Is there anything like coming home? I love traveling and seeing friends and family; I like the change of routine, the re-connecting and seeing new places. But coming home--there is nothing in my experience quite like it, even when the grass needs to be mowed, the gardens exploded and it's so hot I can hardly breathe. My dogs and cats coming to greet me, the familiar walk and porch, my favorite chair, my own pillow--you know what I mean.
And, it rained! I don't know when or how much, but it looks like it was enough to rejuvenate my plants and I am so grateful for that. The pumpkin vines have run amuck, the Bloody Butcher corn shot up, the tomatoes ripened, the cucumbers set many new fruits, and overall (except for the beans) the gardens look great. Even my little broccoli and cabbage seedlings doubled in size over the past 5 days. Amazing.
Tonight I've been catching up--checking the status of my eBay sales, packing Amazon book sales for shipment, reading Facebook and catching up on email while also unpacking my suitcase and re-packing my trunks for tomorrow's storytelling program in the southern part of the state.
I'm ready to go in the morning to do the last of the library summer reading programs. It will be sad to see these programs end. I've been telling stories for many cultures and it's been completely wonderful, from the response of the children to the stories to the traveling from one venue to another. Now I'm thinking about next year and how to approach the stories for the new theme. There is always a new challenge, and new stories, to be found in this work. It is never boring or routine.
I'm off to bed now but tomorrow evening I will try to post some photos of the latest travels. Larry and my brother-in-law Jackie attended the re-enactment for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas over the weekend and came back with some great photos. I remember attending the 100th anniversary re-enactment! That makes a person feel like time is passing quickly!