By all rights I should be in Kenya now.
I'm sad I've missed this trip due to health problems, it was a country I really
wanted to see. I had hoped to view landscapes I've read about in books such as
Out Of Africa. I wanted to view the rolling green hills where the coffee plantations
thrive, watch the animals wandering, running, across the vast Mara Plains where
we'd be staying in a safari camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
However, with two visits to the African continent already under my belt I know
I'm very fortunate. I have seen and experienced the wonders of amazing wildlife
in their natural habitat, enjoyed the luxuries of the best camps, and the
excitement of the safari.
Meanwhile, my heart beats strongly according to yesterday's EKG, but my pain
problems continue. I'm still on the fence regarding surgery tentatively scheduled
for next week, so I'm going for a second opinion.
This morning is freezing but the sun is bright and beckons to one, saying,
"come outside and feel my warming rays".
I threw down crumbs under the bird feeder, poured hot water on the birdbath
and fountain to melt the ice. A pair of Mourning doves came first at 7:30 AM,
toddling about, nibbling, then resting for a while in the beautiful early
morning sunshine - a good day to be alive no matter where.