Ah summer! Jim and I got to take a road trip out east to see friends and family. It was beyond wonderful to see them all. (FYI, we were super covid cautious, and felt lucky to get it squeezed in just before things started getting critical again.)
We got to see dear friends, Meg Boscov and Randy Brown after waaaaay too long. Here they are with Jim, at an astounding public garden outside of Philadelphia, Chanticleer. It’s been called “the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America” (so says their website), and I can see why. I could spend days there. If you love gardens and are anywhere near the area, it’s a must. (Pennsylvania readers–been there?)
Meg is my dear friend who picked up a camera a few years ago and has turned into one of the country’s finest nature photographers. She has taught me a lot, and inspired me to take the photo below, it’s my favorite flower photo of the day.
Here are another two that worked out nicely:
After Pennsylvania it was on to Jim’s son Shane, daughter-in-law Rachel, and the grand kids in upstate New York. Here’s our last night together at a great restaurant on the river.
And here are our fascinating, fun, smart, and creative grand children (said with objectivity, of course), Quinne (7) and Taylor (14):
Back at home, Skip and Maggie attempted to line their ears up for me in front of the water lilies at a nearby park:
Skip got to work sheep at friend Donna’s on Sunday, and enjoyed the ubiquitous water tank while watching Donna’s new dog, Wisp, work.
Maggie is ARGH a little bit lame again. She was doing great when we left on our trip, but came up limping after a moderate amount of exercise. Back to laser treatments, no sheep work and no play with Skip. And a trial coming up in a week and a half. I’ll take it day by day, not going to push her into anything.
And finally, when your husband has to extract the ATV from the fence because you mistook the accelerator for the brake and hit the “brake” hard and rocketed into the fence and flew off to the side and watched the ATV start to roll over on top of you but watched it roll back up because a wire caught a bolt in the front of the machine.
Breaking Olympic News! Trisha eliminated from ATV prelims, and banned from future competition. Jim wins the gold medal in “Husbandry” Finals for compassion and delicate extraction procedure. Breaks world record by admitting, so that his wife would feel better, that he did something similar but was too embarrassed to tell her before. (Sports update: (Trisha is stiff and sore but recovering well by binge watching Alone and drinking massive amounts of tea. Please keep her company with examples of stupid ass stuff you’ve done, although she has no expectation that you’ve got one this dumb.)
Meanwhile, have the best week you possibly can, and do your best to avoid stupid ass stuff. Just saying.