I received calls from a sister and my mom. Texts from my brother and my dad. Cards from my grandmas. And dozens of messages & comments from friends, family, and acquaintances.
It is amazing to me the power of a few simple words. Thank you ALL so much!
On my wish list for my birthday were three things. I wished to mow the lawn, get our kayak paddles wet, and have time to write / reflect a bit.
I got all three of those wishes, plus french toast in bed, and a birthday cake, too. It was the best day I've had in a long time.
We spent the last two hours before sundown on quiet water:
2. The ball is officially rolling (beyond the thought process & obsessive compulsive sketching) on our home addition project. The underground locator guys have been here to mark lines. Today Mitch & the boys removed our old rock retaining wall to prepare for site work.
3. I love lily of the valley. When making plans for our wedding
Now I have my own lily of the valley that came from my parents' house on the river where I grew up, which came from my Great Grandma's house, and blooms perfectly for our daughter Lilly's birthday each year. I'll have to move it for the addition.
4. We have a moderate invasion of "army worms" this summer. There are no words for how much I dislike the things. They drop on you from the trees. When I stand in the back yard I can hear them eating the leaves of our giant basswood. Just as bad as their de-leafing of the trees, is the hundreds to thousands of them that cover sidewalks, decks & houses to spin their cacoons.
5. Having the kids home full time with summer vacation, we are going through about 14 gallons of milk a week. Each time I'm in town I pick up six gallons, and each time I get remarks of some sort.
This past week, the checkout clerk, a soft spoken, older man, said that he grew up in the twin cities, and there were nine children. When the milk man delivered the milk, in glass jars then, his dad would tell him he may as well take one of them and dump it in the street. To which, I was alarmed.
He finished by saying, "That's how much gets spilled at dinner each day."
(Luckily not a lot of milk goes spilt here.. but I had to laugh.)
Have a wonderful Summer Solstice weekend!
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