The star gazing couch is tucked away. This magical place on the deck has continued to delight me and those that visit me. There were so many touching and wonderful meetings there, drinks, laughter, peace, blissful star watching, can't wait until next May when we start again.
Since then they've moved into their own house, no more apartment, yay!
And then at the end of June our lives were rocked when my Dad had a stroke and we wondered if he'd ever be able to come home? He became even more my hero when he showed his warrior grit, climbing to his feet by sheer force of will, not once giving up or despairing but regaining his mobility faster than we ever thought possible.
When I look at him I see the warrior unbroken and unbowed, rising to his feet, shaking off his foes, slaying the ravening wolves of illness and age. I know where my own warrior's heart comes from and what it's capable of. We choose dignity, we choose our own path, we shelter those around us and gain energy and joy from their love. I'm so lucky to have this man in my life.
Six weeks later we gathered to celebrate his 88th birthday and feted him in fine style, great food, tears of gratitude and happiness, tears of laughter when he started telling stories and others followed. It was a Grand celebration made even more special because my Son was here.
In early August my daughter and her guy got engaged in one of the most beautiful places in our lives, the cabin in Northern Wisconsin where we had so many great adventures.
The entire summer was magical, fine food and adventures with a fine companion. Polly's Paladar dinners and the Farm to Table dinner in Nevada City.
Scott's Flat Lake, Lake Tahoe, Fuller Lake and of course the Yuba river, not enough time but each one magical, cold water, warm hearts.
The magical Mini who named himself Hank moved from my Dad's house to mine and we quickly went off on an adventure to San Diego.
Then the Open Studio Tour and soon off to Texas for some baby time.
Some blessed rain has fallen, bringing soft sweet smells mingled with the wood fires already burning. I'm happily raking leaves and nestling into my blankets at night.
Finishing this entry from west Texas, delighting in time spent with my family. Fall is in full swing and life is good.
Farewell summer, may the next one be every bit as magical.