We are back in Alabama finishing up (I say that, but there is at least one more trip over here planned before the real "finished up") the move. This morning I started packing the pantry ... which really does signal departure! Most of the little tasks around the house are done. On Sunday we, L and I will pack the moving van ... it's mostly all little stuff, boxes and a few chest of drawers ... okay, and a large sofa and chair which are already in the garage ... and a bunch of side tables ... but mostly boxes. Today L dismantled the trampoline and moved all the outdoor furniture to the driveway. This is a weird time for me to be mostly recuperating! I can do little jobs ... the pain medicine makes me less concerned which is really weird!
This is one of the Tyler roses which I planted in the yard last summer. One of the bushes didn't make it. the other two are thriving. I am thrilled for whomever ends up with this beautiful yard. While I "relax" I'm re-discovering what works best in Texas gardens, and what deer don't prefer to munch on! I am really looking forward to getting settled in over there. It's fun to figure out how to overcome some of the drawbacks ... like that tiny refrigerator in the rental house. I will miss my nice appliances! But ... I'm going to love that great view of the river.
Today one of my friends from high school invited me to join a few others of our friends at her home for an annual get together that they do. It makes me feel very happy to know that I have old friends near by who are so gracious in welcoming me back. It was difficult for me when we moved here ... it's a small town and the ladies were very cliquish. In general, Texas women are very different then Southern women. That came as a huge surprise to me. Here, I didn't fit as well with the women of my own age group ... my friends were mostly older women. The volunteer work was done mostly with women my own age, but other then the project at hand I seemed to not have much in common with them. Even at church I felt like "the one of these" which doesn't quite belong. On a superficial level this has been a very pleasant place to put down roots ... I'm just saying Texas feels more like home.
It's been fun or me to think about ways to make the rental house seem like home. It's fun to move the furniture and household things around ... to "re-see" our things. I am very excited about hanging lights in the trees that shade the back deck. I'm thinking something like this ->
And guess what?! Lighting bugs are everywhere out there! And they even fly high up in to the trees which I hadn't seen before! It is so cool to see so many of them at once.
And ... I'm also excited about a trip to Denver that we are planning for July. I think we will travel through Santa Fe and Albuquerque en route ... and maybe we'll even visit the Hopi cliff village in SW Colorado. I love road trips! We should be able to click off some of the far flung Texas Top 50 BBQ stops with careful planning ... I'm thinking re-enter the State up in the Panhandle.
Little treasures like this pictured above make packing sweet ... these are of Daddy and his twin, my very special Uncle Terry, along with old letters from each of them. I loved re-reading and I loved seeing how similar their hand writing is to each other (and my own). And ... I didn't realize this before, but mu uncle enjoyed quotes too.
Well ... enough of this "noting" for now. Just an update to say - all is well (and the new Mother's Day slippers are like a cherry on top)!