Monday, May 9, 2016

Time In A Bottle

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.

I 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!


  1. Sounds like an absolutely perfect visit with your girl (and her boys). I love Chihuly! There are several of his pieces here in Indiana, and they are beautiful and happy works of art.

  2. I can't wait to see your photos from the Chihuly Gallery! Love his glass pieces. It is so great that you had some precious girl time with your D1!! Hearing more about it, and seeing more photos makes up for a missing HP!!

  3. We plan to vacation in Seattle and surrounding area this June. After seeing your pictures, I can't wait!!

  4. Love reading about your travels and seeing your photos. Totally understand about the Hodgepodge.

  5. Love, love, love the Pacific Northwest!

  6. So glad you got to spend some time with your daughter. I know I've been enjoying the pictures you have been posting.

  7. You take your break from Hodgepodge. Catch up on life. Take a breath.
    My step daughter is heading to Seattle this weekend for work -I want to see Washington - it looks amazing.
    I thought it was a setter too - what a pretty fur baby.

  8. I can't wait to share picture memories of your trip. And thank you for holding off on the hodgepodge this week because I need the time to do exactly what you will be doing. Downloading all those pictures and reliving a couple weeks in the company of our Indiana family is a priority for me as well.

  9. So happy you got this time with your daughter, and what beautiful pictures! My brother lived for a while in Seattle, and your right, what a beautiful, beautiful state it is. Hope your week is good, and looking forward to more pics!

  10. I'm so glad you had a great time visiting with your daughter. Can't wait to hear more!
    I totally understand about the need to get "caught up", and the Hodgepodge can wait.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  11. Lovely photos from a lovely state. Glad you enjoyed your Mother's Day.

  12. Sounds like you had a great visit with your daughter! Love the photos!

    My sister lived in Washington state years ago and absolutely loved it!

  13. Absolutely beautiful photos. So glad you got to have a visit with your daughter.

  14. I had a simply wonderful time with you! Can't wait to read all your recaps!! <3

  15. Hi Joyce,
    A lovely post...I love how you write from your heart. It makes me smile. You have a special family and inspire me.
    Looking forward to more. :-)

  16. Im glad you had a great Mothers day and spent time with your daughter. :) I'll look forward to the HP next week!