1. Time with my brother is especially precious. It is just the two of us. For many of our adult years we have lived thousands and thousands of miles apart, but now it's easier (less than a thousand miles!). I have been pondering how to describe relationships among siblings. Maybe this is how. My husband has my heart. My brother has my history. Because he was older than I, my brother bossed me, protected me, helped me. (I wonder how many potential dates or boyfriends my brother scared off...) This photo captures our love for each other and our joy at being together.
2. The World's Best Neighbors gave me a 'celebrate retirement' present! The Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Knitting T-shirt! Here I am wearing it while I 'knit with a goat'. (Goat provided by older brother)
3. Visiting the communities where we lived for many years provided lots of opportunities to visit people. Church friends and former college buddies. So many lunches and dinners. One evening, we spent three hours at one (sort of semi-fast food) restaurant talking, eating, laughing with people who included the college professor who was my department advisor. Three hours! And we could have talked for another three hours if the shop hadn't closed at 9pm. (For the record, the staff seemed to enjoy our rowdy, joyous laughter, our switching seats at the table, our passing of the old college yearbooks around to share pictures and stories.)
4. One day, we decided we wanted a quiet hike. We needed the tranquility of a forest. There is no place like the Pacific Northwest for hiking under fir trees and beside streams. (LOOK! WATER! and GREEN ferns!)
5. People have asked if we are bored driving an sitting in the car all those hours. The answer is no. Fortunately, we travel well together. I had lots of time to knit and read. Here are a couple of samples. Hats for my niece's family.
Those 2,200 miles passed like a blur. But now I'm home and my garden is calling to me.