There are many mixed emotions at this point. We are very excited about this new chapter in our book of life. North Carolina is not our state of choice, but my mother is here. I will always look back fondly on this time and I am so thankful we had two months with her. We have completed many projects around the house and hopefully things are good for a few years.
Mom lives in a hollow (a small valley surrounded by hills - aka “holler” if you are deep southern). This hollow is surrounded by trees and birds. We are going to miss the birdsong tremendously. Here is a link to a short video we took on one of our morning runs. The mist on the river and the birds singing was a reward for getting up early to trot. We will miss this running path which has brought many gifts of nature: turtles, hawks, mating butterflies and birds (not interspecies, just to clarify) groundhogs and more.
Last night, after dining on the screen porch, the cool breeze arrived to wash away the day’s heat. We all sat in the dusky light reminiscing. We were treated to particularly vibrant lightning bugs (fireflies) which added a sparkle to the trees, while bunnies scampered through the grass. It was a very special evening.
Today begins the final approach to the summit of the rollercoaster. Everything on the checklist has been completed. Two bags have been shipped and the remaining two are ready for flight. In a few hours we will begin the pause at the top. My heart is racing, my head is spinning…off we go!
Tech Tip: Download the Merlin Bird App from Cornell University to identify birds in your area by their songs. It is free, and it is awesome!
Another link to the video: https://youtu.be/cQ_88k_-Ajw