Yesterday I got three messages from blog friends making sure I was okay. I am very touched. I haven’t given up the blog. Life just got a little crazy – some good, some not so good. A short “highlight reel” to catch you up on all the events of the past 2 or 3 months . . .
It started so well. In July, I hosted a garden party wedding at my home. Although 14 guests seemed modest for a wedding, it was the most I’d ever hosted for a sit down dinner and I wanted it to be perfect. The strawberries were freshly picked from one of our berry gardens. It was a delicious dinner and a beautiful occasion!
Then there was a 1700 mile drive to Oklahoma to pick up my mother who is unable to live alone any longer. (but PLEASE don’t say that to her) The trip took three days of hard driving, but I got to stop and have lunch with my dear friend, Lea Ann, from Mangos Chili & Z. She surprised me with a box of her “Fist Fight Brownies” and friends, they are fabulous!
We spent a few days in Oklahoma, packing Mother up to head north and then started the arduous trip home. About 20 miles from our hotel in Wyoming, we had a gnarly wreck when a semi truck lost an entire wheel that bounced across the median into oncoming traffic. We were the first of three vehicles to collide with this giant wheel, and were blessed to survive with only airbag injuries. My little sister managed to steer the truck, U-haul in tow, off the interstate with zero visibility! Thank you, baby sister, you will always be my hero.
After arriving back in Montana, I worked for four days before heading to California to attend the home birth of my new granddaughter. What a miraculous event! She came on the first day of autumn and while we were discussing a name, toying with the autumn theme, we looked out and saw the brilliant maple trees. My son-in-law suggested the name Maple and my daughter and I exchanged a look I will always remember. We instantly loved it! Maple Ann is such a beauty.
Things are slowly getting caught up, but dealing with an aging parent is daunting. Any spare time I would have spent blogging, is spent trying to give my sister a break as she is doing the lion’s share (meaning almost all) of the work to care for our Mother. I did take Mom fishing on the first weekend after getting back home. This was Mom’s favorite pastime before her mobility and eyesight became so impaired. We didn’t even get a nibble, but enjoyed a magnificent fall day in Montana which is an amazing experience in itself. Add in a couple of egg salad sandwiches, some fruit and a cold ginger-ale and we had ourselves a delicious afternoon. Mom joked on the way home that I had to clean the fish.
So, in answer to your questions, I haven’t disappeared. I’ve just been on a necessary blogging break and hope you will not give up on me.
Hope to be blogging soon!