If you are a native of the desert, you may be completely unfamiliar with the small creature who lives in humid hot regions and drinks human blood – leaving behind an itchy, swollen welt. But I assure you they do exist. These villains are often referred to as mosquitos but they really deserve a far worse name. I’m including a photo of my foot so you can see my swollen ankle, which was bitten by one of these dreadful mosquitos. They also bit my wrist, calf and finger and I was only outside for an hour in the middle of the day. Makes you appreciate the desert!
Oh and yes, we are still away from home in Chicago although our visit here is almost over. 😭 It has been so much fun seeing family and watching the girls play with cousins. I am grateful we can come visit and do life together often enough that everyone is good friends. I always felt that family helped me feel grounded, as we shared stories from the past. But that sense of security is also the strongest bridge to the future as we make choices and grow. We are better together. Always.
It’s 12:55 am so “technically” today is Friday, although it still feels like Thursday night. Reepicheep, my parents Russian Blue kitty is curled up on my bed purring away like a motor boat. He’s looking at me like “go to bed crazy human” so I probably should. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and sleep 8 hours a night (but maybe this part of my summer travels isn’t the time for resolutions). Here’s my bed buddy…
Tomorrow our nanny is flying into town to help me take the kiddos to Florida for a week. I’m SUPER excited to see her and the kids are too. They think of her as a big sister and we all love her lots. Until later!