On Monday, when I was watering the front garden, I notice that there was a flower bud that was about to open on the Starfish cacti (Stapelia) plant. This morning, the flower, which is supposed to smell like carrion (fortunately, I can't smell it!) and attracts lots of flies had opened, fully. The flower was buzzing with flies, but, the majority of them flew away when I approached to take a picture. One or two flies, however, remained in the center of the flower.
I haven't decorated for Fall or Halloween, yet, but, it looks like my pomegranate tree is ready for Christmas! I always think the ripening pomegranates look like glass ornaments on a Christmas tree.
Won't be long before I pick them.
It's been another good day, today. Sunny, comfortable temperatures (a high of 85F), with good enough air quality that I was able to open a couple of windows.
Today, I called the Social Security office to ask if they received the copies of the documents that were faxed to them. They confirmed that the documents have been received and entered into the system. I was very glad to hear that. I verified that they didn't need me to do anything more for them to process my application and mentioned that the retirement office wants some further information from me once I receive proof of coverage; I was told that I should hear from them in a few days. I will have to be content with that. I thanked them for their help and then, sent an email to my former colleague who is now working at the retirement office, to give him the update. He thanked me for the update and told me not to stress about it. I appreciate his reassurance. No doubt I'll find something else to stress about, instead! LOL!
Cousin P called in the morning for a chat. Later, the dentist's office called and I rescheduled this week's follow-up appointment to next week. In the evening, friend R called and we chatted for a bit. In between, I practiced the piano, took the above photos and a couple of other photos for the October mini photo challenge, put away the washed dishes, washed a few more dishes (after dinner), made a salad and half a tuna sandwich for brunch, finally cooked that chicken stirfry I had been talking about for a couple of weeks for dinner, and watched the news and the vice presidential debate.
Daughter sent me today's sketch:
|Day 7: Fancy|
According to my daughter, there is a song called "Fancy" that is sung by a K-Pop group and she drew one of the members of the K-Pop group in the dance pose she takes whenever the word "fancy" is sung.
I am reminded of a little girl, crying because her weekly homework included drawing pictures to illustrate that week's new vocabulary words and she couldn't come up with drawings for certain words, especially concept words. On Mondays, she had to write each new vocabulary word three times and that was fine. On Tuesdays, she had to write the meanings and that was fine, too. On Wednesdays, she had to write a sentence, using each word and that wasn't a problem, either. But, on Thursdays, she had to draw a picture and oh, how we both dreaded Thursdays! She didn't enjoy drawing, back then. We reminisced about it, today, during our video chat.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The social security office received my faxed documents
- My former colleague's reassurances
- Pomegranates ripening on my tree
- Being able to reschedule my dental appointment
- Video chatting with my daughter
Today's joyful activity was playing the piano.