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Warning-Long posting! 

Life does that to you.  We get so caught up in the “have to dos” that we forget about “want to dos.”  We have managed, though, to fit in a few things since I last posted 9 months ago (oh my, I have been negligent!) and I will try to catch up. 

When we were first married and living in California, we would take a road trip almost every other weekend.  One weekend we would go to Tahoe, another to Yosemite camping, another to Lassen.  When we had more than a weekend we would take longer road trips to Yellowstone, the Rockies, and many other parks—all camping.  Then kids came along, but that didn’t affect our trips much.  But somewhere after that, life got too busy and we stopped taking road trips. 

So this summer we decided to drive to Oklahoma via Utah, still somewhat on a schedule, but still had time to divert to see some sights.  Can’t wait until we have time to take out and stop wherever and whenever we want!  Our first stop was to visit Hubby’s aunt and uncle in Park City, Utah.  They were celebrating their anniversary, but welcomed us with open hearts.  They are lovely people and so giving—always loved visiting them.  Aren’t they delightful? 

    

 Then we visited the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.  Hotter than heck!  102 degrees and would head for any shade we could find.  September/October Read the rest of this entry »

Our Deck

Our Deck

 Happy belated M. day to all mothers out there!!  Being a mother has been the most rewarding AND frustrating time of my life.  I was lucky to have been able to stay home with my children as they were growing up.  How do working mothers do it all??!!!  I still have “if only I did this or that” thoughts, even though my sons are grown.  I had a book called “A Good Enough Mother.”  Never actually read it but just having it on my shelf to look at the title comforted me.  It made me realize I couldn’t be perfect all the time but still be a good mom.  We must have done “good enough”  because our sons are now fantastic young men.

We have had so much rain lately that it was truly a gift to have a sunny and warm weekend.  Mother’s day has always been a signal for the beginning to summer for me since all the gardening centers have stocked up on flowering annuals.  We spent 6 hours in our small yard trimming bushes, raking leaves, weeding and edging the lawn.  It felt so good to be outdoors but my hubby and I paid for it the next day–we are so stiff!

This is a picture of our deck after we hung the baskets of flowers.  I was impatient this year to get them up and of course they went on sale the day after we bought them.  Notice the mini pergola in the background?  We added that last year out of necessity but it really added character to the deck.  It doubles as a sun screen when we pull the curtain.  Without the curtain it is hard to sit on the deck in the early evening because of the sun setting in the west.

Ahhh!  Back to enjoying the fruits of our labor–sitting on the deck, listening to the chimes and watching the goldfinches at the feeder.

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