Friday, February 12, 2016

There and Back Again

 Hello!  I'm sorry I've been absent.  I meant to do a little blogging while visiting my sweet hometown, but I was too busy talking and enjoying the company of my family.  
Can you believe that we've entered into the season of Lent? My mom made pancakes on Tuesday.

 My brother and sister-in-law are in the process of remodeling their darling Cape Cod style home.  Sue has been making the most of having her house in slight disarray.  She is such a good granny!  This is Beau and Phoebe's play land in the soon to be revamped living room.  Cute, huh?
 I do not know if these radishes were locally grown but aren't they gorgeous?  You might get some radishes for Valentine's Day because they are red.
 It's almost time for tulips there.  These are silk.  VERY cheery!
 I was blessed by familiar views.
 And more springy sprouts than we have here.

 It was fun to visit some of my knitting.  I like seeing this shawl again.  Buttery yarn.  
 Here is a cardigan I made for my mom about thirty years ago!  She gave it back to me.  I am quite impressed with my young self.  

There are lots of birds in my mom's backyard. No,  there are no birds in this photo.  I was slow getting my camera out of the case.  Ha. 
 Real tulips!
 My mom had a little product party (chemical free cleaners and face stuff) and I got to see two childhood friends and some of my mom's friends.  

 Look at her!  So energetic and capable.
 Her houseplants are huge.  Why do mine die?

 The foothills that surround the valley are so familiar and beautiful.
 We went out to the little post office in the farming area to mail the sweater home to me.  Don't you like the old-time post office boxes?  
Bill returned from Australia just before my plane landed so he met me at the gate.  Yay!  That's fun!
I had such a nice visit with my mom, my dear sister (she's the BEST!) and my brothers and their wives (my friends).  
Bill and I are going to eat pizza and salad for dinner and then crawl into our cozy bed. 
It's always good to be home.
Thank you for coming by.


Granny Marigold said...

I'm so glad you had a lovely visit but it was probably not long enough. Love all your pictures too.

ML Brinkley said...

Such a nice visit home! Thanks for taking us along. I love that playroom! I wish I had an extra room -- I would make one for my grandkids.

Julie said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit with your Mum. Loved the tulips, both silk ones & real ones. Just adored those post office boxes. Its lovely to see scenery that we are familiar with from growing up.

Gumbo Lily said...

Your mom is a darling. I'm so glad you got to spend time with her and with your sibs. I just got to spend some time with my sister and parents. It's good.

I love all the little things you shared. Especially the green things growing. I look forward to that.

XXOO ~Jody

GretchenJoanna said...

Thank you for a glimpse into your happy family - it is such a great blessing to be able to spend some time with your dear mother and others, back in the homeland.

Wood Fairy said...

How lovely to meet Bill at the gate and be home together. Your mum looks kind and homely. I didn't know LHHW was a book writer! I enjoyed the pictures of your hometown, I haven't seen those 'old fashioned' mailboxes before! Betty :D

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely time you had with the family. It's so good to reconnect.

Fat Dormouse said...

What a wonderful break you had, and so nice to be met by your Beloved. Have a wonderful Valentine's Weekend. God bless, dear Pompom.

Sue McPeak said...

I am impressed with your 'young self', too. Wow...cables and all...very pretty, warm and a family heirloom. I have shawls I made for my Mother...they are comforting to wear. Pretty Tulips...Happy Valentines, my sweet friend!

elizabeth said...

how lovely!!! so many nice things you got to do and see and wonderful family to be with! so glad! lovely sweater you made!

Julia said...

It was neat to get home at the same time after being away. your visit with family sounds so lovely. I love the kid play area and the beautiful tulips and seeing your mom so full of Jazz.

Wow, those old mail boxes in the post office are still in use, I'm so impressed. They have such charm.

Enjoy your weekend together at home.

Farm Girl said...

So glad you are home. I am glad it was a nice visit. I love all of the views from where you grew up. I am impressed with your young self too. what a nice sweater. I like the one you are working on now too.
I do like all of the tulips. I had radishes for lunch yesterday. I just had to eat them. I know weird right. They had the right crunch though. So glad you and Bill got home at the same time. How nice.
I hope you had a nice sleep in your own bed.
I hope you have a lovely Saturday.

Happyone said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit. : )
I'm always glad to get back home too.
Nice job on the sweater of long ago!!
What a cool playroom. WOW

TexWisGirl said...

you made me homesick. :)

Kit said...

So glad you had such a great time on your trip! I love all your photos and can tell you missed being there. Enjoy being home, I always love coming back home too. :) Kit

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a wonderful time!! Happy valentines! xx

M.K. said...

Glad you got to go see your sweet mama. I think it's lovely that she cared so well for that sweater you made, and that it's returning to you :) I'm longing for warm springy weather and some of their signs of spring - tulips and birdies singing.