As the summer ebbs and the night lengthens, I am far less likely to miss the sunrise. I can sit on the patio with my morning coffee and no longer have to rush to beat the sun coming up in the east. The August days are typically blazing hot (and this year, we set a record), but just when you think you can't stand it anymore, the cool winds start breaking through a few days, here and there. Moreover, the shorter days mean that even when the temperatures remain high, the longer nights send the scalding sun to bed a little earlier. As brutal as the summer can be in Oklahoma, when I lived in Virginia I actually missed the shudder of relief when the fall rains arrived and things cooled down in September. It is like a good meal after going without - you know how delicious anything tastes when you've been hungry for awhile.
I'd all but forgotten what it was like to not be the mistress of the moments of my day. As an attorney, I had time to check the internet, head to the bathroom any time I felt like going, decide when I wanted to eat lunch, sit, prop my feet up, etc. Retail is different and I haven't had this kind of job since I was a girl. The first day my feet nearly gave out but since then it has been fine, although I am tired by the end of the day. My knees aren't what they once were but bending and standing has got to be good for them, seems to me.
It has been an eye opener to talk to the owner and realize just how close the profit margin lies. A theft here or there (and it happens, sadly), small by most anyone's standards, can wipe out her entire profit for a day. People don't realize.
Evelyn went back to the doctor to have her thyroid tested after being on medication for a couple of months. It was WAY high so they reduced her dosage to 0.5 mg, twice daily. She's looking fantastic and the bald spots continue to be fill in. Moreover, her coat - brittle, yellow, broken and dry not too long ago - feels so soft!
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl