Friday, June 25, 2021

It’s Celia’s Turn

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IMG_5848This weekend it was Celia’s turn to visit Nana at the farm.  She and her mom came down on Saturday.  Carrie said it was fantastic to get away from the cicadas who are so loud at her house that the family can’t stand to be outside.   Very quiet here, no cicadas just frogs and crickets and whipoorwills and lightning bugs.


Celia sleeps in her mom’s old bedroom in the alcove bed which has a trundle underneath it for friends.  One of those friends comes to visit this week-end.   The carpet is soft with a thick pad and great for sitting and playing on.

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Not sure why I seem to have no pictures of the many times over the week-end Carrie played the piano and  the girls sang but I do have this video of a lyrics flub.  Too cute!  See it here if you like.


We take a hike in the woods and the girls “ride” a downed tree.

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David and I had many trails on the land and I held spiritual retreats at the Solstices and Equinoxes each year.  David made benches and set them out at various places on the trails for folks to sit in the quiet for contemplation.    Over the years we’ve been gone, the leaves have covered the trails but the benches are IMG_5860still here.  Obviously extremely well made. 

Carrie, Celia and I happened on one by accident.

Celia is quite the story teller which is what is going on here. 

I don’t remember the gist of it but it was fantastical no doubt by the look on her mom’s face.



Back at the farm on the front porch swing they look mighty sweet.

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Next morning it’s time to get that pretty curly hair combed so we can see to do some puzzles on the big bookcase table in what we call the west porch.

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Celia helps one of the Cabbage Patch Dolls play the piano while Nana and the other doll are cast as the audience.  The photo is dark because of the big windows in the background..

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Carrie took her professional flute with her when she moved to college but left the one she learned on which has both a curved and a straight neck.  I should sell it but when she picks it up to play it for her audience of two, I’m glad I did not.

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The Cabbage Patch twins go for a ride around the yard in the old wagon.  Same wagon Colin was collecting sticks in on his visit.


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Of course “the kids” have to go for a swing.  I guess Carrie would be their grandma and I’d be their great grandma.  Good grief!

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Had to put this picture of a sulk in the blog lest it look like all was constantly moonlight and roses.  Celia is a bit of the drama queen and I doubt any of us remembers what was so utterly awful but at the time . . . .   Anyway, I thought this was hilarious but tried very hard not to laugh as I know it would not have been appreciated.   Some years from now she’ll think it’s funny too.

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Carrie met Allegra Deucher in kindergarten and for several years she lived just down the country road from us and spent nights in that trundle bed.  They went to school together until graduation from high school and have been friends since they were Celia’s age.  It’s always wonderful when Allegra comes to visit.  The 3 are playing some sort of Princess Dominoes.

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And another round of Zingo.  “The Babies” as Celia calls them have been cast aside.


Nana has never had a dishwasher.  Didn’t want one.  Having two members of the family washing/drying gives them quality time together to talk.  The time goes by easily and the chore is quickly done.

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We have a picture of Carrie and her dad in just this pose.  Perhaps that’s why Carrie took this one.  I didn’t know it until I saw it on my camera.  Thanks Carrie!

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Sadly all good things must come to an end and even though they have stayed over until Monday, Monday does come and we take our last hike together. 


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They finish off their time at the farm with some more piano playing and singing.   Here are two short videos.  One of Carrie and Celia at the piano singing Mary Had a Little Lamb and one I know Carrie will love of Celia and the dolls snuggled up singing on the couch as Carrie plays. The song is pitched a bit too high for Celia but she’s a trooper.  Just click the highlighted phrases to see and hear them.


C&C at Brusters


They gather their things all together and as always, I take no pictures of them  leaving.  Only of them arriving.   But Carrie sent me this one when they stopped at her dad and my favorite ice cream store, Brusters, on the way home.  I stop there on the way either to or from her house too and they never have Jamaican Me Crazy which was the favorite flavor of David and I.  But this time they had it!  How does she get so lucky??   And she didn’t even choose it but got black cherry instead.  What is wrong with that girl?  Smile




I’ll be back on the road in just over a week on my way to Vermont so I won’t see them again for a while.  I do feel lucky that there is Zoom and Facetime and email and digital pictures.  I would have loved these to share with my mother when Carrie was Celia’s age.

37 comments:

  1. Love these pictures! I am so sorry I never connected with you while you were in town. My fault! I will see you when you get back. Have a wonderful time in Vermont and keep us updated on your adventures.

