Oh, the Huge Manatees

Today is National Manatee Appreciation Day. Photo by Ray Aucott on Unsplash


It’s Wednesday, and I’m still looking for two, smaller-sized Moleskine notebooks.

They are, as they say, around here somewhere.

One has random notes in it from the past two years. One is blank.

I bought them to carry with me when I’m out walking, working at the park, or just in general not where I want to make notes in the phone or carry another device.

They fit nicely in my pants pocket.

Well, they did.

I am convinced that they are somewhere here in my office. In a logical place where I thought to stack them

Mug Shots

together. But their location escapes me for the moment.

Maybe for lots of moments.

I have initial thoughts of, once again, doing an overhaul of the office. Tentative plans are to do that after the older son moves back to Atlanta in the late spring and the younger one moves on campus at Randolph Macon this fall.

We will be pseudo empty nesters…’cause at least one of them will definitely be back home.

That does nothing to help me with my need for a notebook this summer as I return to work at the park.

I’ll figure it out, even if I have to buy yet another.

I should probably do that and just keep the receipts because no doubt spending more money will magically make the others reappear.

I’ve lost things before. That’s always unfortunate.

The frustration here is that I’ve not exactly lost them. I’ve put them in an undisclosed location.

Perhaps I’m becoming like our old Labrador who would take his bone to the living room carpet and “hide” it there. A few hours, sometimes days, later he would see it an think “Oh look! A bone!” As if it were a new discovery.

He was like that with the cat for a while. But that’s another story. I mean, he didn’t try to hide the cat, as far as we know.  It’s just that every time he walked into a different room for a while, “Oh look! There’s a cat!”

There’s some irony here. The one book that I’ve used has writing prompts and ideas.

I had no idea what to write about today. I mean, I can only get so far with manatees.

Speaking of which, I don’t know that I’ve mentioned yet that we’re going to the beach next week. But I don’t expect to see manatees. I’m not even sure if any live at the aquarium there.

We’re going for Spring Break this year as opposed to later in the summer. We did that because I’m planning a trip with a college friend later in the year. And also because we got an amazing deal on a house.

Not to worry, dear reader(s), I have plans for next week.

Fortunately, they’re not in one of the missing notebooks.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Celine Dion, was born on this day in 1968.


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