Hello blog. I'm hoping to get back in step here this week. We shall see. First things first, I don't think I'm going to have a Wednesday Hodgepodge this week.
Here's the thing-I spent last week in Washington State, then had a very fun full Mother's Day weekend, and I've got something like 200 pictures to edit and add (not all of them of course!), and if I Hodgepodge that's Tuesday and Wednesday which means it will be Thursday before I get back to regular blogging and by then I'm kind of past it. Run on sentence, but it's a run on sort of life.
I think I'd like to take this week to recap my trip and all the weekend fun, and I know some of you could do that in a single Monday morning post but it's taken me two full paragraphs just to tell you I can't. On top of that I really want to go back and wrap up my A-Z series where I dropped the ball at letter Y. Can't end an alphabet series with Y! I'm giving myself some grace and for the Hodgepodgers reading here, please know we'll be back with the Hodgepodge next week (May 18th). Thanks for understanding. And reading this exceptionally long paragraph.
Okay, so Washington. Daughter1 lives there with her hard working hubs and her adorable little boy puppy and I live on the other side of the country so our time together is never enough. But we make it work and do the all day travel with connections thing, and then we savor all the goodness in the minutes and bid tearful goodbyes and put a new date on the calendar for future real life face times.
I made this trip solo because hubs had work commitments here. We'll trek out there together sometime later this year, but last week was all about us girls and it was perfectly perfect, except not long enough but as I said, a minute is a minute and a day is a day and time is oh so very precious.
I left SC in a scary electrical storm before the crack of dawn, yet had smooth sailing all the way west. No delays, no hiccups, and no missed connections which is my favorite way to travel. Daughter1 was at the airport to greet me and we made our way home to collect her hubs who'd been on call the night before and had just gotten back to their house when she left to pick me up. It was a gorgeous day, and we went to a nearby favorite place for lunch.
I'm going to blather on far too much about the beauty in this state, but y'all this part of Washington is positively stunning. One of the prettiest parts of America in my opinion, and I've seen a lot of America. I just cannot get over Mt. Rainier. It's absolutely breathtaking the way it looms over the area. An incredible site to see, even from a moving car on the Interstate.
I told my daughter if I lived here I'd take an obnoxious amount of photographs.
I might have taken an obnoxious amount of photographs, but if this were the view from your everyday morning walk through the neighborhood, wouldn't you be snapping away too?
When hubs and I visited this same time last year we went with them to collect their brand new puppy. He's now a year old and he's all boy and all puppy. He's also an absolute love who relishes his belly rubs, fetching a ball, and being right next to you or better yet in your lap whenever you allow.
He's a spaniel, but reminds me so much of our sweet setter and flashed me back to puppy days with her. I'm not ready for a puppy, but I was feeling all the feels they bring into the spaces of your home and heart you didn't realize were there.
We walked miles with him every single day, through deep lush woods where the tall trees grow, and along the meadow path that spills out in front of a crystal clear sunlit sea.
Long walks and talks with my girl in the middle of God's masterpiece makes my list of favorite things.
This is why I can't Hodgepodge this week. I have too many words that need to go elsewhere. Come back tomorrow to see too many pictures of pretty glass sculpture from our day at the Chihuly gallery. Happy Monday everyone!