The dogs woke me about 6; I pretended to be asleep but evidently not convincingly: They whined and pawed and stood on me until I couldn’t stand it (maybe 2 minutes; my tolerance is low). I rolled out of bed and headed downstairs to feed them as I pulled my hoodie over my head.
It was 37* and the dew point was low, so their paws were wet; I wiped them off and let them in, then started coffee. This weekend I’m looking after my neighbor’s elderly cat (and her potted plants and mail; not discussed but left in a p/a message on the counter. Not a problem if asked outright; hate the p/a). Kitty used to want to be out and never come in. In 9 mos. she’s switched: she wants to be indoors all the time. I was concerned (and still am; it’s only Saturday and I have until Monday morning ) about her behavior but my neighbor isn’t concerned. I see an elderly cat slowly declining, maybe depressed…Today she followed me to the kitchen and purred while I brushed her. I cleaned her letterbox (ick) and she again didn’t go outside.
I left before fixing the espresso & milk. Chris tended to that while I tended to the cat. When I came home my coffee, steamed milk, double espresso was ready. I love to do this for him when he’s not working; appreciative when he fills in for me.
Later we had a long bike ride, followed by a spur-of-the-moment horseback ride during which I trotted my steed much more than ever before and am feeling the effects. Supposed to ride bikes again tomorrow. We’ll see what happens and what works.
Today was much more rewarding than I’d expected, and I appreciate the flexibility of my profession. Good people, good riding, good horses. Loving the many connections.