Greetings and welcome. Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as a writer, photographer, and artist. Life isn't all sunshine and flowers. I weave my way through as much heartache as joy to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. I cover numerous topics bouncing from one to another like a butterfly going from flower to flower. These explorations are fascinating. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own. Namarie.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Travels with Sasha morning Day 7
just dawned on me that I’m doing this backwards. I’ve been blogging in the
morning which means I’m actually writing about the day before which is day six
when today is day seven. And I’ve been journaling in the afternoon. Backwards,
yes, but it’s because I can bring the notebook easier to the lounge/restaurant
than the laptop.
I work on writing the actual book, I’ll have to fix all this. For now, I’ll
continue on with yesterday’s doings:
started off rough when I could hardly get out of bed. The pain in my back was excruciating
which was surprising as I was comfortable lying down. Sitting up brought a gasp
of pain. I could hardly walk and needed the walking stick and putting the other
hand out to bed, suitcase, wall, door, etc. I was bent over like a 100-year-old
lady. There was something about shifting my weight from lying on my side to
being upright with the weight centered.
I knew from the past experience that once I was upright for awhile the muscles
would relax and settle in to being vertical – the four ibuprofen helped, too.
Still, it took awhile (and quite a few tears) before I could get cleaned up and
dressed then even consider leaving the room.
did make it up to breakfast and a fabulous sunrise where I had some great
conversation with staff and other customers. One woman was so impressed when I
mentioned I was editor of a local newspaper back home and that I wrote a book.
A little later she came up to my table and said she ordered the book from
Amazon and asked to have a picture taken with me. Wow! I felt like a celebrity.
(Don’t worry, the self-doubts won’t let it go to my head, ha ha.)
then went to their table to get photos of them and information. She and her fiancé
were visiting her parents who live in Charleston. (I am getting better at talking
to people and getting their pictures. Thank you, Gayle Hedrington, for pushing me
to be brave and to Annette Vogel, who is helping me be better at writing and
in my room it took until noon to finish my weekly newspaper work. By then I
needed to move and was able to get my big suitcase down to the laundry room. All
the clothes fit into one washer and while that machine was running, I went
outside for a walk around the parking lot.
hotel sits on the banks of the Ashley River between the north and south bound
lanes of Rte. 17. I hobbled to the end of the parking lot to get photos of the
bridge crossing the Ashley. Here was a case where there is one angle as seen
from the top floor of the hotel, but at ground level, there are scrubby bushes
that do not give a clear view.
happens often during driving when a nice view is seen, but when I stop and get
out of the vehicle, the height difference doesn’t’ give a clear view. There are
also times when an even lower view is needed and because of age and body
condition, I am no longer able to scooch down, lie down, or get down
embankments to get an angle I’d prefer for the photographs.
wandered to the left walking along a dirt lane where vehicles sometimes drive
and there is some construction debris. What’s that beyond that big puddle? It
looks like some kind of animal. I cautiously approached. Did it get hit by a
had dark brown with a darker face; looked like a ferret or ermine, about 18
inches long. She was curled in a ball. I spoke. “Hey, baby, are you OK?” She
just barely opened her eyes. She didn’t pull back or act scared. “You poor
thing,” I crooned. I touched her with my stick and she rolled back and I could
see her belly. She looked OK. Her breathing was regular. I ran the stick lightly
down her back in a pat. She turned around and curled back up in a ball and
tucked her head down. Was she just taking a nap in the warm sun? I was
concerned that someone might drive over her. Yes, this was at the far end of
the parking lot and dirt, so people shouldn’t drive here.
continued on my walk and checked the bridge of the south bound lane. The angle
was wrong for pictures. Oh, if I could just walk out into the middle of the
four lanes, but traffic was heavy. I headed back. The little ermine was still
sleeping. I patted her again with my stick and she stretched. I talked to her. I
wanted to cry. She seemed OK, but why was she just lying here? I kept talking and
watching and patting her a couple times. If my back wasn’t sore, I would have
bent over to pat her. She again turned around and curled up for more snoozing. If
she was dying, I didn’t want to watch. I walked away with tears in my eyes.
else was using the dryer when I got back inside. A nice young man apologized
and said he had to put the machine back on for a longer time. I sat at a
computer in the lobby and played spider solitaire until the man told me he was
done. I loaded the dryer and figured I had just enough time for the lunch
buffet which closed at 2. (Staying at this hotel is not only costly to my
budget, but with this restaurant, I tend to eat more.)
lunch of Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, and peas and carrots filled me. The
clothes weren’t dry when I got back to the laundry room. I hung out waiting.
They were still a touch damp so back in my room, I spread things out on the
beds and chairs to fully dry. My back was again hurting and I needed to sit.
went up to the lounge at 4 p.m. Aaron, the bartender, remembered me and
immediately asked if I wanted a mai tai. Yes! I spent the next hour sipping,
writing in my journal, and listening to conversations. There was a dark spot
near that outhouse where I’d seen the ermine. I focused the camera. It wasn’t
moving. I told Aaron about the encounter and he said how he was a softie where
animals are concerned.
little later I looked and it was moving around. I called Aaron over to see.
Others wanted to know what we were looking at and soon there were eight people
looking out the windows. The creature wandered in circles like it was looking
for something. She eventually moved out of sight as the shadows of evening
descended. I can’t stop thinking about that poor little thing. To have her hang
around like that… is she somebody’s lost pet? Did someone just leave her? Aaron
said he wanted to rescue her. I hope he does.
afraid to look this morning.)
wasn’t really hungry, but when I saw that potato skins were on the happy hour
menu, I couldn’t resist. They went well with a second mai tai and glass of
booked to stay another day here at the Holiday Inn Riverview.