On the other side

Wow. Since I was last here, there was a pandemic, there was an apocalyptical fire season, we finished the project.

On the micro level, I spent 2 weeks with family. I flew down to AZ to get my mother, flew her up here, spent almost a week and then drove her back, visiting two brothers along the way, spent a few days during which we went to visit an aunt and a cousin.

It was fun. A lot of driving and a lot of visiting. And now I’m home. It feels like it will take some time to remember what it is I do here. The gloomy weather doesn’t help.

I have some thoughts.

A family trip is great, but it’s not the sort of vacation where you go off and do exactly what you want. Next May I’m going to go down there and spend a week looking for birds. And hiking.

I really hope this pandemic is really over because it’s fabulous to get out of the house. Pleasant as it has been to spend a year in the house. And for the most part it has been kind of fabulous to have all external obligations disappear. Except work.

What have you been up to? I’ve read a lot. I haven’t been outside as much as I should have. Well, that’s not true. I’ve been outside but haven’t been hiking. I planted the whole backyard with native plants.

Hard to step back in having stepped out.

Desert ironwood
Saguaro
Barrel cactus