Posted March 12, 2020 Previous Posts:
About October 2019 September 2019: Memorial for David
August 2019: Painting, More HEAT, Carrie, Colin, Puzzles
**Warning up front. This post will not look right on a phone, only on a tablet or laptop.
After the memorial, there were still more things that needed doing at the farm and so the work continued.
Lots of little things plagued my life this month, like the HVAC panel in the Honda which had to be replaced, Shannon found a nest of Copperheads under some of the old barnboard, Winnona had to go to the body shop to finally repair the damage David did when he hit Ruby from behind 10 months ago, took my 17 year old TREK bike in for its annual maintenance and was told there was just too much Florida rust at this point and it couldn’t be done.
In the evening, with no one to eat with, play games with, or talk to or anything, I did more puzzles. It’s quiet, beautiful, and lonely here.
My friend Pam took pity on me and came out to visit. It’s October, the maple leaves are falling.
And my closest neighbors dropped by several times.
In mid month, Carrie and I met in Warrenton to have lunch and spend time at Rady Park with the kids.
At the park, Celia enjoyed climbing up the “steps” and going down the slide. Over and over and over and . . . .
Peeking out with Colin
Nana is never too old to swing.
Papa’s girls tree hugging in his memory. Wish someone had been around to take the picture so I could have been in on the hug too.
The following week-end the Virginia family flew to Austin Texas for David’s oldest brother Roger’s youngest daughter Abby’s wedding. (did you get all that?)
Getting there turned out to be a series of problems. First they cancelled the flight Ashley had reserved for us all from Charlottesville so Tanner drove us 2 hours, to Dulles in DC for the second leg to Austin. As far as I know, they never returned any of our money for that cancelled flight. Then in Austin, no one had a record of the car Robin had rented. Finally, we got to the hotel and I think the rooms were actually right.
Looking at my pictures of this trip for this post, I found that SO many of them were too blurry to use. I’m going to have to use some of them anyway because they are all I have.
The Virginia group included myself, the next couple to the alter, Ashley and Tanner and the soon to be mother of the bride Robin. I’m calling Ashley’s brother Justin, next to Tanner, part of the Virginia group since he’s lived there nearly all his life until a recent move to Pennsylvania.
The wedding was held outside at a lovely venue and the weather was perfect.
Abby and Carrie were born one year apart and now they have both married men named Matthew.
A delicious dinner at the reception was followed by dancing. Roger dancing with Abby brought back bittersweet memories of Carrie’s wedding nearly 5 years ago.
Cutting the cake.
The following day we visited Roger and Carol’s lovely home in San Marcos. They retired there from Maryland when all of their daughters ended up in Texas. There was a lot of delicious food in this house and of course I took no pictures of it or the beautiful interior.
In the afternoon Amy and Angela took us to a park along the San Marcos River. I got some quick looks at a Pow Wow I wish we’d known about. The drumming, dancing and regalia were wonderful to see but we couldn’t stay long, we hadn’t paid admission.
It was fun watching people playing in the river. Looked like a lot of fun but sadly we weren’t dressed for it. It was definitely warm enough. Can you say in the 90’s?
Sunday was our last day in Texas and we went to visit Amy and Angela’s house. Of course I was too busy to take pictures until they took us out out on the trails behind their house which lead to this lovely spot.
Tanner starts the rock skipping contest while Robin and Angela watch and I take these pictures on my sorry phone. I sure wish Santa would bring me an Iphone with a decent camera.
Amy’s got the form.
Next up is the driving range where Amy shows her form again. The group, with the exception of one, looks pretty serious about this endeavor. From left to right, Amy, Justin, Tanner, Ashley. Too bad I had to take this into the sun.
All this and it’s only lunch time! Back to the house for more delicious food and then off to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Garden. We would certainly have stayed longer if it had not been 94 degrees – IN OCTOBER! whew!!
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We climbed the tower to get a view of the lay of the land. I particularly like this picture of Roger taking it all in.
Through the gates on this path we found a windmill and oddly an exercise area.
Ah to be young enough, or foolish enough, to work out on these machines in this heat. It’s the 30 something crowd.
At least for me this water spot was the most attractive of the afternoon.
This was the view from inside another.
The view above is taken from behind the waterfall.
Apparently butterflies are fine with temps approach 100.
And then it was all over. It was a whirlwind busy three days and I was exhausted when I returned. So it was a good thing Shannon was doing most of the work.
He replaced two original windows in the house which predates the records in Nelson County that began in 1888. Local lore says it was a freed slave cabin. The windows in the pantry, to the left and the bathroom below, have wavy glass and everything but they have started to leak.
I was sorry to have to replace them. We had put it off for years. But now was the time.
It was always a relaxing view from the clawfoot bathtub.
I’ll close this October post with a very excellent bumper sticker I saw on the way home from my visit with my Three C’s early in the month. Might make a good slogan for whomever runs against our sitting president.
I will be leaving Virginia in a few days for my first full winter on the road without David.