Astrologers believe that when Mercury is retrograde, things go wrong. This week, Mercury definitely is retrograde. It was intense and sad for me and for many people I know. My neighbors came over to tell me about a near catastrophe at their pond the day before, when a visitor's child almost drowned in the pond. We sat in my yard when they told me of this hair raising experience, and all of the sudden my Mom, who was weeding the garden, called me over to her. Our cat Oscar lay dead in my flower bed. There were no signs of struggle, no wounds. He looked like he was sleeping. The kids, my Mom and I stood around him as we held each other and wept.
I really, really liked this cat. Although I'm allergic to cats, I let him come inside in the evenings so we could pet him and give him some love. He always hung out with me in the garden, hiding behind bushes and rubbing up against me when I sat down. I miss him.
One very small consolation is that
1) We found Oscar and don't have to wonder what happened to him.
2) He died surrounded by flowers.
And of course, life goes on, Mercury retrograde or not. Fortunately, I have plenty of work to take my mind off death and misfortune. I am working furiously on my online cheese making class, perfecting my e-books, collecting recipes, taking pictures and making movies to demonstrate techniques. You can learn how to make this yummy marinated chevre if you take my online class!
The veggie garden keeps me busy, too. I swear, the plants (and the weeds) grow half an inch a day. I spent two hours weeding it today, and tomorrow the boys will have to hoe the potatoes. I'm staying on top of things - it feels good and looks great!
The visit with my Mom from Germany is going marvelously. Lots of bonding happening, and lots of walks in our beautiful backyard. These photos are all literally in our backyard! Remember, we live in the wilderness!
And don't you worry - there is plenty of time for ice cream with Oma, and freshly picked strawberries with whipping cream! Gotta show those Germans that Americans can do gourmet food, too!
Let me leave you with a very short little movie that my ten-year-old son Luke made all by himself. He has been watching me make movies for my online class, and he is trying it himself. He is filming his parkour moves that defy gravity. Oh, to be young again! I'm proud of him.