Happy Birthday!

September is a bountiful month for birthdays in my life.  My friend Doug and my brother Keith both were born on the second, my best friend’s husband the fifth, my son Murphy the seventh, my mother the tenth, my husband’s son Bill on the thirteenth.  As usual, I neglected to celebrate most of these special days in the way they deserved.  I’m sorry for that, and hope that telling you here how much I love you all and hope your day was wonderful makes up for it a bit.

We did try to do well by Murphy; he hit double digits this year, so it’s sort of a momentous day.  He asked for a few video games for his birthday, which he received, and we went to dinner at Carrow’s so he could have a “pancake pile up” for dinner.  The staff was really nice and sang happy birthday to him when they brought a sundae for his dessert unexpectedly.  Despite being a bit rushed for reasons we couldn’t change, it was a fun evening and he loved his presents.

The job hunt goes on.  I will be doing some fill in work for one of the consultants at my last job, so that will help some.  Mostly, I can’t wait to start school.  I’m getting more and more excited about it, and have really worked hard at arranging my home and my life so that I’ll be able to have space and time to study in peace.

Mmmmmm… I’m making West African Groundnut Stew for dinner, and the smell is starting to fill the house.  Delish!  Peru came home from school for lunch today, and I made us all falafel sandwiches for lunch.  With homemade hummus.  My recipe is getting better, but it’s still hard to get used to not having garlic in hummus.

I seem to be heading into a pain cycle again.  I did do a little bit of exercise yesterday (and when I say little, I mean LITTLE!) but ended up having pretty major pain all over from it late evening.  Made the stew and lunch today and had enough pain that I needed to sit and blog a bit before I could get up again.  It’s so hard to decide whether to just power through and hope my body gets stronger, or take it easy so that 10  minutes of exercise doesn’t hurt for two days.  My intuition says that the benefits of exercise on health, mind and spirit is worth it, in moderation, so that’s what I’m trying to do.

And my gardening!  It’s coming along.  I’ve killed one plant that was entirely my fault; three more have died that I think was animals (arugula and watercress), but everything else seems to be reasonably healthy.  I have four tiny tomatoes (two are cherry, two are not) that are growing and look healthy.  I have a squash and a cucumber that are thriving, but no flowers yet.  And a lot of potted herbs that are doing well.  Here are some pictures:

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