Kenzie having an outdoor adventure

Kenzie having an outdoor adventure

Oh what a lovely outdoor time today!  The best kind.  The kind where you sit outside with old friends and catch up on years which are sailing by on the waves of time. 

Even before I reached the outdoor visit, the day brought many old friends into contact.  First Mary and John, then Nancy, followed by Sonya, TJ, Evey, Susan and Chrissie.  Faces from the near and distant past kept beaming in with beautiful smiles.

Then it was time to drive to Cindy’s house.  Some of you blog readers (especially the readers of comments) may already know Cindy Lou.  She comments quite regularly.  However, we  haven’t even seen each other face-to-face  in months and months.  Certainly not since the beginning of this blog.  Even though we live across the bay from one another and we drive by her house every time we travel to Houghton, we rarely run into one another.

Kenzie, Jen and Cindy
Kenzie, Jen and Cindy

 My daughter, Kiah, and Cindy’s daughter, Jen met in Junior High band.  They became close friends in junior high, doing so many different things together. So of course I met Cindy during those years of transporting Kiah in and out of town.  However, in the last several years since the girls graduated and moved away to the big cities, we’ve rarely seen one another.  It’s been one of the joys of this blog to be connecting again.

Happy rock face with plants growing in its head

Happy rock face with plants growing in its head

AND…as you’ve already gathered by looking at this pictures…Jen has married and had a little girl in the ensuing years.  Isn’t Kenzie adorable?  Her blond curls are so cute.  And just look at the following photo:

Kenzie just plopped briefly on her patient doggie

Kenzie just plopped briefly on her patient doggie

We chatted and caught up on dozens of stories and happenings during our time together.  Kenzie  kept running off in one direction or another with Mom Jen (or sometimes Grandma Cindy) in hot pursuit.  She fell–plop!–into a big silver canning pot at one point and screwed up her face to protest.  Grandma rescued her immediately, but not until after we all laughed at her antics.

Piled rock garden wall

Piled rock garden wall

Besides chatting, we needed to look at Cindy’s gardens.  She’s another great gardener.  There are treasures spread out all around her house and property.  Don’t you like this piled rock garden wall?  Doesn’t it look soothing?  I am wondering how she keeps her dogs from knocking them down…

Cindy's garden with wagon wheels in the back

Cindy's garden with wagon wheels in the back

And finally, just because we can, another close-up photo of a flower.  I forget the name.  If Cindy shares the name in a comment, you’ll see it beneath the beautiful garden flower.  Love the delicate purple strands.

Ode to purple

Ode to purple (Cindy says it is a Bachelor Button)

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