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I was raking leaves when I heard the familiar sound of sand hill cranes, so high above me I wasn't sure that I would see anything on a photograph I took. I stood and watched and remembered last year, not knowing what I was seeing, as the cranes formed a circle to maintain their high altitude.
A autumn wonder, the migration, a long long journey.
The leaves are raked to the curb and picked up by our village. A job that I always did alone, while my guy worked inside. Periodically he would check on me, and laugh when I came indoors and put my cold fingers on any warm part of his body. The things I remember, comfort me.
The moon is a source of comfort too. By day or night. How often we gazed at a full moon or a moon dog on a crisp and cold evening.
Yes, healing takes time.
These two help immensely. They are trying to crawl and if that doesn't work they roll anywhere they want to be. Sometimes they get stuck and need to be rescued. They like Grandma and their Aunties and Uncles. Pure love and fun.
This is a photo taken by Irene. It is of her sister's leg. Note the fuzzy quality. I'm sure she was aiming for that arty avant-garde look. Those girls love a phone, to chew! The photo was accidental, but I swear she looked proud to have taken it.
A mystery solved. Clarence my bear has been missing. He's the bear on the right. (Radar, on the left is Tyke's bear) We looked everywhere. Even Kristen who bought Clarence for me many years ago was concerned. To show how preoccupied I have been, I just noticed Clarence wasn't in his usual place in the family room. Then I checked...I accidentally put him away with my Christmas bears. He's been gone since January! I just noticed. I'm sorry Clarence, it won't happen again. Oh, and Radar is now hanging out with him too. (They were in good company, in the Christmas bear bag, swapping stories with two dear bears from Michigan, gifted to me from sweet Lynne from Irish Garden House.)
Speaking of angels, my girl making a snow angel, at home with Grandma on her day off.
Strange weather for Autumn. Leaves still on the trees, snow covering all the leaves and debris from summer. I guess things will all get sorted out. Maybe a heat wave between now and Thanksgiving?
Anything can and will happen weather wise in the Midwest.
I've been shopping for Thanksgiving and working on our guest room. Looks like I'll have a full house. We have six girls from eleven to eight months, seven couples and one Grandma. After hosting for thirty five years, I've got this. At least, I hope.
Thanks for stopping by and for your kindness.
Enjoy this beautiful day.