After seven weeks of traveling with and hosting our 8 and 11 year old granddaughters, it sure is quiet around here. (And the house stays a lot neater). But I sure do miss them.
We left Cullman on Friday the 11th and drove a little over 400 miles to our nephew and niece-in-laws house (Jason and Kelly) who live in Rural Retreat, VA. They are gracious to host us when we travel I-81. After another 400 miles, we got the girls home to MD mid day on Saturday. Daughter Amy and SIL Scott were awaiting their arrival with open arms and hugs and kisses.
Then we visited daughter Terri and SIL Steve who live in Cleona PA. Grandson Justin and girlfriend Karlie came to the weekend. We stayed there until Tuesday morning and did our trip in reverse, staying at Jason and Kelly's Tuesday night and arriving home Wednesday.
What a welcome sight! Home! And grass to be cut! But that's okay. It's home!
On Thursday as I set our table for dinner, it hit me. Only Two Plates. Only Two Place Settings. Only Two People to Feed. Tears fell. So quiet around here now. Time to relax, to think, to dream.
My spot favorite is our porch. The front porch. My views.
I love this house and every part of it. But no place compares to this porch. The back porch has a porch swing. It's okay. As we were looking outside a bit ago, we saw a fawn and its mama walk into the woods in the back. That's nice. But even with that, I prefer the front porch.
It's my spot for morning coffee. It's my serene place for a cold glass of unsweet tea. It's my spot to read or even play a game on the Smart Phone or catch up on Facebook. It's a relaxing oasis in the evening to watch the lightening bugs until the mosquitoes find me. It's a spot to just sit still, be calm and listen to the birds sing and watch the hummingbirds drink from the feeder. It's my place of contentment.
Do you have such a place?