Do you see it? It's well camouflaged, isn't it? The first time I saw it, I thought it was dead because it was so still, even when I got really close to it. I am not very good at identifying lizards, but, it might be a Western Alligator Lizard (Elgaria). On the other hand, it could be a Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus); the western fence lizards have a blue under side, but, I really didn't feel like turning it over to check! Whatever it was, it was long!
April rain is supposed to bring May flowers! I hope so, because, it rained on Thursday night! It started at 11:00 p.m. and it was a good shower of rain, too, which lasted for about 45 minutes. Enough rain that the garden didn't need to be watered, today, when M was here.
It was quite cold (for me, anyway), on Thursday, with a high of only 66F. It was cloudy, too, and felt colder than it was. It took me some time to get started with my day, but, eventually, I vacuumed the house, started tidying the family room, cooked rice and stir fried vegetables and had them with leftover shrimp curry for dinner, and chatted with friend R.
Daughter said her first day in the office went well. She will work from home Mondays and Tuesdays, go into the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and work from home, again, on Fridays. They are having staggered schedules to go into the office because the building can't be occupied at full capacity yet (one of their Covid precautions) and all have to take Covid tests before they go into the office on their first day, each week.
My appointment with the oncology nurse practitioner on Friday turned out to be a waste of time and gas! I had received an automated call from the clinic on Sunday evening, reminding me of the appointment and asking me to press #1 to confirm that I will attend, etc., which I did. I also usually call the clinic in the morning, before I leave the house to confirm, but, I didn't do so this time and guess what? I showed up at the clinic and the receptionist said the appointment had been cancelled! Someone is supposed to have called me and left me a message! Except, I didn't receive that call! There was no message left on my answering machine! So, we checked the phone numbers they have on record for me and they do have my home phone number listed as primary contact and my daughter's phone number as my emergency contact. But, they also had my old office number still listed, even though I had notified them when I retired that it was no longer a valid number, and I suppose they called that number instead of my home number? The receptionist removed the old office phone number and we rescheduled my appointment for mid May. I shall be sure to call and confirm that before I leave the house on that day! I did ask for and receive a printout of my lab report; some numbers have changed, but, on the whole, most of my numbers are within the normal ranges and the report is OK.
So, I paid $3.00 parking fees for being parked there for approximately 30 minutes and drove myself back home, again! Oh, well, at least the car got a good run!
By the way, it was another rather cool day (high of 65F) and Lady Ella will be interested to know that I wore a cardigan over my blouse and a jacket on top of that, with a scarf around my neck! LOL. We are supposed to warm up over the weekend and Monday's high is supposed to be near 90F, so, I'll have a chance to thaw out, then!
On the way home, I stopped at a nearby pizza place and bought one of their ready-to-go pizzas. It came to $6.08 with tax. I had some of it for lunch and then, another slice a bit later for a snack!
After lunch, I dusted and finished tidying the family room. I did a bit of paperwork, too.
M spent most of his time cleaning the front parkway area, weeding it, etc. He still doesn't seem convinced that planting it with succulents will keep the neighbors from messing it up, but, we can only try and hope for the best.
I made some soup for dinner - my version of ham and green split peas, using a ham bone I had in the freezer. It turned out quite well, I think, although there isn't a lot of ham in the soup.
Cousin V called and so did friend R. Later, I video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- The car got a good run
- The lab test report seemed to be OK, with mostly normal results
- M tending to the garden for me
- Phone calls and video chats
Today's joyful activity was starting to crochet a baby blanket.
Plans for tomorrow include video chatting with a friend of mine, more paperwork, and crocheting.
What are your plans for the weekend?