First of all, it was a clear blue and astonishing 70 degrees in Berkeley today. This happens for a few days every February, and my entire being responds with relief and complete delight. The world continues to turn on its axis and travel around the sun. Spring is coming.
Second, I went to the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and bought a Cécile Brünner climbing rose. I’ve wanted one for years, but I never remember until July, which is way too late to buy and plant a rose bush. Right now it’s only a few bare sticks in the ground, but it will be a whole different story come summertime. This afternoon, the backyard is full of birds — white-crowned sparrows and towhees picking through the turned-up dirt, hummingbirds and goldfinches at the feeders.
Third, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik used a quote I submitted in her Valentine’s Day ramp-up: Overheard Love Quotes. Here are a couple of examples (not the quote I heard; you’ll have to click on the link for that):
Yes, I told him I have a boyfriend and a girlfriend. I mean, I live in San Francisco, don’t I? –Person on cell phone on Montgomery Street, overheard by N. Stricker.
We tried a popsicle cover, but it broke. — Teenage boy to teenage boy, overheard on the 43-Masonic by Dedo Tres.
Fourth, after more than three weeks, the cough of the decade is subsiding.
Finally, Stewart is home from a week of traveling and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than spend an evening with him.
Of course there’s much, much more. This is simply a grateful nod in the direction of satisfaction. It’s been a good day.