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September 1st, 2019

Dept. of Labor

Labor Day Weekend

My Dreamwidth/Live Journal output for August was better than for July, although that's not saying much. I still find it positive that I haven't given up chatting with people here, or using the space to talk about things I find interesting, bothersome, or worthy of delight. 

Today we had an actually cool day, with temperatures in the high 60s Fahrenheit, so I've decided that I could call today the first day of true fall. I've asked Bob to go with me tomorrow to the West Ridge Natural Area. It's a 21.23 acre nature preserve created from a corner of Chicago's historic Rosehill cemetery.

Because both the cemetery - the final resting place for Chicago firefighters, Civil War Union dead, members of Chicago's Chinese community and more - and the eventual nature preserve front on Western Avenue, we've had years to watch and wonder about the overgrown area that became the preserve. (We've also loved going to Rosehill to wander its paths, first with Andy when he was a little boy, and occasionally without him.)

When I saw the north-western corner being redeveloped, I made up my mind that I wanted eventually to go in. And today I decided that tomorrow was the day. If Bob and I actually do make it, I'll try to take some pictures with my phone. 

I'm still on my calorie quest to lose weight, and sticking to it fairly well, although last night was a foreseen complete failure. I had supper with my three former Pioneer colleagues, something that happens 2-3 times a year, and we went to an Indian restaurant. I knew that the food, which was very good, was also soaked in oil and butter, but since this was a social engagement, I was prepared for going well over my caloric limit. I was surprised when I only went over it by 1,500 calories. Heh. The compay was well worth the extravagance. 

I am enjoying the long weekend, which amuses me, because if I'd had any thought about Labor Day Weekend 2019 prior to now, it probably was the thought that, as a retiree, I didn't have to labor any more. And now my work with my favorite labor union has rendered that thought incorrect. Ah, yes, I amuse myself. 

To all my UK friends; I hope there's any chance at all to fight Johnson's prorogation of parliament. I wish Corbyn had done more to fight against Tory chaos, or to take better advantage of it than he did, but I am looking at it from the outside, and you all have been caught in the midst of it all. What a terrible situation. You have my sympathy.

I think that's all for now. But tomorrow, some nature awaits

Oh, I did forget; I wanted to link to this story, which once again showed me how amazing and confusing and wonderful this world is.  This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/738336.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.

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