Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Onward .... Stop #2, Ohio
The maple tree in front of my bedroom window is still there ... only a lot bigger and missing all those lower branches with robin nests in view.
The street trees were no longer silver maples, but as big as what was there when I was a kid. Of course the roses are long gone and the path out to the point at the top of "Old Baldy" was closed off. I would have loved to walk out there once more but we would have had to get permission to pass through someone's yard to do so.
I think the deck is larger than my total living space and the cool shady area much quieter and inviting than my Tokyo surroundings.
Saturday and Sunday morning was spent preparing for a grand gathering of family, and, as my sister-in-law is really a cousin I grew up with, the extended family was expanded in all directions.
I think Sunday's party was actually a run-over into Monday.
When many years pass between visits, there is a lot of catching up to do.
This is me with my brother, Pete.
I don't think there is anything around that he can't fix. If you want it ... make it yourself with improvements.
Garden, deck, house, furniture, appliances, ... you name it and he has a finger in the pie. Behind where we are sitting is an old player piano and a shelf of tapes from the "old days".
All in working condition.
Luckily, others did take pictures and I only need to figure out how to get them from my downloads into a place I can use them.Maybe that will be a task to learn now that I am with my Guru son in Colorado.
My niece, Missy, took this picture for me at the end of the gathering , Brother Pete and Sue, Sister Cyndi next to me with her husband, Bob behind.
We really had a lot of catching up to do and at one time someone took a picture of the group sitting together ... all hands sewing on something and lots of chatter in progress. Cyndi is a great quilter and Missy was sewing patches on to a girl scout vest ... active in both boy scouts and girl scouts so we have more in common than just genes.
It was nice to get re-acquainted with the birds I had grown up seeing daily and almost forgotten.
Monday was spent putting things back in place and I think poor Sue had her ears talked off by the time I was ready to go on Tuesday.
One thing about quilting, is that you can move your mouth as well as hands. We did a lot of catching up and a lot of reminiscing.
Without much chance to use English at home, I probably over-did the chatter and there was quite a bit of laughing going on ... which I understand to be good for one's health. The TV never went on and there was no discussion of politics for a change. Focus on family seems to be of higher value.
Though I had planned to do some stitching on the plane to Colorado, I pretty well finished off quilting behind the dog. Probably it was a good thing too as the ride was in a rather cramped space and even pulling a book out of my bag was challenge enough.
Now I need to come up with a quilting pattern for the border. Maybe a cable is enough but getting the dimensions right to make the corners meet will take some fiddling with numbers ... not my forte!
I will be a week in Colorado. There seems to be a Rocky Mountain adventure in the plan for the weekend. That may take a bit of wardrobe adjustment as I haven't brought my outdoor gear. Well, we shall see ... stay tuned for the next edition ...