Saturday, November 26, 2016

one more day

One more day where my family can come together for a meal. One more day of light stories and chuckles over Snowdrop's antics.

Snowdrop, show us what you do in yoga! Show us a downdog!

She does.

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Then she says -- aunt do downdog!
Her aunt obliges.
I laugh -- your sucker aunt!
Snowdrop repeats earnestly -- my sucker aunt!

She may as well add "my sucker uncle," because she gets him to do yoga with her too!

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It is such a good day! All the best elements are present: a leisurely beginning, a morning of cooking up a spinach and mushroom frittata. With roasted tomatoes and strips of bacon. And bagels and cherries and berries and ... Thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing. Cheesecake. Oh, anything!

But let's go back a little. To the arrival of Snowdrop and parents...

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I am so very happy to have everyone here once more. Snowdrop is so very happy too.

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We eat. Of course. We're one of those families that likes to be together over food.

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The youngest couple will soon be heading back home, but not just yet!

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No one is in a hurry and so we linger. Snowdrop seems to be finally licking her bug and she plays hard!

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... loving her games, her interactions...

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Every last minute.

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And of course, there has to be a last minute. The day moves forward and the younger couple has a drive to Chicago and the other couple has a day of work and Snowdrop care and so we all say our goodbyes, but with smiles at the recollection of this most beautiful weekend.

In the afternoon, Ed and I go for a walk. No grand plan here -- just a stroll in our county park. But oh, my, is the sky beautiful today!

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At the horizon: cranes. A huge flock of them!

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In the park, new paths to discover...

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Playgrounds, just for fun...

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And a new, unfinished bike bridge to navigate over the neck of Lake Waubesa.

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By the time we're done, the sun is about to disappear.

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The farmette silo stands tall and yet it is but a speck in the scheme of things.

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By the time we pull into the driveway, dusk has settled in.

But guess what -- tomorrow, at 7:05, I'll be letting the cheepers out again. The sun will have cracked the horizon... A wonderful thing, isn't it?