Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, 2021— Family (cont’d)

Kay and I enjoyed some downtime Friday morning, before asking George and Nan to assist us with running shopping errands: REI, Costco, etc. And then, George provided a visual overview of his daily cycling route. It is in a business park, but since COVID, the streets are practically empty. There are enough hills to make the ride challenging. Back at their house, I grabbed the camera and long lens to photograph butterflies nectaring on their wonderful pollinator gardens. This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, black-form female, posed graciously for her portrait.

Still tired from all the activities of the last three weeks, including the drive from Seal Harbor, I spent the rest of the day doing a lot of nothing, including taking a short nap. George went for a bicycle ride, and Nan and Kay were busy all afternoon preparing food for a brunch tomorrow (Saturday) morning, and catching up like sisters do who haven’t seen each other in a while.

Sisters, Nan and Kay

Saturday morning I woke up with a swollen and feverish right elbow. Apparently, there are fleas outside in the gardens, one took a bite, and I had an allergic reaction. The result was a sluggish day in which I did not feel particularly bad, but certainly did not feel good.

Flea bitten elbow

There was a cancellation for the brunch, so the four of us ate the delicious food prepared yesterday: quiche, breakfast casserole, muffins, bacon, lots of fruit, etc. Kay and Nan continued catching up well into the afternoon and George cycled again. We all went out to dinner at a small upscale restaurant. The food was particularly good and it is the first time I had duck in several years—yum, yum!

Before bed, Kay and I talked about our travel plans, and though we were originally scheduled to stay through Sunday—and George and Nan had a full day planned for us—we opted to leave one day early (Sunday morning) as we were both ready to return home.

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