So there I was this afternoon in our back meadow, clipping dead branches from young trees when I saw a car pull into our driveway. "Visitors? But who would drop in on us?", I wondered. (I know, it's the Fourth of July and everything, but Tom is sleeping this afternoon because he'll work tonight, all night, while everyone enjoys fireworks--and beyond... so we're not having a barbeque like the rest of the world.)
So I picked up my walking stick, (one I've affectionally named The Snake Poker, lest any branches I'm picking up from the ground turns out to be a garter snake, instead) and walked toward the couple getting out of their car. Turns out it was the parents of the woman (Anna...not her real name) who, along with her husband, sold us this house... Tom and I had both spoken with her father on the phone because he was helpful in doing the little repairs we'd asked to be made before the sale went through. In one of those conversations, Tom discovered that Anna's parents were Christians and attend a church our own church often shared services with in the 90's.
Anyway, what a lovely surprise on my quiet Fourth afternoon. We stood beneath our shade tree while they told of improvements Anna and her husband made on the acreage and then I invited them in to see our dining room, about the only room where I've created any noticeable changes so far. We kept our voices down so not to wake Tom and they both admired the blue upon the walls and my white-painted chandelier and even the hutch top we sat up on the counter top in the kitchen.
Such encouraging people! I invited them to come again to see more changes later and the visit made for one pleasant break in my day. And something nifty? They gave me the address of Anna's blog, one in which she shares her daily adventures on her new little farm in New England. In fact, I just know some of you would love her blog--Anna really is a great photographer and writer and I'm enjoying reading about her adventures. But alas... she shares the name of our town in some earlier posts, and well, being the wary former city girl that I am (I apologize...and this subject is a whole other post), I can't share the address of her blog here.
But! If you already know where I live, well, please feel free to email me for Anna's blog address, especially if you yearn for farm life and farm animals and if country photography thrills your heart.
Or--if you and I have been acquainted online for a year or more and have written or commented back and forth, then email me and I'll send you the blog address, also.
And well, a very happy Fourth of July to each of you!