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Timing

Vacation time past, I am assembling the photos from various cameras, saved to various storage spaces.

This was a vacation for the books, a family get together – hubby and I with our sons, and daughter-in-law and grandchildren. It was made especially sweet because the grands are now old enough to register enjoyment of their surroundings.

This is the second time we’ve vacationed together. During their childhood, our sons did not have the opportunity for family vacations. Sure, we would titz off to a local water hole and camp for a weekend as often as we could. But money constraints, time constraints and availability of paid time off kept us close to home. So, for our 25th wedding anniversary, we assembled the group and vacationed an hour away from this current vacation spot. Great memories were made. Good enough that we were prompted by our sons to do it again.

We had a more grand location this time, the home we chose to rent was very nice and situated in a remote location. The focus was on relaxing and enjoying nature and each other. We did both well.

There were views like this to the left, right and center. Situated on a point, we were surrounded by lake life and activities. My favorite view was from this same morning. A heron (one of so many I could not keep count) had alit on a floating object early this morning, and remained atop the object for more than two hours as the underlying river current took it for the ride. I would refill coffee, fix my breakfast, wander the decks and return to find the heron still adrift, not affected by other travelers as it relished the ride.

Appropriate to our vacation: a slow relishing of the ride. Boat rides, swim stops, visits to area sites, trying new food stops, drinking and enjoying one another, floating on the water, watching the wildlife and skipping rocks.

Time to get back to routine. Very glad for sweet memories like these to reflect upon.

Garden Oasis

Here’s a peek at some of the goings on at our home.

This year will be a partial food harvest, partial seed harvest in the garden. Stocking up seed for next year, experimenting with new planting zones, trying new foods and expanding growth zones – all while my better half works away on the other side of the yard to build a storage and patio area.

Settling In

It’s been a while since we moved to a new home, a new lawn, a new town.  I mourned the loss of the gardens I’d built, the soil that had formed from the years of tending.  Until I could once again focus my efforts on that building, I was in limbo, unsettled you might say.

Well, we’re finally settling in.  The ancillary gardens are coming along quite nicely, and the garden proper is now defined.  The working and waiting and tending and watching will begin in earnest.

Today, I enjoyed.  Here are a few of the items that were brought over from the old home.

Coneflowers, coreopsis and blueberry transplants

Golden currant and sage transplants

Rhubarb, aster and sage transplants

Solomon’s seal and ajuga transplants

 

The other plants you saw in these photos are new, or were here when we moved in and have been transplanted to where I prefer them.

These shots are new things added, to create new spaces and sights.

Potted beauties

Gramma’s hippie garden

Lovely salvia

 

Bits and pieces as we settle in.  🙂

Shabbat shalom.

Trisha R

Inheritance Week

There was a tiny visitor in our home for a week – an adorable replica of her Dada – a little 1 1/2 year old who has her Bubbe and Grandpa utterly smitten.

As her parents traveled the southeastern states for a wonderful road-trip week of re-connection, we traversed the roads back to parenthood with a sudden immersion into the world of the toddler.

The first lesson – do not disregard nap times!  We may be the adults and we may be in charge of the schedule, but passing over the nap was such a painful experience come bedtime, oh my!  Right back to the toddler schedule we went!

One of the interesting things I observed that week is the propensity for this little one to gravitate toward little girls things.

As a mom to boys, I have a good stock of toys that boys enjoy:  cars, trucks, planes, boats, ninja turtles and the like.  We’ve stocked plenty of girl things as the years have passed, to appease the nieces who visit.

So I set out an assemblage of age appropriate things – and her little self was smitten with the baby dolls and stuffed animals, and the purse!

Not that any of this matters.  I just found it interesting, in a Bubbe sort of way.

Now that the time has passed, and work has resumed, and gardens have taken all of my home attentions, I look back on the week and smile.

That was the most amazing week of my life.

I’m glad her precious little self has her very precious Mama and Dada back within reach, and I just hope that this was the beginning of a family tradition.

 

Reflections

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We celebrated this little beauty’s first year recently.  An astonishing fact, considering how quickly this time has lapsed.

It’s been a blurry year.  One of those mind-numbing, day-in and day-out, so many similarities that they all blend together sort of years.  The drudgery, the sameness, mostly blending so completely that before you know, the moments for opportunity are past – passed, slipped on by to become lost time; sometimes regret, sometimes survival.  Mostly, just a blur.

Emergency ailments, celebrations, discord and distress, good health, economic woes, family time, work, great friends – all combined to create another assemblage of time.  Moments and milestones, smiles and scares.

I’ve worked way too much, and the job project has hit the manic phase – a major program changeover that will wrap in ten weeks, with the primary module going live in three.  I’m worn near the frack out.  I was not cut out for 80 hour work weeks.  They’re an attack to the peace of the home front, and emotional health in general.  But the light at the end of the tunnel is now much less dim.

Time to start preparing for the next stage.

Hubby and I are scheduled to host our youngest grandbabe this next spring, spending a full week with her sweetness.  In the interim, we think we need to arrange more visits to get to know her better – so we won’t be such strangers when she makes her special visit to our home.

Shortly after that visit, we hope to attain some serious financial freedom – an opportunity to make remodeling plans for this ol’ home of ours.  Providing that there are no surprises between now and then, the first on my list will be a new main floor bathroom.  Dreams sometimes become reality, right?

Then fall plans include a meet-up with a dear friend, one of my Torah community members, to celebrate a Holy day and travel time visiting places and spaces where I’ve never been.

In the meantime, life is moving along at the full-steam sameness.  Yet, as much as that feels like reality, it’s really not is it?

The world is changing every moment, little bits and pieces bouncing around, pinging off each other, creating actions and reactions that not a single one of us can accurately predict.

We live, we die.

In the in-between, lies reality.