We had beautiful weather yesterday for Mother’s Day, bright sunshine and cool temps. We decided to have a picnic at a spot we have long enjoyed over the years that is next to a gentle stream at a nearby nature preserve. The food was good and there was hardly anyone around. Very peaceful.
It has been a more than usually active day for us. We started out with a morning visit to our oldest son and daughter-in-law, whom we haven’t seen in about seven months. Next, we ate lunch at Jollibee’s, the famous Filipino fast food restaurant we’ve wanted to try for a long time. The food wasContinue reading “An autumn walk near Lake Michigan”
Yesterday evening, I went for a walk and happened upon a rose bush still in bloom. It was a cheerful sight in the midst of the usual autumnal flower colors of yellows, golds, and whites. Another flower color that I enjoy seeing in the Fall is the rich, deep purple of wild asters. On myContinue reading “The last rose of summer”
About this time of year, five years ago, a dream of mine came true. I was able to go on a trip to Alaska, where I then met up with two older brothers and two nephews. It was a glorious trip with absolutely perfect weather and no mosquitoes. That’s right, no mosquitoes, or any otherContinue reading “Time flies”
An older brother told me that as a birthday present, all of my siblings and my mother had contributed to buy me a Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens for my new, used camera. I couldn’t believe it and am a bit ashamed to say that I broke down in tears. No, I sobbed. A dream ofContinue reading “More to come”
These days, I don’t spend enough time outdoors but when I do, I always enjoy it. There is a lot to see, to take note of. I spy interesting things like Indian pipe, or a particularly colorful mushroom, or a bird I can’t identify. These are small moments of joy. However, if there is aContinue reading “Tick talk”
Yesterday, I finally got around to doing a bit of gardening. Specifically, I cleaned out the flower boxes on our front deck railing and planted some nice annuals we had bought at a local nursery last week. The weather has been pretty hot and unfortunately the flowers, left in their original nursery pots, suffered asContinue reading “A bit of gardening”
One of our children is going through intensely difficult anxiety and depression. Each day seems like a battle to keep suicidal thoughts at bay. A few days ago, we went on a walk together near our house, accompanied by one of our dogs. It was in the evening when the temperature was lower, and thereContinue reading “A walk to remember”