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  • Rode in the rowboat with on a sunny day on a lake surrounded by bright trees reflecting on the water, with my love and one of her dogs, who was too interested in ducks and kept positioning herself to get bumped on the chin with the oars.

  • Climbed the fire tower like an unexpectedly robust mountain goat (or so it seemed from the inside -- I've been scared in the past, but this time I didn't look down until I got to the top. and I went up pretty easily on my trike-seasoned legs, breathing hard, but filled with joy.) The hills unrolled until they went from leafy to blue. The dog, on the ground, looked worried. Perspective is good.

  • Picked gorgeous, perfect concord grapes at E's. They smelled amazing, and tasted tart, but the first cluster I reached for had wasps crawling all over the top of it, sucking out the juice and leaving dried up skins hanging on the vine. I took a breath, started picking elsewhere, and the smell got more intense as I picked, and more and more wasps came. I had to select very carefully so as not to disturb them. There were wasps crawling inside of grapes, visible through the dark skin. Wasps were going after the grapes in my bag, and were thick on the grass where grapes had fallen. If a few started buzzing me, I stopped, and moved. It was intense and meditative and the sun was out and the fruit stained my fingers. The sun was behind a really lush stand of kale in the garden, so that leaves were alight. I didn't get stung. Probably, it helped that, until I was told, I thought they were bees. I stopped picking when one of the dogs began bringing her ball to the wasp filled grass.

  • For a present, E. bought me a grey carhart jacket, which she wanted me to try on to be sure that it fit. It turns out that the daughter of the owner of Pat's Package, where she got the coat, is doing embroidery now, so she's getting a spider stitched on it for me in honor of the book I've been working on, Spider in a Tree. Which is, truly, a beautiful thing.

  • Special dinner, good talk. Plus, cake! Chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

  • There have been other splendid and companionable activities, but those were the events of the day.

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Date: 2007-10-21 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beccawrites.livejournal.com
oh yay!!!!

i was worried for you with the wasps. i'm glad that you didn't get stung.

and the jacket sounds just beautiful and perfect.

yay. happy birthday! i'm so glad that you were born!

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Date: 2007-10-21 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
Thanks, hon! I got your card, which was wonderful and made me laugh.

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Date: 2007-10-21 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beccawrites.livejournal.com
yay! i'm glad to hear it! :)

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Date: 2007-10-21 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nunofthat.livejournal.com
Happy belated birthday, Susan!

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Date: 2007-10-22 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nunofthat.livejournal.com
Would you believe I remembered how much you liked it and chose it on purpose? True.

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Date: 2007-10-21 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plaid-is-best.livejournal.com
I can't wait to read your book! The vision of you and the wasps, carefully coexisting....we cut lavender among the bees this summer...it was disconcerting, but they left you alone, they only had eyes( or buzz) for the lavender.
Will you be touring for your book We have a spare room.....come to Portland!

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Date: 2007-10-22 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
I love your excitement -- and the vision of cutting lavender among the bees. Who knows what will happen with the book, but it's a lovely thing to know that you have a spare room in Portland.

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Date: 2007-10-21 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purejuice.livejournal.com
light on leaves, almost the essential gift.
thanks for this good report, and many happy returns of a very good day.

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Date: 2007-10-22 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
Light on leaves, there's nothing like it.

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Date: 2007-10-21 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelikeyeast.livejournal.com
Oh, it sounds so good. Happiest of belated birthdays. I hope your whole year is so fruitful. Much love to you.

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Date: 2007-10-22 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
Fruitful: perfect. Love to you, too.

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Date: 2007-10-21 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] francita.livejournal.com
Happy belated birthday! Love from across the ocean. xo

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Date: 2007-10-22 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2007-10-22 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fatfeistyfemme.livejournal.com
I smiled so sweetly at your description of picking grapes among the wasps. That's a special kind of peace and fortitude you have there, Susan. And your description of the wasps inside the grapes themselves was lovely. I'm glad you had such a well-rounded birthday -- digging into your body, into the earth, into indulgence and pleasure. Perfect.

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Date: 2007-10-24 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanstinson.livejournal.com
It was, it was really, really good. And thanks, so much, for the praise.

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