Three months since I’ve taken time to write? Mercy! What has become of my reflective discipline? (It tanked.) And where has the time gone? (It vaporized.)
I am most pleased to report that shortly after my birthday we were blessed with a new grandgirl. Her name is Rose Elizabeth. She is as sweet as can be. She joins the other three grandbabes, Henry, Oliver, and Sadie, in our personal North Country population explosion! Four grandbabes in less than two years. We are blessed, indeed.
The rest of the summer flew by, between visiting friends, visits from two of my sisters, and hosting a baby shower for my niece — which doubled as a mini-family reunion. It felt great to reconnect with everyone who could join in the fun.
A huge project at work loomed large into early October, commanding much of my attention and generating no small amount of stress. There were a couple of work trips thrown in for good measure. The bonus was spending a little bit of time with my sister, cousin and aunt in Orlando. (Can anyone say Café TuTu Tango?)
My farmers didn’t even notice, thoroughly caught up in the hustle and bustle of a north country summer. Make hay while the sun shines, eh? Eventually, finally, we all celebrated the new barn rising over the debris of last winter’s ice storm!
Meanwhile, the Hubs and I launched a master bed/bath reno project. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve renovated. I’d conveniently forgotten how much work it is, even if I am not doing any of the real work. Finalizing the floor plan, design, and color scheme; product selection, researching and purchasing both the jazzy (e.g. lights and faucets) and boring but essential (e. g. linens and fans) bits on a budget; securing and coordinating subcontractors for tile, glass and flooring. Oy.
It has been exhausting. Not to mention all of the disruption in relocating ourselves and the contents of three rooms to another floor for weeks and weeks. It’s no wonder we don’t do this very often!
It’s also no wonder we both felt a bit worn out by mid-October. So I guess our joint fiftieth birthday celebration was pretty good timing, all things considered. We enjoyed a maritime adventure, starting and ending in Quebec City, hopscotching to St. Pierre & Miquelon (France), Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. It was a great trip. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
~ René Morley