“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
Our years behind have been pretty great but as C.S.Lewis says, here’s to many more things ahead! Yesterday was our 31st Anniversary, as you may have read. What did we do? Did we buy each other lavish gifts? Bathe in a tub full of rose petals? Get each other a card? Heck no! And I’m so glad we didn’t. We caught up on things around here, with the help of our “he can do anything” handyman and all around talented carpenter, Heuston. He’s turning my makeshift windbreak corner area for the boys into something more permanent and a little less like a dog fighting kennel using reclaimed wood from the gazebo he took down from our morning view area. He really can do anything! Can’t wait to show you the finished project. I’m making him crazy because I want him to use up what we have here and keep telling him that they’ll just spit all over it anyways, and the pride (good pride, like if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing we’ll kind of pride) in his work is making that hard. He’s like the guy in Pillars of the Earth and wants it to look good, with new wood and shiny and new. A good coat of paint will make that happen, I keep telling him. He’s the best.
But first we headed to a breakfast to meet a candidate for our state Governor. It was nice because we saw people we hadn’t seen in years. Like my sweet friend Alice. She looks great! During the lock down, so many people have faced challenges that I can’t even imagine (like cancer) and have not only survived, but still have that twinkle in her eyes. I miss my Alice! And of course, forgot to get a picture. I did get this picture of the downtown area from the inclined plane. Amazing!
The candidate was Bill McSwain and he’d like to be the one to replace Tom Wolfe as Governor here in Pa. A former marine, he was also a prosecutor and has a lot to offer.
Next, I visited my chiropractor to get adjusted and that felt pretty good and then off I went to search for those little circle garage sale tags in different colors. I want to use them to connect the labels on my socks and insoles and signify the sizes. Who knew that people don’t use them anymore? Not me. After going to 4 stores, I ended up at Michael’s and settled on colored masking tape. I think it will work. I was also looking for year specific charms in bulk to add to my Alpaca ornaments. No luck there either. I don’t want to embroider the year on, and thought that the charm would be better. No luck with that either. Locally.
Once home again, I checked on what Jay and Heuston were up to and they both made great progress. Jay was assessing the post situation. Would it be possible to remove the gazebo posts that were installed by the previous owners so close to the tree that if we remove them, we damage the beautiful tree? We were hoping to avoid having to have Heuston hand dig them. Here’s a suggestion I stumbled across while driving. It’s so cute but not here. We want to clear our view and have so much going on already. Made me think of you Barb S and your little place. The structure on the right looks like it was built on that massive stump. So clever! I knew Heuston was in good company with this supervisor. We ended the day with a last minute decision to head to a special dinner together and even had what was served at our wedding-veal piccata. We joined another couple that I didn’t know, but Jay bikes with the husband some weekends, so I was glad to meet him and his wife. They were great dinner companions and it was unexpected. She and I had a lot in common and I made some new friends! Speaking of friends, our house guests had plans all day on their own so we knew they were ok with us bopping about. They were home when we got home for the evening but Janet had already gone to bed and now I want to catch up on how her day went. So…here’s a quick alpaca picture and then it’s off to work adding more labels to products. Hooping later! My knee feels pretty good this morning. In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.