Monday, June 17, 2019


Life is full of retreats and corrections. Setbacks and repairs. Most repairs work, some do not. When they do, you breathe a sigh of relief and move on. When they do not -- well, you reset and also move on. There is no room in life for despair.

I was thinking of this today when a close work friend of Ed's set out with his family to drive to the sailboat which was to take them on a year-long journey, all the way from Wisconsin to the Virgin Islands: two parents, two kids, and a dog. In the car, the dog got volatile and angry and bit the face of one of the family members, requiring serious stitches. The family regrouped. The dog was off the sailing crew list. They found another dog to adopt. In a week or two, they'll be setting out again.

I was thinking about this, too, when I talked to my mom's doc. Perhaps you remember -- my mom, who is 95, is having some health issues. She is currently in the hospital as the docs try to figure out what's wrong. Having located the problem (a blocked artery), they feel confident they can fix it and she can go home in a day or so. She is confident as well. They all are telling me to go ahead with my trip tomorrow. The doc says she'll be in a better state than she was before.

And I was thinking about this as I tried so very hard to find someone to build us a fence for the goats. Having watched several youtubes on the process, I no longer think this is an easy thing that someone could knock off in an afternoon. I cannot find a fence installer to do it right. I have wasted every spare waiting minute trying - I'm stumped. If I can't get the fence up, I can't bring home goats.

So many of our days are full of these steps and missteps. The best thing you can do for yourself (and the younger generations) is to learn to use that reset button within you. To avoid regret. To look forward to what's ahead, despite it all.

In the meantime, let me take some pleasure in what's blooming right now: the phlox is starting! If you counted the number of phloxes in my garden you'd be shocked: I love this flower so much! This is the first of the bunch and I am so glad to see its tiny blooms before I take off!

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Hi, Happy.

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Hi, sweet Ed.

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Hi, wonderful friend, in town just in time for us to have a coffee.

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Hi, Snowdrop! (The little girl has two mornings of Fairy dance camp. Oh, how she loves this program!!)

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(Leaving dance, past that colorful paper store...)

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(Arriving at the farmette, paying homage to the sweetest flower of them all -- alyssum, with the incredible scent of honey...)

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(our usual shenanigans...)

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I'm not ready for my departure tomorrow. But you know what? The suitcase will be packed, the trip will be amazing, and I'll come home to day lilies in full bloom. How good is that!