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…life after the wedding in the mountains. gardens. music. travels. photographs. friends old and new. family.
eventually cats a mostly-Beagle.

In May 2007, I moved from Vegas and the Mojave desert to a small college town in the Finger Lakes area of New York. Outside the college town actually, to Slaterville Springs. This is the country, and there’s a cornfield on the corner and a bog on the way there. There is so much water in the ground under the house that it’s regularly pumped out of the basement into the ditch. A desert dweller’s heart shivers, but it’s that or float.

That summer, we got married, and everything is different! So this is where I gawk with delight and confusion at the change and the fireflies and the forest and the road-side produce stand, “groveling before facts,” as my old friend Sean used to say when we were feeling smart.

Having just lived through my first full-length winter, I can affirm the maxim, “If you can’t stand the winters, you don’t deserve the summers.” Not sure I’m deserving, but I’m loving my first Finger Lakes springtime.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

12 Comments leave one →
  1. almont post office permalink
    January 4, 2008 4:52 pm

    Wow, nice pictures (even of Norm). I’ll be looking forward to following your travels and seeing new photos. cheers..alan

  2. Sandy permalink
    August 28, 2008 10:49 pm

    Hi, thanks for stopping by gardenpath, Lynn. My plants are with cosmos, too.

    What an interesting blog you have! I will be back to read more.

  3. thesisterproject permalink
    February 1, 2009 12:08 pm

    Dog and woman in a hammock. Perfect day.

  4. March 9, 2009 2:14 pm

    Hi Lynn!
    Oddly enough, I am FROM Ithaca … So your photos are a special treat for me!
    Thanks so much for adding a little more ee cummings to our blog!
    Wishing you an early spring!
    Best, Amy

  5. May 1, 2009 10:05 am

    Nice area. So many don’t realize how diverse NYS is and that it’s not just the big city.

    If you want to see a ‘real’ winter – head my way :) Better to come up this way in the summer – you’ve got to visit the 1000 Islands and wander the northern Adirondacks. Forget spring – the backflies are now out and will suck the last drop of blood out of ya.

  6. Barbara Nogales permalink
    June 28, 2009 9:06 pm

    Hey Lynn,
    I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Yvonne introduced it to me last year and I have it bookmarked. I enjoy reading it, the pics, and Buddy. Hope all is well with you.

    • June 29, 2009 11:47 am

      Thank you for the sweet compliment, Barb! It’s nice knowing you & Yvonne are among my 12 readers :) We’re great and hoping all in TX is good too. Stay in touch. ~Lynn

  7. January 21, 2010 7:36 pm

    Hi Lynn, I just stumbled on your site. Vegas is cold and rainy right now. So its not much better. I love your photography. Hope you are doing well.


  8. grwhryrpltd permalink
    September 30, 2011 6:16 pm

    curious eyes and minds want to know how the transition from slaterville to chi-town is going… i miss you

  9. October 28, 2011 5:47 pm

    Are you originally from Las Vegas?

    • October 30, 2011 4:51 pm

      Nope, but lived there long enough to see quite a bit of change, development, and decline–about 9 years.

  10. October 30, 2011 9:40 pm

    Ah…just wondered. Vegas is my hometown, but I left at age 48 for the chilly wilds of SE Michigan. I remember the terror of my first winter…not because of the winter itself, which was quite delightful, but because I had never lived anywhere it routinely got below 32F r snowed. It turns out after all of those desert years, i am quite well adapted to the cold, and I am absolutely in love with the springs and the falls. All in all a good trade. Best wishes to you and yours from a fellow desert rat!

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