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We baked. We always do.  Shortbread, granola, a chocolate Bundt cake for Papa’s birthday. Still, there wasn’t enough time for this sweet young lady and me to have one last cup of tea.

This charming lad and I watched Thomas the Train and cuddled in early morning before breakfast before he turned into a thirsty Minion after he and his cousins and sister rode bikes and scooters round and round the front island, laughing and screaming as children do when having fun and expending energy.

Kez and Ez did what children in the Midwest do in summer; they caught lightning bugs (fireflies) in jelly jars, the lids with small holes punched out. Pure childlike glee at seeing them light up the night.

I am missing them. The house is quiet and the hours still, but, grateful for such a good week together with them, their parents, Aunt Jenny and Uncle Jason, and watching them interact with cousins on both sides of their family.

It is always nice to have photos to share. I hope you won’t mind if I do.

Our citizen scientist was quite knowledgeable about Monarch eggs and caterpillars. As soon as she heard me proclaim “there are two Monarchs floating around the front garden” she took to finding eggs.

Once upon a time, Ezra’s Papa (aka Antler Man) sat in this very same rocking chair with his own great-grandfather.

Whether riding furiously around in circles, measuring ingredients for a cake – or measuring who is the tallest, these two darlings brought smiles to my face and joy in heart. A grateful heart and big thank you to their Mommy and Daddy for sharing them with us this week.

 

 

 

 

 

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DSCN2553I’ve always felt that brown eyed Susan’s (rudbeckia) were such cheery flowers. They make me smile with their golden glow and are a joy to behold come mid-summer. Seeing this blossom with its smiling face confirmed my suspicions that they are a flower with a happy soul.

Of course, beholding joy comes in so many ways, like butterfly wings

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and fledgelings hiding in a bush,

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sunlight on daisies,

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 a vase filled with just plucked blossoms,

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or a butterfly on a seesaw . . .

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. . . wait, not a butterfly – a little girl who has come for a visit

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and her little brother, who is crawling and smiling and has the cutest curls.

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Whether watering the vegetables,

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or waiting to eat,

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there is nothing quite like beholding joy, and watching life go by here on the Cutoff.

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