All this (and more that I'll tell you about another time) helps to explain why I've been feeling down lately.
One very special thing did raise my spirits though.
My birthday was in mid-March and about a week before the big day I got a birthday card from my bosom chum Sandy. Then the next day I got ANOTHER card from her, and two days later I got another.
And so it went, On and on.
And they weren't just cards. Included with some cards were corny jokes or a fake mustache or a single puzzle piece or a few chicken feathers (if you recall, Sandy has some very lovely Chickens).
"When the plums dry on your tree, it's time to prune."
"What are the Botany jokes getting to be ? A pain in the Aster."
"Some Moss took a Lichen to a tree."
The cards kept coming for around three weeks, until I'd received a total of 18 of them.
It was finally time to make the puzzle,
and check out the enclosed loot.
And see how I looked in a villainous mustache.
And replace some of the gloom with the warm, fuzzy feeling that having such wonderful friends brings.