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    1. I'm sorry too Pam. Hope you'll be available in late September or October. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Can’t wait to hear about Vermont! We are headed to Maine on Tuesday for the summer. What a sweet visit you had with your young ladies! A fun time at Grandmas for sure!

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    1. We did have a good time Jeannie and I know you're going to have a great time in Maine. Hope to hear all about it.

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  3. You are so lucky to have such a nice family visit. Enjoyed seeing the inside of your beautiful home also. Wishing you the best.

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes Tom it's always great to hear from you. Not sure it's a beautiful home but it's old and comfy.

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  4. What is a curved-neck flute? I played the flute in high school, but never heard of such. Sadly, I gave the instrument away when we moved to Arizona from California over twenty years ago. I have always regretted that action!

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    1. Curved neck flutes are for younger children whose arms aren't long enough to reach the keys with a straight head flutes. They are beginner flutes. You could always buy another flute. Just look on craigslist or somewhere like that.

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  5. Fun times on the farm! Looks like Miss Celia had a great time!
    xxxooo

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    1. Yes I think she did have a good time. Wish you had been around so you could have come to visit while they were here.

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  6. How adorable she is singing with her mama. I think it's a good idea that you kept Carrie's flute for her to play at the farm. Have safe travels to Vermont!

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    1. I thought the singing videos were sweet too Laurie. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I'm never sure whether to put videos in or not.

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  7. So happy you had a wonderful visit. Grands are the greatest and so are daughters. Have a wonderful journey to Vermont.

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    1. Thanks for the wishes and the comment Jo.

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  8. Great Post...so many special photos. Love the dishwashing one and the ice cream one!!!! Celia is a beautiful little girl...just like her Mama:o)) Safe travels.........

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Nancy. I may be one of the only people around who doesn't have a dishwasher other than me. HA!

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  9. Great memories! I had forgotten that we had a picture of Dad and I in front of that sink when I was young. Credit goes to Allegra for getting that shot. Lovely photos and videos. Looking forward to next time!

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    1. I'll try to find that picture. Thanks to Allegra. So glad you both were using my camera.

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  10. Nothing better, as a grandma, than a good sulk! LOL. . .great pics of memories in the making.

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    1. Wasn't that sulk a hoot? Great to see you here Janice. What are you guys up to?

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  11. Safe travels to Vermont.What a wonderful loving family you have, so talented and adventurous.

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    1. Thanks Doris. I am very lucky to have my daughter and her family. Hope things are well with you.

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  12. You are a fortunate grandma (or great grandma someday). Celia is such a delight, never perfect everyday. I predict that long-legged girl will be taller than both of you someday. Safe travels, look forward to stories of Vermont.

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    1. I think you are right about Celia's height. She will be a far cry from her 5-foot grandmother.

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  13. You have the best visits with Carrie and the kids! Your time together is so meaningful and filled with all kinds of wonderful activities. Had to laugh at the 'drama queen.' She's a cutie, for sure!

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    1. We do have wonderful times together. I wish they could be more often but even if I were in Virginia, they are very busy. Celia is a riot for sure. Definitely tries her mother's patience.

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  14. Never enough time to visit. Allegra was so glad to be able to share some time with you three.

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    1. You are right that there is never enough time to visit Lynne. It's great to see Allegra. She is so good with both the kids. I love that Carrie's friendship with her has endured for so long. Very special!

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  15. It's good that you got to spend time together.

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  16. What a wonderful time spent with Celia and Carrie. Precious memories made and thankfully documented with pictures. Thanks for sharing them!

    Sadly the picture of the Jamaica Me Crazy ice cream that you missed out on was documented too. Hope you have better luck next time with Bruster's.

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    1. Happy to share and glad to see you in the comments. You certainly know about the joys of grandparenting. I still can't believe Carrie had the chance to have JMC and didn't. It's never there when I go.

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  17. Your family visits are always so sweet and magical. What lucky grands you have to enjoy the farm and all it has to offer. You're all so adorable and clearly love being together. Safe travels as you move north.

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    1. We do love being together. Adorable I'm not sure about. LOL! Glad to see you guys back on the road visiting the millions of people you know all over everywhere.

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  18. Everyone looks so happy and calm when visiting at the Farm. You look more than happy, with big grins in every photo. Love that. Love seeing you having the opportunity to be with your grandbabies when they are small and precious. Wishing you well with your upcoming road time! Looking forward to reading all about it.

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  19. Great last picture there of them both with ice cream!! Don't know why but this made me cry, such a happy time for you three on the farm. such lovely times and memories. Celia is growing so!!

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  20. What wonderful family memory making times.

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