunt and uncle are okay. I told her what I would like (hand mixer and an apron for my culinary adventures). She's not sure what she wants, so I talked about making her a gift basket with various types of exotic cheeses, and she thought that was good. She isn't eating enough, so anything that will get her to eat more is a good thing. (She always thinks that whatever food I'm making sounds good though!)

I made some cheese and herb biscuits from a Red Lobster mix, and they were great. I also made some homemade baked mac and cheese, and it was okay, but not cheddary enough for my taste. The search for a good baked mac and cheese recipe continues....

I was going to clean the kitchen for a while, and then go to bed, but the mac and cheese is knocking me out. So I think that I'll go to bed and get up early to get some stuff done.

It was an unconventional birthday, but a good one.
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Milestone Marker: I'm now 54. Sheesh.

I didn't go out. However, I did make some spaghetti. I'm letting it cool, and then I'm going to freeze it. I want to do that, clean the kitchen a little more, finish my grocery list, meditate, and go to bed. I need to get up early to get my driver's license renewed.

Zara almost gave me a heart attack this evening. I went outside, and the gate by the back door was open when I came in. I started looking for Zara, calling, "Zara! Zara! Zara!' but she was nowhere to be found. Then I looked outside for her and called her, but didn't see her. I went back inside and started calling her, and eventually she appeared at the top of the stairs, looking at me like "What??" Sigh of relief.

Someone on my LJ friends list, who is a Trump supporter, just deleted her journal. I wonder if she was getting flack for the election.

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