A retired English teacher, I reflect on the many facets of my life: retirement, reading, writing, gardening, faith, parenting adult children, grandchildren, loss, grief, healing from grief, surviving the loss of a loved one by suicide, hair loss, alopecia, aging, and living life at the foot of the Rocky mountains.
I began blogging in November of 2008. I thought perhaps my mother would read my blog, but beyond that, I didn't think anyone else would ever read it. I decided to blog because I wanted to practice the discipline of writing. Little did I know the worlds that blogging would open to me. Little did I know how important my blogging community would become to me.
My very first blog reader was Jann from Benchmark 60. That's Jann, in the photo below. She is dressed in green and sitting in the middle on the left side of the photo. Back in those early days of blogging, Jann commented on my blog and then encouraged me to write more blogs. I owe my blog presence to her. In time, in the mystical way that is the way of the blogosphere, I began to read the blogs of many other bloggers and form friendships with the blog writers.
A year ago, two of the ladies in photo below met and decided that the rest of us should meet and spend the weekend together. We all rented a house on Vashon Island in Washington State and spent a fabulous weekend getting to know each other. I wrote about it here: Vashion Island 2012. That weekend was so magical and special, that we talked of meeting again in a year. We decided you can't improve on a perfect location, so this past weekend, we again met at our wonderful destination spot, Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island.
Breakfast out on Vashon Island
I flew in from Colorado on Friday. We spent Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday, and this morning together. We talked, laughed, read, ate, walked, and just had a wonderful time catching up with each other. This year the weather was cooler than last. We spent a lot of time in front of the fireplace.
The "glow chair" was moved from its spot by the window
so we could sit together in our new favorite spot.
The sun did not shine on our wonderful yellow chair this year.
We could not see Mt. Rainier.
We did not see blue skies.
We saw fog and mist.
It was all beautiful.
We were also rewarded with beautiful fall foliage.
The view from the porch was stunning even if it did rain.
The lavender bed are not blooming, but lavender is always beautiful in any season to me.
Orange is the color I will carry home with me.
It seemed to punctuate every landscape
as we visited the Farmers' Market,
walked down the main street,
hiked in the woods.
I have wanted to store the colors of this fall in my heart this year.
Since the leave just began to change, I've wanted to drink in the colors every chance I got.
I was especially blessed to see the rich colors of fall in the beautiful northwest this year.
I won't forget the red, the oranges, and the vibrancy I felt on this special weekend.
These two feed the soul and the body.
Deb, in pink, just saw some wonderful bird outside the kitchen window. I was able to capture the look of awe on her face.
DJan, the adventurer, in the sky and on the shore, led the walk we took along the shore, and took my arm and helped me walk up the steep hills.
There is so much more I want to write about, but I must get some rest.
Tomorrow, I fly home.
The doctor cleared me for this trip.
My friends said he had to let me come because the time would be
good for my heart in every way.
It was. Indeed, it was.
Thank you dear Vashionistas for another wonderful time together.
I can't wait until next year.
I will arrive home Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday morning, at 7:30 a.m.,
I will be meeting my cardiologist at the hospital.
He gave me a reprieve, for a few days, but as soon as I get home,
he will be doing a heart catheterization on me.
I am worried about the procedure because no one like to have medical procedures.
I am reassured when I consider that the doctor did let me go on this trip, so he must not be too worried, just worried enough to check everything out.
In the meantime, I will trying to take this advice: