Monday, September 15, 2014
At Bear River Bird Refuge. Not a terribly birdy day at the refuge on Sunday. Saw pelicans, cormorants, coots, grebes (Western and Clark's), terns, gulls, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons (a couple standing on the roadway), avocets, stilts, other shorebirds I can't name, hawks, but no ducks. Most of the birds were too far out to photograph, although I got a few good shots. The refuge was still and serene and I'm reminded that blam-blam season is not far off. Feeling under the weather with a cold coming on, I probably should have stayed home. But it was still nice to see a few birds out there.
I had planned to work in the yard, of course, with two or three tasks I wanted to accomplish, but I just felt so unmotivated. And I asked myself why I am always driving myself so hard and forgetting to take a break for some fun now and then. Well, that sounds a little more pathetic than it should. After all, I had a family dinner party on Friday at my house. I had my monthly movie club and luncheon on Saturday. So, Sunday should certainly have been a back-to-the-yard day. But honestly, the sore throat and developing head cold discouraged me and I felt more like driving than digging in the dirt.
And good thing, too. As it turned out, I developed a full-blown cold like I haven't had in a couple of years. The self-indulgence continued into today. I still needed to get the kids off to school as usual. But when I arrived back home at 9, I immediately had a nap and then watched a movie with a late breakfast. Well, why not? I can't remember when I last was able to really rest and take care of myself when under the weather. Now this is a real advantage of retirement!