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Happy Monday: Rolling On

October 31, 2011

I didn’t forget about you. How to rekindle things here has been on my mind often, but how do we catch up after 6 months, especially after so much has happened? You can’t all just come over for coffee and cake. I’ve got an ever-closing baby nap window to work with, a short sunny day, and a beagle desperate to get outside, so a simple list feels right just now.

  1. Our baby was born in April, healthy and perfect, though he did keep us waiting until Good Friday night, a good 11 days after we expected him. I haven’t decided yet how to name him here in blogland. He is our joy, but he hates to nap.
  2. In those early busy baby days I missed being out in the spring garden but made peace with not getting much done. It helped that we had four years’ worth of digging and planting out there, and the garden kept right on blooming without any help. There are photos to prove it, but I couldn’t say where they are just now. There were many blog posts I did not write,  like the one about how we first brought the baby home at the start of apple blossom time. A low drooping branch hung a cluster of buds right outside the window near the couch where I nursed him, seemingly all day. And as time went by, I’d tell him about how beautiful the opening blooms were, then how tiny the green apples, and how they were getting bigger, then actually a little brown and bug- or bird-bitten. When I finally thought to take a photo, the fruit in question had fallen to the ground, just the leaves left. Might have been a story in 5 images, a memento of our first weeks together.
  3.  My honey accepted a job offer that meant a move from the fields and forests to the city, a real big one, so in hours stolen between oogling the baby, diaper laundry, the listing and showing of our house, and the other distractions of a major move, we soaked up green trees, clear country air, and crystalline black night skies full of the Milky Way. And fireflies. I never photographed them, either.
  4. And here we are in the south side of Chicago. It has its charms. The car stays mostly parked since we can get most of what we need in the surrounding blocks. Walk a bit farther, and there’s that Great Lake, looking for all the world like the sea. The color & tenor of the water and sky have seemed different every time I’ve walked the shore. Perhaps I’ll find it changes with the seasons, too; an aqueous meadow maybe?
  5. My SLR with the mirror that fell off just before our move is fixed and ready to document this new path we’re on, which seems to include some fetching plants and unexpected gardens–the city’s known as a botanical hot spot after all. Morning Glories twine around ironwork over windows facing the alley. Raspberries grow in our small backyard, near evidence of peonies. Asters and goldenrod decline in a wildflower demonstration garden in the park nearby. There are trees I am tracking down the names of. I imagine some of it is blogable.

In short, life is blessed and rolling right along. For one of us, that’s literal. More coming soon. I hope you’ll stay in touch. ~Lynn

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2011 3:05 pm

    I can certainly understand why your blog fell silent these past months. You’ve had so much happen in a short time. A baby’s arrival changes one’s world, in an utterly beautiful way. You,ve got the memories stored and that’s what matters. We blog readers can picture the scene you painted with words. Your little guy looks adorable … my son didn’t like napping much either, although he improved after he started moving about. Now he’s 19 and I often reflect on how those early months of his life remain so firmly embedded in my mind and also in my heart. I hope life in Chicago is a good one.

  2. October 31, 2011 7:12 pm

    As the Pennsylvania Dutch say, “Shaynah kinner!”

    • November 1, 2011 10:03 am

      is that P.Dutch for “it’s about time”? ;)

  3. grwhryrpltd permalink
    November 1, 2011 8:46 am

    yay! keep on rolling good buddy! one of these days we’ll get up there to have cake and coffee with you! in the meantime, keep track of those beautiful, apple-blossom moments. XOX!

    • November 1, 2011 9:19 am

      and Daddy makes goood coffee! Come on up!

  4. November 1, 2011 6:37 pm

    Congratulations x 3!

    I look forward to seeing that inland sea through your eyes.

    • November 2, 2011 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Les! Let’s see how winter goes…

  5. November 2, 2011 10:45 am

    How exciting that your life and it follows your blog have begun a new chapter. It will be great join you on your new life an garden adventures. It’s lovely too that you will have your blog as a record of where you’ve been.

    • November 2, 2011 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Becky. Yes, I’ve been thinking of what the blog focus can be. It started out as a travelogue and continues to be, with gardens along the way. Happy to see you again.

  6. November 4, 2011 6:31 pm

    Yay! You’re back and your list was lovely. So is the little guy, out there exploring and looking content with his findings. Can’t wait to hear more.

  7. November 8, 2011 6:39 am

    nice to see how you are doing. enjoy the adventure you are immersed within

  8. November 13, 2011 10:07 pm

    zoobadoobadooba! Thank you for that little glimpse of the cutest roly poly ever. And I will look forward to the further adventures… !

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