Weeza rang at 9 o’clock this morning and was surprised that I was still in bed. I can’t think why, she knows well how lazy I am and, although I’d been awake early and cuddled my husband and then read a book, I had snuggled down for another nap as I hadn’t got any appointments today.
You might think I’d been feeling romantic, but the cuddle was necessary. You see, the Sage had turned on to his stomach and when he does that, he occasionally has a twitch in his leg which makes the knee flex, the lower leg rise and then thwack back on to the mattress. This is maddening, as you can imagine, and the simplest way to stop it (for it seems churlish to wake him) is to drape my limbs over his so that he can’t do it. He was very pleased when he woke up and found me and I didn’t tell him.
Anyway, by the time Weeza and I had chatted and I’d washed my hair and dressed and then answered a few more phone calls, the morning was half over. This afternoon, I needed to go out to one of the nearby villages, which was actually a bit further away than I’d thought, so I was a bit panty by the time I got back to the shop. Tim was amused. Then it rained. I discovered that my new jacket is, indeed entirely waterproof, but that the hood is a bit big and kept falling over my eyes so I couldn’t see where I was going. I had to turn back the cuffs, as it were, for my own safety.
I’m relearning geographical locations. I have never quite got my head round all the present European countries, and am finding it quite hard, so I am starting with the easier option of brushing up on US states. I mostly do know them, but have a strange forgetfulness about a few; notably Idaho, Nebraska and Kansas. I also get Massachusetts confused with Connecticut if I’m not careful and am always surprised how far up Missouri is. Al taught them all to Ro when he was a little boy and had a whole lot of little memory tricks to help him. I never quite knew how they were devised – one example was that Californians enjoy pizza with Oregano (Oregon) on top and then there was something about a nice New Jersey and Delaware/Tupperware, but I didn’t know what they were about. I did once say, when learning African countries, that I mixed up Kenya and Uganda – “Kenya’s on the Koast” he replied laconically, and also pointed out that all the countries with a Z in them are in the south. He’d not have the patience to be a teacher (it’s not the teaching he’d not have patience for but the recording and paperwork) but he is brilliant at it. He had Ro adding and subtracting before he was 3 years old, using flowerpots.