1) Awake early after a not unreasonable night's sleep. Parlor coffee with my feet up on the sofa, looking out the window at the rain. Looking at the extended forecast and relieved that Thursday - Sunday don't include rain. Let's hope that part of the forecast remains!
2) Yesterday I harvested the one peony that has bloomed so far, and stood it in a squat vase in the parlor. Could any flower have a more delicate scent? Mother loves peonies, but they can't grow that far South. Her voice jumped a little when I told her I had one in the house, she was so pleased.
2a) Mother and I talked on the phone for 45 minutes yesterday, and it was the best thing.
3) From here on it's all about juggling: keeping all the balls in the air while being peppered with questions about parking, and rain plans, and busing.