Friday, July 31, 2009

Wildflowers of Iowa...

Rudbeckia
Goldenrod?
Clover with Monarch

I tried to take some pictures this afternoon of wildflowers... I still need to get the Queen Ann's lace and chicory.




Thursday, July 30, 2009

Imaginary friends...

I've been listening to books on CD while driving. The first one was called "Sundays At Tiffany's" and was about a nine year old girl and her imaginary friend, Michael, age 35. Sounds kind of creepy, but it's a lovely tale.
My friends aren't imaginary...
Here are pictures of people who lived in my computer and now live in my heart...sappy, I know, but I genuinely like them and wish we lived just down the street from each other.

The first photo is Jack and his best friend, Hannah. It was taken during our visit a few weeks ago. Sadly, I forgot to take any pictures on Tuesday when we met up again. Jack is a kind, generous and engaging man, the same guy he is on TBD. I predict many more get togethers in our future.



The second image is of Lynda and Julie G. today in Denver. Once again, we had a fantastic time at the Elephant Grill, talking for as long as we could and Julie was late for a phone conference...oops... After Julie G. had to leave, Lynda and I spent several more hours at her house, doing what we do best...talking. Many great truths and wisdom were exchanged between us...


So far, this has been a lovely, leisurely trip...some would call it slow and dawdling, but I don't listen to those voices in my head. I've been gone from Idaho since Tuesday at noon (I planned to leave Monday at eight) and I'm only in Sterling, CO, tonight. I am satisfied with my progress and things are going just the way I want them to--totally random and mostly unprogrammed--a delicious change after years of programmed stress disguised as a way to support myself. It was necessary and I don't regret anything, especially the people I've met. I'm just reveling in unbridled freedom at the moment.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Uh-oh...

As the departure time draws near, I have less and less time to post...
Went to the Boise Flying M and Proto's with all the kids. We had a splendiferous time like we always do. The comestibles and libations were yummy, the kids watched the guys throwing dough and the baby was very calm and alert most of the evening.
I won't see Lissie again for a month because she's going to McCall tomorrow afternoon. Catie's coming to Old Chicago tomorrow night for my work "kids" going-away thing. Sarah lives next door, so I'll probably wave good-bye to her and the kids Monday morning. It's going to be funny in a bad way not to be able to see all of them whenever we want. Sarah and Lissie were apart from me during at least the first year of their marriages, so now it's my turn, I guess. Catie and Ben will leave for Korea for a year right after their marriage in September. I think it's the way of our family for some weird reason.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I guess I'm not really moving in with swans...


Now it's working. Here are two more bucolic scenes, a covered bridge and a swan's nest which was just a few yards off the road. These are just a smattering of photos. Most of the time I was having such a grand time I forgot to take any. I told you I'm not Ansel. I promise to do better when I go back. I also promise to put a pic in every post.

Where I'm moving...

Every time I tell anyone where I'm moving they regale me with its beauty. They are right. At least Buck's County is gorgeous. I was there in May of this year and the lush greenery assails the senses. It's a lot like Oregon. The difference being that the trees are deciduous instead of evergreen...and of course, the aforementioned rampant poison ivy. The first picture depicts the entrance to Peace Valley where Jeff asked me to marry him. I'm not Ansel Adams, so I did not do it the justice it deserves.
I tried to add more pictures, but in the battle of wills I engaged in with Blogger, I lost. I guess you get what you pay for... I'll try again.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A day for remembrance...


of Jeff's natal entrance. All hail the Supreme Fiance! I sent him flowers like this. It is little compared to all the beautiful and inventive bouquets he has sent me.

More symbolism...

This picture was something Jeff crafted from both our TBD avatars at the time we told everyone we were together. He used our screen names which are Alendar and smiledancelove, usually shortened to SDL to prevent repetitive strain disorder...
He used a snapdragon pic as his because he read that I like flowers and he is the most kind, loving man I know...

Symbolism...

Not everyone has seen our rings. I've tried to right that grievous error all over the internet, but I seem to have missed a few tiny pockets of Luddites here and there. (Where does that put you, hmmm?)
In this picture (see above), you may view them now. It was taken at the Philadelphia airport on May 23, 2009, while I was waiting to board the plane to return to Idaho. Jeff had proposed the day before at Peace Valley Nature Center, a lush, green preserve full of every kind of wild animal and plant...including massive amounts of poison ivy. One cannot veer from the path in Pennsylvania at all or you will be consumed by an allergic reaction to urushiol which you will not soon forget. Sometimes it is even on the path. But I digress...
My ring has microscopic hearts and a serial number lasered on the bottom of the diamond. At least that's what they said at Helzberg's. They could have told me it had The Lord's Prayer on it and I'd probably have believed them. I mean, it sounds great but how many people actually look?
Jeff's ring is made of tungsten carbide. It will never scratch, bend or warp. He likes that as a symbol of our relationship. It will shatter if thrown with enough force against a wall. That's not going to be a problem between us, so I think we're good.
We would have gotten married while I was in PA in May, but who knew how difficult they make it there?! They require his wife's death certificate, my divorce decree, application in person at the courthouse, waiting three days, THEN they mail it to you. We simply didn't have time. So, we wear our rings as though we are man and wife because we can. We like that.

I'm working more...

than I did when I got up at 5:30am and didn't get home till 5:30pm. At least more physical labor, which is infinitely more satisfying. I can see tangible results immediately.
Today I cancelled the paper, trash and CableOne, had TruGreen come and give me a quote to spray the trees (which seem to be suffering from aphids) and maintain the yard while I'm gone and had a carpenter come and replace the storm door on the back porch and tack the porch ceiling back in place. I also went through a ton of paperwork that I had stored in the garage for an eternity, cleaned out the garage and bundled up the large amount of recycling that was caused by my eternal procrastination. Usually it's not this bad...
Tomorrow I will see about getting the car tuned, the radiator flushed and the air conditioner serviced. I don't want any unpleasant surprises during my 2500 mile Grand Trek. I'll also have the mechanic tune up the truck so it will be functioning when I come back in August.
And....tomorrow's a lunch at Brick 29 with my friend, Barb, from long-ago home health days. We haven't really talked in eons and I think when she saw me posting on Facebook about moving she thought I'd lost all sanity. She didn't have time to let it sink in gradually like everyone else, who thought that a long time ago. I reconnected with my boss, Lynda, from those days, too, on FB. She said it sounds like a fairy tale. That's the storyline I'm using...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Photo of the suspect...

This is my intended in February of this year at the Boise airport. Behind him you see Taiwanese Special Olympics athletes. No, he is not one of them. But, he is very Special. We will be married next month in Pennsylvania and start our life of wedded bliss.

You didn't even know you want to know...

what I'm doing while I'm gone, did you? You do...