A family holiday

Maddy's flowers

Maddy’s flowers*

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

~ Frederick Buechner

*Dandelions are blooming like crazy across the lawn, on the pathways, in the meadows, and around the pond.

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Sunday stroll

If you look up the meaning of the deer, the words “gentle” and innocence” show up a lot.  Some describe the deer as a messenger of the wilderness and/or harbinger of serenity.  Deer medicine, it is said, gently lures one to new adventures.

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Merry Fake Christmas

Father Christmas

I wasn’t going to (live) post today.  I had something scheduled to go out without me, but the house is quiet and feeling a little…  I was going to write “empty” but that’s not true.  M and I and the cats are here.  The house isn’t empty at all.  It’s just not as full as it was with our sons, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and their assortment of dogs filling up the place.  The echoes are still here, not yet faded into memory.

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(Not) Driving home

In the woods at the back of the pond

M and I were supposed to be on our way home today.

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Sad news


I’ve been putting off this post, not wanting to mix the POST visit with some sad family news.

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312: Boom boom boom

This morning's view of the pond

Noah joined me on my walk this morning.  As you can see from the above photo, the day started out sunny with a few clouds building on the horizon.  It’s gone from hot, bright, and sunny to cloudy and thundery this afternoon.  There’s an almost constant rumble in the background, the sound of storms off in the distance.

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307: Waiting for the train

Waiting at the train station

My father and nephew arrived safe and sound last night.  We had a little bit of a wait at the train station in Greensburg, Pennsylvania yesterday.  Their train left Philadelphia 21 minutes late and it snowballed after that as they followed one slow freight train after another.  All in all, their train came in about 2 hours late.  It gave M and I a chance to check out The Supper Club, something we wanted to do after we took the train from Philly to Greensburg, but our train also arrived late and we decided at the time we should just go home as it’s a 2 hour drive from there to home.

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