What’s in a number?
As it happens, a lot.
One badass bird is just the beginning.
100 is the number of mass shootings in our country so far in 2023.
0 is the number of gun control measures brought to the House floor for a vote with any hope of passage.
391 is the number of anti-LGBTQ bills proposed in legislatures across the country this year.
2 is the number of sighs I exhaled when I learned this.
0 is the number of people reading this who have been personally harmed by LGBTQ people in their lives. (If I’m wrong, do tell ..)
2 is also the number of times I played my George Winston Winter into Spring cd this morning.
75 is the number of consecutive days I have shared a “doodle”.
4 is the number of times I try to fill up my 16oz Owl pint glass with water every day. And drink it.
12,500 is the average number of steps I walk each day based on monthly totals.
7 is the number of John Ebner prints I own.
202 is the number of birds on my life list.
Not sure I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame yet, but I remain open to all possibilities.
14 is the number of miles of my longest solo hike. So far .. a record in need of a challenge.
There are 65 days until my first solo birding trip. (4 nights and 5 days in a cabin in a town I’ve never been in before)
On May 15th (god willing) I will celebrate 33 years of sobriety.
On March 31st we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (Although we have been partnered for over 22 years. Sometimes it takes the law a little extra time to catch up to love)
1 is the number of hands I have available for my myriad tasks today. That left one of mine is failing and I need to figure out a fix. Or seek a little relief. (Or at least try, for pete’s sake).
At 3 walks a day for almost 14 years, Yoda has had over 15,000 walks in his lifetime (give or take). He deserves every nap he takes.
If I keep with my current average I will walk over 4 million steps this year. (I deserve every nap I take too.)
3 is the number of dives I watched a bald eagle take into the lake this afternoon. The coot lived to see at least 1 more day.
I have 20 audio books on hold at the library and two I’m reading now. (An Immense World is wonderful but a bit cerebral for me right now. The follow-up to the Salt Path is not really grabbing me, but I’m trying to hang in there. I need a roadtrip to get caught up)
3 dozen letters from a really lovely friend.
So that’s it. My Wednesday observations. Feel free to share any of your own in the comments.