Lots has happened since I last posted even though I keep thinking that many of the events, activities, and general goings on are blog-worthy. Some are not of course and now I’ve really got myself in a spot where I don’t know where to start. Perhaps what I have to say isn’t all that interesting anyway. Nonetheless, it’s my blog so here goes. I’ll keep it short on some stuff like the diner people calling me to find out if everything was okay because I hadn’t been in, going to the restaurant that Robert Irvine helped on Restaurant Impossible, Potter Dave selling his business in Milford (they are from Gainesville and his sister, Nancy Greenbaum, was a physics professor at FSU), and lots of animal sightings in the woods. The bears are apparently attracted to my neighbor’s bird feeder (pretty much against the rules because of the bears!) and have made regular appearances on our street. Deer are plentiful and had Sydney crazy yesterday walking right along the fence. There’s a wounded goose that has stayed on my street for a couple of weeks and it’s very hard to watch it limp across the yard where it has taken up residence. And, this morning, there was a HUGE flock of very small birds (at least 100 I would think) that moved very quickly and very noisily across the woods behind my house.
Rachel’s shower was a big success I thought and all worked out well. What a lovely afternoon of friendship and fun. It was special that Beth and Earl from Tallahassee came for the shower (Beth, really, not Earl!). They followed me home that afternoon and spent two nights here in Lords Valley before going on to visit their grandchildren in Connecticut. The morning of the shower I picked up Allison and thank goodness I did — interesting how the building we were going to had no number on it, so she jumped out and checked to see that we were in the right place and then unloaded all the food, gifts that were sent to me, and a cooler of drinks. Sasha hosted the shower in her Manhattan loft apartment. I don’t think I had ever been in a loft apartment before, so it was very interesting.
Last week I headed in to celebrate Michael’s and Allison’s birthdays with a wonderful vegan dinner at Cafe Blossom in the village and then went to Brooklyn to help rearrange Rachel and Dave’s apartment to best use the space and resources that they have. So, it’s been a busy time — lots of drive time to think about the coming grandchild, symbols of friendship, and family. Every time I doubt my decision to move here or when it feels so isolated and quiet, I realize how fortunate I am to be close to family. I am single-handedly keeping our local gas station in business but I think but that’s a small price to pay for proximity to a great city with lots to do, much to offer, and that houses my children. Proximity of course takes many forms — our virtual book club met last week to discuss Khaled Hosseini’s newest book, And the Mountains Echoed, and it was very enjoyable. Lots of laughs, a great discussion, and it helped me better understand the theme of mothers and children. So, much to be thankful for and I am no longer trying to figure out how to blog about that. I figure I’m allowed a ramble once in a while.