Starting to get over the initial shock of my new diagnosis and status. Now I have to wait for the next step in January. Thank you all for the encouraging words. I hope I can, ahem, live up to your expectations :-)
But much more exciting this evening was this:
taken on my PiL's balcony. That is a tawny frogmouth. They are not at all endangered (they seem to have worked out how to live with humans and their cities) but it is still lovely to see them.
We only went looking cos they seemed to be saying 'hip hip HOORAY!' which seemed a little odd quite frankly. MiL thought they would be possums (proper possums not this opossum stuff that is quite frankly a little scary - I rode past a dead, bloated up one once and it was about as big as a medium sized dog!) having an argument. No, instead it was three tawny frogmouths. Two were flying around together and a third was trailing along. They looked like gargoyles on the roof nextdoor. They were all talking to each other, making an odd groaning noise (which sounded like hip hip horray to me 8-). We think mum and dad are throwing junior out of the nest. No more free dinners for you mate! You gotta go find your own!
Horrible shot but see the amber eye?
I bought myself a teddy bear today - I decided I needed a Special Friend with soft fluffy fur to help me through the bad patches. I used to have MyLion but I think he had an accident when he was in the garage with the other soft toys and the rats moved in.... MyLion had the best tail evah! It was perfect for rubbing up and down in your hand. Suggestive as well! This morning I had to hang onto my travel pillow and interesting as it is to feel (lycra one side, short plush fur on the other side and teensy polystyrene beads on the inside), it just doesn't cut it for friendliness. (Maybe I should put eyes and a face on it?) So a teddy bear it is. And he only cost $3 from the Reject Shop! (I would've accepted a whole range of critters but none of them spoke to me until I saw this bear.)