We did. A week of notes and ideas scribbled on paper still stares at me from the corner of the office. My to-do list remains just large enough to cost me sleep if I consider it. There are nearly six hundred blogs that I have not visited in the last week, and I must - the Friday Five depends on it. Will I sleep this week? Very little.
I can live with that. The liberation of pushing the computer aside and taking in all that early autumn has to offer is worth a hefty price. And like so many times before, when I stop the noise; step away and drop out a little, clarity and calm take over. It is from this place of quiet contentment that I observed the events of this weekend. Nothing way out of the ordinary happened. A funny story did not present itself. The dogs were on their best behavior. And it was nothing short of beautiful.
There was one very pleasant surprise. Luna's parents were in town for a wedding and we managed to catch up Sunday for a quick lunch and tour of downtown Burlington. As much as I dig that dog, it makes my heart happy to now know that she shares her life with two very cool humans. Luna and family are leaving for the west coast soon, so this may have been our only chance to catch up. I am very grateful that we had the opportunity, and hope that they enjoyed their visit to our little corner of the world. Thanks so much for taking the time.
Speaking of our little corner, here are a few brief glimpses of what a proper holiday weekend feels like in our neck of the woods. Planning a visit? We'd love to meet you!
Sola considers a heavy subject.
An afternoon glow for my love.
Nigel maintains his middle of the road stance.
And of course, much rejoicing.
Have I missed our blogging friends? Most certainly. Would I take back a thing? Not a chance. Good people, great dogs, and fun memories are not to be taken lightly, or for granted. I am blessed to occupy this space; to know kind people, to love a great woman, and to share my life with dogs.
As I reflect on the summer I recall the questions most often asked of me, ones that I may answer with zero pause when given the chance.
Why do I do this? What is it that inspires me?
To that, I say just look up.
And of course, do not discount the power of a new football season. ;)